Gino Rea

British Superbike

Gino Rea
Number: 44
Age: 31
Date of Birth: 18th September 1989
Hometown: Epsom, London
Favourite Circuit: Brno

Career:

Gino began on his journey of everything two wheels, riding motocross bikes from the age of 3. He started racing competitively at 7 and racing quickly became the cornerstone of his childhood. In 2007, at 16 years old, he made his debut appearance competing on tarmac in the European Superstock 600 Championship, securing a podium and finishing 12th overall.

Upping his game in 2008, he finished third in the standings, collecting five podiums throughout the whole season and achieving his first win. The following year, he added the title of European Superstock 600 Champion to his already impressive resume within the world of racing.

In 2010, Gino began racing in the Supersport World Championship and proved to be capable of being competitive. He continued within World Supersport for 2011, securing his first win at an international level.

2012 was a big step up, moving into the Moto2 World Championship. He struggled during his first season, however achieved a podium at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Despite facing challenges at the start of 2013, it wasn’t enough to keep him off the track. Refusing to settle for a season without a ride, he set up his own team, competing in many wildcard rounds. Performing well despite having to race in challenging circumstances, he landed a partnership with Montaze Broz, forming the Gino Rea Montaze Broz Racing team, allowing him to race in many European rounds.

In 2014 he again formed his own team, World Motors Rea Racing. The season got off to a difficult start after suffering an injury during pre-season testing. He made progress as the year went on, however faced another injury in Malaysia, breaking three metatarsals in his foot.

Fighting through the pain, he managed to race once more in 2014 for the final round at Valencia, he started at the back of the grid and fought to a respectable 24th place.

After failing to have a ride in Moto2 for 2015, He made his return to the World Supersport Championship with the CIA Landlord Insurance PTR Honda Team. Heading towards the end of the season, it looked likely that it would be well within his ability to fight for a top 5 result in the standings, however a serious crash in France pushed him back to 6thoverall.

In 2016, he raced for GRT Racing, collecting three podium positions and securing a best place finish of second. We headed into the final two rounds in 4th in the standings, however an injury meant he would miss out on the remainder of the season.

It was a difficult year for Gino in 2017, as he rode the entire season without standing on the podium and finishing 17thin the overall standings.

It was 2018 that Gino entered into competing within the British Superbike Championship with OMG Racing and secured a wildcard ride at Donington Park in the World Superbike Championship. Over recent years, he has also achieved much success with the Polish Team Wójcik Racing in the FIM Endurance World Championship.

In 2020 he joined our British Superbike Buildbase Suzuki crew as a replacement rider for Keith Farmer. He went on to lead his first BSB race at Donington Park and finish the race in 4th overall, his best place finish in the 2020 season.

For 2021, he will be returning for his second year with us where we hope to continue our relationship together and take it one step further from last season.

Danny Kent

British Superbike

Danny Kent
Number: 52
Age: 27
Date of Birth: 25th November 1993
Hometown: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Favourite Circuit:

Career:

Similar to many, Danny first threw his leg over a bike at a young age and quickly developed a great passion for racing. As a youngster, he competed in numerous Mini Moto Championships before progressing onto bigger bikes.

In 2009, he was selected to compete in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, getting his first taste of the World Championship Stage. Racing against some of the fastest teenagers on the planet, he showcased his potential, achieving podiums and pole position starts.

Danny continued in the Rookies for 2010, finishing the season as runner-up. He was also offered the chance to compete as a wildcard in the 125cc championship. Proving to be capable of competing within a class of such high level, he secured a full season ride with the Red Bull Ajo Aprilia team for 2011, achieving a best place finish of fourth.

His relationship with the team continued into 2012, when the 125cc class became what we all know today as the Moto3 World Championship. This was the year that Danny secured his first podium at the TT Assen Circuit, backing that up with his first win at the Japanese Grand Prix, finishing fourth in the overall standings.

He made a brief step up into Moto2 World Championship for 2013. However, he didn’t manage to complete the entire season due to an injury and returned to the Moto3 Ajo team.

Danny moved into the Leopard Keifer Racing squad for 2015, competing at the sharp end of the field all season and racking up many wins and podium finishes. He was crowned the Moto3 World Champion at the final race of the season, riding across the line and into the history books, becoming the first British World Champion since Barry Sheene in 1977.

Returning to the Moto2 World Championship, he faced much adversity while riding for Leopard Racing and the Speed Up Racing team. In between riders, he returned again to Moto3 as a wildcard and competed as a replacement rider in Moto2 on some occasions.

After a couple of tough years, he went back to competing on home soil, stepping away from international competition. Difficulty faced him during the first couple of seasons prior to leaving the World Championship paddock.

However, refusing to back down from tough situations, he secured a ride with the Morello Racing Kawasaki team in the Superstock 1000 British Championship of 2020.

This year (2021) Danny will be joining our very own Buildbase Suzuki crew, moving up in classes to the Official British Superbike Championship. We are delighted to be joining forces with such an experienced rider and look forward to building a great relationship together over the coming season.

 

 

Tim Neave

Tim Neave

Pirelli National Superstock 1000