MotoGP legend Rossi stated through the Americas Grand Prix weekend that Rea not getting a full-time trip in MotoGP was “a great shame”, and feels he may nonetheless be quick within the premier class of grand prix racing.
Rea contested two grands prix with Honda as Casey Stoner’s harm stand-in at Misano and Aragon in 2012, scoring two high eight outcomes and impressing HRC within the course of.
Regardless of a number of flirtations with a MotoGP change, Rea has remained in WSBK, the place he has received a document six world titles and brought 107 race victories up to now.
Commenting on Rossi’s phrases in an unique interview with Autosport/Motorsport.com, Rea stated: “To have this quote from Valentino is very nice as a result of he’s the best of all occasions in bike racing and we’ve got lots of respect for one another.
“Generally he sends me some messages after a race or vice versa, and I believe I am an enormous fan of him and what he has accomplished in his profession.”
Rea added: “After all it’s a disgrace as a result of I by no means had the possibility [to race in MotoGP full-time].
“I had the possibility to do two wildcards in 2012, I used to be seventh and eighth, no unhealthy.
“However it’s what it’s. I had some tough moments in my profession with my earlier workforce [Ten Kate Honda], some nice occasions, some robust occasions.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“However after I joined Kawasaki I have been tremendous glad.
“Life has been actually good, I have been successful. The one query mark I’ve to ask myself is what may I do in MotoGP? As a result of I do not know.
“I am unable to have regrets as a result of I by no means had the possibility. However that is life.
“Riders cannot make their method in life, you must go along with the alternatives and sadly for me I by no means had that probability.”
Kawasaki rider Rea at the moment trails Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu by 24 factors coming into the penultimate spherical of the 2021 WSBK marketing campaign in Argentina.