British rider Gino Rea continues to make progress with the Suter chassis following the Gresini team's switch from Moriwaki, qualifying fifth fastest in the wet at the Sachsenring.
Rea was unable to translate his second row start into the result he wanted as he ended the race in 18th position, but the Moto2 rookie continues to make strides and the young protégé is relishing the chance to compete at Mugello for the first time this weekend.
“It was nice to qualify fifth but that was in the wet. Unfortunately I couldn't capitalise on the second row start and that's a bit disappointing,” he said.
“There are some positives though, there were corners where I had similar speed as the front runners but a few corners where I was losing a lot of time each lap.
“We have to improve in our weak areas to finish higher, although making that step is not easy.
“Like Sachsenring, I haven't raced at Mugello before either so it will be another learning curve.
“We've now completed three full races on the Suter chassis with the Showa suspension and the bike is improving each time.”
Rea has set his sights on a points finish at the Italian Grand Prix, where his main priority to build on the consistency of his lap times from Germany.
“My lap times were more consistent at Sachsenring but we had to improve in certain areas. If we can do this at Mugello, I hope to be in the points.
“I really want to reward my team with a strong result. I have been watching last years Mugello race as much as possible and it looks like a long and technical circuit,” said Rea.
“Because of the long lap, there are many sections to learn so the first sessions will be difficult to be fast.
“There are many fast corners, long corners and fast changes of direction too so it will be crucial to get a good set up before qualifying.”