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Gino Rea stays with Intermoto Honda in WSS

A few years back I was in Valencia doing what the professionals callĀ  ‘pre season testing’ but to the likes of me, it was the chance to ‘get some practice in’ before the start of the club racing season here in the UK.

While I was there a young Gino Rea was on track being fast and in the pits being friendly. A lad I thought was gonna go far.

Well he has, stayed with a great team for his World Supersport challenge in 2011.

Watch out Eugene, Biaggi, Leon, Marco et al as this boy will be in World Superbikes very soon!

Rea will remain in the same livery for 2011

Londoner Gino Rea will remain with his Intermoto Honda team for the 2011 World Supersport season but expects he can fight for the crown after scoring podiums last year.

Rea, who was 2009 European Superstock 600 Champion, will have the same team, bike and crew chief this year and says that fighting for top-threes straightaway is realistic.

“I really can’t wait for the 2011 World Supersport Championship to start, I’m glad that I finally signed for the Intermoto Czech team again. It means I’ll be continuing with the same team, same bike and same crew chief, Andrew Stone – so I’m expecting to bring the team some wins and podiums from the off,” said Rea.

“At the start of last year in Phillip Island, the bike was still being built so it was the first time I’d ridden it. Andrew and I worked well together and gradually developed the bike throughout the year. Now we know what we need from the bike, I know the championship and our potential is much higher already.

“There is still room for improvement in the bike, It was the teams first year with Motec Electronics so it took time to develop. Towards the end of the season we had them working well, but we need to continue improving to be at the front. It is a similar situation with the suspension.”

James Ellison to join PTR Honda

Pole Pawel Szkopek joins Ellison at PTR Honda off-shoot

By David Miller

Image by Paul Sturman

Former British Superbike front runner James Ellison will be partnered by Polish rider Pawel Szkopek in his World Supersport team, now called Bogdanka PTR Honda, and not Romania as previously speculated.

The new team is a multi-year partnership between Bogdanka Racing and PTR.

LW Bogdanka is an undisputed leader in the Polish coal mining business as the country’s only stock listed mine, while PTR is the race organisation behind the dominant Parkalgar Honda World Supersport Team that has won 12 out the last 25 Championship races.

“This partnership sees Poland’s first World Championship full-time race team and it is starting at the very highest level with proven technical ability and a realistic chance to win a World Championship thanks to PTR,” said racing director Michael Igor Piasecki.

“This is a partnership, it is not a sponsorship. PTR will help to operate and organise the team alongside Parkalgar Honda out of the same garage and there will be shared branding with the Parkalgar squad. Bogdanka PTR Honda is employing Polish staff to work on the project alongside British engineers.

“This is one of the best opportunities for Poland to win a World Championship in any motorsport in 2011 – we have the best bikes and in James Ellison one of the pre-season favourites. Pawel Szkopek is the best rider in Poland right now and the eight times national Champion will learn quickly from his team mate – we expect him to be featuring at the sharp end of the results.”