Gino Rea celebrated the best race of his Moto2 career so far after finishing on the podium for the first time at Sepang. The British rider, who so often excels in wet conditions, took a superb third after battling with the lead throughout and paid tribute to the Gresini team after a difficult year.

“What can I say? It’s an amazing feeling. We’ve struggled all year to get the bike working how I want it but in the wet I’m able to ride around the problems and finally after the crash at Le Mans earlier in the year we got another opportunity to fight for the win today. I almost went down a few times but made it to the end and it just feels fantastic. I want to thank all the guys in the team, especially my crew chief Fausto, all the sponsors and above all my family.”

Team Manager Fausto Gresini was full of pride for Rea after his breakthrough ride and has now challenged him to repeat it in dry conditions.

“I am really happy with Gino’s podium today, it’s just a shame the red flag came out when it did otherwise he could have been on the top step but this is racing and it’s a great result anyway. It was a great race although I could hardly watch it because I was so nervous! Well done Gino. Now I’d love to see him show his potential in dry conditions and finally get to grips with this bike.”