News 12 Jun 2018

Rea re-signs to remain in WorldSBK with Kawasaki

Multi-time world champion extends contract for 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Source: Supplied.

The Kawasaki Racing Team has confirmed three-time Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea will remain in the WorldSBK series for an additional two years.

Rea, who joined Kawasaki in 2014, elected to stay with the manufacturer that has brought him great success despite having a number of offers on the table.

“I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team,” Rea expressed. “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.”

The Irishman earned his 60th WorldSBK race victory at the weekend’s stop in the Czech Republic, making him the most winningest rider in the championship’s history. Rea currently leads the 2018 campaign with a 65-point advantage.