BSB: Gino Rea and OMG Racing in shock split

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Gino Rea and the OMG Racing squad have agreed to terminate their 2019 contract just several weeks into the agreement.

Rea had been confirmed as joining Luke Mossey in the Suzuki effort next year, but a statement released by the team this morning confirms the two will instead go their separate ways after what is being called a ‘conflict of interest’.

Rea joined the Bennetts British Superbike grid as the OMG Racing team made their debut in the series at the start of 2018. He achieved a best finish of seventh at Silverstone in September.

A statement released by the team read:

“OMG Racing and Gino Rea have agreed to terminate the rider’s contract for the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike season, due to a conflict of interest.

“Gino has helped OMG to develop into a standout team and a crowd favourite during our first year as a British Superbike team, we cannot thank him enough for his hard-work and professionalism across the 2018 season. He has delivered the team with many memorable moments, including topping the first practice session at Assen and a fantastic ride to 7th place at Silverstone.

“We are disappointed to be losing a talented rider but fully support Gino’s further aspirations in the paddock. Gino will always remain a part of the OMG Family and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. We ask our supporters that the privacy of the team and of Gino is respected in this period.

“OMG Racing is focused on the preparations for first pre-season test in Cartagena next week as well as the upcoming 2019 BSB season; and we look forward to announcing racing seats within the team shortly.”

Luke Mossey and Josh Elliott will test for the OMG team in Cartagena next week with the team expected to confirm their remaining seats for 2019 shortly.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing