Gino Rea showing "signs of recovery," says latest update from family

The family of Gino Rea has issued another statement on the condition of the World Endurance rider, which says he is in a "stable condition."

Gino Rea - FCC TSR Honda

An update on the condition of Gino Rea has been released by his family, indicating that he is recovering from his injuries. 

Rea remains in hospital in Japan after a crash in practice for the Suzuka 8 Hours last weekend.

A previous update had been published by his family when they arrived in Japan following his hospitalisation, which said he was suffering from serious head injuries. Rea had been placed under sedation to relieve swelling on his brain. 

The most recent update, issued by Rea’s family earlier today (11 August 2022) on his Instagram page, was more positive. 

“We would like to send a quick update in regards to Gino’s current condition,” the statement reads. “The results of the CT-Scan showed signs of recovery with reduce swelling.

“He is in a stable condition and recovering from the usual side effects from such a trauma.

“We are looking forward to a Speedy G recovery from him as we all know he is capable of it.”

Rea’s team, FCC TSR Honda France, was able to compete in the race with their two remaining riders, Josh Hook and Mike Di Meglio. They had problems early on, but came back to a top 10 finish in 10th.

The race was won by Team HRC Honda- with their rider line-up of Iker Lecuona, Takumi Takahashi and Tetsuta Nagashima - for the first time in eight years, as the Suzuka 8 Hours was run for the first time in three years after having to miss the 2020 and 2021 editions for Covid. 

On the previous Honda team to win the race was Jonathan Rea. He also won in 2019 with Kawasaki, but crashed in this year’s race, meaning the factory Kawasaki Racing Team had to settle for second. The #7 Yamaha Austria Racing Team was third until the final hour, when Marvin Fritz crashed while overtaking a lapped rider. That handed the final podium spot to Yoshimura SERT Suzuki.

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