Honda In High Spirits Ahead Of Salt Lake City

Jonathan Rea - Photo Credit: Honda Racing
Jonathan Rea - Photo Credit: Honda Racing


Honda's Jonathan Rea says he is going to stick to the winning formula which proved so successful at Donington Park in this weekend's World Superbike meeting in Salt Lake City. The Ulsterman claimed his second win of the season two weeks ago to move into third in the standings, just 20.5 points off the lead.

Rea says the Honda team are going to approach this weekend in exactly the same way as they did a fortnight ago and hopes it yields similar rewards.

“One of the problems we had last year at Miller was stability on corner entry but, since the introduction of ride-by-wire and some improvements that the guys have worked on recently, we're definitely better in that area. Miller is a circuit that demands a lot of confidence going into some corners and we'll work this weekend with the same approach that we had at Donington. We weren't necessarily at the top of the timing sheets in every session but we know that race wins often come in the last five laps, so we'll follow that path again. It would be nice to get some higher track temperatures that might allow us to work on the softer tyre, but we'll see how the weather is when we get to the track on Thursday and make a plan. I'm really looking forward to the weekend though – I really like the track and going to America is always a fun experience.”

Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama is faced with another new circuit to learn but after making progress with the Honda Fireblade at Donington, is ready to meet the challenge head-on.

“I am really looking forward to going to Miller. America is a great country and it has a little bit different tradition for motorcycles, but the fans are very excited by racing. The racetrack will be new for me so that means the first day will not be easy. I have seen the layout and it is great, looks nice, and I hope I can start with a good feeling for the bike and the racetrack. I had a little bit more of a positive feeling on the bike at the last race so I hope I can carry that feeling on all through the weekend at Miller – all the way to Monday. I have raced on a Saturday before but never a Monday, so this will be another new thing for me at this round.”