Gino Rea suffered another disappointing race as the Gresini Moto2 team suffered one of their worst days of the season. The Briton was unable to make any significant progress from the ninth row of the grid and finished down in 22nd, leaving him frustrated with the unpredictability of his Suter machine.
“It was unfortunately again another disappointing race. It's frustrating because we have sessions like this morning in which I find confidence and a decent pace, then we never seem to have a comfortable setting for the race. As soon as the fuel light went off I started struggling with the bike and couldn't turn it. The lack of rear grip later on caused a lot of problems as well. It's disappointing, because even my pace on the opening handful of laps was not as good as what we did in the warm-up with an old tyre. If I'd been able to keep that pace up in the race, then I would have been a lot higher up. The team is working hard and we have to stay positive.”
Teammate Ratthapark Wilairot had qualified strongly but blew any chance of points with a crash on the first lap, taking championship contender Thomas Luthi out in the process. The Thai rider apologised for his part in the accident and is eager to put it behind him in Germany next weekend.
“Sorry to the team. I made a good start, but afterwards, in turn four, someone went up on the inside and opened the gas. I had to sit up a bit and, because turn four and turn five are so close together, I had to change direction fast. I braked and lost the front. I apologise to Luthi. I didn't want to crash. I want to forget about this now and hope to do better at Sachsenring.”
Team Manager Fausto Gresini was annoyed to see another race pass by without points and feels the true potential of the package isn't being shown.
“Today has been a day of crashes. Wilairot lowsided and took Luthi out as well. These types of involuntary incidents happen in racing. It's another setback and I think that for today we should just turn the page. I am disappointed, because he had the chance to have a good race today; he knew this, which might have made him too tense. Unfortunately we still haven't found what Gino is looking for and the results aren't coming. I am disappointed and saddened by these recent results, which aren't reflecting our team's true potential.”