It wasn't an easy day for Jonathan Rea, but he nevertheless leaves Buriram with a smile on his face. The weekend has given him a win and a fourth place, which go some way to making up for the difficulties of Phillip Island and, more importantly, see him take the championship lead for the first time this season. “I think my problem today was similar to Tom's yesterday - comments #1 – but anyway, after the difficulties of Phillip Island, we've scored a win and a fourth place and are leading the championship, so it's far from a disaster”.
The Northern Irishman is therefore of mixed opinion, aware of today's brake issues at a track that is far from simple when it comes to braking.
“I'm frustrated but with a smile on my face, as the bike was good overall, at what is the worst track for the brakes. Everyone is pushing hard in these first races but when the going gets tough the tough get going. I think that without those issues today, I could have fought for the win again, but we need to accept the situation”.
While Rea had a relatively positive day, Tom Sykes would rather forget all about his. #66 had serious problems with the front of his bike right from the outset, having to retire after seven laps in order to avoid an accident:“I felt good right from the first laps of free practice, just like at Philip Island. After Superpole I felt ready for the races and I thought the bike could have fought for the win today too”.
Then came the bad news, and the disappointment of scoring a DNF that undoubtedly compromises the first part of the Brit's season: “An absolute disaster, and it was no fault of mine. All we can do is put it behind us and focus on Aragon”.