A dejected Jonathan Rea leaves Donington Park this evening thinking of what might have been after two frustrating races at Donington Park today.
|Rea holds off Melandri at Donington Park
Photo: Pata Honda
The Ulsterman was bouyant before race one after qualifying fourth in the rare English sunshine and made a great start to tuck in behind the fastest man of the weekend Tom Sykes and matching his pace comfortably even setting a new lap record in the process, impressive on a motorcycle that was only 13th fastest through the speed trap! Whilst Rea found the pace comfortable sadly for him his rear Pirelli didn’t and went off mid-race causing him to drop back in to the clutches of Guintoli and Melandri and settling for fourth at the chequered flag.
Race two was effectively over before it began as a sensor failed on the sighting lap causing the traction control to mis-register and work intermittently. With limited time on the grid the team were unable to fix the issue and Rea had to endure one of the most difficult races of his career as the TC wouldn’t switch off completely and cut too much power leaving Rea helpless to do anything other than ride to the best his Honda Fireblade would allow, taking a lowly 11th place after 23 difficult laps.
Rea said afterwards “I was pretty happy with my pace at the start of race one but, as soon as my tyre started to go, off the electronics were cutting too severely and I lost a lot of pace. I even struggled to compete with Laverty and Guintoli as they came past. Race two was a complete disaster. Already, on the sighting lap, I told the guys that we had a sensor problem on the traction control. They said there wasn’t enough time to fix it so I went out on a bike that I was really unsure of. In reality it was cutting way, way too much power and I even tried to turn the traction control off, but it wouldn’t turn completely off. It was the worst 23 laps I’ve ever ridden. I’m really frustrated after all the work we’ve done – we struggled for dry time at the start of the weekend but made some inroads during warm-up this morning and I felt good in race one. I feel like we should have been on the podium twice today.”