WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Jonathan Rea - Q&A

"I would love the chance to ride in MotoGP again but I need to do a good job in SBK before I think about that too much" - Jonathan Rea.

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January 09, 2014 6:39 AM

"But I believe that in the future Dorna will take SBK to the next level in terms of entertainment and value for sponsors, fans, teams and riders. "

Wow... Ok Johnny. I like the guy a lot, watching him enter the mine shaft at Kyalami was a sight to behold, but that is some serious Dorna-@ss-kissing going on right there.


Sadly I agree. He pegged all his hopes on Honda moving him up, winning him a WSBK title first, but their commitment has not matched Johnny's and I feel it is now too late for him.



January 09, 2014 8:40 AM

I love Jonathan Rea and have done since his early days in B.S.B. However, I think he should stay in W.S.B. and forget any move to MotoGP! Riders automatically think it is a natural progression to move up to what is supposed to be the elite class of racing in MotoGP, but is it??? MotoGP is not what it used to be and it is in series danger of ruining itself with all the problems it is facing and nobody seemingly able to turn it around with any real feasible answers. To me, W.S.B and B.S.B for that matter are far better, with much more competitive, exciting racing. Look at Ben Spies as an example. He won the title in W.S.B in his first year and moved on to MotoGP with all sorts of expectations on his shoulders. To cut a long story short, it ruined him!! Even though I think Jonathan has stayed with Honda for too long and not had the support he should have, he should stay away from MotoGP as that move would be the kiss of death! I prefer to see Jonathan doing what he does best, racing with


January 09, 2014 5:52 PM

re: "The level is very high and there are always quite a few race winners every season, proving that the series is competitive."

it ain't the 25 year old juggernaut that threatened Ezpelata for nothing.

re: "I believe that in the future Dorna will take SBK to the next level in terms of entertainment and value for sponsors, fans, teams and riders."

the lad's nothing if not optimistic. hold that thought.


January 13, 2014 1:46 PM

shakennstirred: its not easy to go from wsbk to motogp
very few make a go of it.
its easy to go the other way just look how many have won races and championships, so yes I will say motogp is the top elite class

More like "its not easy to get a competitive ride in MotoGP - no matter what series you come from".

Its a big jump to call MotoGP "elite" class - unless you mean "Elitist". Several WSBK guys have posted v competitive times against MotoGP on SBK's & Pirelli rubber (said by those who've ridden them & Bridgestones not to have as much grip).

I reckon the top 4 WSBK boys would give a good account of themselves in MotoGP if they could get a Tier-1 competitive bike.


January 14, 2014 9:59 AM

I reckon for years WBBK riders (for the most part) haven't been on the radar for MotoGP - maybe partly due to the competition between the 2 series and the different organising bodies till Dorna took it over?

Perhaps in future Dorna will considerate more of a feeder class & WSBK boys will have a better chance of a good ride. It'd be good if it happened.

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