Marquez Collision Compromises Rea In Testing

Gino Rea - Photo Credit: Gresini Racing
Gino Rea - Photo Credit: Gresini Racing


Gino Rea's final day of testing ahead of the 2012 Moto2 season came to an unfortunate end after a collision with Marc Marquez. The Briton made contact with the title favourite who was going slower in front of him, forcing the Gresini team into a repair job.

Rea finished the test in 22nd place overall and acknowledges that he has work to do before he's at the level he wants to be at.

“It goes without saying that we are behind at the moment and the gap to the top guys is too big. Unfortunately we have struggled to find the right set-up or even the right path towards it so we have work to do. We have done a lot with the Showa suspension but we still need to do a lot more. The collision with Marquez compromised the end of the test because the bike needed completely rebuilding.”

Team Manager Fausto Gresini doesn't feel the test showed the true potential of Rea or the Moriwaki chassis and hopes to be in a position to show that in Qatar.

“We can’t really be happy with this test. The crash involving Marquez brought it to an early conclusion but it’s difficult to say if we’d have improved. Gino Rea can definitely hope to be competing closer to the front on the Moriwaki so we have to work from the rider’s feedback now and try to be ready for the start of the championship in Qatar. We will work together with Showa and try to recover lost ground.”