Gino Rea is hoping a return to familiar territory this month will herald a much-needed change in luck, writes Alannah Fellowes.
The Epsom motorcycle racer had another frustrating Moto2 race last weekend, crashing out at the first corner of the Catalunya Grand Prix in Spain after clashing with Spaniard Julian Simon.
Simon later tweeted an apology to Rea, who was knocked out of the French Grand Prix two weeks earlier by a French driver.
Next up on the calendar it is Rea’s home race at Silverstone on June 17 and the 22-year-old is desperate for things to go his way for once.
“It’s my home race next so I know the circuit and, hopefully, we will have better luck there,” he said.
“It will be nice to have some support from the home fans.
“Unfortunately, it was another frustrating Grand Prix in Spain.
“It is hard to take because I made a great start and was in the top 15 but then I got hit hard from behind.
“He had already crashed entering turn one and he collected me as I was turning in, there was no chance for me to save it.
“It is very frustrating because we need track time and now we go into the next race with a big job to do in terms of developing the bike.”
Rea has managed just one World Championship point five races into his debut Moto2GP season.