After a strong end to his rookie campaign, Gino Rea has re-signed for the OMG Racing team for the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike season.
Rea secured multiple top 10 finishes in the final four rounds of the season, and improved on his qualifying performances throughout the year.
The former European Superstock 600 champion is looking to build on his rookie year and believes that he and the team can continue to improve. He said:
“I’m very pleased to continue my relationship with the OMG Racing team! We’ve learnt and developed so much this year and it only made sense to continue together. Towards the end of 2018 we started to show our potential and we were finding our way with the new Suzuki GSX-R1000. I believe we can continue to improve our package so it’ll be important to have a solid few tests over the winter to head into 2019 as strong as possible.
“This will be the first time since 2010 that I have stayed on the same machinery and team for consecutive years which is something I’m really looking forward to, and I’m extremely grateful to OMG Racing for giving me that opportunity.”
Team principal, Paul Curran, also believes that his team can make further improvements in 2019 and move up the field – with a showdown spot being the aim. He commented:
“I’m looking forward to working with Gino for a further year as we can build upon and grow what we have achieved this year. in the latter part of the year, everything was starting to click into place so if we can start from where we finished, with the further developments over the winter to improve the bike, we will be aiming for top 5 finishes and definitely a Showdown position.”
Rea will be joined at OMG Racing by Luke Mossey, who makes the switch from JG Speedfit Kawasaki. The team will begin winter testing at Cartagena, Spain, later this month.