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Brit Gino Rea was one of the sur­prise per­for­mances of this year’s Suzuka race, as only a crash de­nied him and the Toho Honda squad a chance at fin­ish­ing fourth on his de­but at the high-pro­file race.

Quick all week­end both in prac­tice and su­per­pole, a crash from Rea in the sec­ond hour left the team with a lot of work to do – and the World Su­pers­port racer heart­bro­ken.

“I’m dev­as­tated. The slip off in the sec­ond hour cost us a lot of min­utes, put us sev­eral laps back, and out of the top 50. After that, things went smoothly and the pace from all three of us was good enough to take us back to 11th at the end.

“But I’m gut­ted, be­cause we could have been fourth. We crashed out of fifth, and we had much bet­ter pace than the fourth placed guys – and to do that as a pri­va­teer team, top Honda and on my de­but at Suzuka would have been an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.”

There is one sil­ver lin­ing for the Lon­doner though, with the race po­ten­tially able to play a keen part in his plans for the fu­ture – and for an even­tual pro­mo­tion to the World Su­per­bike cham­pi­onship.

“We’ve proved that we have re­ally good pace though, and my last run was at the same pace as the lead­ers. Hope­fully that shows that I’m able to ride a su­per­bike well. The ul­ti­mate goal for me is to get on a su­per­bike and to get on a good one.”

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