Jonathan Rea prolonged interview – “Alvaro in a unique race”

Jonathan Rea Interview

Jonathan Rea: “The bikes had been fairly completely different at the moment, we had been attempting to in contrast the 2022 bike versus the 23 bike within the afternoon, there’s positives and negatives with each. I choose to stay with the ’23. Sadly whereas I used to be doing a race simulation, lap 14 I received caught out in T4.”

Q: Due to the wind?

Rea: “It’s very gusty you already know, it’s coming sturdy from the again, and I’m on my restrict, pushing clearly, and it was a really sluggish crash, fairly completely different to yesterday, I used to be fairly a method down the nook as I began to launch the brake. I received actually optimistic sensations throughout that run. I used to be capable of, after 13 laps, to remain in 31s which for me was the place I should be to struggle for the rostrum.

“Then after that we evaluated the SC0 rear tyre. Pirelli requested me to make an extended run, to grasp for the Superpole race how that tyre carried out. Once more, the tyre efficiency was good, so from an digital viewpoint I’m actually pleased with the steps we’ve made contained in the crew.”

The sprint of the KRT ZX-10RR

Q: On the electronics entrance Jonny, you stated with the enhancements you made, is that {hardware} or software program, personnel?

Rea: “A little bit of all the things, not {hardware}, however software program with completely different digital methods, with a brand new digital engineer in Sander Donkers [Engine Engineer & Electronics], and we now have new workers in Christophe Lambert [Electronic Engineers & Data Coordinator]. Each coming from various things with completely different experiences, from an digital viewpoint, so there’s much more inputs. In Kawasaki we had the identical digital engineers for a lifetime. So it’s at all times good to place some new inputs into the field and simply have a unique perspective. I believe that’s actually made the crew take a step ahead – completely different concepts.

“Issues are working good, our bike is behaving extra calm than regular, simply within the bumpy sections I’m struggling rather a lot. By way of sector three, by means of Hayshed, seven, eight and 9. In order that’s one thing to work on, I must get extra weight switch to the entrance to get by means of the Hayshed. I’m a passenger by means of there on the minute, the bike is at all times in delay after I’m altering route. That’s the principle focus for Friday to work on.”

Q: Getting that weight to the entrance throughout impartial and acceleration, not throughout braking you imply?

Rea: “Fixed throttle, after I’m braking I can put the bike in place, however naturally the load switch isn’t onto the entrance like I’d usually have, like I like… So we have to make a bit extra pitching, and I believe that may assist in fairly just a few different areas, just like the final nook, flip two, flip 4 so I’m not having to actually put the bike in place, it’ll fall extra naturally. So we now have a extra clear route than yesterday, the place we have to go. I’m extra happy with the bike than yesterday, however nonetheless some key areas to enhance.

The shock in Rea’s ZX-10RR

“We made a step in comparison with final yr within the winter time, electronics, acceleration, tyre consumption. We’ve made a step I really feel. However everyone has made a step. Everyone strikes ahead and we’d like extra. We are able to’t simply make a brand new bike, the modifications for 23 are so delicate.

“I want energy, plenty of energy. I’m racing a man that’s probably 15 kg lighter than me, with a motorcycle with a lot energy.  Final yr you already know, it was the identical story, to be on the restrict each single nook, each single lap, simply to lose a lot time within the straight, you’ll be able to’t magically repair this. So after all we have to enhance, we’d like a a lot sooner engine, as a result of the deficit we now have within the straight and the acceleration is an excessive amount of. However it’s the identical story. Now we have improved, so I’m grateful, I’m grateful for the efforts they’ve made. As a result of with these rules, manufacturing firms making homologation bikes, mass manufacturing, it’s so tough to enhance, so I don’t suppose we’ll discover a magic step. We have to enhance this space.

