Photo: Gino Rea
It was announced at the beginning of February that ESGP, team of choice for 2013 for young British Moto2 star Gino Rea, would sadly not be competing in this seasons championship. With most major teams having finalised their line-ups ahead of this weeks Moto2 test at Valencia, it’s left the talented Londoner without a ride for the coming season and a desperate race against time to gather funds to be able to secure a ride in the championship that he’s so desperate to prove himself in.
Paddock Chatter spoke to Gino earlier tonight ahead of the launch of his website HERE that offers a selection of packages to help support him in quest to return to Moto2. Gino says “I wasn’t happy with my debut Moto2 season at all, well apart from that podium at Sepang! We had a lot of things against us last year that many people didn’t see from the outside.”
“When I tested Gresini’s 2011 bike at the Valencia and Jerez winter tests I was always fast, we actually left Valencia fastest on one of the test day so I knew I had the pace to run towards the front of the pack, but then when the team changed chassis and suspension manufacturers, it went rapidly downhill from there. The frustrating thing was we knew most of the problems but we never had the opportunity to test or to fix things properly.”
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“The Sepang race where I crossed the line in first place really was pretty special. It was a shame they put the results back 2 laps but it was still nice to finish 3rd in a Grand Prix and those things don’t happen by accident. The final race at Valencia was also a highlight for me, battling with the newly-crowned champion Marc Marquez, finally running in the position I knew I was capable of. If it wasn’t for my small mistake, I would have been on the podium there too!”