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Jonathan Rea not satisfied with top six in WSB

Jonathan Rea
Rea (number 4) wanted a better return at Donington Park

Two top six finishes at the second round of the World Superbike championship on Sunday did not satisfy Isle of Man-based rider Jonathan Rea.

Rea finished a creditable fifth in the first 23-lap race and sixth in the second but said it wasn't what he came to Donington for.

"We got through the weekend OK, but OK by my own standards is not good enough," said the Castrol Honda rider.

Marco Melandri and championship leader Carlos Checa claimed the victories.

Opting for the harder rear tyre in race one, Rea was involved in a number of battles but ran across the 'Esses' on lap eleven, dropping back to ninth place before fighting his way back to fifth at the flag.

Jonathan Rea
After the opening two rounds Rea in sixth in the standings

His crew adjusted the engine mapping on his Honda CBR1000RR for the second outing to provide more punch out of Donington's hairpin at turn 11, but it wasn't enough to improve traction and Rea was forced to settle for sixth.

"OK is not good enough," said Rea.

"I've tried my best all weekend but I got duffed up a bit in race one and maybe could've finished a bit higher. In race two, I didn't make any mistakes and rode as well as I could so it was frustrating when the other guys came past. They seemed to be able to ride away from me quite easily while I was on the maximum.

"We've got some work to do, I think, especially on the electronics side of things to get driveability off slower corners.

"Luckily for us, Assen hasn't got the stop-go slower section that we have here, so I'm looking forward to getting there for a bit of flow.

"At the end of the day we were sort of 'on par' here, but we need to be better than that, especially at this stage in the season. We don't want the guys at the front to be opening this much of a gap, so we need to be on it from the next round."

Carlos Checa has won three out of the four races so far and leads Marco Melandri by 19 points, with Rea in sixth.

The third round of the championship will be held in Assen, Holland from the 15-17 April.

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