WSBK » Rea staying in WSBK with Honda?

"We have reached an agreement and it should be just a formality" - Carlo Fiorani, Honda Racing Europe.

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September 25, 2013 3:12 PM

Will he ever be in MotoGP? If he wants, maybe he should accept riding a CRT or production machine. Every year the best riders of Moto2 move up, and they take the 'factory' -as the article says- bikes.

And there is another thing which is never mentioned. Crutchlow, Smith, Redding and likely Michael Laverty will be in MotoGP next year. Eugene wants to move too. That's five British riders. There are six Spanish riders at the moment. A lot people used to say 'another Spanish rider', now they could say 'another British rider' as well.


September 25, 2013 3:48 PM

@ Ben

Of all those British riders, just 2 deserve to be in MotoGP.

& Johnny is only really valued by a few fans on here. It's no accident no-one is fighting for his signature. Even Honda are only rewarding is loyalty.


September 25, 2013 4:19 PM

I dunno why he keeps staying with Honda Wsbk, its not like they are gonna make a new bike any time soon and there current bike is well off the major players WSBK (Aprillia, Kawa, BMW) when did it come out about 2008? roughly.

Honda are ploughing there money into there MotoGP Bike & MotoGP Production bike.


September 25, 2013 4:23 PM

I don't think we can question Rea's ability too much. He has won races on that blade when teammates have been nowhere for years.

Good enough for MotoGP. Probably. Even if he is then with the stupid machine disparity then without a factory bike no one has a hope of winning anything ( and the trend is for M2 riders to get promoted to Factory rides, NOT satellite or customer MotoGP guys).

Seems a non-factory ride in MotoGP is a dead end for a racers career 9 times out of 10. Only Spies has graduated to a front running factory bike in recent years.


September 25, 2013 4:29 PM

Not even Stoner graduated to a winning bike. He got picked up by Ducati and MADE that bike win - it wasn't successful before Stoner got on it.

Cal & Dovi graduated to factory bikes from satellite stuff - but not ones that are already championship class material.

Hard to see Rea taking a CRT or a customer MotoGP ride getting him anywhere unless he just landed a fluke of being in the right place right time.

Better to stay in WSBK where the rule changes might well play right into Honda's hands and make their blade competitive. I can see this happening.


September 25, 2013 5:54 PM

"Not even Stoner graduated to a winning bike. He got picked up by Ducati and MADE that bike win - it wasn't successful before Stoner got on it."

That is exactly what Stoner did - graduated to a winning bike. Ducati demolished the rest of the field in the final race of the previous season.

Of course it was a completely new bike, but to say they had no success before Stoner got there is not true is it.


September 25, 2013 6:38 PM

@ TalentFan

You seem to forget Dovi graduated to Repsol from the Jir Scot Honda. Of course, it was a long time ago. I think he was the last before Spies who did it. But your theory is right, it's very hard to get a factory ride for a satellite rider. It's only possible to do it with outstanding results - and a good timing is needed, because there aren't often free seats at factory teams.

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