Watch: Five world titles or a big MotoGP deal would be a tough choice for Jonathan Rea
One year from now, it looks like Jonathan Rea could have a big decision to make.
The three-time World Superbike Champion has long been touted as a future MotoGP star but, contracted to race superbikes again for Kawasaki in 2018, the Ballyclare man is staying put for another 12 months at least.
Of course, by the time that deal expires, he may well have added a fourth successive world crown. With that could well come the decision to go for five in a row, beating Carl Fogarty's record four successes, or to transfer to a mega MotoGP deal.
So which would it be?
"That's a good angle on the question," he smiled. "A lot of people ask me what the future holds but you've given me a scenario. I don't know, honestly. I feel like I deserve a factory bike in MotoGP and I've never had the opportunity to have that so we'll see. I know this time next year my manager's going to be really busy if I keep riding like (I am) now because at the end of 2018, all the MotoGP and superbike guys are out of contract.
"It's an exciting time but the most important thing is I am so happy at Kawasaki right now and I'm only thinking about 2018. Who knows what the future holds? Right now my future is in superbikes with Kawasaki and I'm really excited about it."
Belfast Telegraph Digital