Gino Rea clinches Euro Superstock 600 title

Published: 26 October 2009

Britain had plenty to celebrate at Portimao on Sunday. Not only was Cal Crutchlow crowned WSS champion, Gino Rea won the European Superstock 600 title.

After finishing third in the final race of the year, the 20-year-old finished clinched the title by a single point.

At the start of the year Rea fought hard to overcome a lack of speed on his Ten Kate Honda compared to his Yamaha rivals, but regardless of his qualifying performance always delivered gutsy performances on race day.

Rea said: “It’s an amazing feeling to be champion. I’ve really upped my game this year in every area and ridden the best I ever have.

"Coming into the race I didn’t know if it was going to be possible to win the title because I was the only one out of the top guys who didn’t test here before the race.”