Rea takes another step at Aragón

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Repsol Honda’s substitute rider Jonathan Rea was on good form in Aragón today, taking a big step in only his second GP outing by taking seventh and closing the gap to the front.

The substitute for the injured Casey Stoner was charging from the start, having to deal with San Carlo’s Álvaro Bautista in the early stages. He then tried to alter the electronic settings on his bike to improve his lap times, before ultimately sticking with what he had. This then saw him bring the RC213V home just 10 seconds off the front.

Jonathan Rea

"I'm happy I achieved my goal of reducing the gap to the guys at the front, in the end we managed it by 10 seconds but it was another difficult race as I found myself on my own again. At the beginning I let Álvaro have too big a gap and when I tried to make a push, it wasn't enough and we were only taking tenths out of him but I'm quite satisfied and I've learned a lot. In this race it was quite confusing for me as I was playing with the traction control buttons, the torque settings and the engine braking just to try and figure out what was happening, then there came a point where I told myself just to ride this thing and see what happens. It's been amazing to get this chance and I'm not totally sure what's happening for Motegi but my best wishes go to Casey and I hope he comes back and shows the World the rider he is and ends his final season on a high. I want to thank all of HRC and the Repsol Honda Team for this opportunity and for treating me like one of their own, not like a replacement rider, it's been an amazing experience. This is my tenth year in the Honda family and hopefully I can come back here someday."

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