Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

I will step up a gear, says Rea

Jonathan Rea finished sixth in the third round of the World Supersport Championship in Valencia yesterday.

Rea is now eighth in the Championship but said afterwards that he was disappointed with yesterday's performance as he felt he could have done better. "I never really got into the race with a chance and most of the time I was struggling to get into the top six," he said.

Rea was in seventh place throughout a large part of the round and it was only in the closing stages that he made a charge which might have brought him up to fifth.

However, he was never going to catch the leading trio headed by Spaniard Juan Lasborz who was in front all the way and had a healthy margin in hand of Fabien Foret who just got the better of Craig Jones in a tough battle for second place.

Rea's team mate Andrew Pitt who had won the previous round in Australia fell off early on.

The next round is in Assen in Holland at the end of this month and Rea said: "I hope to improve my performance but it's a pretty tough Championship I have opted for this season."

Meanwhile on the Moto Cross round the Netherlands Grand Prix saw a good result for the Crossgar based team KTM UKS when Shaun Simpson recorded a personal best with a fifth place in the first race.

In the second race he had a mediocre start and crashed on the third lap but got back into the race and ended up ninth - he is now sixth in the MX2 World Championship.

His team mate James Noble did not compete as he is recovering from pneumonia.

Meanwhile, Ulster's heavy hitters in the British Championship were thwarted yesterday when the opening round of the series at Brand Hatch had to be postponed because of snow.

Billy Nutt, manager of his son Martin Nutt, who competes in the village super sport championship said: "The snow started to fall at 7am and by midday it was impossible to race. I am told that there'll be a new Brand Hatch meeting scheduled for May 11."

This new date is only a week in front of the North West 200, practice for which takes place on Tuesday, May 13 and continues on Thursday, May 15 with the race on Saturday May 17.

Among those expected to take part were Michael Laverty, who is one of the leading contenders for the British Superbike Championship, Marshall Neill, who is going for the Village Superstock, and Ian Lowry who is involved in the British Supersport.

All accepted the conditions were impossible.