Jonathan Rea might not even be able to remember a similar start to the season, but what is certain is that it is he who is now playing chase. He needs to chase Alvaro Bautista, who once again got ahead of the Northern Irishman today, and tells us how he sees it.
“My package gave me the best possible sensations today, but in the end there was no reason to push to the limit. I decided to manage the situation and take twenty points. If you watch the race, you understand the situation. I'm proud of my efforts and the level achieved, but unfortunately the result doesn't reflect all that. Ducati has too much of an advantage”.
Johnny better explains, underlining that he is not complaining.
“The focal point is power. It's easy to see along the straight, but also between one turn and another. I don't want to complain, I'm pleased with my team and bike, but we are clearly disadvantaged and cannot magically find an extra twenty horsepower”.
Then there was the contact with #19, that Rea puts down as a normal part of racing.
“It was simply a race contact. He passed me and I looked to the inside, having space. At the end of the turn we made contact but that's normal. An MX pass? No, a normal pass, nothing strange as far as I'm concerned. I was on the inside, I didn't come from nowhere, the contact was not predictable but I don't think it deserves any more discussion”.
Now the focus turns to tomorrow, with two more races in which to fight back.
“We can improve slightly in some areas for tomorrow, and if I push hard from start to finish in the sprint race then I can finish out front. it would be too risky to do that over 20 laps, but I'll try to make Alvaro's life as difficult as possible of course”.