WSBK King Rea does not get a real MotoGP shot “a great shame” – Rossi

The Northern Irishman Rea, with Kawasaki, has been the dominant force in the WSBK for over half a decade and has won six spin titles from 2015 to 2020 and at the same time clinched over a hundred race victories.

Rea started two MotoGP races with Honda instead of the injured Casey Stoner in Aragon and Misano in 2012, achieved two top 8 finishes and impressed the team enormously.

Despite numerous flirtations, Rea never managed a real full-time ride in MotoGP, who is currently fighting for the 2021 title in an exciting battle with Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu in the WSBK.

Rossi believes it is “a great shame” that Rea never got a real chance in MotoGP and believes the Ulsterman could be quick in the premier class even now at 34.

“This year is the fight with Rea [and Razgatlioglu] It’s a lot of fun, it’s really great to watch because I think they are two great superbike riders at the top [talent] and the fights are always easy to follow, ”said Rossi.

“And I think it’s a great shame that Johnny Rea didn’t have a chance to get through MotoGP maybe five or six years ago because I think he drives very well and had the potential to be strong in MotoGP – but maybe now too. ” [he could be fast]. ”

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Both Rea and Razgatlioglu have won eleven races in 2021 and have 25 podiums each, but two falls in the most recent lap at Portimao have allowed the latter to take a 24-point lead in the overall standings ahead of the Argentina lap this weekend take over.

At the end of the year, Razgatlioglu – who was linked to Petronas SRT with a MotoGP 2022 seat – will test a Yamaha M1, which Rossi thinks is “very interesting”.

“I like Toprak a lot because he is a very modern driver, he is young, he is very, very well prepared physically,” added Rossi.

“And above all, he has great bike control. I think that’s his strong point.

“He’s fast so it is very interesting that he will try the M1 because I think he can be competitive and he can also be competitive in MotoGP because he is young and has a lot of potential.”

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, Toprak Razgatlioglu, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK, Toprak Razgatlioglu, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

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