Interview with Jonathan Rea

I've had some, but none with the right package to progress my career. It's also quite a strange championship at the moment with the CRTs. I couldn't motivate myself without being able to achieve reasonable goals.

In Superbike the field is more level and many riders have a chance to shine. Also with Dorna taking over Superbikes, it's a big change and we need to wait until we know about any changes or new rules.
You're often seen helping out at the TT, can you ever see yourself riding it?

Jonathan Rea:
I have a lot of friends there, mainly Keith Amor and John McGuinness. Also I live on the Isle of Man so it's just at the end of the road for me. I think I'm not cut out to be a street racer, for me circuits are scary enough without having lamp posts and brick walls next to them. It's a special place but it's not on my agenda.

But one of my all-time heroes is Joey Dunlop and my grandfather was one of his first sponsors, I met the great man a few times.
How does your recent marriage to Tatia fit in with your racing?

Jonathan Rea:
Good! We live together and travel together. I would be a bit lost without her input in my racing career. I'm a bit useless when it comes to traveling and she looks after all those kind of things. She's also in Event management and is helping to organise the TT this year. Racing is quite a lonely life if you do it alone, I just couldn't imagine going through the hotels and airports without her now.
What is the worst state that you have lined up on a grid in?

Jonathan Rea:
Probably last year race two at Assen. I had crashed in the wet race 1 and taken the top of my finger off. When I got my glove on for the sighting lap it was clear that it was way too painful.

I told the guys on the grid that everything was fine but I actually jumped off the bike and ran to a bicycle and peddled like mad to the clinic to have some local anaesthetic injections put in the finger.

I made it back to the grid OK but my heart rate was off the scale. It worked out in the end though because I won the race and then the hand didn't feel so bad.
How often do you get recognised and do you enjoy fame?

Jonathan Rea:
Sometimes Tatia will say 'That guy just did a double take on you there', it's quite strange. I'm really quite a shy person, but being known can make life easier when contacting people.

For instance I could use my influence to run JAR, my own British Motocross team, which I would never have been able to do without being successful in my career. I'm really proud of the fact that me and my brother Richard can help some young kids get into it.

But sometimes when I go to events I rub shoulders with really famous people like Mark Webber and know where I really stand!
How did your association with Red Bull start?

Jonathan Rea:
I won a competition to drink the most amount of Red Bull in a day!

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Sykes, Davies, Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.

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herewego - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 12:49 PM

I just love Jonathan Rea and have rated him since his early days in B.S.B. Jonathan is honest, down to earth and passionate about bikes and racing and that is what makes a good rider! Every race with Jonathan on the grid is always going to be a good one!!

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