The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland had been in contention for a podium finish before falling at approximately 225kph on oil from another rider’s machine two laps before the end of the scheduled 20 at the 5.137km circuit.
The crash brought out the red flags to end the race early with victory going to British rider Tom Sykes. Rea’s Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam finished in seventh place after suffering electronics problems.
Haslam was running with the leading group in race two before losing the front of his Honda CBR1000RR at turn seven. The 30-year-old was able to pick up his machine and rejoin the race, finishing in 13th place at the flag.
Leon Haslam – 7th and 13th
It’s been a bit of a disaster, really. I felt pretty good all weekend and we made some good steps, but in race one we had an electronics issue which kind of determined the result. In race two we made some good changes that allowed me to hold on to the leading group, but I just pushed the front a bit too hard and went down. So it was frustrating because I had a really good feeling on Saturday afternoon but, after changing the engine last night, I never got the feeling back. I really felt we had the pace for a podium this weekend, so it’s a bit frustrating. Of course, I wish Johnny [Rea] all the best for a quick recovery and we’ll try to get some better results in Turkey.
Jonathan Rea – DNF and DNS
I’ve felt better, but I’m hoping to get the leg pinned later tonight so hopefully I can be home in a few days and start the recovery as soon as possible. It’s unbelievable what was happening with the flags in the race because I saw an oil flag at turn six but then nothing at turn seven or after that. I went down at the fast left at turn eight and, unfortunately, I stayed conscious throughout so I can remember everything. I was feeling pretty good before then and, although I didn’t have the pace to pass the guys in front, it was clear I had the best package and, although it was late in the race, I still had good grip levels. Until I hit the oil.
Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
It’s been a day to forget for the team. Jonathan had a race-long battle for a podium and crashed on the oil of a blown-up engine. It looks like he’ll miss some races now, which is really sad and I feel really sorry for him and his crew. The guys have worked really hard to get the bike back to fighting for podium finishes every race and that’s the position he was in again today. We just wish him a really speedy recovery and hope to see him as soon as possible. Leon couldn’t get a good pace in race one and was struggling a little. We made some small changes for race two and he was racing with the top runners but he had a crash. In the end, the results were not good but we saw some elements of his potential again and I hope we can sort some things on the bike so he can be up there again in Turkey.