Monday, 21 August 2017
WSBK: Rea blames Lasauitzring for bike issues
CHAZ Davies, on the Aruba.it Racing Ducati, stole the World Superbike show this weekend at the Lasauitzring in Germany after 'doing the double' whilst Jonathan Rea admits he didn't expect to have to fight for a win.
Davies took home maximum points this weekend in Germany after winning both race one and two, but it was Kawasaki rider Rea who struggled after being forced to wrestle the bike over the bumps to fend off Marco Melandri.
As usual Rea made his presence known at the start and took an early lead and pace, but the Irishman was unable to fend off David and instead was forced to settle for second.
Speaking after race two, Rea explained: 'I'm ecstatic after yesterdays result, I didn’t expect to fight for the win but today after warm up I really expected to be strong but in the end I had nothing for Chaz. He was really strong so congratulations to him, even Marco was really strong so I had to give my 100% to stay in front of him.
'The bike wasn’t comfortable to ride this weekend,' said Rea whom went on to explain why the Kawasaki appeared to have so many issues.
'The problem with this track and all the bumps means my bike wasn’t behaving so nice and instead of riding the bike and feeling at one I felt like I was wrestling the bike.
'It was 21 hard laps and I rode with my heart and trying to bring it home. We got 20 points for our efforts which we have to be happy with and we got beaten by a better guy today.'
Rea still leads the World Championshpi standings with a 70-point advantage over his team-mate Tom Sykes, but can that gap be narrowed with four rounds to go?
Watch this space