After his ESGP deal fell through following some initial testing as covered here talented Londoner Gino Rea found himself without a ride for the forthcoming season and started his fundraising page www.ginoreaclub.com .
This initiative has resulted in Rea having raised £20,000 in just three weeks, enough for him to be able to ride at the first European round in Jerez, forming the Gino Rea Race Team to do so. Dorna and IRTA have already given Rea the go-ahead to ride in as many rounds as he can afford through his fundraising efforts.
He aims to be able to race at 11 of the 17 rounds this year and is to be backed by FTR all the way with them offering the latest FTR Moto2 chassis to keep Rea on pace.
The rounds for planned wild-cards are as follows:
Jerez (5 May) LeMans( 19 May) Mugello( 2 June) Catalunya (16 June) Assen (29 June) Sachsenring (14 July) Brno (25 August) Silverstone (1 September) Misano (15 September) Aragon (29 September) Valencia (10 November).
Rea will be aided in his quest by his father David and experienced crew chief Andy Stone.
Speaking of the move into his own team Rea commented:
“I’m really excited about this project. I wanted to remain in the Moto2 Championship and running our own team was the only option. My father and I will run the team with bike support from the British FTR manufacturer,” said Rea. “We will have the only British bike on the grid so every effort will go into getting results. Of course, it’s going to be difficult to go up against all the big budget teams but I believe we can do it. Our testing schedule will be very limited due to budget but I believe in FTR to build a competitive bike for me.
Our first race will be at Jerez, the third round of the World Championship following Qatar and Austin. It’s a shame we can’t do these two but we hope that if we can attract enough sponsors we can fund the rest of the European races at least. I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far, both through GinoReaClub.com and individually. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my supporters and I would love to repay them by being on the Moto2 grid this year.”
The team plan to test at tracks around the UK ahead of the final Jerez test, to help the Londoner fund his dream visit www.ginoreaclub.com or for larger sponsorship deals contact David or Gino direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.