Heroic ride from AGT REA Racing to collect first Moto2 World Championship points at the Assen GP
June 28, 2014
AGT REA Racing were elated to finish just outside the Top 10 in 11th position on Saturday after qualifying 33rd for the Assen Grand Prix.
Gino Rea made an incredible start to the race, making up 19 places in the initial laps. The team continued to progress, moving into 9th in the early stages. Despite drying track conditions setting the team back to 11th, on the 13th lap Gino set the fastest lap of the race. On the following lap, however, Gino had a huge rear slide at the extremely fast Ramshoek corner at turn 15 forcing him off the track and into the gravel.
Remaining onboard the Suter machine, Rea rejoined the race again in 11th but had lost contact with the group in front. With 4 laps to go, the team had gained another position to make it into 10th but as the track continued to dry, Rea lost two positions towards the end, being overtaken by Syahrin and Schrotter. Gino fought to re-pass Schrotter to take 11th to the flag. AGT REA Racing picked up their first Moto2 World Championship points of the 2014 season and naturally both rider and team principal were delighted.
Gino Rea: “It’s a nice outcome to a very difficult weekend. I’m so happy to bring points on board for the team after a challenging and tough start to the year. I’m also glad to stay on the bike. I was having lots of moments throughout the race but when I had the big moment at the fast turn 15, I ran off the track. I thought I was definitely going to crash, so to stay on the bike, rejoin and finish 11th was a relief. To also come from 33rd on the grid was tough. I tried to make up as many positions in the first part of the race and I did. But I made too many mistakes and got caught up in the group.”
“I smoothed things out but I was struggling really bad with the rear of my bike and then had that big moment which left me out of touch with the top 10. We still have a lot of work to do to improve our package so we’ll keep plugging away. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the AGT REA Racing team and to our sponsors American Green Technology and LIVESTRONG.”
Dave Peterson, Team Principal: “I couldn't be more pleased with Gino and the team’s performance today. It was touch and go when G decided to go ‘all rodeo’ and ‘ride the tank’ through the gravel trap! But he held on to bring the team our first points!”
AGT REA Racing will be back in action at the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on July 13th.