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Rea 'struggling' at Jerez WSBK test



Rea said his engine setup was aggressive for the tight Spanish track
Rea said his engine setup was aggressive for the tight Spanish track

By WSBK desk
Image by Honda Racing

Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea struggled with problems at the Jerez World Superbike test and can't put a finger on where the fault lies but reckons an aggressive engine made it difficult to put in a fast lap at the tight Spanish track.

Although final laptimes haven't been forthcoming, the Irishman was more than a second off the pace of Tom Sykes earlier in the week but says that some new strategies for 2014 will smooth things along.

"After a positive test at Aragon, I really struggled here at Jerez. It’s hard to put a finger on our problems but I feel that the character of our engine is quite aggressive and that makes the lap difficult here," he said.

"We have a few new strategies to implement at our next test in January, which should help. I completed over 200 laps here so now I’m really looking forward to the winter break. I hope to come back in January to make some more progress with the CBR."

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