Rea Endures Uncomfortable Moto2 Debut

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


Gino Rea could only manage 26th on his Moto2 debut in Qatar after a troublesome race on the Gresini Moriwaki. The Briton said the bike was threatening to send him off the road every time he entered a corner and admits there is work to do before Jerez in three weeks' time.

“I am very disappointed. It has been a tough weekend with many problems. We tried something different for the race but it didn’t help to be honest. Even at this pace it felt dangerous on the edge of the tyre and I was constantly close to a crash. To almost be on the floor on every lap is not right when you are this far from the front so we have work to do. We can see the problems on the data and the team are working really hard. Hopefully we can come up with something for the next race.”

Teammate Ratthapark Wilairot couldn't score points either, finishing 21st, but the Thai rider was happier with his race despite the lack of reward.

“We knew it was going to be a tough race tonight but we set ourselves the target of making it to the end of the race, preferably in the top twenty or top fifteen if possible, because we need as much data as possible. I am very happy with the team, we are all working hard together but we just don’t have the bike at the moment. Hopefully we can have something better at Jerez.

Team Manager Fausto Gresini knows the Italian squad need to make improvements with their Moriwaki chassis and hopes to provide his riders with better machinery at Jerez.

“We knew it was going to be a tough race and we were right. Gino has been struggling all weekend and we have not seen his true potential here. We have to work hard to give him a better bike for the next races and when we do his performances will be much better. Ratthapark gave his best and he deserves to have a better bike beneath him for the next race. We will work our hardest to give it to him and I am sure the results will come quickly.”