Rea Cleared by Doctors, Will Race at Donnington Park

jonathan_reaJonathan Rea had a rough outing at Phillip Island last weekend. Rea had a few crashes, a few bruises, but according to doctors, no serious injuries. Rea has been given the “all clear” by his doctor and will be set to race at the next World Superbike round at Donnington Park.

“I just saw my specialist in Manchester and he has given me the ‘all clear,’ and confirmed that there is no further damage to my repaired ligament in my left wrist,” Rea said. “There is only some soft tissue damage to the right wrist. That is really good news and all I have to do now is work hard in rehab to regain full function.”

Rea fought through the pain at Phillip Island to claim a 12th place finish during race 1, and an amazing 4th place effort during race 2. Rea’s valiant efforts scored him 17 points and 6th place in the overall standings, but it also left him physically drained.

“It was really hard in Australia; it drained me of everything,” Rea said. “But now I have got a spring in my step again. I should be close to full fitness in time for Donnington, so I should have no pain like before.”

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Rea Talks About Injury From Hospital; Hopeful for Race Return [Video]

jonathan_rea_hospital_bedJust days before the start of the 2011 World Superbike championship season began, Jonathan Rea suffered a high speed accident at the Phillip Island track. Rea was taken to the hospital for x-rays, fearing that he broke his wrist. But Rea released a video today, saying that he did not suffer any serious injury, and that he was hopeful that he’d be on the grid this weekend for the start of the 2011 World Superbike season.

Rea posted a video from his hospital bed in Melbourne.

“Here I am in the hospital, not really how I wanted my championship to begin. I went down really hard on turn three during the test day… The bike spat me off really hard, probably a130mph crash,” Rea said. “But the most worrying thing for me was the possibility of aggravating the old injury to my hand… But all the X-rays and CT scans showed that there are no fractures. There maybe a fracture to the edge of my left collarbone, which I hope is a previous injury.

“Hopefully we can get out of here later today with good results and I can be on the grid on Friday. We’ll see how it goes. I am really optimistic because I have a range and movement in both my hands, which seemed to bear the brunt of the crash. We’ll try to swelling down to a minimum, but hopefully I can get on the bike without too much discomfort, and get out on the grid on Sunday trying as hard as ever.”

Here is the video from Jonathan Rea.

The World Superbike season starts on Sunday, the 27th.

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Carlos Checa Continues To Set Pace at Phillip Island

Carlos_Checa_WSBKCarlos Checa was the fastest once again around the World Superbike track at Phillip Island. Checa was the fastest during the first day of testing, setting the track record with a 1’30.58 lap time. Checa continued to set the pace at Phillip Island on day two, although lap times were slightly slower across the board.

The World Superbike season starts this weekend at Phillip Island, and the Althea Ducati rider has proven that he’s the man to beat. Not only did Checa have a fantastic session at Phillip Island, but he also took home a race win in Australia last year.

The top five finishers today were unable to improve their times from day one. 2010 World Superbike champion Max Biaggi was one of few riders to post a better lap on two, but Biaggi still only managed a sixth place finish.

Jonathan Rea, who finished third overall during the testing session, was taken to the hospital after a crash. Rea was taken to the hospital to have x-rays on his wrist. No word on the condition of his injury, but with just a few days before the start of the World Superbike season, Rea could struggle to see the grid on Sunday.

World Superbike Combined Testing Times From Phillip Island

  1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’30.578
  2. Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’31.196
  3. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.206
  4. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’31.654
  5. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.866
  6. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.870
  7. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.113
  8. Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.122
  9. Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.137
  10. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.272
  11. Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.299
  12. Waters J. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.394
  13. Xaus R. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.405
  14. Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.413
  15. 52 Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.880
  16. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.994
  17. Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.233
  18. Staring B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.398
  19. Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.432
  20. Berger M. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’33.485
  21. Rolfo R. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.514
  22. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’33.560
  23. Aitchison M. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.721

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Castrol Honda Completes Private Test at Phillip Island


The Castrol Honda World Superbike Team completed a two-day private test at Phillip Island in Australia today, ahead of next week’s official test (21-22 February), which will be followed by the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike championship (25-27 February).

