Johnny Rea might be disappointed, but he still tries to see the glass half full after the Jerez weekend. It is a pity that in Race 2 he was unable to confirm the result of the morning, when he won by dominating the Superpole Race.
In the afternoon, things went differently for the Kawasaki man, who was forced to settle for a sixth place. It was a race characterized by difficulties for the five-time world champion.
"I had serious grip problems right from the start of Race 2 - said Rea - one of the points where I suffered the most was turn 3, where the bike continued to slide. It was a frustrating race for me since I couldn't do what I wanted. "
How do you explain the fact that you won in the morning and suffered in the afternoon?
“This afternoon, although the temperature was virtually identical to that of the morning, I used the same tyres and a more or less identical set-up, but I managed to win. We will have to understand why and make some assessments ”.
Did you expect something more from your Kawasaki?
“Jerez is probably not my favourite track, but the championship is still long. Unfortunately, here in Spain I did not have the confidence I hoped for. I’m disappointed because this morning I was strong, with a good pace, while this afternoon was difficult. As I said, in turn 3 I was unable to ride, and also the last laps proved to be really complicated ".
Some say the set-up of your ZX-10RR could be the reason...
“I had the same set-up as the Superpole Race, despite some minor changes. I will have to speak to the team to find out what went wrong. The conditions certainly weren’t any different".
Meanwhile, Redding won Race 2…
“He is doing a great job, showing that he’s strong in any situation. I must admit that the Ducati proved to be truly competitive here and that was also confirmed by the performances of Rinaldi and Melandri, as well as Scott and Chaz. They did a good job, but in a few days, we will be back on track again ".
Are you worried about Redding's 24-point advantage over you?
“To tell the truth, it was more frustrating last year with Bautista. After four races, in 2019, it seemed that Alvaro didn't have any weak points and I didn't even see him on the track. He won by 15 seconds and I could only manage to follow him for a few turns. That situation was really bad. With Scott, however, we are in the second race and it's different since I didn't end the weekend ten seconds behind. As I said he is strong and consistent, but before making a judgment I would prefer to wait. There are tracks like Portimao and Magny-Cours, where things are more different on the race weekend than anyone might think. "
So, you are not worried…
“The thing that worries me is that we don't know what can happen with this coronavirus, given that if the season had ended in Phillip Island at this point the champion would be Lowes. You have to think race by race, without thinking too far ahead. Unfortunately, this was not a great weekend for me, today we needed a little more acceleration out of the corners, but in the end I didn't finish too far behind. "