Nickname(s): Speedy G
Place of Birth: Tooting, London
Current Residence: London
Hobbies: Anything with 2 wheels! Fitness training
Favourite Food: Nan's Italian pasta!
Category: British Superbike Championship
Sponsors: Vision CPS, Waggy Tails, Moran Construction, Suomy Helmets, J&S Accessories, Gaerne Boots, One Step at a Time Charity, Connect Electrical Wholesale
Team: OMG Racing UK
Bike: Suzuki GSX-R1000
Favorite track: Brno
Most memorable accomplishment: Maiden MotoGP Moto2 Podium at Sepang
Age when started riding- 3 years old on a QR50 MX bike
Idol: James Toseland
2016: World SBK Supersport Championship, currently 4th: Two Podiums, 2nd at Assen, Netherlands, 3rd at Sepang, Malaysia. Front row at Sepang,
2015: World SBK Supersport Championship, 6th: Podium, 3rd on WSS return at Phillip Island, Round 1. One front row start at Qatar.
2014: MotoGP Moto2 World Championship- Part owner & rider of World Motors Rea Racing team (AGT REA Racing) racing in full Moto2 championship. Point scoring finish at Assen, 11th and Motegi, 14th.
2013: MotoGP Moto2 World Championship (not full season). Competed as a wildcard, running his own team in selected rounds. 2 point scoring finishes for Team AGR and qualified 13th at Valencia whislt riding for his Gino Rea Race Team.
2012: MotoGP Moto2 World Championship- 21st. Podium: 3rd at Sepang, Malaysia.
2011: World Supersport Championship- 11th. Race Winner at Brno. Podium at Donington
2010: World Supersport Championship- 9th. Podiums at Silverstone, Nurburgring.
2009: European Superstock 600cc CHAMPION. 6 Podiums
2008: European Superstock 600cc Championship-3rd. 5 Podiums
2007: European Superstock 600cc Championship- 12th. 1 Podium
2006: KTM Red Bull European Supermoto Championship: 1 win, 3 podiums.
2005: National Motocross
Gino Daniel Rea (born 18 September 1989 in Tooting, London) is an English motorcycle racer of Italian descent. 2010 was his first season in the Supersport World Championship, riding for the Intermoto Czech Honda team. He won the 2009 European Superstock 600 championship on a George White-backed Ten Kate Honda, clinching the title by a single point in the final round at Portimão.
Rea was a successful Motocross and Supermoto rider before switching to circuit racing in 2007. He began racing in the European Superstock 600 series in 2007, finishing 12th overall with a podium at Valencia. In 2008 he finished 3rd overall, taking a win at Portimão plus four further podiums and two poles. Gino won the Championship in his third year claiming a win and 6 podiums in total. He contested 32 races in the class, with 31 finishes including 12 podiums.
Rea tested Cal Crutchlow's 2009 title-winning Yamaha YZF-R6 in October 2009, before the team opted to withdraw, and ultimately joined the Intermoto team. He started 2010 with a solid run of top ten finishes. He finished fourth at Brno before taking first podium at his home race, Silverstone; a dream come true in a debut season. He finished a very close second to Eugene Laverty in the next round at the Nürburgring, but was excluded for a technical irregularity. A technical fault saw him drop him out of contention in the final 2010 WSS race; which if Gino had finished, would have put him 5th overall in the World Supersport Championship standings. But instead, Rea was bumped back to 9th, still a top 10 finish and top rookie.
Gino stayed in the World Supersport Championship for 2011 and although he suffered many DNF's due to mechanical issues and crashes, Rea landed on the podium at his home race in Donington Park then took his first World Championship Win at Brno in front of ex-World Champion Fabien Foret and 2011 World Champion Chaz Davies. Gino went into the final race of the year in 5th position in the Championship standings where a mechanical failure ended Gino's season on a low and meant being bumped down to 11th in the final standings.
Gino went on to test for the Gresini Moto2 team at Valencia and Jerez, leaving Valencia as the quickest rider earning him the Gresini Moto2 ride for 2012. An up and down year meant Rea couldn't progress the way he wanted to but managed to get on the podium at Sepang, Malaysia. Gino crossed the line in the lead but as the red flag came out, the results were put back 2 laps, robbing Rea of the win but still a 3rd position. At the final race of the year, Gino battled for a podium spot with the Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez but fell at turn 2. Rea rejoined for an 11th position, finishing 21st in the Final Points standings.
