It’s been a long road, but Britains Gino Rea finally made his bow in the 2013 Moto2 Championship at the weekends Monster Energy French Grand Prix.
|Gino Rea showing he’s lost none of his style at Le Mans
Photo: Gino Rea Racing
After qualifying a disappointing 31st on the Saturday Rea made his intentions clear by setting the second fastest time in Sunday morning Warm-Up for the intermediate class race in inclement conditions at the iconic French circuit, giving the Londoner a huge confidence boost heading in to the race later that afternoon.
Rea got his traditional fast start as the lights went out and set about carving his way through the pack to reach a point-scoring position; after making up an impressive 16 places on lap 1, Rea had progressed impressively to 12th place by lap 4 and was mixing it up with experienced Moto2 riders such as Elias, Simon and de Angelis. Disappointingly for Rea his FTR developed an electrical problem forcing his early retirement from the race but was happy to prove he has the pace and potential to run in the highly competitive class.
The Brit takes up the story “We were guessing a little bit with race set up because of our lack of dry track time. I’m actually glad that I had to work on setting up the bike myself because I’ve learnt so much about how the bike works. It’s a great opportunity to learn how the bike reacts and what crew chiefs normally do, at Le Mans I was basically my own crew chief. I’m impressed with the FTR chassis, I feel at home on it and it gives me confidence.
I knew I had to get a good start from 31st on the grid and I managed to make up a lot of positions during the first lap, moving into 15th. I got up to 12th position and was battling with Simon, Elias and that group but my bike started to cut out like it was out of fuel. I immediately lost positions and then had to pull over because of the danger it presented to myself and those around me. The bike was bogging on the exit of the corners and riders were almost hitting me from behind so I entered the pits. I re-joined the race towards the end to check it again and it did the same thing. It’s frustrating to not finish because of a technical issue as we are here running our own private team on a shoe-string budget against all the big teams. I know we could have finished the race with a strong points scoring result. We were mixing it up with the best in the world inside the points and that’s big accomplishment for us. It’s nice to make that kind of progress in the dry conditions; that’s the biggest positive to take from this.
“We accomplished a lot and it’s all thanks to everyone who has helped us over the past months. I want to extend a special thanks to my Dad David, all at FTR, MotoBreaks, the Crawfords, Kev Horne, the Dunphys, ThroughTheWallPaint, Pole Position Travel, ImageDesignCustom, Jap4Performance and AGV. I also want to thank everyone who has supported me through GinoReaClub.com. I am looking forward to getting back out on track at Assen!”