#RiminiWorldSBK | Jonathan Rea: “We need to step up”
Jonathan Rea is already focused on Sunday races and on the future after Race 1 win today; reigning World Champion feels to be strong also in dry conditions but he also said him and Kawasaki need to step up
Alex Lowes’ crash and the wet probably helped Jonathan Rea on being successful today and getting the third win of the season, with reigning World Champion who had the opportunity to snatch 9 points from Bautista for the championship, but the race was not that easy as long as he did not have any single information on wet.
Race 1 winner underlined how it was an hard race: “It was a very difficult race from all aspects. First time we tested the bike in the wet was just during the Warm Up in Imola and this morning we did not try any single lap; at the end the gamble paid off because I did not want to lose my rhythm for Superpole which we expected to be dry”
Jonathan did not expect the race to be wet and that changed a lot of things, even if the bike works fine on the wet: “I was very nervous when I saw the rain, we did not really had a setup and I tried to maximize our potential. Our bike is really stable in this conditions but track was changing lap to lap. I just set my rhythm, when Alex passed me I decided to do not follow him, I was not ready to be that fast”.
Wet race means more concentration than a dry one, but winning after a tough weekend was what Johnny needed: “For sure I need more concentration on wet conditions because the bike is moving and you have to be really precise, if you make a little mistake you could finish on the gravel. This results means a lot for me, not for the championship but for my mentality and team moral, there is nothing that beats winning feeling. I do not think at the championship for the moment, season is really long, we will take every opportunity when we can”.
It seems that level is becoming really closer, with Yamahas being really competitive: “I do not know if level is closer, but it is clear that we have a guy and a manufacturer that are dominating the championship. I am not too sure what is happening in Yamaha, but Alex and Michael did a great step up, I hope we can react to this difficult situation with Kawasaki, reacting nice would be good as long as we were the reference team for the last 4 years”
Tomorrow probably it is gonna be a dry Superpole Race and Race 2, with Jonathan preferring a dry one: “I feel we can win on dry tomorrow, me and Alvaro have almost the same pace, there are 2 sectors in which he is stronger and I have 2 sectors in which I am really good. I will do my best, I am feeling good with the bike. I have the opportunity to use superpole tyres too as long as this track is not so abrasive. It is gonna be tough because it is not just Alvaro being strong”