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Jonathan Rea joined a small but remarkable group of WorldSBK champions in 2016 as he won back-to-back titles. Only three other riders have managed this feat.

In 2015 ’JR’ had been almost the most dominant champion in the history of the category. In 2016, on a new model, he resisted greater title challenges but still came out on top. As a series winner first time out on the Ninja ZX-10R and then a champion again last year, Rea could make outright history if he wins the riders’ title in 2017. No rider has ever won three on a row…

The talents of former junior motocross champion Rea were evident from an early age and he made the jump to roadracing in 2003. Riding in British Supersport earned his ride in BSB Championship, becoming the youngest rider to score a pole position in this prestigious national championship, in 2005.

He became runner-up in the 2007 BSB title but by then his gaze alighted on the WSB paddock - and the FIM Supersport World Championship class in particular.

Runner-up in the WSS class in 2008, he made the leap to WSB racing even before the end of the season. As soon as his chances of winning the Supersport title were gone he took over a Superbike ride with his team in the final round in Portugal, scoring points and impressing all with his pace.

His rookie World SBK season saw him finish inside the top five, with two wins mixed into his total of eight podiums. A top result for a first season rider and a new star was born inside the SBK paddock. From 2009 until the end of 2014 Rea proved to be the top Honda rider in the SBK championship.

In 2010 he went one better in terms of championship results and posted four wins, a single season total that he would not match again until 2014. He was on course for a top three finish until he was injured with two rounds to go. In 2011 he placed ninth after a pre-season injury affected his start and then a mid-season fall caused him to miss too much of the season, meaning he finished an artificially low ninth overall. Despite his injury problems he still won two races.

Four race wins in 2012 saw Jonathan fifth in the title chase but bad luck with injury was to return in 2013. A crash at the German round, on an oil spill, broke his femur and finished his season. He ended up ninth overall and kept up his record of winning at least one race every season since he joined SBK full-time.

That record was added to in 2014, as he rode to third place in the championship overall, his best ever overall finish to that point, with four race wins to make a career total of 15 before the start of the 2015 season.

His astounding 2015 included 14 wins in his haul of 23 podium finishes, and a championship win that was sewn up long before the end of the racing year.

Last year Rea was a clear champion as he joined the back-to-back club in what was only his second ever Kawasaki year. Now he goes for history and three in a row.


Winning the 2013 championship for KRT was the completion of one part of Tom Sykes’ journey as a true top class rider. The gritty Yorkshireman also came close to winning the 2012 and 2014 titles, while also finishing second in 2016.
Sykes enjoyed his first Superbike World Championship wildcard rides in 2008, when he took a second place finish against the more established riders on his home soil. He has not always been a four-stroke star, having preferred the feel of two-stroke racing bikes in his early career.
Competing on his grandfather’s 600 Kawasaki road bike for a short time in the UK, just to understand how a four-stroke machine worked around a circuit, Sykes soon moved into the British Supersport Championship on a full-time basis. He enjoyed almost instant success and was runner-up in the 2006 season.
Paul Bird Motorsport picked up Tom for a season of BSB racing in 2007 and five podium places contributed to a fine top six ranking, in arguably the toughest domestic championship there is.
A year later, having posting race wins in the UK series for another team and also taking a podium in the British round of the World Superbike Championship, Tom was in a strong position to be signed for WSB full time in 2009.
A tough first year, marred by injury towards the end, was not in Tom’s pre-season script, but he did impress on occasion and finished ahead of many bigger WSB names.
In 2010 – and now signed for Kawasaki - it took some time for Tom and his team to get the very best out of that generation of Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. After a victorious return to BSB racing for a one-off meeting at Brands Hatch the final few SBK races brought strong double-digit points scores, and almost saw Tom back on the podium again.
For 2011 Sykes was retained to help develop and race the all-new Ninja ZX-10R, tasks which brought rewards as the bike blossomed as a real force at a variety of different circuits. Almost from the start of the year Sykes was posting performances that finally won him his first race victory at this global level.
The 2012 season was another positive turning point for Sykes as he scored four race wins and a gigantic tally of Superpole prizes for being fastest qualifier.
His championship win in 2013 was the highpoint of his career – so far. Only missing the title in 2014 by six points, he was only 17 points from second place overall in 2015. After a strong season laden with race wins and podiums in 2016 he earned the runner-up spot.
After a winter test schedule that has seen Sykes work on adapting his riding style to the latest set of technical rules, riding the new Ninja ZX-10RR means his challenge to become number one with Kawasaki again should be more energised than ever before.


Rea wins his sixth consecutive title

Jonathan Rea has been crowned WorldSBK World Champion after an unusual season. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider only needed to finish fourth in Saturday's race to claim the title at Estoril and hand over the constructors' championship to Kawasaki on Sunday. His teammate, Alex Lowes, finished sixth in the first long race, but suffered two crashes on Sunday. However, his commitment to the team has allowed him to score points for the team throughout the season.


WorldSBK 2020 will be remember for the pandemic, which the tests were force to be suspended at the beginning of the course and resumed at the beginning of spring. This global health crisis forced the organizers to reduce the calendar to eight events, ending in Estoril (Portugal). For Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki, there is something more, much more. The English driver was not to frighten by the situation and, after a season full of victories, he took home his sixth consecutive crown. Rea claimed the math title on Saturday, finishing fourth in the first 21-lap race. A very good result considering that he started from 15th position on the grid. His teammate, Alex Lowes, crossed the finish line in sixth place.


During the lap of honor, once the race was over, Rea wore a golden helmet with six rings and the team dressed up for the occasion. However, this result was not enough; the world champion had a first position to sign. Which was to be his 100th win since he started in WorldSBK.


He tried with all his might on Sunday, but was unable to reach the head during the Tissot-Superpole, finishing fifth in this ten-lap event. Nor was it the day for Lowes, who fell on the first lap and returned to the ground trying to regain lost positions. During the race, Rea crashed while trying to snatch second position from Toprak Razgatlioglu and finished fourteenth.


A somewhat bitter end of the world championship for the pilot but that served to get two points for the constructors' championship, who opted for Kawasaki for the sixth consecutive year. Once again the Ninja ZX-10RR has proven its worth and teamwork has brought the KRT to the top of the podium. A team that Puig is part of as a proud sponsor and collaborator, drawing knowledge and experience for the products that will later be on road motorcycles.


Congratulations team!

A wet weekend for KRT

The Magny Cours circuit in France welcomed the WorldSBK with a bad weather. The first day of the weekend was a challenge for the Kawasaki Racing Team riders: Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes. The renovation of the track ended up being key for the survival of the teams in the wet, also for the KRT. Jonathan started getting a second place and Alex crossed the finish line in fifth place after the first two qualifying sessions. Sunday's tests were similar, with Rea's victory and podium plus Lowes's good results.


The Pirelli took the center of attention on Saturday, as well as the resurfaced areas of the Magny Cours circuit. The KRT riders noticed the differences and praised their behavior, starting with the strength and momentum that characterize them. Rea was the fastest rider in FP1 and second in FP2 in the afternoon, when the track started to dry out. Lowes also improved throughout the day on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, clinching a fifth place in the combined standings.


Rea set the pace for the first 21-lap race of the weekend, leading from the first turns. Taking advantage of his good start, he started to gain distance compared to the rest of the riders, achieving a margin of 3.34 seconds over the second classified when crossing the finish line. This was Jonathan's 98th victory, helping him extend the championship gap over Scott Redding. Lowes was cool throughout his entire career, fighting on the podium and finishing third.


The Tissot-Superpole, also held in the rain, was quite tough for Rea, who had crashed during the morning's FP3 session. However, he managed himself and finished third. Just behind him crossed Lowes in fourth position.

The WorldSBK fan is lucky, and he knows it. In the same weekend, up to three races are held, of different duration and with different results. Sunday started well for Jonathan Rea, who won the sprint race in cold and rainy conditions. Lowes kept up with him and became the biggest threat to his teammate, who signed his 300th victory in this category.


The second race of the day promised to lift Kawasaki to the World Championship title, as Jonathan Rea only needed a third position to clinch the sixth crown for the team. Unfortunately, or to give more tension to the championship, Rea finished fourth, so he was left without the triplet, as happened in Portimao. With one round remaining, Rea has 340 points and will only need to add 3 to the box to rise as the clear winner. He will be able to do it in Estoril (Portugal) in the final round of the WorldSBK championship from October 16 to 18.

Rea leaves Montmeló leader

The Kawasaki Racing Team was playing at home this WorldSBK weekend. The Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Montmeló hosted a new race of this strange but entertaining 2020. The weather changed during the free practice and qualifying session, going from dry asphalt in the morning to the expected rain in the afternoon. Luckily, Rea and his team were able to work on the braking system to find the necessary balance. The Spanish rider was the fastest in the afternoon, on a slippery track. Lowes arrived recovered from his health problems but had to settle for 14th position in free practice, a touch that helped him get to know his bike better in adverse conditions.


The weather didn't help during the early hours of Saturday either, but Rea and Lowes made their way into FP3, finishing first and seventh respectively. The Kawasaki Racing Team riders gave their all during the qualifying round and Rea was 2.62 seconds ahead of Scott Redding. Alex was not quite comfortable with the rear end but fought to finish in the top ten.


The Tissot-Superpole was more of the same for Rea, who scored his fourth consecutive success and 27th career victory. Data that makes him the third best driver in WorldSBK history, a milestone that we hope he will surpass. Lowes finished eighth in the sprint race, which allowed him to gain a position for the start of the long races in Catalunya.


It was time for the race and the sun had dried up the Montmeló track. The pace picked up and Rea felt comfortable at the controls of the Ninja ZX-10RR, allowing him to lead the race to the checkered flag. What is more, the rider set a new lap record and his ninth victory in 2020. You could feel his happiness at the end of the day on Saturday when answering questions from the press. Jonathan Rea, stated: “It was very good to win here. I had a lot of motivation in this race. It is the home race, of my team, and Ana Carrasco could not be here in the WorldSSP300, so this victory was for her, and also for my grandfather, since today marks the 27th anniversary of his death. I used this to give me strength for the race, never rest and never give up.


