Fabulous fourth for Gino in Portugal
Sun, 07 June 2015
CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA’S Gino Rea took a fantastic fourth at the seventh round of the World Supersport Championship at Parkalgar in Portugal, less than a second from the final podium place.
Gino said: “I enjoyed that race! I was able to push hard and had plenty of confidence in my CIA Landlords Insurance Honda - it was great to be closing in on the podium in the last laps and it shows our potential. Unfortunately I spent too much time behind Kyle Smith and the gap to PJ in third was a littlle too much to close down in a short amount of time. It was good to have consistant pace throughout the whole race but a little frustrating to know I missed the podium by 0.7 seconds. We opted for the normal rear tyre here and the other Honda's used the new bigger tyre - I think ours was more consistant but maybe they had a little more grip for the first half of the race.
"It's good to regain confidence in my bike so I owe thanks to the guys on my side of the garage for believing in me. I think this was my best race performance since the podium in Phillip Island as I finished just 8 seconds from the winner and 2 of those seconds were lost on the opening lap. We will start from this position at Misano and see if we can get back on the box.”
The eighth round of the World Supersport Championship is at Misano in Italy on 21st June.
CIA Landlords Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “For me it was a good strong ride by Gino. It is a shame he got caught behind Kyle Smith at the start as he might have had the chance to challenge Jacobsen for the podium if he’d got past quicker.
“This is Gino’s strongest ride since Australia. Considering his on-going foot injury we will continue from here and make the best result we can in Misano. After that we have a longer gap to allow Gino’s foot to heal further.
“It is great to see Miguel get a point on his farewell international ride. It’d been really good working with him and Parkalgar’s Paulo Pinheiro again, and to be part of this great round of the Championship."
1: J Cluzel
2: K Sofuoglu +0.184
3: P Jacobsen +7.597
4: G REA, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA +8.369
5: L Zanetti +12.451
6: K Smith + 13.059
9: M CARDENAS, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA +32.141
15: M PRAIA, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA +1’02.567
1: Sofuoglu 150
2: Cluzel 110
3: Jacobsen 95
4: Zanetti 81
5: REA, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA 67
6: Smith 56
12: Cardenas, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA 30
15: RUSSO, CIA LANDLORDS INSURANCE HONDA 23