Cool Rea holds on to eighth in debut

18. září 2012 v 9:41
Despite drama and incidents going on all around him, Ballyclare's Jonathan Rea kept both his head and his cool, riding a near faultless race, to finish eighth on his MotoGP debut with Repsol Honda at Misano.
All on a day when run-a-way winner Jorge Lorenzo extended his championship lead over closest rival Dani Pedrosa to 38 points.
Rea said afterwards: "It was a tough race but I'm really happy with the progress I made throughout the race and I learnt so much that you simply can't pick up in testing.
"In the beginning Nicky (Hayden) pulled a gap and I was catching him but in the end it wasn't enough.
"To finish eighth is okay, but the gap to the front is a little frustrating.
"In general I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to the next challenge in Aragon."
Valentino Rossi was a popular podium finisher in front of the Tifosi in second place aboard his factory Ducati; one place ahead of podium debutant Alvaro Bautista on the San Carlo Gresini Honda - the very same ride that Jonathan Rea is being ear-marked to get in 2013.
A problematic start, which saw a numbers of riders jump the lights prematurely, forced a re-start over 27 laps with the biggest loser being Rea's championship chasing team-mate Dani Pedrosa on pole position.
The Spaniard's crew were forced to wheel his bike off the grid when his front brake locked solid, leaving Pedrosa to start from the back of the grid.
When the race did eventually get under way he hurtled through the field, but just as he closed onto the back wheel of his Northern Ireland team-mate, an over-exuberant Hector Barbera on the Pramac Racing Ducati wiped him out from behind.
Rea steadied himself in the melee before taking full advantage of fellow British rider Cal Crutchlow crashing out of a top six position on lap five. This moved Rea up to eighth.
Finishing just 43 seconds behind eventual winner Lorenzo will give Rea something to build on for his next outing at Motorland Aragon on September 30th.
Meanwhile, at Oliver's Mount in Scarborough, Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin dominated proceedings with five victories, taking home the coveted Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup for the eighth time in ten years.
Surprisingly, it was a Gold Cup first for Philip and Hector Neill's Tyco Suzuki team, with Martin more than happy to provide the silverware in his last race of 2012 with Moneymore based team.
"To give Tyco Suzuki their first win is mint," said Martin.
His one blip was in the final leg of the David Jefferies' 600cc race, where he was forced to retire from the lead with an intermittent electrical problem.
Ryan Farquhar closed out his career with an emotional parade lap where TT legend John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin, Jamie Hamilton and Michael Dunlop paid tribute to the Dungannon man by riding his full stable of KMR Kawasakis, much to the delight of the large North Yorkshire audience.
 

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