Jonathan Rea was satisfied with second place in both Race One and Race Two at Imola this past weekend, explaining that he cannot be expected to win every time he races.
Chaz Davies was the star of the weekend as he completed a memorable double on his Aruba.it Ducati in Italy.
Rea went into the weekend seeking a fifth straight WSBK victory at Imola. However, it was not to be as Davies’ consistent pace coupled with Rea encountering engine and braking problems in both races meant the latter had to settle for the second step on the podium.
Commenting on how he felt the weekend played out, Rea was somewhat philosophical as he acknowledged Davies’ strong performance and also pointed-out that the nature of professional sport means that sometimes you have to be content with finishing outside of the winner’s circle.
“Chaz made a very good first lap and broke me a little bit but then I felt like I was managing the same pace and maybe even faster,” said Rea.
“Then I had a huge moment on the exit of the last chicane. I ran onto the Astroturf, which had held moisture from last night’s rain. A few laps later, when I was in fifth gear and on full gas, my bike just cut out on the straight. I lost two or three seconds in one lap.
“It fired into life again but it took me a few corners to relax again. It feels like when we can’t win we should finish second and we did that at Imola.
“It is clear now that there are three guys now at the top of the championship. Every dog has his day and today was not ours.”
Despite not winning, Rea still leads the championship with 221 points. Davies is in second place with 186 points. Tom Sykes is in third with 154 points.