Suzuka 8 Hours were held again after three years of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese brands, as always, have turned and their victory is one of the most appreciated by their firms, in addition to the World Endurance title is at stake, then only the Bol d’Or is missing.
The test was shaken in the free practice prior to the qualifying session. On a track in mixed conditions, Gino Rea suffered a serious accident in the Triangle area, the chicane before the finish line. The Briton lay unconscious on the ground. He had to be evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital, as reported by the organization. “Gino Rea, motorcycle rider number 5 of the FCC TSR Honda France, has been hospitalized after an accident in Free Practice 2 of the 43 Suzuka 8-hour endurance race, round three of the FIM Endurance World Championship. Rea received initial treatment on the track before being transported to the hospital by helicopter. An update on the pilot’s condition will follow when more information is available,” the statement read.
The Scotsman had injuries to the head, ribs, and lungs and was operated on. His condition is “critical”, according to local Japanese authorities.
Gino is a veteran competitor who went through Moto2, the Superbike World Championship and currently competes in the British Superbike Championship and the World Endurance Championship. In the FCC TSR Honda France participates with Josh Hook and Mike di Meglio. In fact, his squad qualified fourth in the later trial.
Pole for Honda
Pole position for the race, which starts at 04:30, Spanish peninsular time and televised by Eurosport, went to Slingin his official team, thanks to Tetsuta Nagashima. It is the first they have achieved in 13 years. The formation, in which Iker Lecuonathe triumph will be played, predictably, against the champions, Kawasakiwhere Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes and Leon Haslam are active.