The Gresini Moto2 Team has sent out a press release today, confirming that riders Ratthapark Wilairot and Gino Rea will compete with different sponsors and therefore slightly different liveries this season. Although there hasn’t been a specific confirmation of Rea’s signing with the team, this statement now seems to confirm that he will indeed compete in the Moto2 class with them for the whole season, as was expected.
The dawn of the Moto2 era in 2010 presented a unique opportunity for Team Gresini, who rose to the challenge and used their experience to take the title at the first attempt. The Moto2 category continues to grow on a technical and sporting level and Team Gresini Moto2, with the crucial support of Moriwaki, tackle the 2012 campaign with an ambitious project. Team Gresini take to the track with two bikes in completely different livery but with the exact same technical expertise.
One bike will carry the colours of AP Honda, distributors of Honda in Thailand, along with other national companies from Thailand such as fuel suppliers PTT, in support of Ratthapark Wilairot. The Thai rider made his debut in the 250cc class and has established a reputation as a fast and determined Moto2 rider, picking up a podium at Assen in 2010.
On the other bike Indonesian company Federal Oil will be the main sponsor supporting Gino Rea, who makes his debut in the Moto2 World Championship thanks also to the extended collaboration between Team Gresini and Ukraine’s Crimea Grand Prix Circuit. Rea established a reputation as a fast and flamboyant rider in the World Supersport category last year riding a Honda CBR600RR.
FAUSTO GRESINI: “Moto2 is an important category in motorcycle racing and the only real launchpad, in a technical and sporting sense, to MotoGP. The fans love it, it creates a lot of interest and I am sure it has a big future. This season we take to the track with two different liveries for our two riders Gino Rea and Rattapark Wilairot, who both have great potential. They will both be riding MD600 machines built by Moriwaki, who have been an important partner of ours since we joined this championship. We have proven to be a professional team over the years and our commitment to Moto2 is an important way for us to show our technical capabilities. It is not an easy category and it is very competitive but that just pushes us to do our best and compete at the front.”
Source: Gresini Racing
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