Pata Honda teammates Jonathon Rea and Leon Haslam struggled in Superpole at Aragon, starting from the third and fourth row respectively.
|Rea still feels like he’s testing in Aragon
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Rea, 22, made it into Superpole 3 following two top four finishes in free practice and qualifying. However, a broken wheel-speed sensor restricted him to a third row start ahead of race one. His time of 1.57.765 left him 5.274 seconds off pole man Tom Sykes.
Rea said “Today was a mixture of positive and negative, really. We made a lot of progress on our race set-up and, with the electronics, we’ve got kind of close to where I feel we were last year. But, going into Superpole 3, a wheel-speed sensor caught us out and trying to match wheel speeds with everything else under braking went completely out the window and I felt a bit like a passenger. It was partly my mistake staying out for two laps at the beginning and not coming straight in but I wasn’t sure what the problem was and I was trying to change the engine brake settings. We didn’t have enough time left to get out at the end and it was quite frustrating because it was a problem we found out about after Superpole. What I feel should have been the second row is now the outside of the third row, so I can just hope and pray for a clean start tomorrow. We’ve been in the top five all weekend, timing wise, and I feel we did a pretty good race run this morning – a long run – which I was happy enough with. And we’ve improved since then, so it’s just a race where I feel we’ve been handicapped a little bit more than we should at the start. We’ll see – it’s more experience; I still feel like we’re doing a lot of testing but we’ve got to man-up for two 20-lap races tomorrow.”
The former WSBK race winner started the day with a crash which left him out of the whole 45 minute free practice on Saturday morning, however he did manage to qualify for Superpole thanks to his time set on Friday.
Leon, 29, did a time of 1.58.329 in Superpole 2, which secured his 11th place on the grid.
Leon said “I’ve never been so happy to be P11 on a grid! On Friday, we had a lot of problems electronically which we couldn’t get sorted. This morning we went out and I didn’t even get one lap – I had a big crash and lost the whole session and that was the session when we needed to sort a few of the issues. We did the whole session in Free Practice 2 but a sensor had broken and we didn’t find out until after that session. So, going into Superpole 1 was my first go on a bike with sensors working so I was really happy. I think I went 1.6 seconds quicker than I did before, which is quite hard to do when you’re under pressure to do it in one lap. But the bike worked. I made a mistake in Superpole 2, which knocked me out by less than a tenth. So I’m really happy with what we’ve done – we’ve solved the issues that we had but it’s still going to be a tough race tomorrow.”