Sunday was something different for the KRT riders, who did not shine as brightly as the day before. That does not mean that Rea did not give it his all since early morning, during the Super Pole Race, fighting with a very successful Van der Mark. Finally, the Kawasaki rider crossed the first flag of the day in second place followed by Loris Baz. Lowes finished this quick test in seventh position. A result almost identical to the eighth position he would achieve on Sunday's race. A race that was more complicated than expected for Rea, who finished fourth, but did not affect him in the general classification. It remains the leader of the WorldSBK 2020 and will be presented as such at the Pirelli French Round held from October 2 to 4 in Nevers Magny-Cours (France).


Come on Ana Carrasco

Rea wore a very special shirt on Saturday. It read "Ride like a Girl" in honor of the pilot Ana Carrasco, who suffered a severe fall during Estoril practice. The Spanish has had to undergo surgery twice on her back, for a fracture in the thoracic spine. From Puig we want to send her all the support and strength of our team. We hope to see her on a motorcycle soon!

Rea more leader than ever

The second weekend at MotorLand Aragón was promising for the Kawasaki Racing Team. The timed sessions served as an appetizer, to show the good rhythm they would maintain despite the circumstances. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes finished second and third respectively, just a few thousandths behind the leader. Saturday's results were more than positive, with a second place from Rea and a great job from Lowes. The KRT rider continued with the same pace on Sunday, with a second position in the Superpole and a victory in race two.


On Saturday, Lowes suffered a severe attack of stomach flu that weakened him to the point that he could not fight in FP3 and had to start from 10th position. Rea, on the other hand, started from the pole. The inaugural race of the round of Teruel, also held at MotorLand Aragón, was very promising since the start on Saturday. The rider’s start on board of his Kawasaki was flawless and he remained first until lap 18, a moment that Michael Rubén Rinaldi took advantage of to take command. Finally, he was able to get 20 points, very important to maintain the leadership of the championship, especially because Scott Redding fell. The determination of Lowes took him from the tenth to the sixth position, valid to score ten points in the general standings.


Sunday was a tough day for Alex Lowes, who was still suffering from the stomach flu. An event that did not prevent him from getting on his motorcycle to compete in the Tissot-Superpole. He finished sixth after setting the fastest lap, despite the pain. Rea took the lead at the start of the sprint race, but Scott Redding passed him on the second lap and held it until the end. The race was different. Rea opted for a conventional rear-end tire and waited for his time. The rest of the rivals mounted a super soft SCX and, after maintaining a fight for the first position, they started to wear down the tires until they were overtaken by the Kawasaki rider.


Redding signed a third position, leaving Jonathan Rea leading the championship with a 36-point lead. Lowes fought like a titan and took the fifth place. He added 11 points to stay just 20 behind third place in the championship. The next race will also be held in Spain, more specifically on the lands of the KRT team: Montmeló. The sixth round of WorldSBK will be held from September 18-20.


A Sunday to forget

Ana Carrasco came to the fourth round of the WorldSSP300 with great enthusiasm. The first round in Teruel was very difficult, with many changes of positions and riders fighting for the first places. Carrasco led for a time but eventually finished 5th. A result that she failed to maintain on Sunday after she went long in couple turns while fighting for the top spots. Errors that led her to cross the finish line in 22nd position. Despite this, the Spanish rider left a comeback for the history, worthy of MotoGP. Ana remains in 4th position in the championship, 31 points behind Buis, leader of the WorldSSP300 before the next race at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

Jonathan Rea wins in Aragon

The motorbikes and the passion of the WorldSBK returned to Spain last weekend. The MotorLand Aragón circuit hosted another test of this curious and strange World Championship, without the fans. However, things could not have gone better for the Kawasaki Racing Team and Jonathan Rea. The Northern Irishman did not get off the podium and his teammate, Alex Lowes, was able to get back on his motorbike after a crash on Saturday.


The first day in Aragon started with a spectacular start by Alex Lowes, who managed to get in first during some turns. Unfortunately, he suffered a highside that left him out of the race but without major injuries. Jonathan took him over and stayed in first position for seven laps, when he was overtaken by Redding. Rea fought for that victory but a few laps from the end, he went long at Turn 12. A setback that led him to fight for second position with Chaz Davies. He finally lost the duel and had to settle for a third position in his first race in Aragon.

Of course, Rea did not lose the Tissot-Superpole. Even more, he achieved the 25th pole of his career and a new record on the Spanish track with a time of 1'48,860. On the other side, Lowes took the fourth fastest time and started from the second row of the grid.


Sunday was even better for our Kawasaki Racing Team members. Rea took advantage of the front row of the grid to attack like never before during the 10-lap Sprint race. Scott Redding tried to keep up with the rider but could not do anything against the pace of the Kawasaki. Alex Lowes got ahead of Chaz Davies and finished sixth.


The dynamic continued in the second race on Sunday. Jonathan Rea emerged victorious and returned to the top of the WorldSBK standings, lead after winning the Aragón DOC Prosecco Round. The victory in the Sprint event gave him the energy to escape in the opening minutes. Scott Redding was not enough focused, neither fast, to hold the second position. Everything seemed under control until Rea made a mistake with four laps to go. A mistake that Chaz Davies took advantage of to overtake him and make things very interesting in the last turns. The five-time world champion kept his cool to regain his position and finish in command of the race, thus achieving his fourth victory this season. Lowes finished ninth after a very intense contest for the seventh position.


Carrasco only two points behind the leader

Anna Carrasco finished the first race at MotorLand Aragón as the leader of the WorldSSP300 World Championship. The way she managed to do it was more impressive than the fact that she finished as the leader. The Murcian rider started from the 11th position on the grid. She had to fight very hard to reach the top positions. A group of 10 drivers fought for the win but Carrasco waited and attacked mid-race, going from 10th to 5th. Soon she was placed behind the Dutchman Jeffrey Buis in second place, a position that she kept and that allowed her to finish Saturday at the top of the standings.


Sunday's race was not so positive for Carrasco. She started from the fourth line of the grid and, despite quickly getting into eighth position, had to settle for crossing the finish line in sixth position. Buis finished the weekend at the top of the standings, just two points ahead of the Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300 rider.

Triple win for the Kawasaki Racing Team

The Kawasaki Racing Team arrived to Portimao with the main objective of stealing the lead from Scott Redding, a challenge that motivated rider Jonathan Rea like never to leave Portugal with a triplet under his arm. The second round of racing, of this strange season, could not have started better for the Kawasaki team. After getting the pole, Jonathan Rea got his first win on Saturday, with hardly any complications. The high temperatures did not prevent the champion from achieving his tenth crown on the 4.59-kilometer Portuguese circuit. Alex Lowes lost some positions in the first turns and had to fight to cross the finish line in fourth position, after some other interesting fight with his rivals.


With Rea's victory, Kawasaki signs its 150th triumph in its history in the WorldSBK Championship since its first participation in 1988. In addition, the rider won the first trophy in a long-distance race after the sprints (Superpole Race) of 10 laps of Australia and Spain.


Sunday's races confirmed Jonathan Rea's hot streak, closing a perfect weekend on a driver's fetish circuit. The Algarve track has become a favorable environment for the five-time world champion, who returns home with the WorldSBK leadership with 136 points, four points ahead of Redding (132) and well in front of Razgatlioglu (103). The second round of races at Portimao started with victory in the Superpole Race, with almost three seconds of margin over the second. An advantage that he maintained in the race, taking 4.3 seconds from the next rider. Alex Lowes, on the other hand, was able to finish fourth in the 10-lap sprint but crashed on the eighth lap of Sunday's race. Luckily, he won't have to wait too long to get his revenge in the next round, which will be held in Motorland (Aragon) from August 28-30.


Carrasco with a win-lose weekend

The weekend in Portimao has been like a roller coaster for Ana Carrasco, from the Provec Racing team. After a splendid opening day, in which she took victory on Saturday's race, Carrasco did not score points on Sunday's round.


The last race was the most interesting for the spectator but also the most stressful for the rider. Despite the opening a gap during the first few laps, a Kawasaki rider managed to catch it and overcome it before finishing the scheduled 10 laps. Three laps from the end and in her fight for the points, Ana Carrasco did not detect the red flag that indicated an accident in the first positions. This mistake led her to fall next to Boot-Amos in Turn 5 and she could not reach the Park Fermé in the next 5 minutes. For this reason, the organization did not take into account their result in the last lap that she crossed the finish line and she finally did not score any points.

The Kawasaki Racing Team returns at its 100%

The races also return to the WorldSBK championship. The Kawasaki Racing Team riders have prepared for the return, held this weekend at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. Temperatures reached 34 Celsius degrees during the FP2 but, despite the harsh conditions, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes finished the first day in second and tenth position, respectively. Rea was less than a second from the fastest driver, a great sign of the result that was coming.


More than five months later, last Saturday, August 1, the first post-covid-19 race was held. Australia left Lowes as the leader of a season that will probably be remembered by everyone, fans and riders . On Sunday, the 10-lap sprint race was held to end the day with the second race, scheduled for 20 laps. Before the races, the FP3 session and then the Superpole took place, which decided the grid positions for the race one and the Superpole race.


The first race was largely led by Jonathan Rea, rider of the Kawasaki Racing Team. A total of 23 pilots took the start of the first race in Jerez, under a hot sun that raised the track temperature to 60 Celsius degrees. Rea led for 15 laps until, with the tire on the limit, he had to conserve to defend other victories. Alex Lowes finished in ninth position which leaves him in second position in the general standings, just ahead of his teammate Rea.


The Superpole was different. Jonathan Rea managed to qualify in second position with his Ninja and ended up scoring Sunday's victory in this event. The ‘sprint’ race was held at 11 am and he fought to finish within 0.55 seconds of Scott Redding, enough to clinch his 90th WorldSBK victory. A historical record since Rea joined the Kawasaki team in 2015. Alex could not find his rhythm in the Superpole and had to settle for a seventh place.


The second race, held after the ‘sprint’, served to switch roles. Alex Lowes stayed behind Rea until, he finally overtook him to be on the second step of the podium. Jonathan finished this last round in sixth place, which allowed him to keep the second place in the final standings, followed by Lowes and 14 points behind Redding.


The Superbikes return next weekend in Portugal with a new round of racing from the 7th to 9th August.


