Johnny Rea might not have won, but a second place in Race 1 at Aragon has all the flavour of success. The 20 points gained weigh down on Scott Redding like a boulder in the sprint for the world title. The world champion knows this well since his lead in the world championship standings has now gone up to 30 points on the Aruba rider.
Just think that after the second round at Jerez he found himself playing catch-up 24 points down, now he is on a breakaway run.
“I am obviously happy with this result - Johnny said - I congratulate Rinaldi for his wonderful performance. The first win is always the hardest, but it seems to have been the easiest for him, as he broke away and went on to win. I tried to keep up with his pace, but after a while I realized I didn't have his pace. Then, when Redding crashed, I realized that it was pointless to take any risks and that it was better to get 20 points in the bag ”.
Rea then went into the matter by talking about the tyres.
“Yesterday I did a race simulation with the SCX and the sensations were not bad, even if in the final part I suffered more than I should have. I decided to rely on the SC0 for Race 1 and in the end, it was the wrong choice, but despite everything I took home 20 points. All in all, it went well, but I have to be focused for Sunday ”.
Rea then set out his goal.
“I will try to give my best in the Superpole Race to try to win and fight with the best to get on the podium”.
The surprise of the day was undoubtedly Scott Redding’s crash...
“It was really easy to make a mistake, it didn't take much to end up on the ground here in Aragon. I'm sorry for Scott, but despite the margin in the championship, I'm certainly not going to settle for that. My goal is to keep fighting to win. In this championship, I think I have a lot of experience behind me and this aspect helps me to make a difference. But I too lost some important points. At Phillip Island I didn't finish Race 1, while at Jerez I finished seventh. That was the worst result in the past five years. I don't think the championship is over, seeing as we’ve got a lot of races still to go”.
The next one will be the Superpole Race on Sunday morning, followed by Race 2.
“During these weeks we have worked hard together with the team to grow and improve. The team asked me to change my style and now, on tracks with little grip, I tend to anticipate my braking more than usual, to avoid sacrificing the tyres too much. This is an aspect that has particularly helped me ”.