What to expect from the first post lockdown race? It is the question that Rea is asking himself as well. Despite the second place at the end of Friday Johnny is already thinking about Saturday, where he will have to deal with the heat, the tyres and endurance. A lot of unknown factors that will be answered only at the stroke of 2 pm.
Yet the Kawasaki rider is trying to keep his morale high and show confidence…
"Today we had a bit of work to do - the five-time world champion said - I tried the various tyre solutions and concentrated on the sensations on the bike. I also had the opportunity to compare the test set-up with the one used here at Jerez in order to get a general picture of the situation. I didn't need to go for a fast lap time, for me it was more important to understand the behaviour of the bike well to be ready tomorrow ”.
At this point what do you expect from Race 1?
“The temperature was really remarkable this afternoon and this will be a key aspect for the afternoon. For Superpole I don't have much to invent, for the race instead we have to carefully evaluate the choice of tyre in these torrid conditions. We have a lot of choices available, but not much time to take the right path. "
Rossi said last week that Jerez was the toughest race of his career.
“It will be really hard, but in Suzuka I raced for four hours (joking), this will help me. But we are here to race and that's what we have to do."
On the race pace it looks like a four-way battle with Redding, Bautista and Davies.
“I haven’t yet had a look at my race pace. I saw that Scott and Alvaro are really fast. We will see what will happen tomorrow. I can't afford to push hard and attack from the start, because then the risk is to be left stranded. But at the same time, I don't even imagine a Phillip Island-style race, seeing as here in Jerez it is not as easy to take advantage of the slipstream as in Australia ”.