First podium for Ana Carrasco

Good news also followed Ana Carrasco's Kawasaki Provec team at the WSSP300. The rider maintained an excellent pace throughout the weekend, fighting for the podium in the first race in Jerez de la Frontera. After a contact with another driver, Carrasco finished seventh in the first race. A result that she could make up for on Sunday, starting from fourth on the grid thanks to the result achieved in Saturday's Superpole. Ana Carrasco set the fastest lap of the race trying to reach the first two but ended up crossing the finish line in third position. Finally, Race Direction banned the second with five seconds for exceeding the limits of the track. A penalty that moved her to the second place and that she herself recognized: “This second position is very important for the championship and I want to thank the team and all the sponsors because they have worked so hard throughout this difficult period to be here today. "

WorldSBK in Qatar

On October 24, 25 and 26, the last race of the season was held at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The only appointment on the calendar where the WorldSBK riders run at night.


The action on the track began on Thursday with free practice. Jonathan Rea made the second best time while his teammate, Leon Haslam, was 12th. Although the training sessions were also done at night, humidity and high temperatures were a challenge for riders and teams.


On Friday the last Superpole was played and once again, Jonathan Rea took the first position getting a total of seven poles this season. Leon Haslam would leave from sixth position.


Jonathan Rea led during the 17 laps of Race 1 and won the 15th victory this season. Leon Haslam had a tough battle after overcoming the collision with another rider and after getting off track at any given time, but managed to finish fifth.


After the end of the first race of the weekend, Kawasaki was proclaimed winner of the Manufacturers Championship with an impeccable performance.


On Sunday the last Tissot-Superpole of the season took place where Jonathan Rea led again and won the victory leaving Álvaro Bautista 2,027 seconds away. Leon Haslam fought with determination and finished fourth.


The current world champion finished the season at the top of the podium after winning the last race in Qatar. Jonathan Rea says goodbye with 663 points in the championship, 165 more than his closest competitor.


Leon Haslam had a positive and negative experience on his last day in Kawasaki. After having a good performance in the ‘sprint’ race, in the second race the grip of his front tire fell and he had to settle for ninth place.


The SuperSport300 championship also played the final event this season at the Losail International Circuit.


Kawasaki Provec Racing team driver Ana Carrasco finished fifth. After being the fastest driver throughout the weekend, Ana made a great start in the race and after a few disputed final laps and with several touches, crossed the finish line in fifth position.


Ana Carrasco ends the season in third place in the World Cup, behind Kawasaki drivers Manuel González and Scott Deroue.


This closes the WorldSBK season until February 2020 where the first appointment will take place at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

WorldSBK in Argentina

On the 11th, 12th and 13th of October took place the penultimate appointment of the season in the Argentine circuit of San Juan Villicum.


The times of the WorldSBK riders during the first day of training were not as expected due to dirt on the asphalt. The runners found a slippery track and rolled four seconds below the best time of 2018. Rea worked his pace and placed second in the overall standings. Haslam suffered an unfortunate fall and injured his knee and thumb. Even so, he went back on track and was seventh.


On Saturday, the pilots met again with a dusty track that made morning training difficult. In the Superpole, Jonathan Rea qualified as the third fastest rider while Leon Haslam came out from the 14th position.


In the first race of the weekend, Rea fought along with three other riders during the first laps. The fight remained until Álvaro Bautista, the winner of the race, opened distance. Rea remained second ahead of Razgatlioglu.


Haslam had to make a great effort to get the sixth position after leaving from the fifth row of the grid. The KRT pilot had never run before in Villicum.


On Sunday, the riders played the Superpole ‘Sprint Race’ ten laps where Jonathan Rea won the victory by becoming the winner of the 2019 Tissot-Superpole Award. Haslam was eighth after leaving 14th.


In the second race, Rea fought during the first laps with Álvaro Bautista until the current world champion managed to escape and score the second victory of the day.

His teammate, Haslam, finished tenth after losing advantage after the clash with another driver.


The results of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam this weekend in Argentina have been enough for the Kawasaki Racing Team to be proclaimed winner of the WorldSBK team championship. Kawasaki leads the ranking of manufacturers with 37 points.


The last appointment of the calendar will be held at the Losail International Circuit, in Qatar, from October 25 to 27.

World SBK on Magny Cours

On the 27th, 28th and 29th of September, the last event of the World Superbikes Championship took place on the French circuit of Magny Cours.


Friday's free practice was wet due to the rain that fell during the morning. Even so, Leon Haslam managed to be the second fastest rider while his partner, Jonathan Rea, was seventh. Both riders set up their bikes and collected enough information.


On Saturday, World SBK pilots played the Superpole in the wet. Jonathan Rea managed to qualify first, obtaining the sixth pole of the season. After going out in the race, Rea failed to detach himself from his pursuers and starred in some battles. The most prominent was the last one when Toprak Razgatlioglu unexpectedly overtook him, thus achieving the first victory for the Turkish rider. Haslam managed to qualify third but an unfortunate fall without consequences left the pilot with no options to score.


The next day, the riders played the Tissot-Superpole race where Rea finished second and Haslam ninth. In the second Magny Cours race, Jonathan Rea did not want to miss the first opportunity presented to him to secure the championship and was proclaimed WorldSBK World Champion for the fifth time in a row.


After starting the race, his rival Álvaro Bautista was forced to retire after a clash with Razgatlioglu. In this way, Rea served to be in first position to win the championship in a mathematical way. His pursuer during the race, Michael Van der Mark, did not make it easy and starred in some overtaking but finally Jonathan Rea managed to open a gap and took the first position, becoming a five times champion. No one before had won five World SBK titles, much less consecutively.


Haslam had a difficult Sunday after Saturday's fall and some discomfort in his shoulder, even so, he finished in seventh position.


The World SBK still has two pending appointments on the calendar. The next one will be from October 11 to 13 in Argentina.


The SuperSport300 championship also played its race this weekend on the French circuit. The rider Ana Carrasco got the victory in Magny Cours, being ahead of Manuel González, who was proclaimed World Champion of WorldSSP300. The last race of the season will be in Qatar on October 26.

World SBK in Portimao

After a long vacation, last weekend the WorldSBK riders returned to action at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. In the same place where the official championship tests took place two weeks ago.


Jonathan Rea led the first day of free practice, placing first in FP1 and second in FP2. Even so, it was the fastest thanks to the good time he did in the first session. Leon Haslam ranked sixth overall. He presented some problems during FP2 and finished 12th. Even so, he finished in the top six on the combined lists.


Both pilots made preparations for the first race of the weekend, confirming the data they extracted from the test a few days ago.


After FP3 on Saturday, the Superpole was played where Jonathan Rea set a new record with a 1’40.372, thus getting the pole. From behind would leave his teammate Leon Haslam, who took second place on the grid. Upon departure, Rea showed a strong pace and no one could challenge him. Not even his closest rival in the championship, Álvaro Bautista, who fell to the 16th position at the end of the first round. In this way, Rea got the tenth victory of this season.


Leon Haslam did not have an easy race. He was unable to defend himself on the straight when Bautista arrived in the last two laps. Even so, he won his personal duel with Toprak Razgatiloglu and the KRT rider was rewarded with fifth place.


On Sunday the Tissot Superpole was played ten laps in which Jonathan Rea won a new victory, ahead of Bautista. Haslam was fifth, behind Razgatlioglu.


In the second race, Rea led the first laps ahead of Razgatlioglu and Haslam but Bautista took the lead on lap six. Rea struggled to cut the lead with the Ducati rider but finally finished second, ahead of Razgatlioglu, who took third place. Haslam finished the race in fifth position, thus getting a hat trick.


In the absence of three appointments to finish the season, Jonathan leads the championship to 91 points over Alvaro and Leon ranks fifth, ahead of Toprak.


This weekend the Supertsport300 World Cup was also played where Kawasaki rider Ana Carrasco was in second position of the WorldSSP300 World Championship to 43 points behind the leader, tied with two other drivers.


The world champion got a third place in Portimao. Thanks to a good start, it could be placed in the head group, getting the third step of the podium. In this way, Ana finishes the seventh round of the championship and is in third position in the championship, with 81 points and 47 of the leader. There are only two races left to finish the World Cup.


The next round will be from September 27 to 29 on the French circuit of Magny Cours.

9th World SBK Round at Laguna Seca

On June 23, 13 and 14, the ninth round of the World SBK took place at the mythical circuit of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, in California (United States).


On Friday, the free practice sessions where Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam were the second and fifth fastest riders respectively took place. Both pilots focused on setting up their bikes and choosing tires, especially Haslam that does not run on this track since the 2015 season.

On Saturday Jonathan Rea took the eighth pole of the season while Leon Haslam took fifth place on the grid. In the race, Rea used his advantage to get ahead of his competitors and stayed first during the 25 laps that lasted the race thus scoring the maximum points. His closest rival, Álvaro Bautista suffered a fall and although he rejoined the race he could not score any points. Rea finished the race at 5.693 seconds over the second classified, Chaz Davies. Leon Haslam, who started from the second row of the grid, suffered a fall in the corkscrew during the fourth lap that did not allow him to continue in the race.

On Sunday the 'Sprint Race' was reduced from ten to eight laps after a red flag after the fall of two pilots. Álvaro Bautista suffered the second fall of the weekend leaving him off track. Rea won the 'Sprint Race' setting a new record of 1'22.700 while Haslam finished in fifth position, recovered after Saturday's crash.

In the second race on Sunday Jonathan Rea fought alongside Chaz Davies for the victory finishing in second position. Haslam once again demonstrated his potential by finishing in sixth place despite the lack of strength in his left hand and a left arm and shoulder with excess fatigue after the fall suffered the previous day.

With this round completed, Jonathan Rea goes on vacation with 433 points. It increases its advantage to 81 points compared to Álvaro Bautista, who ranks second with 352 points, ahead of Alex Lowes with 220, Michael van der Mark with 215, Haslam with 202 and Razgatliogly with 191.

Now the WorldSBK pilots can rest and have a long summer holiday until the next meeting that will be in Portimao from September 6 to 8. Before that, Rea, Haslam and Razgatlioglu will compete in the 8 hours of Suzuka and then they will go to an official WorldSBK test for everyone in Portimao at the end of August.

