Six-time champion Ri made his third pole in the last four races at the Czech circuit, but could only finish fourth in Saturday’s opening race behind lvaro Bautista, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding.
A more competitive performance followed in Sunday’s Superpole race as he fought hard with Yamaha rider Razgatlioglu for the win, losing after taking gravel on the final lap, but he had Razgatlioglu’s finish in the final full-length race. There was no response to speed. and Bautista, in the closing stages, finished third.
Rei has now gone without a win since the Estoril round in May, and finds herself 31 points down on Bautista at the halfway point of the season.
Although pleased that his ZX-10RR took a step further than last year’s first WSBK tour, which proved to be one of the worst weekends of Rei’s season, Alsterman still uncovered a major loss. Was eager to compare who he thinks he is facing in comparison to his two main title rivals.
,I think we’re getting everything out of the package,” Rei said on Sunday. “When I make a small mistake, miss a top, lose some time, it’s really hard to recover. .
“We are struggling with the engine management and wheelie control getting out of the corners of first gear. Getting out [Turns 1 and 2] I was losing so much ground. If I do everything perfectly, I can just stay there, but it’s so hard to do that every lap consistently. We need more help to make this easier to manage.
“The gap Alvaro will take over the T1’s start line and exit, [I could recover with] What I tried through T6, T7, T8. I could get there by Turn 10, but with a heart rate of 210bpm. I was under a lot of stress because of the risk you are taking to be there.
“I didn’t make that many mistakes, but I had to give up in the end and let them go and just finish my race.”
However, Ri remains optimistic about his chances of a record-expanding seventh title in the second half of the season, which begins at Magny-course in September after a long summer break.
“There’s one round left that I’m not looking forward to, but the rest I think could be as strong or stronger than the rest of us,” he said. “When I think about the championship, the rounds we have left, with three guys battling, I feel good at the halfway point. There we are, very close.
“Everyone has had their day. I had three strong weekends in the beginning, the last three have been more of a challenge, but I try to think about the bigger picture.”
Rea also commented on his grass-tracking moment in the Superpole race, trying to line up for a pass on the final lap at his favorite passing spot of Turn 15 in the fight for victory.
The fact that the reigning champion is taking a defensive line – and sticking out his right foot – meant that Rei was unable to slow down his Kawasaki in time – instead sitting down and biting through the gravel net, miraculously. To rejoin without surrendering to another.
“I had a good rhythm, thought I was better than Toprak in the middle of the race,” Rea reflected. “I Was Feeling Strong At Turn 15, But That” [Razgatlioglu] Of a completely different line than the other laps, he was on the defensive.
“Instead of hitting his leg, I went in and completely compromised my line. Luckily there was enough gravel that I could slow down, reconnect and maintain my position. Enjoyed the fight.”