When we read that certain sources are touting a possible MotoGP move for Johnny Rea - one of many hypotheses to have emerged in recent years - we asked ourselves just why the six-time SBK champion would do that? And then we wondered with whom, and with which bike?
With Kawasaki, the 34-year old Northern Irishman has everything he needs to continue to win: a signed contract, a role as first rider, dedicated attention and first-rate material. Why would he jump into a new and complicated world, one he has already tasted in the past, to start all over again?
At Assen, the number 1 rider has denied these rumours, which have been circulating for a couple of weeks. There has been no contact between the rider from Ballymena and the Petronas SRT team. The aquamarine Yamaha team already has enough on its plate after all, with a long list of riders keen to secure a seat for next season (including a certain Jake Dixon, useful in terms of British TV), so why consider a man who’s already very happy where he is?
Johnny surprised: "No comment"
There are various ways in which a man might choose to respond to unpleasant facts or news. And the worst of these is the classic "No comment", the words Rea used when he learned about this hypothetical move to MotoGP with Petronas.
He then added: "I’m surprised to hear certain rumours, also because this is a race weekend and I don’t want to talk about anything else”. And he’s right of course. But it would be interesting to understand how this kind of news - or non-news - came about in the first place.
Translated by Heather Watson