Rea sets fourth quickest time on race tyres

Jonathan Rea will start tomorrow’s two World Superbike races at Donington Park from 4th place after a strong superpole saw him clinch fourth from Leon Camier on a race tyre, rather than the softer qualifying

Rea will head the second row for tomorrow’s races

Photo: PATA Honda

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The Northern Irishman won the second race at the East Midlands circuit last year and is looking to go one better than the second place he recorded at Assen for his best result so far this season. It’s not easy for the PATA Honda man though, Tom Sykes and the Aprilias of Laverty and Guintoli seem to be on an entirely different planet, however the Irishman seems confident for the race.

I guess today was OK and I’m happy enough to be fourth and to be in the top two rows here. We started the weekend a little on and off and sluggish with the settings, and it really didn’t help with Friday morning being wet and the second session not being perfect. So we’ve really only made progress between the two sessions today and I think we haven’t shown our full potential yet. I know I’m struggling a little bit on the bike in some areas and we need to iron that out first but I was quite happy with the lap time we set in Superpole 3 on a race tyre. Hopefully I can make two good races tomorrow.

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