8th World SBK Round in Donington Park

The 5th round of the World SBK championship took place on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July at the legendary circuit of Donington Park, in the United Kingdom. A very special appointment for the two Kawasaki Racing Team riders as they run at home.


During free practice on Friday, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam finished fourth and fifth respectively. During the FP2 all the pilots improved their times under warm conditions. The pilots of the KRT focused on finding the best configuration for their bikes.


Jonathan Rea won the first race of the weekend, declared wet. After leaving the second position on the grid, he made a perfect performance ending with a gap of more than 11 seconds compared to the second, Tom Sykes. Leon Haslam went to the side of his teammate and after fighting along with Tom Syles and Loris Baz defended the third step of the podium.


After finishing this first race and with two more pending to play, Jonathan Rea took the leadership of the championship for the first time this season.


After Saturday's wet race, on Sunday the drivers ran dry. In the Tissot Superpole race that took place in the morning, Jonathan Rea fought with Tom Sykes for the victory. He managed to overcome it and marked distance until the race ended after a red flag. The engine of another rider broke and oil poured on the track causing several falls, including that of Tom Sykes who after getting second place could not reach the pit lane with his motorcycle and was out of the classification. In this way, Razgatlioglu and Haslam occupied the second and third place.


In the second race, Rea reaffirmed his leadership after fighting with Razgatlioglu taking the third victory of a perfect weekend. Haslam who started from the third position was overtaken by Álvaro Bautista and Alex Lowes, finishing in fifth place.


After finishing this round, Rea is positioned in the first place of the championship with 376 points ahead of Álvaro Bautista with 352. Haslam is fifth with 187 points.


The next appointment will take place next weekend in Laguna Seca, from July 12 to 14.


In parallel, Ana Carrasco also played this weekend another appointment in the SuperSport300 championship. After starting the race, Ana Carrasco saw herself on the ground due to the mistake of another driver in the first lap. The Murcia returned to track but finished nineteenth without getting any points.


It was a very rugged weekend so other candidates for the title did not add points for the championship either. In this way, Ana remains in second position tied to points with the third and fourth place.


They will have another opportunity in Portimao (Portugal) next September 8th.

7th World SBK Round in Misano

On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June the seventh round of the World SBK was played at the Italian circuit of Misano 'Marco Simoncelli'.


On Friday, the free practice session ended where Jonathan Rea was the second fastest rider in the combined while Leon Haslam was tenth. It was a day marked by many falls where the KRT pilots also suffered without consequences.


The rain was the protagonist on Saturday, even so, the pilots of the World SBK could play the dry Tissot-Superpole where Jonathan Rea got the pole to 0.335 seconds from his nearest rival. A posteriori, the storm arrived that provoked three attempts to contest the race that finally went to 18 laps.


In the first failed attempt the pilots only ran three laps. They did not score but they did modify the starting order for the second attempt, which was also stopped by another red flag due to heavy rain. The third and last attempt was disputed an hour later where Rea and Lowes escaped the group and fought for the first position until Lowes fell and Rea won with a lead of 3.692 seconds. Haslam had a promising career but a fall forced him to leave after breaking the footrest and the gear lever of his motorcycle.


On Sunday there was no trace of the rain and it was possible to dispute all the activity on the track normally. Before the second race the riders participated in the Tissot-Superpole race of ten laps where Haslam finished on the third step of the podium. Jonathan had led the race but a failure in a curve made him fall and lose some positions. Even so, he finished in fifth position.


With the dry track the pilots played the second race of the weekend where Alvaro Bautista took advantage quickly but a fall in the second round took him away from the victory that finally was for Jonathan Rea. Accompanied on the podium by Toprak Razgatlioglu who finished second and Leon Haslam who finished third. A complete podium for Kawasaki.


After finishing this round where Rea reached 41 points from the leader, now he moves to only 16 with clear options to get the championship. Haslam ranks fifth in the standings with 153 points.


This weekend another SuperSport300 race was also played where Ana Carrasco won the first victory of the season with the Kawasaki Racing Team. An awaited first place that came after starting from the front row of the grid and now only hopes to get back in the next round that will take place from July 5 to 7 in Donington Park.

6th World SBK Round in Jerez

On June 7, 8 and 9, the sixth round of the Superbike world championship took place on the Jerez - Angel Nieto circuit.


On Friday, the free practice sessions took place in which Jonathan Rea was the third fastest. The pilot focused on the configuration of the bike and the best choice of tires. Leon Haslam took 9th position during FP1. He found an ideal setup for the race that made him improve to 7th position on the list during FP2.


On Saturday, Rea started from pole position in a difficult race for the reigning world champion where during the whole race he had grip problems. It was surpassed by the first classified, Alvaro Bautista and fought with the Yamaha for the podium. On the last lap he tried to overtake Alex Lowes but they collided and he went to the ground. The FIM decided to sanction Rhea with a position so it finally qualified 4th. His teammate Haslam started in fifth place but the complicated grip on the track made him fall to ninth position in the race.


On Sunday, Rea returned to repeat the podium obtaining the fourth and second place. Haslam was sixth and fifth, getting important points for the championship.


Jonathan Rea started the Tissot-Superpole race ten laps from the back of the grid after suffering a double penalty on Saturday. Even so, he broke through and finished fourth. Haslam was sixth after starting in fifth place.


The second race had an unexpected end. Alvaro Bautista fell while leading and Rea took his place for a few laps until Michael van der Mark decided to fight for the first position he finally took after finishing with 18 laps after a red flag. Haslam worked hard to be comfortable on the bike and finished fifth.


After this race, the classification of the championship is more adjusted. Bautista leads with 300 points ahead of Rea with 259, followed by Van Der Mark at 188, Alex Lowes at 142 and Haslam at 130.


In parallel, the SuperSport300 team also worked hard this weekend where the driver Ana Carrasco played two races with a satisfactory result. The Murcia fought in both races for the first positions occupying the third place of the podium both days.

In this way, he regains positions in the championship placing in sixth position. They will have a new opportunity in the next appointment in the Italian circuit of Misano from June 21 to 23.

Second test in Portimao

On January 27 and 28, the Kawasaki Racing Team was present at the official World SBK events at the Portimao circuit. After two days of testing in Jerez, the runners were able to continue the pre-season with their team.

This was the first opportunity for Leo Haslam to run with his new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR in another circuit where the World SBK will be played, getting a better lap of 1'42.144.
Jonathan Rea made a better lap of 1'40.885, taking almost a second to Alex Lowes, the second fastest driver. A fall in his final laps left Rea unharmed and ready for the next test in Australia, where the first race of the season will be played.

Rea and Haslam also had the first opportunity to use the new Pirelli SCX rear tire, designed for the new ten-sprint sprint initiative that will take place on Sunday morning at WorldSBK. It will also feature the traditional long distance races on Saturday and Sunday.

After the completion of the first two events of the year at the Jerez and Portimao circuits, the results are positive for both the riders and the Kawasaki technical staff.

The next sessions will be the official events organized at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia on February 18 and 19, shortly before the first round of the championship.

Losail Round

On October 25, 26 and 27, the last WorldSBK championship event took place at the Losail Qatar circuit. Characterized by being the only place where the races are held on Friday and Saturday, the riders find it a special match since the races are held at night.

During the training session on Thursday, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes occupied the second and third place respectively. After starring in a fall in FP1 by the world champion, Rea recovered by improving his time. Sykes was 0.008 thousandths away from reaching his teammate. The FP1 was held during the afternoon of Thursday but the FP2 and FP3 were run late at night.

On Friday, the KRT pilots staged the first race occupying the first positions. Tom Sykes once again managed to be the Poleman, surpassing the record set by his teammate Jonathan Rea by 0.131 seconds. Rea occupied the first step of the podium, thus achieving his 11th consecutive victory.

On Saturday, something unusual happened because the last race of the WorldSBK season was canceled. After a sandstorm followed by a lightning storm with water, Race Management repeatedly delayed the start of the race and was forced to cancel it due to the bad condition of the track.

In this way, Tom Sykes finishes his stage with Kawasaki after 18 years and after having won 34 victories and the record of getting 48 Superpoles.
Jonathan Rea says goodbye to the championship by leading the WorldSBK World Championship for the fourth consecutive time, making history after winning 71 victories, 56 of them for Kawasaki, the maximum number of victories a driver has scored for a manufacturer.

Next year Jonathan Rea will continue to occupy one side of the Kawasaki Racing Team's box along with Leon Haslam, the new team member for next season. We will have to wait until February to see the first race to be held in Australia.

San Juan Villicum Round

Last weekend, the first grand prize was held at the new San Juan Villicum circuit located in Argentina. After Jonathan Rea won the championship in the last match, the KRT team returned to the limelight this weekend.

On Friday, all the WorldSBK riders rolled for the first time on this new circuit. The current champion proved to be in top form, being the fastest on the track and scoring a fast lap of 1'39.914. He was the only driver to get to roll in 1'39 during the first day. On the other hand, Sykes was left without improving his time at the end of FP3 due to a misunderstanding in the tire change, a fact that would force him to play the Superpole 1 to make a gap between the first positions of the grid.
In general, the feeling of the new layout was positive. All the pilots agreed that as it was rolled on the track, the asphalt of the circuit was accommodated and allowed the times to improve progressively.

In the first race that was disputed on Saturday at 16:00 local time, Jonathan Rea once again demonstrated his deserved title taking the ninth consecutive victory this year. In this way, secured the championship of manufacturers for Kawasaki proclaiming champion in turn. Rea left from the second position took distance at the beginning and was placed first marking fast lap and ending with an advantage of 9,163 seconds over the second classified, Marco Melandri. On the other hand, Tom Sykes started the race in fourth position, making a good start and was placed in third place until the fifth lap where some riders overtook him, including Toprak Razgatlioglu who took the podium. Sykes finished sixth, however, the pace of his last laps was greater than that of his rivals but the checkered flag fell and he could not improve his position.

After winning the Manufacturers' Championship for the fourth time in a row, in the race on Sunday Jonathan Rea continued making history winning the tenth consecutive race of the season. Rea used all his skill to overcome his rivals and thus achieve an undisputed victory more. Sykes was defiant against his rivals and after running competitively, he finished in fifth place.

