Seriously injured in the accident on Suzuka 8 Hours, British F.C.C. TSR Honda pilot Gino Rea, according to doctors, was brought out of an artificial coma, transferred from a ventilator, and began communicating with relatives.
In free practice prior to the 43rd Suzuka 8H race, Rea flew off the track at the same place where the Japanese MotoGP rider, Valentino Rossi’s teammate Dajiro Kato, was fatally injured in April 2003. Gino received similar injuries to the Japanese: his ribs were broken, a lung was damaged, as well as a severe traumatic brain injury with extensive edema.
During the first four days after the accident, Japanese doctors kept a cautious silence, but when the condition of the rider stabilized, they made the first statement. 10 days have passed since Rea’s hospitalization, and he has finally embarked on the path of returning to life.
The family reports that Gino has regained consciousness after being brought out of a state of drug-induced sleep and can communicate with native gestures.