Gino Rea believes he has the pace to add to his solitary Moto2 point in tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix. The Briton qualified on the eighth row in 22nd but claimed he would’ve been much higher had he not encountered traffic on his final lap and expects to move forward in the race.

“It has been and up and down day but we have a lot of positives to take. We made a change to the bike this morning and it worked really well in the wet, then in the afternoon we found a good setting for the dry but I just didn’t manage to get a clean lap in during the available time. If I did I know we could have taken half a second off and that would have been good enough for the top fifteen. I believe we have the pace to fight for the points tomorrow so that’s the target.”

Federal Oil Gresini team manager Fausto Gresini was also encouraged by Rea’s pace and is confident he’ll be strong whether it’s wet or dry tomorrow.

“Unfortunately you can’t see it on the time sheets but today Gino showed more confidence on the bike today and I am confident he can have a good race tomorrow. Obviously if it is wet Gino could be very competitive as he showed this morning in the rain but the primary objective remains to find a good setting for the dry.”