Four-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has claimed that he could “do better” than Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP.

Rea is surely flying high after clinching his fourth-straight WSB title at Magny-Cours, but it seems the Northern Irishman is thinking about what might have been – after drawing a series of strange comparisons between himself at Cal Crutchlow in an interview with Autosport.

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Ultimately, Rea believes his career path has been “better” than Crutchlow’s. In the interview, he said: “It is the right path. I feel that my path is the better path. I’m a four-time world champion in Superbikes. In motorcycle terms, I’m one of the most popular athletes in the UK. I’m really happy with my life in general. I really respect his [Crutchlow’s] achievements. He has done incredible. He is one of the fastest guys in MotoGP. He is one along with the top three or top four. Sometimes I look to him and I feel like I can do that. I can do better. I’m not jealous. I’m proud of him. I used to race and beat Cal – certainly more than he beat me. Now he is doing so well in MotoGP. I’m really proud, because I could race against him and now he is doing so good.”