Former Moto2 and WorldSSP star Gino Rea will make his British Superbike debut in 2018 after signing to ride for the all-new OMG Suzuki team.
Londoner Rea has spent the last three seasons in WorldSSP and decided to move into Superbikes now as the right package rocked up at the correct time. The team - owned by Chris Oscroft, Greg McPhail and Alan Gardner - will be managed by ex-Superstock 1000 rider Paul Curran.
“I am so excited to join OMG Racing and to compete in the British Superbike Championship. I have wanted to make the step up onto a Superbike for several years now but the right package hasn’t presented itself, until now. After meeting with the OMG Racing team and hearing their professionalism and attitude towards racing and their will to succeed, I knew immediately that this is the right move,” said Rea.
“The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 has huge potential having already won a race in BSB, so combined with the team’s acquirement of Ray Stringer as my crew chief; I jumped at this opportunity to make my move into the Superbike category. I know how important it is to not only have a good bike, but also the right people around a rider and I feel those boxes are ticked with OMG Racing.
“There is a lot for me to learn as I’ve never raced in BSB, the bike, the circuits, the format etc, but it’s a breath of fresh air and a challenge that I’m looking forward to. The Championship is one I have followed closely for many years and it’s the best domestic series in the World. Whilst competing in the World Championship I would usually only get one chance per year to race on home soil, so it’s going to be a great feeling to race in front of the British fans more often.
“I truly believe OMG Racing will do everything it takes to be successful and I couldn’t be more pleased right now. I’d like to thank everyone involved with OMG Racing for making this happen, I can’t wait to get started.”