SBK, Rea: "I thought Bautista and the Ducati V4s were invincible"

“After Alvaro's victories, someone started saying that I needed a psychologist. Honda MotoGP? I was annoyed at first."

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Johnny Rea tells his story during a live interview with Gazzetta.it. Directly from his home in Northern Ireland, the Cannibal revealed what he's been doing these past months without a motorcycle. Something truly unusual for the Kawasaki rider, who's been away from the tracks since February.

Surrounded by the affection of his wife and children: “I think this is a very special moment ," Johnny said. "Every morning, when I wake up, my wife and I always try to set a goal for ourselves. I train constantly and ride my bike around a bit. Then of course I dedicate myself to my children and their schooling.”

Even if the engines have stopped, he still spoke about the Superbike. He spoke about last season:"2019 was a very complicated year, especially at the beginning, due to the impact that Bautista and the Panigale V4 had," he recalled. "I thought Alvaro and Ducati were unbeatable, but the secret was to continue working, without ever stopping. So, when he started making mistakes, we got stronger."

Many then wondered why the Cannibal failed to get into the MotoGP. The only image we have is when he replaced Stoner on the Honda, then nothing more: "At the time, I was a bit annoyed because I was unable to take advantage of the opportunity, and I never had that opportunity again," he commented regarding Johnny. The way things went, I'm really happy because I'm five-times world champion. I think you have to grow with a certain attitude in order to become champions in the MotoGP."

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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