Gino Rea in the points at Australian Moto2 GP with Arginano & Gines Racing Team
Gino Rea finished a creditable 14th position at the Australian GP on Sunday, bringing the AGR team their first points scoring result of 2013. Having finished 18th at the last GP in his first outing with the AGR team and the SpeedUp Moto2 bike, Rea 's determination to succeed saw him get his 'Speedy G' start from 22nd on the grid to work his way into the top 15. Battling with Danny Kent, Gino held 13th position but ran wide with 2 laps remaining allowing Kent back through.
After a year of running his own Gino Rea Race Team at selected wildcard races, Rea earned the ride with the AGR team and has made it worthwhile by scoring valuable points, putting him 25th in the official 2013 Moto2 World Championship. Although Gino scored his best result of the season, he was far from happy with the race performance, struggling with bike set up from lap one: "I have struggled to get the bike turning all weekend and also had similar problems in Malaysia. We improved from Saturday to Sundays warm up but we made another change for the race and I couldn't stop or turn the bike as I wanted," Gino comments. Rea had this to add:
"I'm very happy to bring the AGR team their first points of the year and also happy to get myself on the 2013 points board, but I'm not happy with my performance during the race. I made a good start and the opening laps weren't too bad, I had got in front of Ant West and when he came passed I thought I'd be able to hang onto him. Unfortunately my set up didn't allow it and I really didn't feel good on the bike, I couldn't stop properly and couldn't turn the bike on the throttle. I think the Motegi circuit will suit us a bit more than Phillip Island so I'm looking forward to getting there. It would be nice to bring the AGR team some more points whilst I'm racing the flyways for them. I'd like to thank the AGR team, all of my personal sponsors and everyone who contributed through www.GinoReaClub.com; all who have made this year possible."
The next MotoGP race will take place this weekend at Motegi, Japan.