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Moto2; Gino Rea - Q&A

It's obviously not a nice feeling to be sat at home watching it. It's frustrating and it's hard at times. Particularly when you're watching other riders who've gone to different teams and are now at the front knowing that you battled with them last year and still could.

It's also hard knowing that you should be there and if things had gone according to plan with the sponsor and team I would have been there. It's difficult but it's one of those things I've got to accept and wait for my turn.

Crash.net:
Do you see yourself as a 600cc specialist?

Gino Rea:
No, I don't actually. I rode a Superbike before when I was riding for the Ten Kate junior team, it was really quick but I adapted to it really quickly and I think it could suit my style better than the 600 does. I always like to get a bike picked up and fired out of the corner so that works well with the Superbike, I just felt comfortable on it.

Crash.net:
It's interesting that a rider's style is seen as natural to the rider and team usually don't try to change it

Gino Rea:
In general, my style also developed naturally, particularly in 2009 to 2011. In Supersport I had to ride the bike really hard and I think my riding style particularly developed that year and that was when I started having elbow sliders made. I've never looked at anyone and thought 'I want to ride like that' though, it just comes naturally I suppose.

That is a problem with some teams, they look at a style and they take you apart and try to put you together the way someone else does it. It's not always the right way to do it. If you feel natural doing what you're doing on the bike, a good crew chief and technicians should be able to build a bike around you and how you ride. That's if you're riding fast of course.

A lot of teams don't know themselves if the rider's style's right or not and they just think that the bike's right and you're riding wrong. I've seen that way too many times, even in top categories like Moto2.

Crash.net:
You feel that the bike should be fitted to the rider rather than the other way round?

Gino Rea:
Definitely, if you've got a rider who's shown potential and speed, you have to have a crew chief there who can fit the bike to the rider. You can look at Yamaha with Rossi and Lorenzo, their bikes are completely different but often the lap times may be similar. That's why it's sometimes hard for the rider when they ask for a change and the team says no because they think the bike's perfect.

Crash.net:
Now that you are on such a tight budget, does that inhibit your riding because of a fear of crash damage?

Gino Rea:
Not really. Especially this year I feel more at home on the bike and I feel I can push it harder without worrying about crashing. At Le Mans for example we did a two day test and then the race weekend without any mishaps at all. If you're getting on the bike and thinking 'I can't crash it', you just won't be riding fast. I put it to the back of my head and try not to worry about it.

Crash.net:
At the end of 2009 there seemed to be an idea that you were going to get the Yamaha WSS ride?

Gino Rea:
What happened is that I tested Crutchlow's Yamaha. I came from Superstock straight onto that bike and it was an amazing piece of kit. There was talk of Yamaha going ahead with the team, so they let me test the bike. As it didn't happen I went into the Intermoto WSS team. It would have been great if I could have ridden the Yamaha though, it was fantastic.

Crash.net:
How did you find the switch from WSS to Moto2

Gino Rea:
A lot of people ask this, and it's hard to give an answer. At the end of 2011 I went from Supersport straight to a Moto2 test at Valencia with Gresini.





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Rukst3r

June 21, 2013 7:36 PM

Firstly, please, please, please crash.net 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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