Jonathan Rea still does not rule out his jump to MotoGP next season. Although the Kawasaki rider has repeatedly recognized that he feels very comfortable in the World Superbike Championship, at 31 he knows that this could be his last chance to prove success in MotoGP, a championship in which Rea has already had the opportunity debut in 2012 to replace Casey Stoner during two races, achieving an eighth and a seventh place in Misano and Aragon respectively at the controls of a Honda.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Jonathan Rea’s representative, Chuck Askland, will meet again with Alberto Puig in Mugello to talk about the possible signing of the British driver, who aspires to occupy the seat of Dani Pedrosa.
There were already talks at Le Mans two weeks ago, when Askland met with several MotoGP factories to explore the possibility of Rea jumping to an official team in 2019. At Ducati, Davide Tardozzi has already made it clear that the factory squares are busy until the end of 2020 –Dovizioso and … Petrucci? -, although he left open the possibility of finding a seat in one of the three satellite structures that the Italian factory has in MotoGP, a destination that does not interest Jonathan, that only aspires to an official motorcycle.
Aprilia could not offer anything either -Andrea Iannone will be the replacement for Scott Redding and Aleix Espargaró has already renewed-, while in Suzuki the arrival of Joan Mir is already taken for granted. However, with HRC there was an approach at Le Mans, a start of negotiations that, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, will have the second part in Mugello throughout this weekend.
“There are teams that want to talk to us, including factory teams,” said the Rea representative in Le Mans. “Throughout the year I’ve been in contact with people from the MotoGP paddock, Jonathan is happy with what he’s doing and is in the prime of his sporting career, it’s good if he wants to continue in WSBK but he’s definitely interested in coming to MotoGP if we can find the right bike, it is important for us that all the bikes are very close now, because the driver can make a difference. ”
This approach of Jonathan Rea to HRC coincides with the freezing in the conversations that Dani Pedrosa maintains with the Japanese team. Alberto Puig already revealed a few days ago that there have been no contacts with the 32 years old rider since the start of the Championship in Losail, a strategy difficult to understand if we take into account that HRC did not waste time when it came to renewing Marc’s contract Márquez before the start of the season.
In any case, Jonathan Rea is not the only alternative that Honda handles. According to yesterday declared Paco Sanchez – representative of Joan Mir- to GPone.com, the Mallorcan rider received an offer from HRC “three hours after jumping the news that he had reached an agreement with Suzuki”. This offer from Honda could be the reason why neither Mir nor Suzuki has yet signed the agreement that would link the Mallorcan with the Hamamatsu factory for two seasons in MotoGP.