With three more matches to go until this 2018 season, we can only hope that Kawasaki will continue to make history.


Magny Cours Round

Last weekend the 10th Superbike championship took place at the French circuit of Magny Cours. All the lights were focused on Jonathan Rea, who had the first opportunity to proclaim himself champion.

The practice session on Friday went smoothly, with the KRT riders in the top positions, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes taking first and second places.

It was enough for Jonathan Rea to run the first race of the weekend to win the WorldSBK 2018 championship. His teammate Tom Sykes was in first place, but Rea managed to overtake him and at the pace of record he won the race proclaiming himself champion for the fourth time consecutive. In this way, it equals the record of the only driver who managed to win four WorldSBK championships, Troy Corser. At the end of the race, Jonathan Rea celebrated his fourth title simulating a poker game against three of his own "alter egos" dressed in overalls and helmets that represented each of the championships he has won in the WorldSBK.
On the other hand, Tom Sykes, recovered from his recent injury, managed to occupy the 2nd place all with hopes of winning the race on Sunday.

Jonathan Rea was not the only one to win a world title on Saturday, the driver Ana Carrasco won the WorldSSP300 title becoming the first woman to win a motorcycling championship.
After finishing the race and proclaiming herself champion, she dedicated her victory to the late Luis Salom, a very emotional gesture.

After knowing the champion of this season in the race on Saturday, Jonathan Rea also managed to win the race on Sunday getting a double in the French circuit. His teammate Tom Sykes came out from eighth position, climbed to the fifth position where he passed Marco Melandri in the last two laps ending in 4th position finally.

After a glorious weekend for Jonathan Rea and his team, he bids farewell to Magny Cours with 470 points in the championship, leaving Davies with 335, Mark van der Mark with 309 and Sykes with 273.
The next event will take place in the new Argentine circuit of El Vilicum, from October 12 to 14.

Portimao Round

Last weekend the Superbikes World Championship rejoined after the summer break. Located in the Portuguese circuit of Portimao, the SBK riders played the ninth meeting of the season.

In the practice session on Friday, Jonathan Rea started by setting the best time in FP1, while during FP2 he had a fall at low speed without consequences. Both he and his teammate Tom Sykes, qualified directly for Superpole 2 on Saturday. Sykes, who returns after being unable to participate in the last test done because of an ankle injury during a training session, made the third fastest time in FP1 ensuring he felt at home. The FP3 was led by a red flag that closed the session.

In Superpole 2 on Saturday, Rea got the second best time getting out from the front row of the grid in the race that same day. Sykes came out from the second row, after finishing sixth. Rea began the race by pulling hard to advance his rivals and get a considerable distance rolling in the first place. With this last victory, he adds 65 in the Superbike World Championship. His teammate Sykes advanced to the fourth position, everything and then fell to the sixth and finally overtook finishing in fifth position. The English driver said he did not feel comfortable on the bike, noting some problems with the brake.

In the second race that was played on Saturday, Jonathan Rea got it back. Starting from the ninth position, the current champion overtook all his rivals getting the third consecutive double. Tom Sykes felt more comfortable with his bike on Sunday. He finished fifth but was fighting hard with those of Alante improving the time compared to the previous day.

In this way, the classification of the championship is led by Rea with 420 points, followed by Davies with 304 and van der Mark with 284. Rea will have the first opportunity to close the championship in the next appointment in Magnyy Cours, France. Tom occupies the fourth position with 240 points.

Misano Round

This past weekend has taken place the eighth round of the championship in Marco Simoncelli circuit of Misano.
During the session on Friday, the WorldSBK pilots performed the first two dry tests while the third was led by the rain. During the FP1, Jonathan Rea proved to be the fastest on track while Tom Sykes was the fifth fastest, however, during FP2 Sykes improved his mark. Both pilots were booked during FP3 due to rain.

On Saturday, Sykes got the pole position and that his teammate Rea did not take long to snatch the first position on the track during the first lap, setting a strong pace and thus achieving the first victory of the weekend. Sykes was not able to follow him and finally finished in fifth place.

During the race on Sunday, Jonathan Rea came out from the third row of the grid, but once again proved to have a good pace beating in the last lap to Michael Van der Mark to get the tenth victory of the season, just 0.334 of advantage. Tom Sykes improved the configuration of the bike and finally finished fifth, defending the fourth place in the world.

In this way, Rea manages to increase the advantage over his pursuers, leading the championship with 370 points over Chaz Davies with 278 points, van der Mark with 248 and Sykes with 218.

The next meeting will take place in Portimao next September 14 and 16, where the pilots will carry out an official test during the summer holidays.

Laguna Seca Round

Last weekend, the WorldSBK pilots met at the legendary Laguna Seca circuit, better known as the "corkscrew", located in the state of California. The American event hosted Friday free practice where the KRT pilots had good feelings. Everything and that Jonathan Rea went to the ground looking for the limits of the track, made the first time while Tom made the third best time.

Saturday saw the first race of the weekend where Jonathan Rea took the victory. After leaving from the third position, he overtook his opponents quickly and won with an advantage of almost 3 seconds ahead of the second classified, Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes had grip problems with the front tire, with a track at 50 ° C temperature the KRT driver managed to finish 7th obtaining valuable points for the championship.

On Sunday the second race was played where once again Jonathan Rea won for the second consecutive time in the weekend. This has been his eighth victory of this season, thus winning 50% of victories and adding 125 podiums in WorldSBK. Tom Sykes finished eighth once again achieving very valuable points for the championship.

In this way, the reigning champion has an advantage of 75 points ahead of Chaz Davies, the second classified in the general classification. Tom Sykes is 19 points away from third place. Regarding the classification of manufacturers, Kawasaki has an advantage of 45 points.

The next appointment will take place in the Italian circuit of Misano, next July 6 and 8.

Brno Round

This past weekend the sixth grand prize of the season was disputed, this time it was in the circuit of Brno, in the Czech Republic. After the recent test in this same circuit where the KRT riders were able to test various configurations on their bikes, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes were the fastest in Friday's practice session.

On Saturday, the first race took place, where the WorldSBK drivers were forced to make three exits due to two incidents: a first for a damaged “airfence” and a second for a technical failure at the traffic lights. Once the race started, Jonathan Rea escaped taking the first place, getting the victory and beating a new record, proclaiming himself the most victorious rider in the WorldSBK, thus surpassing the 59 of Carl Fogarty. It was a very special victory since in this same circuit he got the first in WorldSSP in 2008. Tom Sykes tried to follow his teammate, defended his position and was overtaken by Marco Melandri who occupied the second step of the podium with Sykes, occupying third place.

After celebrating the new record achieved by the reigning world champion, on Sunday things were not as expected. Rea went to the ground on lap 3 after touching with his teammate, in this way the current leader of the classification was out of the race. Tom Sykes was spared the touch with Rea but on lap 6 he fell, all and he got back on track and managed to finish the race, he stayed in a scoring position.

This way and with the equator of the championship surpassed, Rea heads the classification with 270 points, followed by Chaz Davies to 65 points of difference, placing to Michael Van der Mark in third position with 196 and followed by Tom Sykes, to only 17 points. In this way, the WorldSBK pilots will change their continent and travel to the United States to run next June 23 at Laguna Seca.

Donington Park Round

This past weekend was the fifth match of the WorldSBK season at the circuit of Donington Park, to England.

With a free practice session last Friday for water and a cooler environment than expected, the KRT riders took the first laps on the English asphalt. Tom Sykes led the entire practice session with the best times until the end of the session when Jonathan Rea won the first position to 0.204 seconds.

On Saturday Sykes broke a new record in the qualifying session, getting his 44th pole position, thus surpassing the highest number of poles achieved in the history of the WorldSBK. In this way he became the poleman of the weekend in a very special circuit for English.
Starting from the first position and followed by his teammate Jonathan Rea who led the first five laps after the start, both riders were overtaken by Michael van der Mark who took the victory leaving the second and third steps of the podium for Rea and Sykes respectively in a race declared dry.

With this result, on Sunday our pilots came from the third row of the grid and had to fight to get the best result. Rea climbed several positions to reach the second place, behind an unstoppable van der Mark that took the second victory of the weekend. However, during the last laps the young pilot Toprak Razgatlioglu of the Kawasaki private team made us live an exciting final making a gap between the top positions and thus surpassing the reigning world champion who finally finished third. A bad tire choice caused Sykes to finish in sixth position.

After this result, Rea takes an advantage of more than 50 points compared to the second classified in the general, Chaz Davies. While Tom Sykes occupies the fourth place tied in points with Michael Van der Mark that occupies the third position. The next round of the championship will take place at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic between 9 and 10 June, a circuit where the KRT has been training recently.

Imola Round

Last weekend the fifth edition of the WorldSBK championship took place in the Italian circuit of Imola. After the recent test in Brno, the KRT riders were able to prepare a good set-up for this race.


During the practice session on Friday, Jonathan Rea was the fastest with a time of 1'46.686, identical to the time of Chaz Davies who finally took the first place in the time sheets while Tom Sykes made sixth. All and not occupy the first positions during the day on Friday, Sykes worked on the configuration of his bike and tire options, especially the rear, since Pirelli brought a new tire for this appointment.


On Saturday the Kawasaki pilots got the second double of the season. Jonathan Rea won his fourth race while Tom Sykes took the second step of the podium. Starting from the same positions, the current champion led the race during the 19 laps that lasted. During the first laps his only rival was his teammate but he quickly found the right pace to escape. Sykes and his team found the right configuration to stay ahead finishing more than three seconds ahead of third-placed Marco Melandri.


Starting from the ninth position, Jonathan Rea returned to obtain the victory in the race of Sunday thus obtaining a new record in WorldSBK, equaling the 59 victories of Carl Fogarty. During the first laps he overtook his rivals to reach the second position, behind Chaz Davies, who studied during some corners to finally win the position. Sykes confesses that he had some problems with the front of his bike and that stopped him a bit but still, with three laps to go, he overtook Xavi Fores to take him to the third step of the podium.


In this way, Jonathan Rea continues to lead the overall classification ahead of Chaz Davies to 47 points and Sykes is now third with 137. The next race will take place in Donington Park on May 26.

Assen Round

Just one week after the appointment in Motorland, the WorldSBK traveled to Assen, in Holland, to celebrate the third meeting of the season.


