While his fellow Moto2 riders are starting a three-day official test at Valencia today, British rider Gino Rea is sitting at home trying to find the funds to continue his racing career.
Rea was left out in the cold when the new ESGP team - who was given a late Moto2 entry - had to drop out after they failed to acquire a complete racing budget for the 2013 season which then lead to losing sponsor Crimea GP, and the entire idea of continuing in this year’s championship, fell apart even before it started.
As we all very sadly know, riders in the lower classes, and not only (see what happened to Mattia Pasini in MotoGP in 2012) now need to bring their own cash to the table to ride - six figures can buy you a ride nowadays - so Rea has launched a donation and sponsorship appeal website to try to raise enough funds to get off the ground and race in 2013.
According to the plea, if Rea raises enough money there still is one ride entry available in Moto2, but he could also have the opportunity to ride in World Superbikes as there are two teams that could give him a place, and he also have option to run the defunct ESPG team as the entire infrastructure is ready in place and FTR is willing to support Rea with a Moto2 bike.
If you are interested in helping and supporting Rea, just click here to find out more about donating.