It occurred to me that last year, if I'd been in that situation I wouldn't have been able to battle with them comfortably and it has to be said, I felt good to know my bike was capable of it.
To put it into perspective, we went to a track day at Le Mans two weeks before and on the first day I went at the same speed as I had done in qualifying the year before on the Gresini and that was the first day on the bike. 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 there, the faster I'll be.
Why did you choose the FTR chassis when nobody else is using it?
It's a very good chassis. Everyone presumes that the Kalex is probably the best one out there with the Suter also being good, but difficult to set up. I would say that the FTR is up there with both of them because it's got a wider window where it works.
We chose it because we agreed with the ESGP team last year that I tested various chassis with them, we then came to an agreement as to what we wanted for 2013. Then ESGP pulled out and FTR still said they'd support me with the bike, and to be honest, if we didn't have full backing from them, I wouldn't be riding.
It's like sponsorship from them, I'm the only FTR on the grid and they want to be there. It's great to get support from a British manufacturer.
And which suspension are you using now?
We're using Ohlins. It's great, it's worked from the first moment we tried it, perfect!
Thanks for that Gino, and best of luck at Assen.
No problems. I'd just like to thank all my sponsors and people who have helped me this year - My dad and family, all at FTR, MotoBreaks & Tim, the Crawfords, Kev Horne, the Dunphys, ThroughTheWallPaint, Pole Position Travel, ImageDesignCustom, Jap4Performance and AGV.
I also want to thank everyone who has supported me through GinoReaClub.com. I am looking forward to getting back out on track at Assen!"