Jonathan Rea has revealed it is his ambition to compete in MotoGP at some stage in his career, but maintains he will only do it if he has the opportunity to join a competitive team.
Rea enters his second season of World Superbike racing with Ten Kate Honda this year, the Northern Irishman among the title favourites after winning twice and finishing fifth overall during his maiden campaign.
Having progressed to the front of the Superbike ranks relatively quickly, it is this form that has seen Rea touted for a future switch to the premier motorcycle series, potentially filling the British void left by James Toseland.
At 23-years-old, though, Rea has time on his side and while he admitted to Crash.net
that it is something he has factored into his career, he believes he can afford to wait for the opportunity to go with the right package.
“Yes, I think so,” he replied when asked whether he was including MotoGP into his future plans. “MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorsport and I want to get to that paddock, but only on the right package. MotoGP is a hard thing to crack. You see what happened to James over the last couple of years, and he left World Superbikes as champion!”
Rea's chances of progressing to MotoGP swiftly could be aided by his 'passport', with Dorna said to be keen to get a British rider back into the paddock.
However, Rea insists he won't be lured into the championship on the back of his nationality, instead preferring to do it via winning the World Superbike title.
“They are crying out for a British rider, but I don't want to be a passport rider that goes in and stays with low teams because of the passport I have. The only way I can do that is if I win the championship, then see what happens after in the future.”
Despite this, is keen to see out his Ten Kate contract to the end of 2011 regardless of where he finishes in 2010, maintaining that he does not consider staying in the World Superbike Championship a poor alternative.
“The level in World Superbike is so high with the manufacturers and the quality of riding. I am really happy in this championship and at Ten Kate, and I think it will continue to go from strength to strength.”