Jonathan Rea - two more years with Kawasaki


Jonathan Rea - two more years with Kawasaki

Jonathan Rea has signed a new contract

with Kawasaki to remain in the WorldSBK championship as an official KRT

rider for two more years. This is an agreement that seals the commitment

of both the three-time World Champion and the most successful WorldSBK

manufacturer of recent years to each other - and to WorldSBK racing. 

Rea had several options for 2019

and beyond but has elected to stay loyal to Kawasaki and the WorldSBK

championship paddock he has ridden in since 2008. Rea has secured three

consecutive World Championships since he joined the Akashi based

manufacturer in 2015.   Rea and Kawasaki has been a

winning partnership since their first season together, with Rea

becoming the most successful WorldSBK rider ever, in terms of race wins,

at the most recent event in Brno.   Jonathan’s

legendary self-belief is mirrored by his confidence in the future of

both Kawasaki’s WorldSBK racing efforts and the increasing profile of

WorldSBK racing.   Over the past three-and-a-half

seasons Jonathan has enjoyed a wins-per-race ratio of just under 50%

since he joined Kawasaki. He is already the most successful Kawasaki

WorldSBK rider in history, with his 45 victories taken on either the

Ninja ZX-10R or Ninja ZX-10RR.   Re-signing Rea

underlines Kawasaki’s commitment to be an integral part of the WorldSBK

Championship itself and its desire to continue its development of

ever-improving machines for both the marketplace and WorldSBK racing

use.   Jonathan Rea, stated: “I am more than happy

to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team.

Since the end of last season we have already started to talk about

continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalise everything now, so

that we can concentrate on the remaining races of 2018. From the moment I

arrived at the end of 2014 I was welcomed into the Kawasaki family and

since then we have achieved success beyond our wildest dreams. Here is

where I want to stay. Of course it feels natural to keep writing this

incredible story together, and I want to thank everyone in the Kawasaki

Racing Team for believing in me and for this opportunity. Together we

will work harder than ever to keep the ZX-10RR at the front of WorldSBK

in the future. I have the best team of people around me to ensure that

we can continue fighting for the World Championship.”  

Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Race Planning Manager, stated: “Signing

Jonathan originally was so cool. The foundation for his dominance was

built up very quickly. JR deciding to say with KRT after three World

Championships and breaking records is actually even cooler. All those

strong relationships can remain in place. It is the same goals and

motivations that we share with JR, and the dedicated KRT crew, engineers

and team staff. To continue making history together with Kawasaki

inside WorldSBK.”   Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager,

stated: “We can celebrate that Johnny decides to stay two more years in

Kawasaki and running in WorldSBK. It is important that he has decided

that WorldSBK is the place that still makes him motivated. I’m sure many

fans would like to see him running with the top guys in MotoGP, but we

can ask the guys from MotoGP to come here to see the battle too. The

level Rea has now is so high and this only will make the level of other

riders and manufacturers in WorldSBK increase. All will be forced to

give their maximum to beat Johnny, so we all must be happy and

motivated. Of course, we all will continue working to improve the

package so I’m sure the show will continue. Other riders and

manufacturers will need to work hard if wants to have the honour of

being a WorldSBK Champion. The show must go on.”