How would Jonathan Rea fare in MotoGP?

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Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:16
Joe Crash
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How would Jonathan Rea fare in MotoGP?

There have been a number of rumours floating around regarding a potential switch to MotoGP - would he be able to compete with the likes of Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi?

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:14
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Thu, 12/21/2017 - 16:34
reinmacre's picture
Johnny Rea would do very well

Johnny Rea would do very well in MotoGP on a good bike, say a factory HRC LCR Honda.    The crash rate of CC35 is astounding.  I don't see John binning the works Honda regularly and he has the chops to mix it up on the sharp end of the grid no doubt.

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:50
FatAlfie's picture
We've seen what he can do on

We've seen what he can do on a MotoGp bike. He was, at best, decidedly average...

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 16:19
spaishon28's picture
No one can really use his

No one can really use his past attempt as a bar to measure him by. With the new regulations and new tires he would either adapt well or not. Unfortunately we will never know unless he makes the switch.

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 19:35
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How would Jonathan Rea fare in MGP?

MGP is 90% bike and 10% rider. If he was on a competitive machine he would run up front with the other competitive machines as he is a match for anyone in mgp. On an uncompetitive machine, he would be an also-ran, just like all the other riders on uncompetitive bikes. It's as simple as that.

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:01
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iamzombie's picture
Absolute bollocks... If that

Absolute bollocks... If that was true, Dani Pedrosa would have been 2nd in the championship, Lorenzo 3rd and Dovi 4th.

JR65 is a fast rider, he is nowhere near Marquez fast, even on the same bike. Put them on the exact same Honda, and he might be able to beat Pedrosa, he wouldn't be within a second of Marquez.

There is a lot more to getting results in the top class than putting a good rider on a good bike, otherwise Lorenzo would have been at the sharp end of the pack all year long. The bikes all have different characteristics, and some riders require a bike with certain strengths (Lorenzo and mid-corner speed, for instance).

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:13
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90% bike & 10% rider, I don't

90% bike & 10% rider, I don't think so. This is not F1.

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:41
Navelgazer's picture
Massive Jonny Rea fan but I

Massive Jonny Rea fan but I don't think he's in the same league as the aliens.

On for example Crutchlow's bike, I think he'd be there or thereabouts, he probably has more natural talent than Crutchlow (Cal's own words, he's not a natural rider but he is dedicated) and I think he'd learn quite quickly, but I think it's a bit late for him now.

Besides, I'd actually rather Jonny stayed put and went after Foggy's titles than moved to GP just because he could.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 02:07
BadBadger's picture
For me it would be nice to

For me it would be nice to see him on the factory Suzuki but, I think it would take him a season or two to get up to speed.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 18:31
TwistedWrist29's picture
Lets see...Johnny smoked most

Lets see...Johnny smoked most everyone in MotoGP testing on his Superbike...he showed well of himself when he did get a wildcard GP ride on a bike he never tested.  He would beat Rossi, and Marc would give him a run.  Johnny won races on a fireblade in SBK, thats worse than running Zarco's satellite bike.  Johnny would win at Tech 3 and dominate on a factory GP bike.  Especially the Yamaha.  I dont know if all of you really follow SBK but his riding is Alien status. Just look at his data and stats.