Gino Rea

Gino Rea
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Rea in 2012
Nationality British
Born (1989-09-18) 18 September 1989 (age 31)
Tooting, London, England
Current team Buildbase Suzuki
Bike number 44
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2012–2014
Manufacturers Moriwaki, Suter, FTR, Speed Up
Championships 0
2014 championship position 27th (7 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 0 1 0 0 36
Supersport World Championship
Active years 2010–2011, 2015–2017
Manufacturers Honda, MV Agusta, Kawasaki
Championships 0
2017 championship position 17th (31 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
59 1 7 0 1 361

Gino Daniel Rea (born 18 September 1989) is an English motorcycle racer of Italian descent. In 2020 he competed in the FIM Endurance World Championship with Wojcik Racing Yamaha, finishing 4th in the World Championship Standings and joined the British Superbike Championship aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000R with the Buildbase Suzuki team to replace an injured rider. Rea guided Wojcik Racing to their first ever Podium in the FIM EWC at the Bol d'Or 24hr, finishing in second position and winning the Dunlop Independent Cup,[1] following that up with another podium at the Estoril 12hr EWC race. Rea joined the Buildbase Suzuki team as a substitute rider at the fourth British Superbike race of the 2020 season and quickly showed his ability to adapt to a new bike and surroundings by topping the Free Practice session at Silverstone, lapping under the circuit record in only his second weekend on the bike. Rea went on to lead his first BSB race at Donington Park, finishing in 4th position across the line, just tenths from recording his first BSB Championship podium.[2]

Career

The 2009 European Superstock 600 Champion has a wealth of accolades and experience, with 23 podiums and 4 wins from European Superstock 600, World Supersport, Moto2 Grand Prix World Championship, Endurance World Championship and recently competing in the 2020 British Superbike Championship.[3] Gino Rea was born in Tooting, London.

European Superstock 600 Championship

Rea was a successful Motocross and Supermoto rider before switching to circuit racing in 2007. He began racing in the European Superstock 600 series in 2007, finishing 12th overall with a podium at Valencia. In 2008 he finished 3rd overall, taking a win at Portimão plus four further podiums and two poles. Rea won the Championship in his third year claiming a win and 6 podiums in total, clinching the title by a single point in the final round at Portimão.[4] He contested 32 races in the class, with 31 finishes including 12 podiums.[5]

Supersport World Championship

Rea tested Cal Crutchlow's 2009 title-winning Yamaha YZF-R6 in October 2009, before the team opted to withdraw,[6] and ultimately joined the Intermoto team.[7] He started 2010 with a solid run of top ten finishes. He finished fourth at Brno[8] before taking his first podium at Silverstone.[9] He finished a very close second to Eugene Laverty in the next round at the Nürburgring, but was excluded for a technical irregularity.[10]

Rea stayed in the World Supersport Championship for 2011 and although he suffered many retirements due to mechanical issues and crashes, Rea took his first World Championship Win at Brno in front of ex-World Champion Fabien Foret and 2011 World Champion Chaz Davies. Rea landed on the podium at his home race in Donington Park and went into the final race of the year in 5th position in the Championship standings. A mechanical failure there ended Gino's season on a low and it meant being bumped down to 11th in the final standings.

Moto2 World Championship

Rea went on to test for the Gresini Moto2 team at Valencia and Jerez, leaving Valencia as the quickest rider earning him the Gresini Moto2 ride for 2012. An up and down year meant Rea could not progress the way he wanted to but managed to get on the podium at Sepang, Malaysia. Rea crossed the line in the lead but as the red flag came out, the results were put back 2 laps, robbing Rea of the win but still a 2nd position. At the final race of the year, Gino battled for a podium spot with the Moto2 World Champion Marc Marquez but fell at turn 2. Rea rejoined for an 11th position, finishing 21st in the Final Points standings.

