Gino Rea is looking to end a mixed debut season in the Moto2 class with a good result in the season finale at Valencia this weekend. The Briton has only scored a single point in the dry but made amends with a sensational podium in Malaysia and is confident of performing well whatever the weather brings in eastern Spain.
“The flyaway races were a great experience for me and it was nice to come home with a podium trophy. We struggled in the dry at Motegi and Phillip Island but collected a lot of information that will be useful this weekend. We showed our strength in the wet at Sepang and could have won it but my first Moto2 podium made me very happy, above all for the team. I still need to prove that I can be a frontrunner in this class though so I am looking forward to getting to Valencia and continuing to work on our base setting. I went well there in the winter tests and that gives me confidence for this weekend. Hopefully we can improve our performance in the dry but if it does rain we know we can be fighting for the podium again. I like the circuit, I know it well and I can’t wait to get out there.”
Gresini Moto2 team manager Fausto Gresini doesn’t feel Rea has shown his full potential this year but hopes Valencia will see a change in fortune.
“Gino has been threatening a big result all season and he got it at Sepang, even though it could have been even bigger if it wasn’t for the red flag! Unfortunately despite some small progress with the bike he has yet to find his form in the dry so hopefully at Valencia, a circuit he knows, he can find a good set-up and the confidence he needs to perform to his full potential.”