Does it line up with Kawasaki leaving MotoGP?bikermike wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:44 amAt what point did Kawasaki start throwing money at the championship (an unanswerable question as no-one will tell the true numbers, nor can we establish what is "throwing money")?
It's clear that Kawa put a lot more resource into WSBK than the other manufacturers apart from Ducati
Does that explain Rea's record, or does Rea's performance explain why they are willing to spend the money?
I know David has written articles on the front page of their spend at WSBK, where they are multiple world champions, vs. spend in GP that might not even get them into the top ten.
I think a similar argument was made about BMW not making a MotoGP bike and sticking with WSBK.
Personally I've always thought Rea was a super talented rider on equipment that wasn't quite up to it (definitely some of the years on the Honda). He was awesome back in BSB (when he finished) and I think very respectable results when he took Stoner's ride to sub into GP for those two races, and lets not forget the Suzuka 8 hour wins. I wonder if Honda handing the ride to Crutchlow at that point (who had come off a very bad year at Ducati) I think was probably the straw that broke the camels back and off to Kawasaki he went. Then he jumped on a bike (that had had some tremendous development work by Sykes + kawasaki $$$ + a good team around him) and the rest is history..