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Rea reveals MotoGP ambition

The Northern Irishman targets the World Superbike title before eyeing an eventual switch to the MotoGP World Championship
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.”


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MD - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 10:31 AM

"are all the Brit Riders so arrogant ??? you still have a very very long way to go Kid! Posted by Benny - Unregistered (57 minutes ago)" Well I've read the article through three times now and I'm baffled by your comment. There's no arrogance in there that I can see. Very strange. Perhaps you could explain where the 'arrogance' is in stating that you'd like to win WSB (he doesn't say he will win it) and then go to MotoGP on a competitive bike, which he would like to earn via his riding talent and not just because he holds a UK passport?

Stephen Silva - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 9:02 AM

What a ridiculous statement Johnny. Toseland's bike finished in the top 5 in the world-the top satellite bike- and you're blaming the package? Even the year before that, JT himself got 6 top 6 finishes and a couple of front row starts. Not bad for a rookie! If you wouldn't go to motogp because only a "non-competitive" space was left at a team like tech3, then you quite deluded. Very few people get competitive bikes to start with, you have to prove yourself on inferior machinery *rant over*



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