Pit in after 2 laps? Make that 27! Gino Rea fights to the flag at Valencia
Posted: November 09, 2014
Valencia, Spain - 09 November 2014: After deciding to line up on the Moto2 starting grid for the final grand prix of the 2014 season, Gino Rea planned to enter the pits a couple of laps into the race. As the team awaited his retirement in the early stages, Gino had other intentions and bravely fought through the pain of his broken foot to the chequered flag twenty seven laps later. Crossing the line in 24th, Rea explains his last minute decision to fight on...
Gino Rea // 24th:
“Just finishing the race was a bit of a surprise for us. The only reason I lined up on the grid was encase it rained. Of course, once I was on the grid I had to start the race and I got a really good start and made up some positions. At turn 2 I saw Cortese crash so I did my best not to be involved in the collision and had to take evasive action into the gravel. After I rejoined, I decided to put my head down and ended up catching and passing a small group. Then I started to catch the group battling for points but I just couldn’t keep the pace without putting too much weight through my foot. As I said before, the focus for me is to be able to test in the coming weeks so I backed off the pace and just brought it home to finish 24th. I’m going to have my foot x-rayed now to see if the bones have separated more since Thursday”.
AGT REA Racing will not test at Jerez next week to allow Gino more recovery time. It is not yet confirmed whether Rea will test before February 2015 due to the Moto2 testing ban in December and January. Keep updated throughout the off season on the team's Facebook and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing.