The Kawasaki rider tells of his bitterness for never having been taken into consideration despite the six Superbike titles. And he underlines: “I’m at the peak of my career”
The present is Superbike, the most immediate objective being the conquest of the seventh consecutive world title. Jonathan Rea is focused on his mission, which is less easy than other occasions, given the competition from Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. The future, on the other hand, has yet to be defined, especially after 2022, the expiry date of the contract with Kawasaki. At the moment there doesn’t seem to be room for retirement: in an interview with the Superbike website, the rider reassures everyone: “I’m not tired yet and I have the feeling of being at the peak of my career”.
Rea has often been compared to MotoGP. The passage to the top class, so often hypothesized, leaves a hint of bitterness for Jonathan: “As for new challenges such as MotoGP, I still don’t know anything. To be honest, I get a little frustrated when I look at my resume and see that I am a six-time world champion. In the past, I have knocked on the door of some top class teams. In the end, however, that door never opened “.
Rumors had spread over the past few weeks on a negotiation between Rea and the Petronas Yamaha team for a landing in MotoGP. Instead, there is no agreement between the two parties. Jonathan admitted the talks existed, but stated that he had never thought only of the satellite formation of the Iwata house. “Never say never”, explained the Northern Irishman born in 1987. In short, Superbike remains his ideal environment, the championship in which to continue winning and having fun. Yet those three words leave truly intriguing scenarios open.
11 August – 13:34
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