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Motorsport | Superbikes

Jonathan Rea © Gallo Images

Rea okay after crash



Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea has been given the all-clear following his crash during a private test last week.

The 26-year-old went flying off his CBR1000RR Fireblade at Phillip Island last week and he was initially worried that he aggravated a previous injury, but a check-up has revealed the damage is not too serious.

"I had a big crash at turn 2 in last week's private testing, which aggravated the conditions of the AC joint that got separated two years ago at Imola," he told WSBK.com.

"After some X-rays I spoke with my surgeon back in the UK and he said that there's no further damage, it's just a bit weak."

The Briton will have a new teammate at Pata Honda this year as Leon Haslam has replaced Hiroshi Aoyama.

Rea and Haslam were fifth and sixth fastest respectively during the official World Superbike test in Australia on Tuesday, and the former believes Haslam is an excellent addition to the squad.

"First of all I have to say that Leon is one of the most competitive teammates I've had for many years, probably since Andrew Pitt in Supersport," he said.

"I find the relationship with Leon to be really strong, we share a lot of data and on the weekend we can both test different settings to make the bike good.

"We'll see, right now we are working on different programs on both sides of the garage, and it's always nice to have the possibility to check his data in case we're struggling, and vice versa."

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