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Ten Kate Honda's Jonathan Rea reckons the key to success at Monza from his second-row starting position tomorrow will be a good start and some aggressive riding so the front four don't get awat in the early laps.

The young Irishman had to do the whole of Superpole this afternoon on his spare bike after his favoured Fireblade developed a fault at the start of free practice an his technicians didn't have time to fix it.

"We were definitely aiming for a front row start because that’s where we’ve been for most of the weekend, so I’m a little disappointed to have missed out on that. But the race pace we’ve shown is pretty good and top six is not really too bad," said Rea.


"I had to do it all on my spare bike when the number one machine developed a problem right at the start of free practice, just before Superpole, so the guys didn’t get a chance to fix it. Of course a good start is paramount here, but I think we can get a plan together tonight and, if that plan works, there’s no reason why I can’t be right up there tomorrow.

"I’ll try to be aggressive for the first couple of laps to make sure that the fast guys don’t get away. After that, we’ll see what happens."

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