MotoGP
28 Mar
FP1 in
21 days
R
Doha GP
02 Apr
Next event in
28 days
R
Portugal GP
16 Apr
Next event in
42 days
R
Spanish GP
29 Apr
Next event in
55 days
R
French GP
13 May
Next event in
69 days
R
Italian GP
27 May
Next event in
83 days
R
Catalan GP
03 Jun
Next event in
90 days
R
German GP
17 Jun
Next event in
104 days
R
Dutch GP
24 Jun
Next event in
111 days
R
Finnish GP
08 Jul
Next event in
125 days
R
Austrian GP
12 Aug
Next event in
160 days
R
British GP
26 Aug
Next event in
174 days
R
Aragon GP
09 Sep
Next event in
188 days
R
San Marino GP
16 Sep
Next event in
195 days
R
Japanese GP
30 Sep
Next event in
209 days
R
Thailand GP
07 Oct
Next event in
216 days
R
Australian GP
21 Oct
Next event in
230 days
R
Malaysian GP
28 Oct
Next event in
237 days
R
Valencia GP
11 Nov
Next event in
251 days

Rea reveals he has MotoGP factory options for 2019

Triple World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has confirmed that he is "evaluating" offers from MotoGP for 2019 and that he is in talks with factory teams.

Rea reveals he has MotoGP factory options for 2019

Rea, winner of WSBK in the past three seasons, is the favourite for a fourth title as he holds a 64-point gap in the standings.

The Northern Irishman has received offers from MotoGP in the past, but Rea made it clear he would only enter the series "with the right package".

Rea's current deal is up after 2018 and while he said he is in discussions with Kawasaki about a contract renewal, he also revealed that he has received offers, and is in talks with manufacturers, from MotoGP as well.

His manager Chuck Aksland was reported to have been in the Le Mans paddock last weekend during the French Grand Prix, talking with teams about a potential move to MotoGP.

When asked about an update on his racing future, Rea said: "Right now I'm discussing with my team in Superbike to extend my contract, which I'm excited about.

"We're also evaluating some interest and offers from MotoGP side.

"I'm sure before Brno [next WSBK round in two weeks] I'll know exactly what I'm doing, and at that point you guys will know as well."

While he remained quiet on details, when asked if he could potentially join a factory team in MotoGP, he replied: "Yeah".

The Northern Irishman contested two premier class races as replacement for the injured Casey Stoner at the factory Honda team at Misano and Aragon in 2012, and secured top-10 finishes in both.

Rea was briefly linked with a move to the factory Suzuki team in place of the struggling Andrea Iannone for this year, but the Hamamatsu marque retained the Italian.

For 2019, the second seats at the factory Honda, Ducati, Aprilia, Suzuki and KTM-backed Tech 3 teams are all up for grabs.

It is thought the second Ducati seat is between Pramac riders Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller, with Iannone and Petrucci linked to moves to Aprilia.

Suzuki is poised to sign Moto2 star Joan Mir on a two-year deal, while incumbent Dani Pedrosa is thought to be the favourite to stay at the factory Honda team.

shares
comments
Espargaro urges Aprilia to retain Redding for 2019

Previous article

Espargaro urges Aprilia to retain Redding for 2019

Next article

Lorenzo's approach "doesn't work at Ducati" - Dovizioso

Lorenzo's approach "doesn't work at Ducati" - Dovizioso
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author Lewis Duncan
Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics Prime

Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics

Alex Marquez's form was one of MotoGP 2020's biggest surprises and, by firmly stepping out of his six-time world champion brother Marc's shadow, he proved a few people wrong. Not that he cares about this, as he tells Lewis Duncan

MotoGP
Feb 20, 2021
How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales Prime

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

After the electrifying start to his Yamaha MotoGP career in 2017, Maverick Vinales has struggled for consistency. Many anticipate that the arrival of Fabio Quartararo could spell disaster, but the departure of Valentino Rossi could be just the impetus he needs.

MotoGP
Feb 16, 2021
Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge? Prime

Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge?

Fears from rival MotoGP manufacturers that KTM would build a 'super engine' for 2021 have ultimately come to nothing with the revealation that the RC16 hasn't been radically changed over the winter. But does it really need that to win the title?

MotoGP
Feb 13, 2021
How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory Prime

How Ducati's latest Aussie union can return it to MotoGP glory

Australians on Ducatis is an iconic partnership, the marque's last one yielding its sole MotoGP crown to date. But its latest Aussie union with the often underestimated Jack Miller can end this drought.

MotoGP
Feb 10, 2021
The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats Prime

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats

Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...

MotoGP
Jan 19, 2021
The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back Prime

The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back

The 2020 MotoGP campaign featured a standout pair of rookies, but one flew under the radar as he adjusted to a shock step-up armed with very little racing experience. However as his veteran team boss explains, the faith shown in him was not misplaced

MotoGP
Jan 18, 2021
Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Prime

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for Formula 1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully.

MotoGP
Jan 9, 2021
Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory Prime

Why Alpine's latest signing could be its best hope of F1 glory

The return of Fernando Alonso to the renamed Alpine team is a sure sign of the team's ambition. But its latest appointment from MotoGP could be an even bigger coup as it seeks to end a barren run stretching back to Alonso's 2006 world title

Formula 1
Jan 7, 2021