Rea: "It’s hard to stomach an eighth place from a weekend"

Rea had a disappointing race day

Photo: Pata Honda

Pata Honda rider, Jonathan Rea had a disappointing weekend at Monza, in round four of the 2013 World Superbike Championship. Rea had a successful Superpole on Saturday, which saw him land his CBR1000rr on the second row of the grid, in fourth, after being punted off the front row by Tom Sykes.

Race day left the Northern Irishman and his team in a polarised mood from Saturday, after a mistake coming out of the first chicane on the second lap cost him several places. Rea was then penalised later in the race, due to running on at the same chicane. He was forced to drop a couple of places, but managed to salvage eighth come the flag. 
The 26 year old suffered clutch problems in the second race, forcing him to retire in the early stages. It’s been a tough day and I don’t feel like we got what we deserved today. It was clear I had pace all weekend but, unfortunately, in a race situation, while I had pace by myself, when I tried to capitalise on my strengths in the race, I couldn’t run the same corner speed. It made it difficult to pass people and that was upsetting my already good entry speed by braking too late. So in race one I learned a lot but in race two, again I made a good start, but straight away I had some problem with the bike. I thought maybe I should adjust the clutch but, to be honest, the guys are still looking into it and investigating because I don’t think that’s the only problem. It’s hard to say we can leave here with our heads held high. When I’m on my own I’m actually enjoying riding the bike and we’ve made massive gains, but it’s hard to stomach an eighth place from a weekend. But, we move on to Donington – I’ll try and keep my head up and remain positive like the rest of the guys and hopefully come back stronger.”

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