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Moto2; Gino Rea - Q&A

“I feel that already it's a lot better bike than I had last year. Now it just comes down to finding a good setting. Also because I'm doing all the data and basically acting as my own crew chief, the more I learn, the faster I'll be” - Gino Rea
By Christian Tiburtius caught up with Gino Rea ahead of his second Moto2 wild-card appearance of the season at Assen next weekend.

Rea, a WSS race winner, spent his rookie Moto2 season with Gresini last year, claiming podium finish in the wet Sepang race.

However he was then left without a 2013 ride when the planned ESGP team withdrew due to financial issues.

The Englishman responded by putting together his own team, with support from FTR, for a series of wild-card appearances, the first of which was earlier this year at Le Mans...
Are both your parents Italian?

Gino Rea:
My Dad's Italian and my Mum's English but they were both born in South London. I was born in South London too.

My Dad used to ride Motocross when he was younger and was very good friends with Terry Rymer and it was dad who asked him what age to get me into road racing.

He suggested 15 or 16, so at that age I tried it and went from there. It didn't come all of a sudden though, I'd been racing competitively and internationally at Motocross, Supercross, Supermoto, since I was seven.

I had an electric quad at one year old, a 50cc quad when I was two, a 50cc Motorbike when I was three and my first real geared bike at six.

In 2006 I raced everything I had or could borrow, Minimoto, Supercross Motocross, GP125s, 660 KTM CUP and the KTM Red Bull European Supermoto 250cc Championship.

I jumped straight in to European Superstock 600s in 2007 and became Champion in 2009 and I've been on the podium in every championship since 2007. My dad liked to chuck me in at the deep end and it has always brought me on.

My father passed on a love of Motocross and racing to me.
So where does the name Rea come from bearing in mind there's also Johnny Rea who's Irish?

Gino Rea:
Mine is actually pronounced 'Ree ah' as in Chris Rea. It's said to originate from a town near Rome where my Nan used to live. I think some families from there moved to Ireland too but there they pronounce it 'Ray'. It would be funny if we're related!
What role does your father play in your career?

Gino Rea:
Everything really. At the moment he's team manager and manages most of my stuff. He also handles any financial negotiations and overlooks publicity stuff and over the past few years he's funded or arranged the funding of my racing. He's been my biggest sponsor you could say. Last year of course he wasn't anything to do with the team so he was just looking after me. His business is in Properties which isn't necessarily a good thing to be in at the moment.
Are you still on for racing at Assen?

Gino Rea:
Yes, we'll definitely be back for Assen, Sachsenring, Silverstone and Brno and from there it's down to budget really. We want to do Misano, Aragon and Valencia but it just depends how much budget we can raise. We're just paying the entrance fees now.
And how much are the entrance fees?

Gino Rea:

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June 21, 2013 7:36 PM

Firstly, please, please, please you need to stop these blood boiling stupid adverts. You are driving people away from your website and if it carries on for much longer I'm off to. Rant over. Back on to what I should be talking about. Gino is a great rider and deserves a chance in moto 2 with a decent team. All I can say is there is £141 million up for grabs on the lottery tonight. If I win i'll personally fund a team for you!

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