Jonathan Rea has poured cold water on rumours linking him to a potential MotoGP switch with Suzuki, saying he’s happy and settled in the World Superbike championship.

Kawasaki's reigning champion moved to the cusp of an historic third consecutive title with a double victory at Portimao and a win in race one next time out at Magny-Cours would be enough to take the 2017 crown with five races to spare.

Having dominated the World Superbike championship, Rea has frequently been linked with a potential switch to MotoGP, including recent rumours about a move to the factory Suzuki squad if they were to replace Andrea Iannone.

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Although not against the idea of going to MotoGP in the near future, Rea feels it would need to be with a competitive package that is ‘worth my while’ and played down the Suzuki speculation.

“There has been no official communication between me and Suzuki and I am very happy here,” Rea said. “I have a contract for 2018 and so does Andrea Iannone. I presume the speculation is coming from Iannone underachieving but honestly I don’t have anything to say on this.

“I am very happy here and my heart is in Superbike.

“The championship suits me very well, I'm on a winning package and to move to Grand Prix it would have to be on a winning package. It would need to be an exciting project to make it worth my while because I know that I could go there and be in the front group if I had the right package.

“If that opportunity doesn't come I'll have no regrets because I'm in a very good place here with Kawasaki.”

Rea’s only previous entry into MotoGP came in 2012 as replacement rider for the injured Casey Stoner at Repsol Honda when he finished eighth in Misano and seventh in Aragon.


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It's sensible to stay in WSB. No point moving to MotoGP just to make up numbers. 

A factory Suzuki is hardly just making up the numbers. In won last year in the hands of a quality rider and this year it probably could have been within sight of a podium most weekends.

Does Johnny just want to spend year after year in SBK mopping up title after title, or spend a few years on a good Moto GP bike if the opportunity arises? He's only 30 now, he could spend a few years at least on a GP bike and come back to SBK afterward if it doesn't work out. SBK riders go into their 40's anyway.

That would be a big mistake by Suzuki.. Rea is amazing, but a motogp rookie along side another guy who only has 1 year? Developement would be very hard... They are struggling with continuity even with Iannone, an experienced rider, but unfamiliar with their bike

I think he has nothing left to prove in WSBK and surely he would like to know how he compares with the world's best, wouldn't he?

I feel that Honda should have given him a ride a long time ago as he has the right kind of mental approach for MotoGP. Honestly, I don't think he'd do worse than Iannone and I think that a Rea move to MotoGP would improve the show both there but also in WSBK.

I would really like to see Rea in MotoGP, he didn't do badly on the Repsol Honda a few years back, given the lack of practice.

WSBK isn't in a great place right now. Yeh he's winning, but he has no competition! I'm not trying to belittle his achievements because he is still wiping the floor with his teammate - an ex world champion himself. But unfortunately until more manufacturers start taking it seriously it won't be that great. It's funny though, it doesn't seem that long ago that people were slagging off MotoGP, and WSBK was the series to watch. How things have turned around! Maybe that was Dorna's plan? Can't have the production based series overshadowing the main show.

If Rea is to go to MotoGP it has to be now. He still has time to prove how good he really is against the very best in the world. Rea won't get a M1, Desmo or RCV anytime soon, so it has to be the GSXXR, which is still a race winning bike.  

.... was a race winning bike.

Total BS from Rea, he'd go tomorrow offered the right ride. It's where all racers aspire to be. 

Go Johnny go............!

Dani needs to move from the Factory Honda seat instead to replace Iannone, honestly he is the racer with the talent and experience who could really benefit Suzuki, and let's face it - if Dani is ever going to rise from the shadow of Marquez, he needs to switch the team. His hope is if Suzuki could produce a bike that plays to his strengths.

That would cause a violent shuffle of the rider deck and could hence facilitate a place for Mr. Rea, even though I think a certain Mr. Crutchlow would be delighted to share the garage with his idol. Then again LCR is almost a factory effort. But did Johnny burn his Honda bridges already?

However, I'm just saying, it would be interesting.