MotoGP legend Rossi said during the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend that Rea not riding full-time in MotoGP was “a great disgrace”, and believes he could still be fast in the premier class. Grand Prix races.
Rea contested two Grands Prix with Honda as Casey Stoner’s injury replacement at Misano and Aragon in 2012, scoring two top-eight results and impressing HRC in the process.
Despite several flirtations with a MotoGP switch, Rea has remained in WSBK, where he has won a record six world titles and achieved 107 race wins to date.
Commenting on Rossi’s words in an exclusive interview with Autosport / Motorsport.com, Rea said: âHaving that quote from Valentino is really cool because he’s the greatest of all time in motorcycle racing and we have a lot of respect for each other. for the others.
“Sometimes he sends me messages after a race or vice versa, and I think I’m a huge fan of him and what he’s done in his career.”
Rea added: “Of course it’s a shame because I never had the chance [to race in MotoGP full-time].
âI had the chance to do two wildcards in 2012, I was seventh and eighth, not bad.
“But it’s like that. I had difficult times in my career with my old team [Ten Kate Honda], good times, hard times.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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âBut when I joined Kawasaki, I was really happy.
âLife has been really good, I won. The only question mark I have to ask myself is what could I do in MotoGP? Because I do not know.
âI can’t have any regrets because I never had the chance. But that’s life.
“Runners cannot find their way in life, you have to seize the opportunities and unfortunately for me I never had that chance.”
The Kawasaki rider Rea is currently ahead of Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu by 24 points before the penultimate round of the 2021 WSBK campaign in Argentina.