For 2013, Rea agreed to ride with the newly formed ESGP team in Moto2 but the team pulled out at the last minute (5 February), leaving him without a ride. But this major setback was not enough to stop Rea. He would stay in the race, even if he had to go it alone. With backing from UK bike manufacturer FTR and support from his loyal fans, Rea set about running his own team. Rea set up a Donation & Sponsorship page where the public could help keep him on track. Rea asked his followers to help him race by donating to his race fund but instead of just taking money, he decided to give back to his supporters. Rea created different packages, from signed photos, signed T-shirts to hospitality packages. With contributions from all of his supporters, Rea was able to compete at selected wildcard rounds of the Moto2 Championship during 2013.

Running his own team on a shoe-string budget was certainly challenging. Rea acted as his own crew chief, downloading and analysing the data, making the fuel maps and making tyre choices. Impressing in these selected rounds led to a team partnership with Montaze Broz, forming Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing Team. They would compete in the remaining European rounds but would miss the three flyaway races in Malaysia, Australia and Japan due to budget constraints.

On 25 November 2013, Rea reached an agreement with Dave Peterson and Martin R. de Rooy to form World Motors Rea Racing to compete in the 2014 Moto2 World Championship on a full-season basis as a permanent team. With title sponsorship from AGT (American Green Technology), the team will be known as AGT REA Racing. 2014 got off to a difficult start with Gino breaking his left foot at the first pre-season test and the team struggled from then onwards. Gino scored his first point scoring finish at Assen, after making his way into the top 10, only to run off track and finish in 11th. Gino made good progress throughout the season, showing his potential towards the end of the season when he raced to 14th at Motegi after starting 23rd. Rea was on for a strong finish to the season and looked to score points at Sepang, Malaysia until a crash at turn 2 resulted in his right foot being run over, leaving him with 3 broken metatarsals.[11]

Gino had two plates and screws inserted and raced the following week at the final race in Valencia. Rea started from the back of the grid and finished a very creditable 24th, with 3 broken bones in his foot.

Return to World Supersport

During the first months of 2015, Gino's Moto2 team withdrew from the Championship leaving him without a ride for the season. Rea joined the CIA Landlord Insurance PTR Honda Team to make a return to the World Supersport Championship.[12] Gino had an operation in Melbourne just 2 days before Round 1 to remove a screw from his previously injured right foot. Having to wear a boot 2 sizes too big to fit his foot in, the Londoner still managed a spectacular race to finish on the podium in 3rd place. Gino went into the final few races in position to challenge for the top 5 in the World Supersport Championship standings but had to battle through injury after a horrendous crash at Magny Cours, France when his front brake locked on, sending him over the handlebars. Gino finished the 2015 World Supersport Championship in 6th.

In 2016 Rea signed with a newly formed team named GRT Racing, switching bike manufacturer to MV Agusta to remain in World Supersport.[13] Even with limited testing and race DNF's due to engine failures, Rea was able to consistently beat the MV Agusta Factory World Supersport Team, finishing on the Podium three times with a best finish of 2nd at Assen, Netherlands. Rea went into the final two races of the season in 4th position in the World Championship Standings but was forced to sit out of both remaining races after a collision with Japanese rider Hikari Obkubo which resulted in a broken left hand. Rea was ultimately pushed back to 7th in the 2016 series standings.

For 2017, Rea signed with Team Go Eleven Kawasaki to remain again in the World Supersport Championship.[14] A run of technical failures and uncompetitive machinery throughout the season resulted in a career worst Championship standing of 17th with a best finish of 6th at Misano, Italy. It marked the first year of World Supersport racing where Gino did not finish on the podium.

British Superbike Championship

In 2018 Gino Rea is made his debut in the British Superbike Championship with OMG Racing UK Suzuki,[15] with a wildcard entry in the Donington Park round of the World Superbike Championship, where he lined up with Championship regulars Jonathon Rea, Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri.

Rea made decent progress throughout the 2018 BSB season, finishing the year with a 7th-place finish at the Brands Hatch finale behind Championship winner Leon Haslam.

