News 19 Jul 2022

Kawasaki and Rea extend in WorldSBK through 2024

Successful partnership set to reach 10-year milestone.

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Multi-time Superbike World (WorldSBK) champion Jonathan Rea has signed a two-year contract extension with Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT), continuing the partnership through to the end of 2024.

Rea first joined the outfit in 2015 and has since taken over 100 race wins with Kawasaki and claimed six successive world titles to 2020. The latest extension is set to see the number 65 reach a 10-year milestone with the team.

“I am really happy and excited to renew my contract with Kawasaki, to roll on for another two more years,” Rea said. “It has been an incredible partnership, we have enjoyed so much success together that it is almost a natural progression.

“There was not much negotiation needed to continue together from both sides. It was more a case of how much more motivation I had to keep racing at the highest level in the WorldSBK championship.

“It has been an incredible few seasons; more competitive than ever. I have realised how motivated I am to continue and to continue fighting to win. Kawasaki gave me the opportunity back in 2015 to realise a childhood dream when I won the WorldSBK championship in the first year together.

“As a partnership, we are so solid, and I am looking forward to continue making memories and representing an incredible manufacturer and brand. My team is my racing family. I love everyone inside the team like my own family and relationships like that count for a lot in racing.

“Huge credit goes to every single person in the staff, from Provec Racing, all the engineers in Japan, and everyone in the Kawasaki family. I am excited to see what we can do over the next two seasons.”

KRT team manager Guim Roda added: “Since we signed Johnny for the 2015 season, and until now, we have written a nice part of WorldSBK’s history. We are so proud to be part of this Rea success story, which also means, Kawasaki’s success story.

“It’s going on eight seasons together now, and Johnny has been performing at the maximum, always. Nowadays, and at the age of 35, he is in his best shape, and we know there’s still a lot of dancing left to be done. We have been working hard to define, with KMC, which kind of project we could create for Johnny to allow him to keep pushing at 110 percent.

“I think we gave him the motivation he needed to go for it for two years more. We can never rest on the laurels of our successful past, so we will have a hard job to cover JR’s expectations. We are ready for that. We guarantee it will be a real show for at least two more years…”

Rea is currently second in the 2022 Superbike World Championship, 17 points back from leader Alvaro Bautista after five rounds.