Rea: We're lost right now

Author of the article: , published on February 24, 2024.

The new season of the Superbike class did not start according to Jonathan Rea's wishes. The Northern Irishman, who left Kawasaki after nine years at the end of last season and this year sat on a Yamaha motorcycle, had plenty of problems in the first race at Philip Island.

He only took eleventh place in the qualification. In the opening part of the race, he managed to break into the best, but then lost a lot of time during the mandatory stop to change tires. He returned to the track in eighteenth place together with Alvaro Bautista, who fell in the opening part of the race but managed to pick up the motorcycle. Rea was unable to keep up with the pace of the Spanish racer and finished seventeenth.

"For me, it is one of the most demanding races in my career. I had a bad start from the starting position, but then I managed to pass a few racers. I decided to be one of the first to pull into the stop, but then we had problems, because of which I lost a lot of time."

"I returned to the track together with Alvaro. For the first few laps I was able to keep up with his rhythm and then the mistakes started to appear."

"We have to change the settings for tomorrow, as I am not satisfied with the handling of the motorcycle. I lack confidence.”

"We know how balanced the Superbike class is, so in addition to a competitive motorcycle, you also have to have confidence in it. If you don't have that, you can't be competitive. My driving is not up to par at the moment. I feel a bit lost, but I have to stay patient."

“The biggest problem here is the vibrations at the rear of the motorcycle. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, but I believe we will succeed."

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