Rea Struggles On Gresini Home Soil

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Gino Rea made a far-from-ideal start to the Italian Grand Prix weekend as he could only manage 28th in Friday Practice at Mugello. The Briton was 2.6 seconds off the pace, set by Pol Espargaro, and says he knows where he needs to make changes to find time.

This is such a long and complex circuit it is difficult to learn but I felt more confident in the second session, we changed the bike and it improve. I did a lot of laps in consistent times and we are able to see where we need to improve. Actually doing it is always difficult but it is clear from the telemetry what we are lacking so we will try our best to find it tomorrow.

Team Manager Fausto Gresini didn't pull any punches in his assessment of the day's running, and is demanding an improved performance on Saturday.

I am not happy, that’s for sure! To be so far back at our home Grand Prix is embarrassing for us. I am disappointed and unhappy and we are going to have to find a solution soon because this is not a satisfactory position for us to be in.

Rea's teammate Ratthapark Wilairot was too happy either after a crash but he was at least a little higher up the leaderboard, setting the nineteenth quickest time.

I am so disappointed I am struggling to talk about it. I just want to say that I am extremely determined to show my true potential and I am sure I will manage it.

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