Jonathan Rea: Once Bitten, Twice Shy
A very busy period for Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Rider), has seen him recover from some periods of bad luck in his second full World Superbike season.
After a World SBK win and a second at Brno in early July his latest WSBK exploits at Silverstone netted him two second places and another 40 points, proving that both rider and team have made a consistent improvement when it matters most – over full race distance.
Rea has now punched three wins and five other podium places into his overall 2010 dance card, and his most recent successes have pushed him 39 points clear of top privateer Ducati rider, Carlos Checa, back in fourth place.
With his Superbike results allied to a strong third place finish at the gruelling Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race, Rea is a rider moving back towards his true form as a potential champion.
Rea knew he had no answer to Crutchlow when his fellow Brit made his decisive moves in each of the last races before the summer break, but as second top ranked British rider, top Honda rider and the most prolific points scorer of all in the past four races, he has a lot to look to be happy about as he enters his summer holiday period.
Jonathan Rea says: “I’m really happy, really enjoyed riding at Silverstone and we’ve had a couple of good results to take into the summer break,” said the rider from Northern Ireland.
“In race one Cal had a little bit more pace than me, where I was missing maybe a couple of tenths a lap,” he continued, explaining his Silverstone race weekend in more detail.
“The bike was working very well, but we got let down by the tyre a little bit, I think, because it definitely felt a lot different to the one I used in warm-up this morning.”
“I thought I might have the pace in race two, but well done to Cal – he did a great job and rode absolutely superbly. My team gave me a great bike this weekend that allowed me to at least fight for the wins here.”