The second free practice session of the eight-hour race at Suzuka was marred by a serious accident. 32-year-old Briton Gino Rea (FCC TSR Honda France) was seriously injured in a fall.
After a fatal crash during the second free practice session of the 43rd series of the eight-hour race at Suzuka, Gino Rea had to be treated on the track before the 32-year-old Brit, who works for FCC TSR Honda France, was detained. He was taken by helicopter to the nearest hospital for further treatment.
The crash occurred at the same corner at the Suzuka circuit that was fatal to Daijiro Kato in the 2003 MotoGP race due to lack of an emergency permit.
A few days later, the Japanese who won the 2001 world title in the quarter-liter class died from serious injuries. After that, the track was removed from the World Cup calendar.
According to eyewitnesses, the failure of the Honda CBR1000RR-R brakes could lead to the accident. It was learned from the paramedics and marshals that Ree’s safety helmet had been completely shattered. The police then launched an investigation into serious injuries.
Rhee joined the factory FCC TSR Honda France team this season, showing off his skills at Wójcik Racing.
After winning the European title in the Superstock 600 class, he competed in the Supersport World Championship for several years, where he won a race in the Czech Republic in 2011.
After three years in the Moto2 World Championship, the Londoner returned to the Supersport World Championship.