It's somewhat rare to see a World Superbike rider decline a chance for a full-time ride on a factory bike in MotoGP, but European media reports indicate Jonny Rea made that bold move.
Rea apparently turned down an offer from Pramac Ducati to ride one of its struggling factory-spec bikes next season and instead re-signed with Ten Kate Honda in WSBK.
Talks with Ducati first centered on Rea riding a Panigale in WSBK, according to a British report. But negotiations shifted to Rea taking the bike of American Ben Spies, as smoke - but no flames - continues to rise surrounding the rumored divorce between Pramac and Spies and possible move by Spies to WSBK to ride a Panigale for Ducati.
Spies says, for the record, that he has a contract to race for Ducati in MotoGP in 2014.
WSBK race winner Rea also talked with Forward Racing about the Yamaha customer machine that almost certainly will go to top CRT rider Aleix Espargaro.