“Of course, it's going to be difficult to go up against all the big budget teams but I believe we can do it. Our testing schedule will be very limited due to budget but I believe in FTR to build a competitive bike for me.
“Our first race will be at Jerez, the third round of the world championship following Qatar and Austin. It's a shame we can't do these two, but we hope that if we can attract enough sponsors we can fund the rest of the European races at least.
“I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far, both through GinoReaClub.com and individually. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my supporters and I would love to repay them by being on the Moto2 grid this year."
The failure to source six figure sums lay behind the withdrawal of the proposed ESGP team, whom Rea had agreed to ride for in 2013 (pictured during testing last November).
In response to losing his ride, Rea appealed to all of his supporters by setting up GinoReaClub.com; an online donation page to fund his 2013 race campaign.
After just three weeks, GinoReaClub.com and two individual sponsors have raised enough funds to cover one GP race. Rea now hopes his new project will encourage potential sponsors to get onboard and keep his Moto2 dream alive.