Although the new BSB British Superbike season has just begun, the collaboration between Gino Rea and the Bike Devil Racing Team has ended prematurely. After a complicated weekend at Donington Park, in its 'National' layout, the team headed by Dave Tyson has announced its divorce with the 2009 European SuperStock 600 champion on the eve of the second round of 2020 on the Snetterton track.
Gino Rea made his debut in the UK championship in 2018 with the OMG Racing Team, only to then present himself at the start of some rounds of the past season with Bike Devil Racing. Riding the ex-Reparto Corse and ex-Leon Camier MV Agusta from 2016, the English rider was able to stand out with some good results.
Performances that convinced Dave Tyson to invest in the 30-year-old from Tooting also for the current season, this time, however, with a Ducati Panigale V4-R. Due to the advent of the health crisis linked to COVID-19, the team soon had to shelve this project. Problems, especially at the logistical level, that forced Bike Devil Racing to switch to a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR.
It was a real race against time to set up the bike for the first round at the Donington 'National' circuit. Despite the long work done by the mechanics, several technical problems affected the opening weekend of the 2020 season. In three races, Gino Rea managed to score four measly points with a twelfth place in Race 3.
“For reasons that I believe affected our time on track together, I have decided to part ways with Bike Devil Racing team following the first round of the 2020 BSB Championship. I wish the Bike Devil team all the best in the future and thank them for the opportunity,” wrote Gino Rea on social media.
Now the hunt is on for a replacement in view of the second round of the season at the Snetterton track, scheduled for this weekend. Dave Tyson's team is already hard at work, with news coming in the next few days. For Gino Rea, however, the number one goal is the Endurance World Championship where he will race for the Wojcik Racing Team.