SBK, Rea: "The crash? I chose to exaggerate and was punished"

Johnny closes Friday out front and sends out a warning: "I can be fast and consistent, but am not yet at the limit"

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Friday at Laguna Seca belongs to Johnny Rea, who creates and at the same time destroys. Yes, because the Cannibal may have shown everyone how it's done on day one, but he also had to deal with a crash at turn 5 during the course of FP3, his bike impacting against the barriers. Fortunately, he was unhurt in the incident.

“It's a pity to go to bed after a crash - commented the Kawasaki rider – unfortunately I exaggerated through that section and ended up on the ground, as punishment. I went over the limit, losing control of the bike, there was nothing I could do”.

Best to console himself with the knowledge he scored the day's fastest time.

“I'm very happy about that, we worked hard right from session one to make the ZX-10RR competitive. We were able to be competitive in terms of speed and consistency”.

The three-time world champion is confident ahead of Saturday.

This is a track where grip is fundamental and we are doing ok on that front, I think we still have room to improve. I had good feeling on the flying lap and hoped it would be the same with race pace, it was just a pity about that crash on lap twelve”.   

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Translated by Heather Watson

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