“I believe we are able to struggle for the rostrum, I actually really feel like we are able to in the perfect of the remainder struggle. I believe Alvaro is clearly in a unique league, he’s going to be in a unique race already. He has such a bonus right here. Not simply right here with energy, he’s doing a very good job, using the bike properly, the bike is working properly, and he’s clearly at one. However I believe we will be combating for the perfect of the remainder.”

Jonathan Rea throughout testing this week at Phillip Island

Q: For therefore lengthy you had been the favorite for the World Championship, possibly this yr it’s Alvaro.

Rea: “I’m excited, the stress is gone. In 2021 I misplaced the championship by nothing to Toprak, 13-points or one thing. After final yr, I received beat so unhealthy by Alvaro, he was strolling to the championship from midway by means of the season. So after all, we have to step up, however that’s thrilling, that’s a unique place than previously. It’s extra, we settle for the place we’re and wish to enhance. It’s a unique mentality. Simply attempting to work with the crew to enhance and hope to struggle for as many race wins as I can.”

KRT ZX-10RR World Superbike

Q: One of many issues you had final yr was with the new temperatures, do you’re employed additionally on this downside?

Rea: “No as a result of we check in Jerez and Portimao, in 25-30 levels within the observe, most, so we don’t know. What I do know is that after I look lap by lap, I simply test my rhythm is sort of good. Neglect Alvaro, the remainder, with Locatelli, Rinaldi possibly, my rhythm is there with these guys to struggle on the entrance for the rostrum. So if possibly we now have made a step within the warmth. Final years race, it may need saved me as a result of it was fairly cool. I believe this yr if we will be on the rostrum right here with sizzling circumstances I believe we’ve actually confirmed we’ve made a step ahead. I imply podiums are going to be an awesome consequence this weekend.”

Jonathan Rea within the field through the Phillip Island WorldSBK Check this week

Phillip Island WorldSBK Race Schedule

Friday 24 February 2023
Begin End Class Session
Laps Distance
0740 0750 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0810 0820 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0850 0910 Australian Supersport 300 FP    
0915 0940 Australian Supersport FP    
0945 1015 Australian Superbike FP1    
1030 1115 WorldSSP FP1    
1130 1215 WorldSBK FP    
1225 1255 ASBK Pillion Rides
1305 1325 Australian Supersport 300 Q    
1335 1355 Australian Supersport Q    
1405 1435 Australian Superbike FP2    
1500 1545 WorldSSP FP2    
1600 1645 WorldSBK FP2    
1705 Australian Supersport 300 R1 8 35.56km
Saturday 25 February 2023
Begin End Class Session Laps Distance
0740 0750 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0810   0820 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0900 0920 Australian Superbike Q
0940 Australian Supersport 300 R2 8 35.56km
1015 Australian Supersport R1 10 44.45km
1050 1120 WorldSBK FP3
1140 Australian SuperbikeR1 12 53.34km
1225 1245 WorldSSP  Superpole
1310 1325 WorldSBK  Superpole
1340 1410 Pit Stroll 1 & Security Automobile Laps
1430 WorldSSP R1 18 80.01km
1505 1535 ASBK Pillion Rides
1600 WorldSBK R1 22 97.79km
1720 Australian Supersport R2 10 44.45km
Sunday 26 February 2023
Begin  End  Session  Session Laps Distance
0800 0810 Timekeeping Monitor System Check
0830  0840 FIM Medical Inspection /// FIM Monitor Inspection
0910 Australian Supersport 300 R3 8 35.56km
0945 Australian Superbike R2 12 53.34km
1030 1045 WorldSBK WUP
1055 1110 WorldSSP WUP
1130 Australian Supersport R3 10 44.45km
1200 1235 Pit Stroll 2 & Security Automobile Laps ASBK Displays on Podium
1300 WorldSBK SPRace 10 44.45km
1340 Australian Superbike R3 12 53.34km
1430 WorldSSP R2   80.01km
1505 1535 ASBK Pillion Rides ASBK Displays on Podium
1600 WorldSBK R3 22 97.79km