An early morning fall cost Gino Rea the majority of running in the opening practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix but an encouraging afternoon session left the Moto2 racer in better spirits ahead of his home race.

Rea crashed on his third lap in FP1 after losing the front end on the way into Turn 15.

"It was a weird crash because it was only my third lap and I wasn't really pushing hard but I tipped into turn 15 and when I rolled off the gas the front just washed out," said Rea. "It almost felt like a cold tyre crash and with the cold wind I'm not sure if it just caught me out. There wasn't bad damaged but I only got one lap at the end so we basically lost the first session.

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"That put us on the back foot because we also have some new chassis upgrades with some modifications to the front of the chassis from Suter. Most of the other teams have had it for a while so they're used to it but we need the track time to get used to it. In the second practice our laptime wasn't bad but I'm still struggling in Turn 15 and onto the back straight and I'm losing a lot of time there but in the other areas I'm quite fast and feeling good."

It has been a challenging season for Rea and his American Green Technology squad with progress hampered by typical teething problems for a first year team but at his home race Rea is relaxed and realistic about what to expect this weekend:

"It's brilliant to be here and as soon as I turned up on Thursday I was buzzing and there's so many home fans and supporters. It puts a smile on your face and the day of champions was really good so that's all good fun. Realistically with the lost track time the top 20 is a realistic goal but I wanted to be in the top 15 but you have to be realistic with the bike and the season that we've had. We've struggled at a lot of places but it depends on the improvement that we make for Saturday but I'd be happy with a points finish and if we have rain then I think we can be closer to the front."