Jonathan Rea has admitted that there is still a lot of work to do for his Pata Honda team if they are to be in contention for honours at Aragon next week.
After a testing session in Aragon this week, Rea reported that there were still a number of niggles that the team had not fully eradicated a number of teething problems that were present from the season opener in Australia, but remained upbeat about the progress the team had made.
Rea and teammate Leon Haslam struggled at the season opener in Australia last month, with Rea posting two eight place finishes and Haslam posting a seventh and a tenth place finish over the two races.
Speaking after the three-day test in Spain, Rea claimed that the potential is there and that he hoped that another test, just prior to the Aragon weekend, will show the team has made progress.
“I did a back-to-back comparison with last year’s electronics and it’s easy to see the potential that the new system has,” he claimed. “However, the teething problems we had in Australia don’t seem to have gone away so we haven’t got as much out of this test as we wanted. We’ve got another couple of days testing at Alcarras next week, which will be really useful. We’ve also got some good brains working on the system, so we know there’s more to come.”
Pieter Breddels, technical co-ordinator for Pata Honda, added: “It’s fair to say that we haven’t been able to progress in the way we would have liked here in Aragon as we are still working on fine-tuning the new electronics.”