With a weekend marked by the unusual high temperatures that the Dutch circuit does not have us accustomed to, the KRT riders set a good pace on Friday's practice day, passing the cut directly to fight for pole position. The first victory of the weekend was for the reigning champion Jonathan Rea who after a few laps led by the local driver Michael van der Mark took the victory with a difference of 0.981 seconds.


Tom Sykes proved to have a good race pace approaching the leading group but finally finished in fourth position, a step away from the podium. This result allowed him to start in first place in the race on Sunday, where he led the 21 laps in an unstoppable way and thus taking his first win of the season.


His teammate Jonathan Rea finished in second position, a result that he had to fight alongside the Dutch rider Michael van der Mark, the third classified who won a few laps with a strong pace.


With the Assen Round completed, Rea has a considerable lead in the championship, leading with 159 points over Davies with 129. Melandri is next with 115, van der Mark with 103 and Sykes with 101. The next round will take place in the Italian circuit of Imola, on May 12 and 13.

Motorland Round

This past weekend the second WorldSBK match was played at the Motorland circuit, the first European event on the calendar. A special occasion for the Kawasaki Racing Team given that it is the closest circuit to the team's headquarters, and where sponsors, family and friends come every year.


With a free practice session on Friday featuring intermittent rain that affected FP1 and FP3, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished second and third respectively in the combined standings. The pilots worked together with their mechanics to find the best configuration for the bike, a somewhat more complicated task since the implementation of the new regulations that limit the revolutions of the Kawasaki more than other manufacturers.


However, Rea was not opposed to victory on Saturday. Thanks to the configuration of his bike and a good choice of tires the current champion had no rival to win the race on Saturday with a margin of 1,450 seconds compared to the second classified. It was not an easy race since it was interrupted with a red flag due to the fall of three riders during the first laps and they were forced to make a second start. Tom Sykes who came out from the front row like his teammate could not keep pace on track and fell from fourth to seventh position.


On Sunday Rea added a second position after fighting until the last lap with Chaz Davies who took the victory. Tom Sykes did not help him out from the front row because of the inverted grid as he finished sixth with turning problems in the open corners.

After this weekend Jonathan Rea leads the championship with 12 points of advantage over Davies in the general standings while Sykes is seventh.


Without much time to rest, the WorldSBK pilots will meet again this weekend in Assen, with races on April 21 and 22.

Thailand Round

This past weekend took place in the Chang International Circuit, in Buriram, the second appointment of the calendar, where the extreme temperatures were protagonists.

The riders started shooting on Friday, where we had an unstoppable Jonathan Rea and a Tom Sykes, making the best times and going straight to Saturday's Superpole, where the current champion made the best time taking the pole and his teammate stayed on just 0.003 seconds behind.

In the first race the leadership of Rea continued in force, getting his first victory of this season and getting at the same time the 40th victory with Kawasaki in WSBK. Jonathan had planned to follow the drivers ahead to hold the pace but before a strong Tom Sykes changed his strategy and decided to set the pace himself. Sykes started very strong but he found it difficult to maintain his position and was overtaken by other riders due to a problem he had with the braking system of his bike.

In the second race that was played on Sunday, Rea left from the third row of the grid due to the victory of the previous day but this time finished in fourth position due to problems with the braking system, like his teammate Tom Sykes who on this occasion he was forced to retire to avoid a fall.

Both riders claim that the Chang circuit is the most demanding with the brakes. This was verified during this weekend. Now they are waiting for the next appointment that will take place in Aragón (Spain), at the Motorland circuit on April 14 and 15.

Phillip Island test

The Kawasaki Racing Team is already in Australia, where the 2018 season will begin next weekend.

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes have run for two days at the Phillip Island circuit where they were able to make their last tests before the first WSBK race.

The riders have found a path characterized by strong gusts of wind but that has not been able to stop the current champion to lead the test with a better lap of 1'30.598. Sykes was the third fastest with a best lap of 1'30.804 despite having suffered a fall on the first day that caused some discomfort in the ankle. Rea also touched the ground with two falls but both riders claim to be prepared and appreciate the work they have done their machineries and physiotherapists.

The riders will have a different schedule than usual next weekend with three training sessions on Friday 23, the first race on Saturday 24 and the second race on Sunday 25.

Record points haul for Rea with sixteenth win

An almost perfect season for Jonathan Rea culminated with a double win at the final round in Qatar on the Ninja ZX-10RR. In winning race two by 1.961 seconds he won two more races in a single season than he had managed in his previous best winning year of 2015.

Three time FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured his 16th race win of the season this evening in Losail to set a record total of 556 points in one year. Tom Sykes (KRT) crashed out from a podium position early in the last race of the 2017 season and no scored.
For the final race of 2017 Rea started from ninth place, under the reverse grid Superpole regulations, but got up to the lead on lap four. From that point he started easing his way forward and maintaining a gap to the riders behind.
His strong finish saw him 153 ahead of overall second place finisher in the points, Chaz Davies, after 13 rounds. Rea was never off the podium in any race he finished this year.
Sykes lost his chance of finishing the season in second place after he fell on lap three, at turn 14. His machine was too badly damaged to continue. Tom finished his season a clear third overall in the rankings, with 373 points.
After the finale under the floodlights KRT will now head back to Europe to make preparations for the first of the winter tests, to be fully ready for the new technical challenges that the 2018 season will bring.

Rea sets personal best season win total

The opening 17-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race of the final round saw Jonathan Rea record his 15th race victory of the year, surpassing his previous personal best of 14, which he set in 2015. Fellow KRT rider Tom Sykes had rear traction issues throughout the race and dropped from a strong second to a final sixth at the flag.

From pole position, which he earned with a new track best of 1’56.228 earlier in the day, Rea was unstoppable out front under the floodlights in Qatar, winning by almost five seconds and easing up over the line. His Superpole win was his tenth for Kawasaki, and his sixth of the season.

This was Rea’s first WorldSBK race win at Qatar, and also the first for a Kawasaki rider at the 5.380km circuit in the desert near the capital city of Doha.

In taking his victory today Jonathan is now second in the all time WorldSBK race win rankings, with a career total of 53. Only Carl Fogarty, with 59, has won more races across his career than Jonathan. Should Rea win the Saturday race at Losail, the last one of the year, he will take the record points total in one season to add to all his other achievements in 2017.

For Sykes, who is still trying to ensure he finishes the year in second place overall, finding less drive than he expected in the opening race saw him finish in sixth place. As a result of this he dropped ten points behind his rival for the runner-up spot, Chaz Davies, who was second today.

The final race of the year will take place at 21.00 local time, on Saturday 4th November.

Rea wins as Kawasaki takes Manufacturers' Championship

Kawasaki won the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship Manufacturers’ title today after Jonathan Rea (KRT) won his second race of the weekend. This was Rea’s 14th victory in his third consecutive championship-winning season. Tom Sykes (KRT) could not find optimal rear traction in race two at Jerez and he finished fifth.  

At the conclusion of a successful Jerez weekend Kawasaki’s third successive Manufacturers’ Championship arrived one round early, and is now added to the 2017 Riders’ Championship for Rea and the Team’s Championship for the Kawasaki Racing Team. 

The second race was started on schedule at 13.00 but was almost immediately halted and restarted after clash between two riders brought out a red flag. Over a reduced race duration of 19 laps, Rea was not to be denied and set a new lap record of 1’40.640, to secure his second win of the Jerez weekend.
Rea has now scored 52 race wins in his WorldSBK career, making him equal second best of all time alongside another three-time champion, Troy Bayliss. He also scored his 110th World SBK podium with his race two win, taking him one place above Carl Fogarty, and making him the third most successful WorldSBK rider in that ranking.
Having reached a total of 100 race podiums in WorldSBK on Saturday, Sykes was unable to add to it with his fifth place today, fighting against an unexpected lack of rear traction. He still set strong lap times and fought all the way to finish just six seconds from the win. Tom is tied on points for second place overall with Chaz Davies, with one round to go. He is ranked third in the points table as he has fewer wins in 2017 than his rival.
The final round of the season takes place under the floodlights of Losail, Qatar, with races behind held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November.

Rea takes Jerez win with Sykes Third

New 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured a cherished first-ever win at Jerez after race long pressure inside the podium positions paid off at the end. Tom Sykes (KRT) was also in the podium fight throughout, from his fourth place on the grid, taking third place. This was Sykes’ 100th podium finish in WorldSBK. 

An incident that saw two riders crash out on the first lap of the original 13.00 race start brought out the red flags and the race was restarted at 13.21, over a shortened distance of 19 laps.
Having finished second in Superpole Rea was in contention for the race win from the start, taking the lead for six laps before Marco Melandri came past.
Getting involved in a fight with Chaz Davies for a time in the mid-section of the race, Rea eventually got free and started to pursue Melandri again. Rea was gradually catching ground to the lead as the race unfolded, with both Rea and Melandri setting lap records on the new Jerez track surface.
After Melandri’s bike experienced a technical issue Rea re-took the lead and won by just over a second from Davies, his first ever WorldSBK win at the 4.423km Jerez circuit.
After an early issue while changing gears Sykes had been part of a train of four leading riders, which became six after he had clipped some trackside gravel on lap five, dropping back from immediate contention with the leading group before recomposing himself and pushing on again.
Racing at high pace just behind Chaz Davies - his rival for overall second in the championship - Sykes tried all he could to get back ahead before the chequered flag. He finished just under half a second behind, in an eventual third place after Melandri’s exit.
Sunday’s race, again scheduled for 13.00, will now see Rea and Sykes start from the third row of the grid, as they finished on the race one podium.




One day after Jonathan Rea (KRT) had clinched the Riders’ title in the FIM Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Racing Team took the Team’s championship too, after a dramatic second race at Magny Cours. 

