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Moto2; Gino Rea - Q&A

Somewhere in the double figure thousands, for one race. The entry fee covers a certain amount of tyres, your engine hire for the weekend, the ECU, 2D data recording, a clutch and fuel.
And how much would a season in Moto2 cost for a mid-ranking team?

Gino Rea:
A top Moto2 team's budget is around one million Euros and that would be for a one rider team and another rider would add slightly to that. The ESGP team I had agreed with last year were budgeting one million Euros, but I believe the team could have run for 600,000 and still have been competitive.
How is the fund raising going through the Gino Rea Club Website?

Gino Rea:
It's gone really well, especially the first couple of months. We felt really overwhelmed, not just the money we raised but the amount of people who wanted to help and contribute. It was really pleasing and I'm really grateful for those kind of fans and I created the website in a way so that I could give something back to the fans for their support.
Take us through the practicalities of racing at Le Mans…

Gino Rea:
Basically we've just got a large race vehicle with space for the bike and marquee etc and a couple of beds. Luckily me and my girlfriend could stay in a hotel at Le Mans so every night we rode the scooter back to the hotel. We're just doing it old style and having fun.
Why did you choose Assen rather than Catalunya?

Gino Rea:
It was more of an experience thing and how well I know the tracks. Mugello and Catalunya I've only been to once and only at a race weekend. At Catalunya I was also taken out on the first lap last year so I missed a lot of track time there.

Actually I couldn't do Catalunya anyway because there are already two Spanish wild-card teams booked. Assen just happens to be the next on the list. Besides that I like the circuit and had a win in Superstock 600 there. It's a historic circuit which is quite difficult and really needs a good bike set up.
Competing in that way must put a lot of pressure on each result doesn't it?

Gino Rea:
Not really to be honest. At the Le Mans race I went there and enjoyed it more than anything last year. It was nice to have control over everything. Anything I wanted to change on the bike just got done and there was no political stuff like last year. Team wise, what we wanted we got. It's really more relaxing, there was more freedom, no expectations and there may actually be less pressure because everything's a bonus.
How has this wild-card system been arranged?

Gino Rea:
Basically, they've made a bit of an exception for me as a full time rider last year and also because I'd signed for a team that pulled out at the last minute.

They [Dorna & IRTA] said to us that we can wild-card at any race when there are not two wild-card riders from that country. At Catalunya there are two Spanish wild-cards so there's no room for me there. We have to apply for the races, and I've applied for them all already. They then let you know if you've been accepted into the race I think 48 days before the event. Then you have to pay 28 days before.
Are you doing anything else in the meantime?

Gino Rea:
Apart from training, I've got a few team things and just trying to prepare myself for the upcoming race with as much track time on the bike as I can. I was also training with James Toseland just before he did the marathon. I haven't seen him for a while though because he's busy with his music career which has kicked off now. Danny Kent also came down for a bit of training at James'.
How does it feel watching Moto2 on TV?

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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