The 18-year-old crashed the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade on the entry to Coram Curve, knocking himself unconscious. Rea was taken to the local Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he remains under observation.
The Ulster teenager is battered and bruised, and has a slight swelling to the left chest. Although he will not be competing in the two Superbike races at Snetterton, he hopes to be fit enough to watch his Red Bull Honda team-mates in the support races.
Red Bull Honda Team Manager, Havier Beltran: “We are in constant communication with the hospital to keep up to date with Jonathan’s progress, but he will definitely not be racing this weekend as a matter of precaution. It was an unfortunate incident, but these things happen in racing and the most important thing is that Jonathan makes a speedy recovery.”
Laverty on front row
Eugene Laverty has equalled his best qualifying position of the season for his second front row start in the 2005 Metabo British Supersport Championship. The Red Bull Honda rider was strong in both of today’s sessions, finishing second at the end of the first qualifying period.
The 19-year-old was unable to better his time of 1:08.430 during the afternoon. He had planned to go for a fast lap in the closing stages of the second session, however this was prevented by a red flag incident a couple of minutes before the chequered flag was due to fall.
Having secured his best race finish at the last round at Knockhill, Laverty continues to grow in confidence in the Supersport class. He claimed victory at the Norfolk circuit in the 125GP class last year and is hoping for his first podium finish of 2005 this weekend.
Eugene Laverty: “The Red Bull Honda is working really well here at Snetterton. I’ve got a good race set-up and the CBR600RR is also really fast, which is vital at this track. Equally important is a good start, so I’m really happy to be on the front row. I expect my main threat this weekend to be Stuart Easton, but I’ll just be focussing on my own race.”
Qualifying: 1. S. Easton (Ducati) 1:08.152; 2. C. Jones (Honda) 1:08.154; 3. E. Laverty (Red Bull Honda) 1:08.430; 4. P. Riba (Kawasaki) 1:08.618; 5. J. Robinson (Honda) 1:08.625; 6. L. Camier (Honda) 1:08.774; 7. M. Llewellyn (Honda) 1:08.975; 8. S. Andrews (Suzuki) 1:09.260; 9. K. Murphy (Honda) 1:09.342; 10. C. Crutchlow (Honda) 1:09.354
Second place for Jones
Chris Jones will start tomorrow’s British 125GP Championship race from second position on the grid. It is the 14-year-old’s best qualifying result of the season to date aboard the Red Bull Honda.
The Droitwich teenager improved his time by almost two seconds between sessions today after the Red Bull Honda team made a number of key technical adjustments to RS125. He even held provisional pole for most of the second half of the session before being eclipsed in the final minute by Kev Coghlan.
It is Jones’ fifth front row start for Red Bull Honda in the 2005 championship, which is dominated by Honda riders. The rookie is aiming to capitalise on this strong position to secure either his second victory or fourth podium finish of the season.
Chris Jones: “It was definitely a case of so near but yet so far where pole position was concerned. I’m pleased with the improvement in my time and position, however this is tinged by slight disappointment at narrowly missing out on my first pole. The Red Bull Honda RS125 is really flying along the straights here at Snetterton and I hope that I can repeat my team-mate Eugene Laverty’s success here last season.”
Qualifying: 1. K. Coghlan (Honda) 1:13.581; 2. C. Jones (Red Bull Honda) 1:13.664; 3. R. Guiver (Honda) 1:13.884; 4. A. Beech (Honda) 1:14.050; 5. B. Clark (Honda) 1:14.224; 6. K. Weston (Honda) 1:14.440; 7. D. Cooper (Honda) 1:14.683; 8. C. Elkin (Honda) 1:14.723; 9. J. Pearson (Honda) 1:14.771; 10. M. Wilcox (Honda) 1:14.777