Maverick Vinales’ choice to give up the manufacturing unit Yamaha squad on the finish of the present MotoGP season amid a strained relationship between each events is ready to open up not less than one spot at SRT in 2022, with Franco Morbidelli the more than likely possibility to interchange him.
Ought to Valentino Rossi retire on the finish of the 12 months or transfer on to race his personal VR46 Ducati – a risk now because the alleged title sponsorship between Aramco and VR46 doesn’t exist – SRT may have to search out two riders for 2022.
Rea’s title has been talked about alongside fellow WSBK riders Toprak Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff, each of whom in the end penning new Yamaha offers in WSBK.
Having contested two races in 2012 with Honda as Casey Stoner’s damage substitute, Rea has had a number of gives to maneuver to MotoGP full-time since however none ok for him to show his again on title-winning equipment with Kawasaki in WSBK.
Signing a brand new multi-year take care of Kawasaki in 2020, which the crew confirmed on the time would embody not less than two seasons, Rea hasn’t dominated out the potential of switching to MotoGP subsequent 12 months with SRT ought to the chance come up.
“Yeah, it’s all the time [in my mind],” the 34-year-old stated at Assen on Thursday when requested if he nonetheless thought of a transfer to MotoGP.
“I imply I’m using one of the best ever, I’m actually within the peak of my using/life steadiness, all the things. So, by no means say by no means.”
When requested if profitable a seventh title in WSBK this 12 months would tempt him to MotoGP, he replied: “By no means say by no means.”
Garrett Gerloff, GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Staff, Toprak Razgatlioglu, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Staff
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Rea additionally admitted he was “very shocked” that each Razgatlioglu and Gerloff elected to signal new WSBK offers as a substitute of pursuing seats in MotoGP with SRT, noting he has “fairly a powerful opinion about it off the document”.
Gerloff – who stood in for the injured Morbidelli at Assen final month – says he didn’t have any gives to go to MotoGP earlier than signing his new WSBK deal.
Nonetheless, the door isn’t fully shut on the American racing in MotoGP in 2022 as his new WSBK deal to stick with Yamaha and its satellite tv for pc GRT squad is alleged to have a clause that may enable him to exit the deal if a MotoGP provide does come his method.
“Effectively, I’ve no provide proper now,” he stated when requested why he wasn’t going to MotoGP.
“I didn’t have any provide. I imply, for positive it’s a tough choice for the groups to should make, however no, I had the [WSBK] provide from Yamaha and that was the one provide and I used to be very happy to take it as a result of I’ve been actually pleased with Yamaha and in addition actually pleased with GRT.
“So, for me as the one provide I used to be pleased to take it.”