Rea tests Stoner's Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP

World Superbike rider bills experience as 'opportunity of a lifetime'

Posted: 28 August 2012
by Visordown News

JONATHAN Rea stood-in for Casey Stoner and tested his MotoGP RC213V at Brno, yesterday.

Rea, who described the test as 'an opportunity of a lifetime', used this first test to familiarise himself with the 1000cc machine and adapt to the Bridgestone tyres.

Rea clocked a best time of 1m59.595, just three seconds slower than the test's fastest lap time, set by Cal Crutchlow, a 1m56.461. Compared with his best World Superbike time, Rea lapped the Czech circuit in 1m59.386 on his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Rossi and the Factory Ducati team have chosen to skip the test and will be testing in private at Misano today and tomorrow. Misano is the next round on the calendar.

Rea said: "It's an opportunity of a lifetime for me and I'm thankful to Honda for asking me to be here, although I'm gutted for the guys in the team and obviously for Casey as he is the guy that should be here and I wish him a fast recovery.

"My first impressions are that the bike isn't that difficult, it's the tyres and the way they work that I'm finding hard. I'm struggling to finish off the corner which is definitely a confidence issue as I just need to load the front and find that confidence but it's my first day and I don't want to find that limit, or risk overstepping it just yet.

"It's great to be able to see Dani's data and learn where to go fast, that's a big help. I don't underestimate how tough a job it is, I just need some time and I don' t feel pressure to perform, it's a learning process with the team and people around me. It's been a great day, one of the best days of my life. I've been a Honda rider all my career and now to ride the best Honda machine in the World has been a dream come true"

Brno MotoGP test results

Testing Results
1     Cal Crutchlow    
1'56.461     GBR     YAMAHA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2     Andrea Dovizioso    
1'56.578     ITA     YAMAHA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3
3     Jorge Lorenzo    
1'56.699     SPA     YAMAHA     Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4     Dani Pedrosa    
1'56.703     SPA     HONDA     Repsol Honda Team
5     Stefan Bradl    
1'57.156     GER     HONDA     LCR Honda MotoGP
6     Alvaro Bautista    
1'57.161     SPA     HONDA     San Carlo Honda Gresini
7     Ben Spies    
1'57.474     USA     YAMAHA     Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8     Jonathan Rea    
1'59.595     GBR     HONDA     Repsol Honda Team
9     Yonny Hernandez    
1'59.743     COL     BQR-FTR     BQR
10     Ivan Silva    
2'00.667     SPA     BQR-FTR     BQR
11     Michele Pirro    
2'00.863     ITA     HONDA     San Carlo Honda Gresini
12     Colin Edwards    
2'02.049     USA     SUTER     NGM Mobile Forward Racing

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So Jonny is going to stand in for Moaner. This is worrying - anybody else noticed how the majority of incidents at the front of the pack in WSBK seem to involve him in any way?

I certainly hope he doesn't affect the Moto Gp championship.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 09:15

So Jonny is going to stand in for Moaner. This is worrying - anybody else noticed how the majority of incidents at the front of the pack in WSBK seem to involve him in any way?

I certainly hope he doesn't affect the Moto Gp championship.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 09:16

From your comments, it appears you seem to think Jonathan Rea is a liability. Oh dear. He try's as hard as anyone out there, and is to be honest, class.

If HRC think he's worth a go on the 213V, then I'm fairly certain they know what they are talking about. Anyway, I'd say it'll line up with Bradl getting onto the Respol bike and Rea getting on the LCR bike.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 09:58

MCN have an article where it says that Rea will replace Stoner at Misano.

I will give him credit for being a trier, but yes, I do think he is a liability. The majority of incidents at the front in WSBK involve him in some way - but for some reason according to our non biased commentators it is always somebody else's fault.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:39

Its obviously a reward for winning the 8 hour.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 11:42

Good point K100, and you are probably correct.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:18

Yeah, I think you are more than likely right K100. Fluke, the recent mishap at Silverstone was in no way Rea's fault..


Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:34

if you understood racing when you give 110% shit happens, You can hardly blame him for a bike crashing in front of him at Silverstone, checa running into the back of him in Russia, his own crash in russia was a weird one as he done nothing different than any other lap & laverty highsiding & taking him out AGAIN from behind is hardly his fault......... he has been turning up consistent podiums & race wins for 3 years when his team mates have been struggling to finish mid Teens on a bike that is simply not competitive. Will he ruffle a few feathers in moto g.p....... I hope so, for motorcycle racing needs people who ride with their heart on their sleeve & hopefully now we will see what he is capable of on competitive machinery !

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:43

Would love to see Rea in GP. But Marquez and Dani will be running the Repsol bikes next year. If they brought in Rea, that means a 3rd Repsol.... either for Rea or for Bradl. I think thats unlikely.

Would welcome Rea on a Honda... he races to RACE. Not be a baby, wanting clear track, perfect conditions. WSBK ride. GP has it easy.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 19:01

Clearly an emotive subject.

Chaps, I didn't slate Jonny, simply said that he seems to be involved in a lot if incidents.

I stand by my point - I hope he does not affect the championship with his "110%" "races to race" style. It would not be fair on the moto gp boys who are playing the long game - a championshio is not won on one corner.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 21:13

fluke, you narf talk crap. Rea is not a liability.

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 22:18

Gun, you have an opinion, so do I. I sincerely hope that yours is correct.

Time will tell...

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 22:50

Fluke, don't forget, that we know "nothing about racing" and "we wouldn't understand man". These racers on here have seen some stuff maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, they've seen some thiiiiiiiiiiiiings.....


Posted: 29/08/2012 at 09:10

i actually agree with Fluke... Rea is a good rider, but has definetly cause some other good riders to crash plenty of times. And you're crazy if you think him knocking Checa off the bike at Russia wasn't his fault...but either way, what i find more interesting is how close the GP and WSBK times are.

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 20:51

Yep Rea is a liability - 100%

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:54

To quote Foggy after Rea took himself out and almost took Sykes with him - "He went for a gap that was smaller than the one inbetween Whittam's eyes"

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 16:46

DemiT while I can see that your input may be useful for those seeking company it isn't germane to the discussion so please get the sales pitch off it

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 21:49

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