A high-speed crash on the 2022 Suzuka 8 Hours left Anglo-Italian motorbike racer Gino Rea preventing for his life. Throughout the incident, the rider broke his collarbone, rib, and two bones in his neck. He additionally suffered a bruised lung within the course of, however the ensuing mind trauma introduced probably the most troublesome medical hurdle.
Fortuitously, Rea confirmed indicators of recovering within the following 10 days, however that solely began his journey again to full well being. Eight months on, Rea returned to the monitor for the primary time on April 1, 2023. The Honda rider took to Spain’s Cartagena Circuit on a inventory CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and relished the second by way of Instagram.
“Knees down, elbows down, what an unbelievable day and what a beastly feeling it’s to experience an actual motorbike!” Rea proclaimed. “I am unable to imagine this all occurred.”
Although Rea nonetheless has a method to go on his highway to restoration, he absolutely intends to return to type throughout the Endurance World Championship (EWC).
“I need to be again on the similar degree generally as I used to be earlier than, and for me, which means being again on the entrance and attempting to win races once more in EWC,” admitted Rea. “EWC is a championship I like and the place I feel I’ve discovered my ft. All through my profession, I’m comfortable being in a championship if I’m aggressive and I’ve been aggressive in most of them, however in EWC I’ve discovered a little bit of a house and I’ve discovered a house in Honda and that’s the scenario I’d wish to be again in.”
For now, the rider will assist the TSR Honda workforce with a Parade lap on the 2023 24 hours of Le Mans on April 15, 2023. Quantity 5 may also specific his gratitude to his supportive followers throughout the occasion.
“My most vital message is ‘thanks’ to every person who has proven me assist,” Rea concluded. “It actually doesn’t go unnoticed. This goes to every fan who has contacted me and to different prime skilled riders that reached out.”