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Rea scores first WSS win at Brno

Following a rollercoaster of a season thus far, Gino Rea comes good at Brno to take on and beat Fabien Foret and Chaz Davies.
Gino Rea can call himself a World Supersport Championship race winner after concluding a marvellous weekend with a fighting victory at Brno.

The young Briton has endured a trying sophomore WSS campaign, with a series of accidents and technical issues on his Step Racing Honda keeping him down in the overall standings, but having shown front running pace from the start of the Brno weekend, he was able to translate that speed into the race.

Starting from the front row of the grid for the first time this season, Rea pushed his way into the lead at the first corner, though pole sitter Fabien Foret would snatch it back by turn three.

Proceeding to trail the Frenchman over the opening five laps, Rea grabbed the initiative from his experienced rival on lap six and would simply hold the position to the chequered flag.

An impressive display, not least because the front runners would remain fairly closely matched throughout the race, Rea's cause was aided by the race being declared with three laps remaining when a red flag was deployed due to an accident involving Robbin Harms, the Dane's Honda depositing a dangerous amount of oil on the circuit in the process.

Denying Foret the chance to launch a last gasp attack, just as he did at Brno in 2009 when he was last a WSS race winner, it allowed Rea to celebrate a well-deserved first victory, while it also signals a magnificent home triumph for the Ukrainian-backed, Czech-based Step Racing team (formerly Intermoto Czech)

Despite missing out on victory, a fourth podium in five races moves Foret up to joint second in the overall standings, 36 points behind Chaz Davies, who came through to finish in third.

The Welshman has struggled throughout the weekend, but came good when it mattered to gradually work his way up the order and secure third place.

A further reward for his charge came when Broc Parkes suffered his second fall in two races, the Australian leaving Brno now level with Foret on 85 points to Davies's 121.




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Don-R

July 10, 2011 2:27 PM

So pleased for Gino, it's been a long time coming but everyone could see he had the talent to get there. A very well deserved win, with hopefully more to follow. And pretty amazing to see the ripped leathers on his elbow where he was holding the bike up!

woopee - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 2:41 PM

Don-R,agreed,he hasn't had the bike under him in the past and had to ride like a demon to stay with the faster bikes but this should give him a massive boost.Well done Gino.



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