He waited for the final session of the day before making his mark. Johnny Rea was able to power his ZX-10RR into the lead during FP3, finishing Friday with the fifth fastest time overall, behind team-mate Tom Sykes.
It wasn't all going to plan for the Northern Irish rider initially: "Unfortunately we missed the first session due to rain and in the second session the change we tried was not exactly right. We tried something a little bit different for the last session to try and give me a bit of front end confidence, and I got it. Not many people improved their lap time in the last session but I was constantly on a really good pace in those conditions and I feel good for tomorrow and Sunday."
Rea prefers to look beyond single-lap performance, confident in his race potential. Today he is preceded by his team-mate Tom Sykes: “I am very happy with today’s results. We have just done a long run on the tyres. In that last FP3 session we used the tyre from the previous session, so it has 28 laps on it now."
Tom is ready for the challenge: “We tried a couple of new things on the bike and it is working flawlessly at the moment. I am really enjoying riding it and I’m looking forward to the race. If it is dry then we are very well prepared.”