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Bike Retrospective: When a Superbike legend proved his worth in MotoGP

Called into replace an injured Casey Stoner for two rounds in 2012, Jonathan Rea made a splash, but never dived full-time into MotoGP. Achieving legendary status in World Superbikes in the years since, what Rea did on the factory Honda more than warranted a permanent stay in MotoGP... Many riders have made the World Superbike/MotoGP crossover over the past three decades, with the likes of Cal Crutchlow, Ben Spies, Marco Melandri, Max Biaggi, Troy Bayliss, Nicky Hayden - to name but a few - either making winning moves in or out of the production-based series. When it comes to riders moving from WSBK to MotoGP, the success rate over the last decade or so has waned incredibly, with the...
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