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Moto2; Gino Rea - Q&A

At the end of the year my side of the garage was being sponsored by Federal Oil who are Indonesian and between the team and the sponsor they were looking for an Indonesian rider. So that agreement meant that we parted ways. At the time I was looking for other options anyway
Malaysia must be a happy memory though?

Gino Rea:
It's a really hard one because you can look at it in two ways, you can feel disappointed that you crossed the line first and didn't get awarded the win, or that I got a GP podium in my first year in Moto2.

I just look at it from the positive because there aren't many riders who've done that. I wasn't too pleased when I found out I was third not first though, I had pulled up into the winner's position at park ferme!

I still can't understand why the top 15 riders' results are controlled by a rider in 36th place who hasn't crossed the finish line.

I knew that in the [wet] race I'd be competitive so the first couple of laps I felt I had to get to the front as fast as I could, and got there a lot faster than I thought. Once I was at the front I was really comfortable so I thought 'let's lead this' so that it could just be the first time I'd led a grand prix. After a while I had a couple of moments so let someone pass me and settled in.

As it started raining more, my bike came into its own and when it came down really heavy I thought I had to get to the front again in case the race got red flagged and that's when it did.
Do you think taking the Gresini ride might have been a mistake for your career?

Gino Rea:
I wouldn't say so, if this year had gone ahead with the ESGP team then we probably wouldn't be having this conversation. At the time going into one of the most well-known teams with a working bike was a good idea. You don't get many chances like that and the problems were highlighted by what's happened this year.
Tell us about your current bike.

Gino Rea:
It was put together by a mixture of FTR and my dad really. FTR got the basics of it put together and my Dad and a sponsor and now mechanic called Dave Crawford, went to FTR and finished it off. Now between the testing and stuff it's my dad who does all the work on it and after Le Mans has done a lot of work on it to improve it.

We keep it in a lock up in a secret location.
You had a technical problem in Le Mans, is the bike OK now?

Gino Rea:
We had a fuelling problem during the race and I pulled in, later when we went out again, it was still there, but the problem's been fixed now.
And you were running in 12th place?

Gino Rea:
Yeah, I was battling with Simon, Elias and De Angelis at the time. I didn't know what position I was in and I thought to myself 'If I'm battling with them I must be reasonably high up here'. They aren't back markers, there're big names and I felt comfy battling with them.

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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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