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October 16th, 2018, 12:27 AM   #11
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Doesn't need a new thread so will post it here.

Johnny Rea reckons that he could do better than Cal Crutchlow.

He is certainly the class of the field at the moment in Superbikes, but I still think he'd be only as good as Cal, whom is doing pretty well these last few seasons.

Do you think he should have an attempt at a Satellite ride? I'd like to see him take the challenge, but don't think he would.

https://www.eurosport.co.uk/superbik...98/story.shtml
It's hard not to wonder what-if, especially after the 2017 tests which displayed results that Rea might have the potential to be competitive against the MotoGp field. (Jonathan Rea faster than MotoGP Riders at Jerez | MCNews.com.au)
How Rea would be able to get his head around a different animal that is Motogp machine is another thing though. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested in seeing what he could do on Cal's bike at the Valencia test.
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We need Guy Martin to race a GP next season.
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From memory Reas 2012 results weren’t too bad on the HRC bike. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he could mix it with cal on the current one.
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We need Guy Martin to race a GP next season.
Now that would be awesome, he's a guy (no pun intended) that rides like he's winning.
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Isn't Cal's financial net worth more than JR, in terms of career earning?
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October 16th, 2018, 01:17 PM   #16
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Rea is better than Cal.
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Rea is better than Cal.
Everything would seem to indicate this, Cal wasn’t even ever WSBK champion.

For whatever reason superbikes don’t seem to be much of a path to motogp now, Ben Spies being the only other relatively recent ex super bike guy of any note.

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I always thought Spies could've done more. He fell into a negative spiral of confidence. He beat Dovi (on the Repsol Honda) on his first ride on the Yamaha (a wildcard at Valencia). He had a lot of talent and needed to keep at it and wait for a turn in his fortunes like Dovi. Alas, the injury finished his career. A great shame.
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I always thought Spies could've done more. He fell into a negative spiral of confidence. He beat Dovi (on the Repsol Honda) on his first ride on the Yamaha (a wildcard at Valencia). He had a lot of talent and needed to keep at it and wait for a turn in his fortunes like Dovi. Alas, the injury finished his career. A great shame.
Can't blame him. He was given a cracked chassis at Laguna iirc.
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Can't blame him. He was given a cracked chassis at Laguna iirc.
As Michael M would say, I'm a Spies "tragic". He had massive talent, and while he did suffer some bad luck, I think much of it was self-inflicted as a result of having his mum as his manager, and importantly, hiring his old Superbike crew running his garage. What a waste. At least unlike Mladin, he gave it a shot.
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