British rider back on the rostrum in rain-affected Supersport sprint
It was a fantastic second step of the rostrum for Gino Rea and the GRT Racing Team at Assen, kickstarting the Brit’s season into gear after a difficult couple of Rounds. The race got underway at 11.20 in dry conditions with Gino eighth on the grid, gradually making up places before the race was stopped with a red flag on lap eight. A six lap sprint was the new length of the Supersport race at the restart, with Rea in 7th after the new grid was determined by the order upon the red flag. The GRT Racing Team rider immediately made up four places up into third, where he remained until passing Sofuoglu before the flag and earning 20 points, taking him up the fifth in the title standings.
“I’m very happy of course,” said Gino. “I feel like we’ve taken a weight off our shoulders after two difficult races. I feel like we should have been on the podium in Phillip Island and we had the pace to be there at Aragon too, so this is a relief after some difficult weekends. Perhaps we were lucky with the rain, but our hard work over the weekend really paid off in the race.”
After a rainy Friday, Saturday dawned dry before a deluge rained down and interrupted the WorldSSP race.
“I think we were capable of winning today but on the last lap, I couldn’t get close enough to Kyle Smith to be able to pass him. Anyway, I'm very pleased, for myself and the team, and it shows what we are capable of. The team's done a fantastic job so it's great to take a podium so soon in what is the team's first year; now we'll continue to work to achieve more, similar results.”
Rea will get his first chance to hit the rostrum again in Italy on the 29th April-1st of May, as WorldSSP heads south to Italy.