‘There’s no place like home’ as the saying goes, and that was a case in point for Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea after he secured a podium finish in Race 1 and narrowly missed out on a repeat performance in Race 2 by just 0.400s for his Ten Kate run squad at their home circuit of Assen this weekend.
|Jonathan Rea leads the chasing pack at Assen
Photo: Pata Honda
Rea’s second place finish in Race 1 of the Dutch World Superbike round was the Northern Irishman’s 30th podium of his career and kept up his record of successive podium appearances at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, taking at least one in each of the last four years.
It was a mixture of small mistakes from Rea in the opening laps coupled with a slight change in machine set-up that cost the experienced Honda man a podium in race two and with his usual commendable honesty he said after the races “It was kind of typical Assen – we got on the podium, which was good! In race one I rode really good but just had nothing for Sykes. In race two I was feeling quite good in the beginning but it was a little bit my fault that we couldn’t be on the box. I lost too much ground in the early laps, making mistakes, and then got involved in a battle for third with two other guys. It was clear that I didn’t have the acceleration off the small corners and where I was really strong in race one, in the back section, in race two I had too much electronics interference. There was a little bit of inconsistency and we’d changed tyres, and it was clear that the tyre in race two was spinning more. I know we’ve got more power than this but it’s impossible to accelerate like the others so we need to find some kind of compromise in the early corner exit area to make the power more manageable. It’s lucky that we have a two-day test to do that on Wednesday and Thursday before we go on to Monza where speed’s very important. A two and a four this weekend is not a win like Assen should be for me, but we’ve got to be satisfied. We’ve come from a long way back and the championship position is looking a bit more healthy than it did after Aragon so I guess I’m satisfied with the weekend.”