Rea ‘frustrated’ that MotoGP opportunity hasn’t come his way

Jonathan Rea opens up about his future in WorldSBK, while also discussing the ‘frustration’ behind a lack of opportunities regarding MotoGP.
Jonathan Rea, Czech WorldSBK, 6 August 2021
Jonathan Rea, Czech WorldSBK, 6 August 2021
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Six-time WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea had opened up about his future with Kawasaki, while also discussing the lack of opportunity regarding a move to MotoGP. 

Rea clinched an astonishing 201st podium in WorldSBK at last weekend’s inaugural Autodrom Most round - a number that’s 71 clear of the next best. 

On top of that, Rea could clinch his seventh world title this season - currently leads Toprak Razgatlioglu by three points - and therefore match Valentino Rossi’s tally of seven top class world championships. 

But for all the accolades and records Rea holds, opportunities to compete with Rossi and others in MotoGP has ‘never’ opened; not for a lack of trying on Rea’s behalf. 

Rea said: “About my future, I have no idea. All I do know is that I have an incredible opportunity with KRT for 2022 again but ahead of that, I don’t know. 

“I still feel like I am in the best moment; about new challenges such as MotoGP, I don’t know. 

“I’m a little bit frustrated with this to be honest because if you look at my CV, a six-time world champion, I’ve been knocking on the door of MotoGP teams but the door never opens. 

“I’m not sure why but I am so happy here and I am happy with what I achieved.”

Rea’ chances of going to MotoGP are not completely closed if rumours are to be believed. The Northern Irishman has been linked with Petronas Yamaha for 2022, as not one but two seats are likely to be vacant. 

Rossi has already confirmed he will retire at the end of this season, while Franco Morbidelli is expected to move into the factory Yamaha team alongside Fabio Quartararo.

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