Gino Rea to Race at Donington Despite Thumb Injury

Gino_ReaGino Rea will be racing at in the World Supersport race at Donington Park this weekend despite a thumb injury. Rea tore the tendon in his thumb during the Phillip Island event.

“On Monday after the Phillip Island race my hand and mainly thumb were pretty swollen, we drove up to Melbourne to see a hand surgeon and they gave us good and bad news,” Rea said. “The tendon that controls the movement of the bone in my thumb had torn off and had to be reattached to gain movement.

“If they were to operate to reattach the tendon I would need a pin inside to keep the thumb permanently hyperextended. This would take up to 8 weeks to heal and I would not be able to bend it at all. I’d have to miss Donington because if I crash again with my thumb fully extended, it could rip my thumb off. Not nice.”

Instead, Rea will have his thumb in a splint during the Donington event.

“The only other option was to put my thumb in a splint which also keeps it in hyperextension but without operating and putting a pin in. This also takes up to 8 weeks to heal but the advantage with this is that I can still try to ride at Donington,” Rea said.

“I will just have ride with a slightly smaller splint than I have now, I just I cannot afford to bend the thumb at all, even when on the bike. The disadvantage being as soon as I bend the thumb, it will break the scar tissue which will be attaching the tendon to bone and I’ll be back to where I was at Phillip Island, starting recovery all over again. Realistically there’s a high chance of bending it or it swelling up on the bike, even with the splint in.”

“But the plan at the moment is to go to Donington, ride and see how it goes! Thats my good news, I will be there! I don’t need to grip the bars anyway do I!?”

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Gino Rea Positive After Aragon Test

gino_rea_step_racingIt was cold at the Aragon Racing circuit, but Gino Rea and the Step Racing team completed two days of solid testing. Weather conditions weren’t ideal for the World Superbike riders at Portimao, so Rea and his team worked hard to put in some valuable track time at Aragon before the beginning of the World Superbike season.

“That was definitely a much better test than Portimao, the Aragon circuit is good fun.” Rea said. “Although it was cold and a bit frosty in the mornings, we had dry track time so we managed to develop the parts to where they need to be.”

Rea and the Step Racing team worked on various aspects of the Honda CBR1000RR. The Step Racing team worked on everything from the chassis to the electronics, and Rea was able to put in competitive laps around the Aragon track.

“We got a good feel of where the gear ratio needs to be come race weekend and I know which way the circuit goes now. We still have many things to work on but so far it has improved and improved, so I hope we can continue this at Phillip Island come the first round,” Rea said.

“We didn’t show our potential at the official Portimao test as our package wasn’t quite there to, but after this test I’m feeling much better. I enjoyed the last few sessions here at Aragon, I got back to my old self on the bike and was able to put some good lap times in. The off season was a long one so it’s nice to get back into it properly. I’d like to thank my Step Racing team again for their hard work over the two tests.”

The World Superbike season begins in just a few short weeks. The World Superbike riders will have one more chance to test out their machines at Phillip Island, before the season begins at the same track on February 27th.

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