Gino Rea has declared himself happy with the progress being made by both himself and the Gresini Moto2 team after he qualified fourteenth at Silverstone, nine places higher than ever before. The Briton still feels there are small areas for improvement but is looking forward to a strong race in front of his home crowd.
“It seems like everything is going well this weekend and naturally I am happy with this. I'm riding at home, so of course I want to have a good race tomorrow. It looks promising and if we find a little more rear grip, then we will be perfect for the race. We have made some important steps forward and I am very happy for myself and for the Team.”
Teammate Ratthapark Wilairot will start five places further back in nineteenth but feels he could've been closer to Rea had he not encountered traffic on his last flying lap.
“I feel like we improved with the bike. I think that this track is especially good for Suter. We tried a new setting, but five minutes before the end I had some trouble, because SimÃ³n and Terol held me up a little bit. If I hadn’t come across them, then maybe I could have got a slightly better time, but it is difficult to say.”
Team Manager Fausto Gresini feels today's performance proves that Rea is now fully at home in Moto2 and expects both his riders to be challenging for points in tomorrow's race.
“Our progress is bearing fruit and I think that it isn't just the boost of it being Gino's home race. I'm sure that riding in front of his home fans is a help to him, but above all I think that Gino is adapting to the Suter and making progress. He will be able to have a good race tomorrow. I think that 'Feem' (Wilairot) can have a good race tomorrow, even starting from nineteenth. I think that he can target a top fifteen finish.“