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Moto2: Rea heads to Jerez after Suzuka test
24 April 2012
Gino Rea travels to Spain for the second round of the Moto2 season after a flying trip to Japan for a two-day test at Suzuka with Gresini chassis partner Moriwaki.
The Japanese factory engineers sought valuable data as they look to improve the MD600 following a disappointing start to the season in Qatar, which saw the top Moriwaki of Rea's team-mate Ratthapark Wilairot finish just 21st.
Former WSS winner Rea crossed the line in 26th, having qualified as the top Moriwaki in 27th.
“There is no doubt that the performance levels in Qatar were below expectations and it is important for the team, Gino and Moriwaki to make up for it as soon as possible,” said team principal Fausto Gresini.
“With this in mind Moriwaki organised two days of testing for us at Suzuka to try and improve the set-up of the bike going to Jerez. The main objective is to give Gino a bike he can get a good feeling for, which was missing in Qatar, so that he can show his quality on track.”
Rea now aims to put the Qatar nightmare behind him.
"Obviously Qatar couldn't have gone much worse really, the new chassis just wasn't working. We changed the forks for the race as we had nothing to lose but the change made it worse and I was trying hard not to crash, even at that pace,” revealed the Briton.
Rea was only 23rd quickest in the final pre-season test at Jerez.
“Pre-season testing at Jerez didn't go that great but with a few modifications I hope we can improve the bike.
It's not my favourite circuit but I know it from the tests, which means I can focus on bike set-up from the first lap, instead of having to learn the circuit first.
“It will be a bit easier for me than Qatar but it's the same for everyone, they all have good set-ups from the test so it will be as hard as always. Still, I'm looking forward to trying our bike modifications in the first free practice.”