Whilst admitting to having thoroughly enjoyed his MotoGP testing debut with Honda last month, Jonathan Rea insists his 'dream' of joining the premier class is 'on pause' as he concentrates his full efforts on his 2011 World Superbike Championship title bid, but he concedes that should an opportunity present itself over the coming months, then 'we'll see what happens'...
At the time, Rea described his experience aboard the RC212V at Sepang in Malaysia as 'unbelievable' [see separate story – click here
], and shortly before that the Ulsterman had told us in an interview that 'Honda have got some good plans for me for 2012' and that next year might be 'a really exciting one' [see separate story – click here
], and he has never hidden his desire to break into MotoGP in the near future.
For now, however, Rea stresses that his priority is to try to lift the WSBK laurels with Castrol Honda – and then let destiny take its course...
“It was really, really good fun,” he told Crash.net
of his Sepang outing. “It was good to be given the opportunity, and hopefully I can get another ride on that bike sometime in the future. For me, it was my job to go there and assist with development, give myself a run out on the bike and it was great – but right now, for 2011, my job is here with the Castrol Honda team and I've got to give that my full attention.
“I'm not really thinking about grand prix right now – I've got enough things to be thinking about here and enough of my rivals to be thinking about. Grand prix is great, but we'll just put that dream on pause for the minute.
“When I was a kid, that was the pinnacle and my dream, though – with Kevin Schwantz being my hero, I wanted to get to that level – so if we hear something could happen or if the opportunity presents itself mid-season or at the end of the season then we'll pursue it, but we'll see what happens.”