Gino Rea has officially confirmed that he will stay with the Intermoto Czech Honda team for the 2011 World Supersport Championship.
Rea took one podium (and was denied another by a technical infringement) during his rookie 2010 season and is aiming to win races in 2011. The contract extension is for one-year.
"I really can't wait for the 2011 World Supersport Championship to start, I'm glad that I finally signed for the Intermoto Czech team again,” said the 2009 FIM STK 600 Cup champion. “It means I'll be continuing with the same team, same bike and same crew chief, Andrew Stone - so I'm expecting to bring the team some wins and podiums from the off.
"At the start of last year in Phillip Island, the bike was still being built so it was the first time I'd ridden it. Andrew and I worked well together and gradually developed the bike throughout the year. Now we know what we need from the bike, I know the championship and our potential is much higher already."
The Intermoto Czech team runs similar electronics to its rivals, but have less data and experience.
"There is still room for improvement in the bike,” said Rea. “It was the teams first year with Motec Electronics so it took time to develop. Towards the end of the season we had them working well, but we need to continue improving to be at the front. It is a similar situation with the suspension."
Intermoto is currently building its 2011 CBR600s in preparation for the official pre-season test at Portimao on 26-28 January.