For 2013, Gino agreed to ride with the newly formed ESGP team in Moto2 but the team pulled out at the last minute (5th Feb), leaving Gino without a ride. But this major setback wasn’t enough to stop the ultra-determined ‘Speedy G’. He would stay in the race, even if he had to go it alone. With backing from UK bike manufacturer FTR and support from his loyal fans, Gino set about running his own team. Gino set up a Donation & Sponsorship page where the public could help keep Gino on track- www.GinoReaClub.com. Gino asked his followers to help him race by donating to his race fund but instead of just taking money, Rea decided to give back to his supporters. Gino created different packages, from signed photos, signed t-shirts to hospitality packages. With contributions from all of Gino's supporters, Rea was able to compete at selected wildcard rounds of the Moto2 Championship during 2013.
Running his own team on a shoe-string budget was certainly challenging. Gino acted as his own crew chief, downloading and analysing the data, making the fuel maps and making tyre choices. Impressing in these selected rounds led to a team partnership with Montaze Broz, forming Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing Team. They would compete in the remaining European rounds but would miss the three flyaway races in Malaysia, Australia and Japan due to budget constraints. However, Gino’s talent had not gone unnoticed to other teams and was invited to cover for an injured rider in the Argiñano & Ginés Racing Team.
Despite the challenge of getting to know a new bike and team, Gino more than proved his worth, scoring the team four valuable Moto2 World Championship points and delivering their best performances of the 2013 season!
On November 25, 2013, Gino reached an agreement with Dave Peterson and Martin R. de Rooy to form World Motors Rea Racing to compete in the 2014 Moto2 World Championship on a full-season basis as a permanent team. With title sponsorship from AGT(American Green Technology), the team was known as AGT REA Racing. 2014 got off to a difficult start with Gino breaking his left foot at the first pre-season test and the team struggled from then onwards. Gino scored his first point scoring finish at Assen, after making his way into the top 10, only to run off track and finish in 11th. Gino made good progree throughout the season, showing his potential towards the end of the season when he raced to 14th at Motegi after starting 23rd. Rea was on for a strong finish to the season and looked to score points at Sepang, Malaysia until a crash at turn 2 resulted in his right foot being run over, leaving him with 3 broken metatarsals.
Gino had two plates and screws inserted and raced the following week at the final race in Valencia. Rea started from the back of the grid and finished a very creditable 24th, with 3 broken bones in his foot.
Supersport World Championship Return
During the first months of 2015, Gino's Moto2 team withdrew from the Championship leaving him without a ride for the season. Rea joined the CIA Landlord Insurance PTR Honda Team to make a return to the World Supersport Championship. Gino had an operation in Melbourne just 2 days before Round 1 to remove a screw from his previously injured right foot. Having to wear a boot 2 sizes too big to fit his foot in, the Londoner still managed a spectacular race to finish on the podium in 3rd place. Gino went into the final few races in position to challenge for the top 5 in the World Supersport Championship standings but had to battle through injury after a horrendous crash at Magny Cours, France when his front brake locked on, sending him over the handlebars. Gino finished the 2015 World Supersport Championship in 6th.
For 2016, Rea signed with a newly formed team named GRT Racing, switching bike manufacturer to MV Agusta to remain in World Supersport. Even with limited testing and race DNF's due to engine failures, Rea was able to consistently beat the MV Agusta Factory World Supersport Team, finishing on the Podium three times with a best finish of 2nd at Assen, Netherlands. Rea went into the final two races of the season in 4th position in the World Championship Standings but was forced to sit out of both remaining races after a collision with Japanese rider Hikari Obkubo which resulted in a broken left hand. Rea was ultimately pushed back to 7th in the 2016 series standings.
For 2017, Rea signed with Team Go Eleven Kawasaki to remain again in the World Supersport Championship. A run of technical failures and uncompetitive machinery throughout the season resulted in a career worst Championship standing of 17th with a best finish of 6th at Misano, Italy. It marked the first year of World Supersport racing where Gino did not finish on the podium.
2018 British Superbike Debut
In 2018 Gino Rea is making his debut in the British Superbike Championship with OMG Racing UK Suzuki, with a wildcard entry in the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship, where he will line up with Championship regulars Jonathon Rea, Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri.
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GINO REA LEADING MOTO2 AT SEPANG, MALAYSIA