Johnny Rea Gets MotoGP Chance During Test at Sepang

12/13/2010 @ 12:08 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

Jonathan Rea will get a chance to swing a leg over a MotoGP bike for the first time later this week, as HRC is conducting a MotoGP test at Sepang. With MotoGP riders forbidden to turn a wheel on a GP bike until the February tests, Rea will get the nod instead as Honda tries to further develop the RC212V race platform. For Rea it’s a big moment, as the Ulsterman was supposed to get a wildcard ride at Donington Park back in 2007, but had to cancel because of his schedule with British Superbike and the Suzuka 8 Hours. Rea was also on Hervé Poncharal’s short-list of replacements for Ben Spies earlier this season, but got passed over when the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team chose Cal Crutchlow instead.

Missing that opportunity, Rea could miss his chance in Malaysia too if the weather doesn’t hold out. Current forecasts show thunderstorms and rain for the area. A good test in Malaysia could make Rea’s future entry into MotoGP a possibility, making this a defining moment in his career. Sending a message via twitter Rea said, “first day of Moto GP test at Sepang tomorrow. Got my riding position sorted today. Lets hope the weather holds up.” We do too Johnny.

Source: Jonathan Rea (twitter) via; Photo: © 2010 Dan Lo /

  • Steve

    Glad to see it. I had a great time watching this guy race last year and developed alot of respect for him (I see others have too). He’s a tough guy with alot of talent and deserves this. Glad to see it. All the best of luck to you Jonathan, we will all be watching.

  • Damo

    Hope he does well. He was one of my favorites to watch in this past SBK season, it was a shame he was plagues by bad luck at the end of the season. He had a legit bid for 2nd place going.

    I am still kinda surprised that Tech3 would grab Crutchlow over Rea, but some people like the cucumber pickled.