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WSS: Rea hails maiden podium on home ground

World Supersport rookie Gino Rea lifts himself to fifth in the overall standings after a storming ride to the podium at Silverstone.
Gino Rea has expressed his delight at scoring a maiden World Supersport podium finish on home soil at Silverstone, describing it as a 'dream come true'.

The reigning Superstock 600 champion has shown a rapid rate of improvement this season, the 20-year-old progressing from racing in and around the top ten to displaying his podium-winning credentials on the Intermoto Honda from Misano onwards.

Fresh from a career-best fourth place finish at Brno, Rea sprinted out of the blocks at Silverstone to push Eugene Laverty hard for the lead during the early stages.

Although he would gradually fade as the race wore on, he was still within touching distance of the leaders as he crossed the line in a tremendous third place.

The ideal venue to produce his breakthrough result, Rea was thrilled to be celebrating a rostrum in his debut season.

'I'm so happy to be up here on the podium,” he said. “To get my first podium in my debut year at a home circuit is one of my dreams come true. Before the season started, no one would have thought we would be battling for the top ten positions, let alone getting a podium.

“We have come on strong in the last few races, finding a sweet spot in the chassis and improving electronics, yet we still have work to do. I felt good riding behind Eugene for half of the race, there were places where I could really close up on him but he had a bit more grip than me. As soon as my tyre started going off it exaggerated the grip problem and I couldn't stay with him.

“We need to carry on improving the electronics and thinking about tyre management as we need to be stronger at the end of the race. It was amazing riding in front of a home crowd and I hope I gave them something exciting to watch, at least for the first half of the race.”



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Honda4Life

August 04, 2010 11:58 AM
Last Edited 2319 days ago

Hes been knocking on the door for awhile. Cant wait to see him with a top team next year....maybe even laverty's Parkalgar? Future star for sure......you get em Gino!! :)

pp916 - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 1:59 PM

Absolutely blo*dy brilliant Gino! Nothing much wrong with that bike, it looks as fast as anything else out there and the way he's progressing is a joy to see. He's been with Ten Kate before in their junior team and won the superstock600 championship for them last year, but rather than have faith in him and reward him for that achievement with a ride in SS600 they let him go and for a while it looked like he had no ride at all, which was just plain wrong......don't see why he should rush back! So glad its working out, couldn't happen to a nicer guy!



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