Gino Rea was thrilled with a return to the World Supersport podium at Donington Park after a turbulent weekend fraught with accidents and technical issues.

The Step Racing Honda rider went into the weekend protecting a thumb injury, but he shrugged two crashes aside to qualify in sixth position before capitalising on Sam Lowes and James Ellison's retirements to rise up the order.

Also resisting the attentions of the experienced Robbin Harms in the fight for third, Rea held on for what remains only his second World Supersport podium - the first also occurring on home ground at Silverstone.

"We got a bit lucky, but that is racing," he said. "We went into the race a bit blind after we lost so much time in practice. We just wanted to get into the race and get some points in the bag after the DNF at Phillip Island.

"I do not know what to say about ending up third, it's just amazing. We had one problem after another so it was about time luck was on our side. Huge thanks to the team for all the hard work they have done this weekend, picking things up from some low points has been hard but we pushed through it.

"A podium at home in front of a home crowd is an incredible feeling and even more after the weekend we had. I hope everyone enjoyed the race, it's great to get support at my home race."

"Although it's a good result, we still have a lot of work to do to be able to win races so I hope we can continue progress for the next race at Assen.

"As far as my thumb injury goes, unfortunately it's a race against time. The tendons in my thumb will take a minimum of eight weeks kept straight in a splint to recover, so I have another four or five weeks left; meaning I will race at Assen with the splint on, the same as I did this weekend."



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