For 2020, Rea agreed to race in BSB for the Bike Devil Ducati racing team on the Ducati Panigale V4R that took Scott Redding to victory in 2019.[16] Due to Covid-19 and financial issues, the Ducati didn't arrive so the team made a last minute switch to a Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

After the first race weekend of the 2020 BSB season, Rea parted ways with the Bike Devil Racing team.[17]

Rea joined the Buildbase Suzuki team as a substitute rider at the fourth BSB race of the 2020 season and quickly showed his ability to adapt to a new bike and surroundings by topping the Free Practice session at Silverstone, lapping under the circuit record in only his second weekend on the bike. Rea went on to lead his first BSB race at Donington Park, finishing in 4th position across the line, just tenths from recording his first BSB podium.[18]

FIM Endurance World Championship

On 2 March 2019, Rea joined Polish Team Wójcik Racing Team as a rider in FIM Endurance World Championship in Formula EWC class. At the Bol d'Or 24hr Race, Gino led the race for 2 hours, taking the team to their first podium in the series and recording the first podium in history for a Polish team,[19] finishing in second position and first Dunlop Independent Team [20] as well as first privateer team.[21]

Rea went on to guide the Wójcik Racing Team to another podium, this time at the Estoril 12hr EWC round, finishing the 2019-2020 FIM EWC Championship in 4th Position and Dunlop Independent Cup Winners.[22]

Career statistics

European Superstock 600 Championship

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2007 Suzuki EUR
10
ESP
3
NED
23
ITA
14
GBR
C
SMR
15
CZE
11
GBR
11
GBR
13
GER
Ret
ITA
24
FRA
13
12th 41
2008 Yamaha ESP
9
NED
9
ITA
8
GER
3
SMR
9
CZE
3
GBR
2
EUR
3
FRA
6
POR
1
3rd 132
2009 Honda SPA
3
NED
1
ITA
7
SMR
8
GBR
2
CZE
6
GER
6
ITA
2
FRA
2
POR
3
1st 154

Supersport World Championship

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
2010 Honda AUS
10
POR
8
SPA
6
NED
7
ITA
9
RSA
9
USA
9
SMR
Ret
CZE
4
GBR
3
GER
DSQ
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
9th 83
2011 Honda AUS
Ret
EUR
3
NED
16
ITA
Ret
SMR
10
SPA
6
CZE
1
GBR
11
GER
Ret
ITA
11
FRA
22
POR
14
11th 69
2015 Honda AUS
3
THA
10
SPA
4
NED
14
ITA
7
GBR
8
POR
4
ITA
4
MAL
8
SPA
Ret
FRA
7
QAT
Ret
6th 97
2016 MV Agusta AUS
7
THA
9
SPA
Ret
NED
2
ITA
Ret
MAL
3
GBR
4
ITA
3
GER
Ret
FRA
Ret
SPA
WD
QAT 7th 81
2017 Kawasaki AUS
Ret
THA
DSQ
SPA
Ret
NED
17
ITA
15
GBR
12
ITA
6
GER
Ret
POR
14
FRA
Ret
SPA
9
QAT
9
17th 31

Grand Prix motorcycle racing

Season Class Motorcycle Team Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd
2012 Moto2 Moriwaki Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 17 0 1 0 0 25 20th
Suter
2013 Moto2 FTR Gino Rea Race Team
Gino Rea Montáže Brož Racing
11 0 0 0 0 4 26th
Speed Up Argiñano & Ginés Racing
2014 Moto2 Suter AGT REA Racing 18 0 0 0 0 7 27th
Total 46 0 1 0 0 36
Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto2 2012–2014 2012 Qatar 2012 Malaysia 46 0 1 0 0 36 0

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2012 Moto2 Moriwaki QAT
26
SPA
15
POR
28
20th 25
Suter FRA
Ret
CAT
Ret
GBR
24
NED
21
GER
17
ITA
19
IND
19
CZE
23
RSM
Ret
ARA
21
JPN
24
MAL
2
AUS
20
VAL
12
2013 Moto2 FTR QAT AME SPA FRA
NC
ITA CAT NED
24
GER
23
IND CZE
Ret
GBR
Ret
RSM
21
ARA
17
VAL
19
26th 4
Speed Up MAL
17
AUS
14
JPN
14
2014 Moto2 Suter QAT
Ret
AME
25
ARG
30
SPA
26
FRA
19
ITA
21
CAT
22
NED
11
GER
25
IND
25
CZE
26
GBR
20
RSM
22
ARA
17
JPN
14
AUS
21
MAL
Ret
VAL
24
27th 7

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