Gino Rea’s return to the WSS started in both productive and painful fashion, with the English rider in the CIA Landlords Insurance Racing Team getting used to a WSS Honda again after two seasons in Moto2.
A recent right foot injury, which has multiple plates and screws holding it together, caused him so much trouble he will skip the second day of testing so he can have a surgical procedure.
“I have broken metatarsals in my right foot and have two plates and pins in it,” said Rea. “Just before I flew out I was doing some training and the screws started to unwind, and are rubbing against the skin. After the first session here one screw has wound itself out more. I am going to have an operation tomorrow instead of testing.”
Rea tried to make allowances for his injury, and even scored a top five placing on day one, but he knows he needs to sacrifice a day on track make sure he can compete on the race weekend. “Because I was using a boot that is two and half sizes bigger than my normal one I can just about get around right hand corners. Considering all this to be fifth was not too bad. It was a productive day, but we did not so as many laps as we wanted. I will get an operation and I should be back better on Friday.”
Gino, who used to race a Honda in WSS, found his latest bike familiar in at least some regards. “There are quite a few things to get used to, to get my head around,” said Rea. “Tyres, traction control, they are the main things really. I have ridden a similar bike before so it was a good first day, considering."