Team Gresini's Gino Rea will make the switch to a Suter chassis on his Moto2 mount this weekend in the French Grand Prix at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans. Rea, who has struggled in his debut season in the class, will be using the Le Mans race as a test more than anything else, according to the Gresini team.

In addition, this will also mark Rea's first visit to the historic French racetrack.

"I am very pleased that the team have decided to change to the Suter chassis, which I think will prove to be a very positive step for us in the long run," Rea said. "It is not going to change my fortunes overnight because we have a lot of work to do in terms of adapting my riding style and setting up this new chassis to work with the Showa suspension. However, it is the start of something new for us and I think we can start to make progress from here. Obviously, I don't know this circuit so that is something else to overcome this weekend, but I am very much looking forward to racing at Le Mans for the first time. I had some trouble with my knee at Jerez and Estoril so I have let it recover for a few days, but now I'm back into hard fitness training. The circuit looks nice, I have done everything possible to learn it, from watching videos to playing it on the Playstation and with the added motivation of a completely new chassis to work with I am really looking forward to it!"

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