Londoner Gino Rea is under more pressure to perform in this weekend's Moto2 race at the Misano MotoGP round with team boss Fausto Gresini saying he wants a 'leap in quality' at the Italian track.
Rea has struggled with the bike since pre-season testing and a chassis switch from Moriwaki to Suter at Le Mans didn't ring the changes he expected. The threat of being replaced has been hanging over Rea's head for a couple of rounds but, so far, Gresini has only made veiled threats.
“At Misano, Gino has the opportunity to capitalise on the positives shown at Brno, where he had a good feeling with the bike on the Saturday. He knows our home track very well, and with the help of the guys on the team he should be able to make the leap in quality that we are expecting," said Gresini.
Rea, meanwhile, said: "We have some things to try at Misano so it will be interesting. It's hard going into a race without testing some things but we will have to work hard and develop the bike over the free practices. I will be happy if I can continue the top 10 form of Brno's practice sessions.
"I know the Misano circuit so that will help with setting the bike up. I enjoy the circuit too so I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike. It's the teams home race so there's nothing more I'd like to do than bring them a strong result. If we find a good solution with the bike, I believe I can."