The team has been blighted by poor weather conditions in Europe over the winter and maximized the opportunity offered by dry conditions to test a number of new components on its Castrol Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades.

Jonathan Rea completed 102 laps yesterday and settled quickly into a fast rhythm around the sweeping 4.5km circuit, 150km south of Melbourne. However, in wet conditions this morning, the 24-year-old crashed at Phillip Island’s fast turn one.

Rea suffered neck pains and was transferred to a hospital for a scan, which was clear, but he missed the rest of the day’s testing program.

Rea’s Castrol Honda team-mate, Ruben Xaus, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday in Australia tomorrow, took full advantage of his first real opportunity to get some dry time on his new CBR1000RR.

Jonathan Rea:
Everything felt really good yesterday and we did more laps than we’ve done during the whole winter in Europe. This morning it was wet but, when it stopped raining and looked like clearing up, I went out but got off the bike quite quickly at turn one. I hurt my neck a bit but the paramedics insisted on putting me in a brace and taking me to hospital where it took about four hours to get a scan. Everything was fine and it was a little frustrating to lose the time today. But yesterday showed that we’re in a pretty good place, so I’m looking forward to some more testing on Monday.

Ruben Xaus:
I’m quite tired actually! I’ve done a lot of laps yesterday and today and this is quite a physical circuit. Combined with trying lots of different things and still a bit of jet-lag, it’s been a tough couple of days. But so far so good, and we’ve had to go through a lot of different things to learn more about the bike and how it behaves in different situations. I don’t want to go out and just give it full gas for three fast laps; I want to be able to go fast after a lot of laps, which is really important here. We know which direction we’re going in and we’ll follow that way when we come back on Monday and work a little more on stability through the corner.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
Well, Jonathan had quite a big off this morning, but everything was fine yesterday and I saw he Tweeted that the bike was ‘jammin’, which is a good thing I think! He was still on full wets this morning, even though the puddles had gone, and when he got back from the hospital it was quite late, so we gave him the rest of the afternoon off! Ruben and his crew have been going through a lot of work here because it’s been his first chance to ride the bike properly in dry conditions. They tried a lot of different settings and found a good way to head into the official tests next week.

[Press Release and Photos Courtesy of Castrol Honda]

Castrol Honda Tests at Portimao [Video]

Castrol_HondaThe World Superbike riders haven’t had the best luck at their recent testing sessions. Cold and rainy weather plagued the Aragon testing session, and the conditions weren’t that much better in Portimao. Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus of the Castrol Honda team were able to put in a few laps, but they didn’t get to test all aspects of the bike that they were hoping to.

“It’s been good here at Portimao,” Rea said. “We didn’t get the best testing weather – we wanted dry days, really, to try and progress the bike. We had some new things to try and, to be honest, I think we got two sessions, but we were pretty much at the sharp end in both of them. In the wet we were really fast as well, so I’m really happy with where we are. I always worry that you might lose some speed or talent over the winter but it hasn’t been the case and we’ve reconfirmed that my wrist is perfect and my shoulder’s good. It’s exactly what I needed before I head off to Australia on Tuesday where my trainer’s meeting me to get some sunshine and get me properly prepared.

Here’s a video from Castrol Honda.

“We got 50 or 60 dry laps so I’ve learned a lot from the bike and from the guys,” said Rea’s Castrol Honda teammate Ruben Xaus. “They’ve taught me how to do some things and Johnny (Rea) also taught me some steps. Slowly, we made some progress and overall I’m quite satisfied because although conditions were very difficult here, I’ve seen something of the bike and I can go home, relax and think about where I need to put in the effort from my side. Despite all this, I think it’s one of my best starts to a season from a physical and motivational point of view. As a package, the team looks really great, everybody works together on both sides of the garage, so let’s go to Australia and enjoy ourselves with the kangaroos!

The Castrol Honda team, as well as the rest of the WSBK Paddock, will have one more chance to test out their motorcycles before the start of the World Superbike season on February 27th.

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