'Honda undecided on new engine'
Jonathan Rea says Honda won't make a rush decision on their new engine despite a positive test at the Assen circuit.
The British rider was in action on his CBR1000RR Fireblade at the Dutch track for a private two-day test where Honda ran their new engine.
Also working on chassis components and electronics settings, Rea was quicker over the two days than he had been during April's round of the Championship at the circuit.
"There was some slippery stuff on the circuit first thing and it took some time to put some rubber down, but it turned out pretty good in the end," said the 25-year-old.
"We got to try a lot of new stuff, some of which we'd be reluctant to try over a race weekend and we ended up faster than over the race weekend in April."
Speaking specifically about Honda's new engine, Rea admitted that while it was a "little better", the team would not make any "firm conclusions until we get to Aragon with our rivals."
He is, however, confident that Honda are moving in the right direction as he bids to overhaul Max Biaggi in the riders championship. Rea is currently second, 38.5 points behind the Aprilia rider.
"We worked a lot on gathering data for new electronics strategies and we've definitely made a step forward here and we're looking forward to using that.
"The throttle is smoother on acceleration and we also tried quite an extreme front fork setting which gave a good feeling."