GINO REA CLOSES GAP TO LEADERS AT SACHSENRING GP
Gino Rea and his self-run Gino Rea Race Team made significant progress at the German GP at Sachsenring last weekend qualifying just 0.7 seconds off pole position. In his third wildcard outing of the 2013 Moto2 world championship, Gino progressed in every practice session of the race weekend, closing the gap to the leaders each time. Gino's qualifying position of 17th saw him ahead GP regulars including former Moto3 and Moto2 world champions as well as Moto2 podium finishers.
Gino went into Sunday's race having finished 15th in morning warm up as the team continued to make progress with the FTR machine. Optimistic for a strong race finish to conclude a successful weekend for his family run team, Gino's progress was halted by an unfortunate error made by the tyre supplier. Prior to the race, an issue with Gino's race tyre led to a replacement in which Gino was given the wrong tyre compound in return. A tyre that Rea had chosen not to use and had not set the bike up for. During the race, Gino struggled with rear grip and the tyre tearing and despite battling with world champions Toni Elias and Mike Di Meglio, he could do more than 24th position. The Gino Rea Race team look forward to better fortune during their next outing at the Czech GP at Brno on the 25th August.
Gino adds: “It's been a very positive weekend up until the race. To qualify 0.7 from pole position and then run inside the top 15 in the warm up ahead of lots of permanent teams and riders proved we are doing a good job. It's nice to close that gap to the leaders and mix it up with the regulars, especially after I missed most of FP1 with another fault in the engine. I also had a problem with my quickshifter throughout qualifying, it basically wasn't working so I was loosing a little time there too.
It was unfortunate that we had the tyre issue in the race as it wasn't our team's mistake. During the race I struggled to get within a second of the lap times I did on our chosen tyre so I was quite disappointed with it. We have to take the positives and move on to our next race at Brno, one of my favourite circuits. Hopefully we can squeeze in a test to continue development with the FTR. I want to thank everyone in my team and all of my personal sponsors for their continued support.”
Looking ahead, the Gino Rea Race Team have received official confirmation of their entry at the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on the 25th August.
Beyond Brno, Gino is seeking the support of sponsors to help him make the grid at Silverstone, a circuit where the Londoner enjoyed a World Supersport podium and qualified 14th in Moto2 during the 2012 season. Fans can help Gino by purchasing Gino Rea merchandise atwww.GinoReaClub.com. Gino will be selling updated photographs and t-shirts soon. Interested sponsors are urged to contact Gino Rea Race Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.