Jonathan Rea withdrawn from riding in British MotoGP

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Honda Racing has withdrawn British Superbike star Jonathan Rea from the Donington MotoGP this weekend.

Honda made the decision early on Monday morning because it claims that its racing top brass felt Rea was being asked to take on too many commitments. 

Honda Racing team boss, Neil Tuxworth, said: “Although Honda Europe were happy for Jonathan to take part, it was felt at an international level, after taking into account the job he has at the Suzuka Eight-Hour, and in BSB, that the right course would be for him not to compete.”

Neil Tuxworth said he had spoken to the MotoGP Kenny Roberts team Rea was due to ride for, and they fully understand the situation.

He said: “I spoke to Chuck Aksland, and he said the team are happy to abide by Honda’s decision.

“He also said he hoped to be able to offer Jonathan an opportunity to ride the bike in the future.”

HM Plant Honda’s Jonathan Rea said: “Obviously it’s disappointing, but I’ve said all along that my priority is BSB and the Eight-Hour.

“I am very grateful to all the people who have put this deal together, Honda and Team KR, and I am hoping this won’t be my last opportunity for a MotoGP ride this year.”

“For me this is both good and bad news. While not being able to compete at the British Grand Prix I can concentrate on my BSB assault and the Suzuka Eight-Hour race for HRC.


Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin