Gino Rea scores first dry race points of 2014 at Motegi GP, Japan
Posted: Ocotober 12, 2014
Motegi, Japan - 12 October 2014: Gino Rea scored his first dry race points of 2014 at Motegi finishing in 14th position. Rea had qualified in 23rd for the Japanese Grand Prix following brake and electrical issues throughout the weekend. The team were able to overcome these problems for the race allowing Gino to battle his way to 14th, making up nine grid positions. Rea scored AGT REA Racing their first points in a dry race in the 2014 season showing just how far the rookie team have come. Gino Rea comments on a great outing at Motegi...
Gino Rea // 14th
“That was just the way I had hoped to finish off a hard weekend. I had a good pace here from Friday’s FP1 but with front brake and electrical problems I could only qualify 23rd. We got it fixed for the race and I was able to focus on passing riders in front of me to get up to 13th. I got onto the back of the group that led to 8th but I couldn’t make any more progress. I struggled a little in the last third of the race and Nakagami re-passed me. It’s nice to mix it with riders that have been on the podium this year and it shows our progress as a team. Phillip Island isn’t one of my favourite circuits but hopefully we can continue this momentum for the rest of the season. It’s taken a while but I’m glad to say I finished in the points in a dry race.”
Team Principal, Dave Peterson: “I guess I was concerned after FP2 when the brake issues showed up. But I really got concerned during FP3 with the electrical problems. The team worked hard to sort those problems out and I was assured that the warm up would go flawlessly. It didn’t as Gino came in after one lap then again after another lap with what turned out to be a shifter problem. But, Gino still matched his best lap time of the weekend with only two laps to go at the end of the warm up and I was hopeful for the race. Gino really surprised me by turning in his best lap times of the weekend during the race and steadily moving up from 23rd to finish 14th in the points. I couldn’t be more pleased. The team really worked well this weekend despite the problems.”
The AGT REA Racing team now travel on to Australia for the next flyaway race at Phillip Island next weekend.