Tom Sykes (KRT) finished seventh after a gritty performance in the second 21-lap race in France but new champion Jonathan Rea (KRT) was forced out after his footpeg clipped a fallen rider’s bike and broke off, also injuring his right foot. Entering the pits for bike repairs and a new race boot, he was eventually forced to retire in pitlane.
Sykes had finished the first lap in fifth position, after a third row start, which was required under the new reverse grid rules that operate in WorldSBK. Tom gradually lost ground as he lost rear traction and was to finish seventh, unable to reach the podium level he had shown in race one due to a less than optimum tyre choice today.Carrying left hand injuries from a heavy crash that made him miss the previous races in Portimao, Sykes still battled hard to the finish well and maintained his overall second place in the championship points.
The race was a difficult affair for all, as the threatening rains arrived in a very light form, and slowly got heavier as the laps counted down.
With two rounds and four individual races remaining this season Rea and Sykes have amassed enough points between them for KRT to add the a third Teams’ Championship to Rea’s third Riders’ title win in succession.
The battle for the Manufacturers’ crown will go forward to the next round at Jerez de la Frontera, with racedays on 21st and 22ndOctober.



KRT rider Jonathan Rea won an unprecedented third FIM Superbike World Championship title in succession after a peerless display of front running in a wet first race at Magny Cours in France. No other rider had won three WorldSBK titles in a row before today. Tom Sykes (KRT) overcame recent injury and treacherous track conditions to finish third in the 21-lap opening race at Magny Cours.

A historic third championship win in succession for Jonathan Rea came after his 12th win of the season, which was also the 50th of his WorldSBK career. Has led the 2017 title race from round one, race one, and make sure of his ultimate title success after winning today’s wet race by over 16 seconds. Rea’s latest victory came despite the slippery conditions that changed from lap-to-lap as the skies brightened after heavy overnight rain.
Jonathan celebrated his latest championship success trackside with a three-pronged golden trident – symbolising his three championships in succession - and a special crash helmet design, before coming back to pitlane to celebrate his historic achievement with his team and KHI personnel.
Shortly before the first race of the weekend Rea had also secured pole position after a dramatic and wet Superpole 2. He fell early in the 15-minute session but quick work from his crew in pitlane ensured he would take to the track again, and Jonathan duly finished in pole position.
A heroic and ultimately rewarding performance from Sykes saw him start from third place after Superpole 2 and fight bravely at times to maintain a podium position, despite his recent left hand surgery.
Tom saw off an early challenge from Chaz Davies to keep himself a firm second in the championship as Davies dropped down the order. Sykes, the 2013 WorldSBK champion with KRT, battled again in the final laps, this time with Marco Melandri. They accidentally touched on the penultimate lap, as they rounded the long right hand corner of turn three.
Sykes only missed out on the second place he had held for most of the race by 0.350 seconds. This was Tom’s 15th podium of the year and the 99th of his long career.
One more 21-lap race will take place in France this weekend, again at 13.00 local time tomorrow, Sunday 1st October.


Jonathan Rea (KRT) completed a confident double win performance at Portimao in the FIM Superbike World Championship, despite starting today’s 20-lap race from ninth place - under the reverse grid rules that come into play for race two this year. Jonathan now has 11 wins for the season and he extended his championship lead to 120 points with another full points score today.

After his first Portimao race win on Saturday, from pole position, it was a more difficult challenge for Rea today. He took only two laps to get into the lead and despite a small electronics glitch at times he carried on at an unmatchable pace to record his 34th win for Kawasaki, becoming the company’s all-time WorldSBK race winner.
Rea now has 49 race wins over his entire WorldSBK career and is the third most successful rider in the history of the class. The record sits at 59 wins, set by the legendary Carl Fogarty.
Kawasaki scored a full house of wins in every class this weekend – with Rea’s double in WorldSBK, Kenan Sofuoglu in WorldSSP, Toprak Razgatlioglu in STK1000 and Ana Carrasco in WorldSSP300.
Jonathan was the lone KRT rider today as his team-mate Tom Sykes was in Barcelona undergoing surgery to repair left hand injuries suffered in a big crash in FP3 on Saturday morning.
With Tom unable to score today Jonathan moved 120 points clear in the championship fight, with Sykes second overall and race two faller Chaz Davies third, 135 points from Rea’s lead.
Three rounds of the championship remain, the first of them at Magny Cours in France, between 29th September and 1st October.


KRT rider and WorldSBK championship leader Jonathan Rea secured a high quality Portimao win from pole position in the opening race and in doing so took his total of 2017 season race victories to 10. His team-mate Tom Sykes was unable to start the race after suffering a left little finger injury in FP3 this morning. 

Such was Rea’s early pace from pole that he was over two seconds faster than the rest after just one lap of the 4.592km circuit, and he eased out his lead to win by over six seconds.
His best lap was a 1’42.937 set on lap two, with no other rider getting into the 1’42 bracket at the bumpy and undulating Portuguese track. Rea’s pace was particularly impressive as his favoured rear tyre option was withdrawn from the allocation for race use today, with Rea and his crew having done most of their set-up work with it to this point.
The 20-lap race started without KRT rider Tom Sykes, who had a big crash in FP3 this morning and fracturing and dislocating bones on his left little finger. He was declared unfit to ride by medical staff and he has to sit out any further action at Portimao.
Tom will go to Barcelona tomorrow for more checks and probably surgery to try to make sure he is fit to race at the next round at Magny Cours in France at the end of this month.
Jonathan’s latest win not only made it 10 for the season but 48 for his career. He has now scored 33 of those wins for Kawasaki, the same total of race victories for Kawasaki as Tom.
One more 20-lap race is scheduled for 15.00 at Portimao, on Sunday 17th September.


The second WorldSBK race of the Lausitzring weekend saw Jonathan Rea (KRT) take the runner-up spot and his team-mate Tom Sykes score a fourth place finish, meaning that the official Kawasaki riders remain 1-2 in the championship standings with four rounds to go.

The Lausitzring weekend ended the summer break in the FIM Superbike World Championship class. In scoring two second places and 40 points in the comeback weekend Rea extended his lead over his own team-mate Sykes to 70 points. Sykes’ opening day podium at Lausitz, and second day fourth place, gave him 29 points in total this weekend.

Sunday’s race in Germany saw Sykes start from seventh place on the grid and Rea eighth, under the new rules which put the podium finishers from the first race onto the third row for race two. As on day one, Chaz Davies won the race, this time by 2.290 seconds.

A good start from today Rea saw him move up to third place on lap one, then take the lead on lap five, being passed by Davies on lap 11. Sykes made a good launch from his third row grid slot but touched the bike of another rider in turn one, losing momentum. Unable to pass other riders easily in the early laps he worked his way to fourth and finished clear of a battling group of riders behind him. 

After nine rounds and 18 individual races Rea has 381 points, Sykes 311 and Davies 276. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers’ Standings by 56 points.

Returning WorldSBK venue Portimao, in Portugal, will host the tenth round of the championship, one month from now.


Jonathan Rea (KRT) and Tom Sykes (KRT) each scored podium results in the opening 21-lap WorldSBK race at the Lausitzring in Germany, with Rea second and Sykes third today. With one more race to go this weekend, Jonathan has a 63-point championship lead over Tom

Making progress through race weekend, despite encountering some changeable track conditions, Rea built up to an eventual second place in the opening race, having scored second spot in Superpole. He chased eventual winner Chaz Davies all the way to the flag after he took second place on lap three, but could not find enough traction near the end to mount a final challenge for victory. Rea was less than two seconds down on the win at the flag.
Sykes, who had set a new pole record for the Lausitzring earlier in the day as he captured his 42nd career Superpole win, led the first lap of race one. After first Davies and then Jonathan passed him, Tom could not regain a winning position and he finished 3.25 seconds from first place. His pole win was the 70th for Kawasaki in WorldSBK history and was taken on Tom’s 32nd birthday.
After more heavy overnight rain, the track took some time to get back to the grip level of the early sessions today, but when it did it allowed the leading three to move well ahead of the chasing riders at the flag, with Sykes 13 seconds up on the fourth placed rider.
In the championship standings, with one more Lausitzring race to go tomorrow, Sunday 20th, Rea now has 361 points and Sykes 298 – with the official Ninja ZX-10RR duo still 1-2 in the rankings. Davies’s win takes him to a total of 251 points, in third place.




KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished 1-2 in the second Laguna Seca FIM Superbike World Championship race, with Rea taking his ninth win of the season today. Rea and Sykes are still 1-2 in the championship fight, with Rea extending his championship lead to 59 points.

Starting from seventh and eighth places on the grid respectively Sykes and Rea both made strong starts but Sykes was into a clear lead after just a handful of corners, despite being on row three at the green light.
Rea also soon passed the other podium contenders, at record pace with a 1’23.275 set on lap two, and he went past his team-mate Sykes on lap three, easing out a gap as the race progressed.
Both riders were to consolidate their leading positions throughout the 25-lap contest with Sykes able to keep Saturday race winner Chaz Davies behind to record second place and his 13th podium finish in 16 races.
In the championship points Rea leads with 341, Sykes is second with 282 and Davies is third, on 226. In the Manufacturers’ Championship standings Kawasaki leads by 66 points, with five rounds and ten individual races still to go.
The main summer break in competitive action begins now, with the next race weekend not taking place until 18-20 August, at the Lausitzring in Germany. Before then the KRT team will join some rival teams for a two day test at the same venue.


Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “It was awesome to win today and we did it by putting 25 good laps together. Right from the first lap Tom got away and I found it hard coming through at that stage. But when I got clear I put my head down and I knew it was game on. As soon as the opportunity presented itself and went through into the lead, and set my rhythm. We made a real step with the set-up overnight. On yesterday’s pace I felt good but I felt it was a difficult opening race. I left the changes for today to Pere my crew chief and did not go into too much detail. He came up with a good plan in warm-up and it seemed to work. Everything seemed to be coming easier and during the race I did not change anything, just played a little bit electronically with the engine braking settings. I want to thank all my team for giving me a great package and this is a good way to go into the summer break.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I was in a bit of a hurry to get to the front in race two and I was hoping to be going there alone. I came out of the last turn, looked at the big screen and saw my team-mate there. I wanted the riders behind to battle for a while but it wasn’t the case. The bike was very consistent and we stayed in the high 1’23s to low 1’24s all race. I made a couple of mistakes on one lap trying to adjust the rear brake and engine mapping, just to try something different. We have to be happy with second because yesterday and today I gave it everything on track. Credit to the boys in the garage as today’s pace was faster, the race was faster and had a lot safer feeling. I am a little disappointed to lose some points in the championship but there is still a long way to go.”


Jonathan Rea (KRT) and his team-mate Tom Sykes battled inside the podium places for the entire 25-laps of the first WorldSBK Laguna Seca race of the weekend, with Rea finishing second and Sykes third.

From pole position Sykes led for the first 11 laps of the race, with eventual race winner Chaz Davies and front row qualifier Rea just behind. A double pass, from Davies into the Corkscrew chicane and Rea on the exit, saw Sykes suddenly third. He was to hold onto that position until the end of the race, for his 12th podium of the year.
With seven laps remaining Rea was confident he would be able to challenge for the win but he found he was not able to make up ground to Davies in one key area, and he finished a narrow 1.202 seconds from victory.
This was Jonathan’s 14th podium finish of the year and it gave him 20 points, which extended his championship advantage over his KRT team-mate Sykes to 54.
The race was held in hot and sunny conditions, which took the track temperature to 58°C at the start of the race and ensured it was a particularly intense day of work for all the riders.
Earlier on Saturday morning Sykes had topped the times in Superpole qualifying, giving him to a total of three poles wins this season and 41 pole wins over his entire career in WorldSBK. Tom is now only two Superpoles away from matching the outright record of 43, held by Troy Corser.
With another Laguna Seca WorldSBK race to come on Sunday 9th July, Rea has 316 points and Sykes 262.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I thought that was going to be my race but there was no substitute for Chaz here today. In the mid-part of the race I felt really good. Chaz would make a few tenths on one lap and then I could get right back on him, and I thought that this would be my race. But in the last seven laps I really struggled with corner entry and the only place I lost out was from the last corner to T1. Chaz was taking two to three tenths out of me in the last seven laps in that area and that was too much to make up again. I felt I was holding my own everywhere except that last section. We increased the championship lead again but I always vow that I never start to think about the championship situation until the summer break.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I felt my pace drop towards the end but it was just rear tyre grip reducing on corner entry. I am disappointed about that but there was nothing more I could do. I did my best during the race to adjust the way I entered the corner and the engine brake strategy but there is no real substitute for grip. You hear a lot of people talk about electronics but when there is no grip left there is no grip left. We made a good step compared to yesterday and again tomorrow we will try to be strong. Another Superpole win today, and that just comes when it comes, but for me what was nice was that we improved our race set-up so much today, and we need to do the same again for Sunday.”


Jonathan Rea (KRT) and Tom Sykes (KRT) both reached the second race podium at the Misano round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Jonathan finishing second and Tom third. They continue to sit 1-2 in the championship, with 50 points between them after the seventh intense weekend of the season.

Under the new championship rules in allocating grid places for race two, race one winner Sykes and third placed Rea had to start today’s 21 lap contest from ninth and seventh places respectively. The KRT riders moved forward with determination in the first corners, to put Tom third and Jonathan fourth after just one lap.
Up front Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres were doing the early front-running but neither would ultimately finish, in a race that was eventually won by local rider Marco Melandri. Only 12 riders were classified after seven others failed to make the finish in the hot conditions today.
With Torres a late retiree Rea ended up with 20 points for his second place over the line, having passed Sykes on lap 15, but he was unable to get quite close enough to challenge for the win. Sykes finished very close to his team-mate at the end of the 21-laps, with all top three riders covered by just 1.285 seconds after another intense Misano race.
Rea leads the championship as it passes into the second half of the season after this round, with 296 points to Sykes’ 246. With Chaz Davies ruled out of the second Misano WorldSBK race after suffering an injury in race one, he is now 61 points behind Tom.
After the completion of the Misano weekend the championship now heads to the ever-popular Laguna Seca circuit in the USA for the eighth round of the championship, with racedays on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team): “I am really satisfied with the results today but unfortunately we could not challenge for the win because I felt we were struggling a little bit, as the rear tyre was completely out of balance. I was having a lot of rear vibration and chatter. That was really difficult to manage. I focused on trying to pass Tom for many laps and when I went through I tried to hunt down Torres in second place but, unfortunately for him, he had a problem and could not finish. We have to be very satisfied with the result and go back into the garage now to understand exactly why we struggled more today. Yesterday’s bike felt much better but the set-up was virtually the same each day. In the championship standings we are in a good position right now. I also wish Chaz Davies a speedy recovery from injury.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I basically expected more from the beginning of the race. I had a good start and made some nice early passes but unfortunately I was not able to take the best from the tyres or the bike. The first five laps were the downfall of my chances to win the race. Apart from that, towards the end we had good speed but like I explained to the boys in the team, my bike stayed consistent but it was not enough in the beginning. I feel it really affected the race result in those early laps when there was no way to challenge Jordi Torres and Xavi Fores. We have something to work on Laguna. I feel really sorry for Chaz Davies and all I can do is wish him a speedy recovery. The points are opening up behind and that was a big bag of points Jonathan and I took away this weekend.”


After taking his first race win of the season at Donington Park in the previous round Tom Sykes (KRT) secured his second today at Misano, despite starting the final lap in fourth position. Jonathan Rea (KRT) fell after colliding with the last-lap race leader Chaz Davies, just before Jonathan was set to make a final move to try re-take the lead he had held on two separate occasions in a dramatic 21-lap race.

In a race full of incident and close competition Rea took the lap one lead, only to be passed by Michael van der Mark who worked was in a leading position for the next 13 laps. Rea had to take avoiding action and lost time to the riders behind after van der Mark suddenly fell, but Rea still re-took the lead, until lap 19, when Davies passed him. 

Tom’s race had seen him drop back from his pole position start to spend most of the race in fifth position; then fourth after van der Mark’s crash. When the then third-placed Marco Melandri fell on the last lap Tom moved into a podium position - which suddenly became a winning position after the collision of Davies and Rea. 

Alex Lowes took second, passing Jonathan, who nonetheless got going again for a podium place. In finishing in third place Jonathan took his career podium total to 100.

Sykes had set new track best lap of 1’33.662 to win Superpole earlier in the day, with Rea just one place behind on the race one grid. It was Sykes’ 40th Superpole win and his second of the season, although he was unable to regain his optimal pace through the race, despite strong and consistent performances all through practice.

In the championship, with one more Misano race to go on Sunday 18th, Rea has 276 points, Sykes just 46 behind, on 230.


Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “In racing it is all circumstances. Like in Donington we had great speed but also starting with the reverse grid. In the end the circumstances meant we were able to win today and finally for this I am happy. We will take the 25 points and nothing more to ask for. For tomorrow we need to improve the bike settings. Already in race one I was thinking about tomorrow but all of a sudden other riders had problems. In racing you have to accept things like this and I only hope that Chaz is OK after I saw some footage of his crash on the slow-down lap. It looked a nasty incident so I hope Chaz is going to be OK and will be fit to race tomorrow. In this moment we will take the 25 points and get them under my own steam tomorrow.”

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “The plan was to just release the brake and go up the inside of Chaz on the last corner, but unfortunately for both of us it did not get that far. Especially for Chaz. He made a mistake and tucked the front and I am super-sorry that I hit him but I had absolutely nowhere to go. I hope he is OK. I can’t remember ever being on the podium in a race I have fallen in, maybe in a wet race but probably not, to be honest. In van der Mark’s crash earlier in the race I had to go off track. I was so close to almost hitting him and then his bike almost hit me. It was certainly eventful. It was a shame for me and Chaz as we were fighting for the victory.”


After KRT rider Jonathan Rea secured the race two victory at Donington on Sunday Kawasaki reached the iconic level of 100 race wins in the FIM Superbike World Championship. 

As a long-time participant in WorldSBK Kawasaki has enjoyed success since the very first season, with French rider Adrien Morillas on a GPX750 winning the first trophy for the Japanese manufacturer at the Hungaroring in 1988.
The most recent win for Rea, on the Ninja ZX-10RR today, put Kawasaki into the history books as only the third manufacturer to reach this landmark of 100 race victories. A total of 12 riders have won races for Kawasaki at the highest level of production-derived racing.
Speaking about the first ever Kawasaki win in this class, in changeable conditions during race two at the Hungaroring in 1988, Morillas – once a racer and always a racer - stated, “At that time I was mainly thinking about how to be the second Kawasaki race winner as well! Of course it was a great feeling to be the first winner for a brand and to know that it will remain forever in the statistics.”
Of the 100th win milestone for Kawasaki Morillas said, “Now I want to give a 100 times bigger congratulation to Kawasaki and KRT. Personally, I feel a bit older now but here’s to the 200th milestone!”
Jonathan Rea, 100th Kawasaki race winner, stated just a few minutes after taking his latest race victory, “There was a little bit of pressure for the 100th Kawasaki win and I was thinking about it today. From half race distance I said to myself that it has to be me today. We managed the race perfectly and I even managed a nice little stand-up wheelie at the end!”
Yasuhisa Okabe, Senior Staff Officer, KHI Riding Technology Department, stated: “I am happy, to be honest, with reaching 100 WorldSBK race wins. We will dedicate this victory to the Kawasaki family around the world. Kawasaki will continue to develop inside the Superbike World Championship.”
Speaking on behalf of WorldSBK organizers and rights holders Dorna, Championship Director Dani Carrera, stated, “Kawasaki are a vital manufacturer for our series and to see them take their 100th win is an honour for us, as we witness history being made. They have provided the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with some fantastic racing throughout the seasons, and to have them continuing to battle in our championship is something that we are very proud of. We look forward to seeing them fight to take their 200th victory.”


On a dry track surface at Donington Park Tom Sykes (KRT) won his first FIM Superbike World Championship race of the season by a clear 16.5 seconds to close the points gap on his team-mate and championship leader Jonathan Rea (KRT) to 50. Rea was finally not able to compete for the win himself after a problem caused him to crash at Craner Curves, without injury.

Tom Sykes scored his ninth successive win at Donington Park for Kawasaki with his 32nd career victory today, after a race filled with drama and unexpected twists and turns.
In the morning, before the start of the first race, Superpole was won by Sykes - the 39th such success of his career and the first this season. Sykes set a new track best of 1’26.641 to record his Superpole win. Rea had qualified second in Superpole and lined up right beside his team-mate on the front row. Kawasaki MXGP rider Tommy Searle was a guest of the team this weekend and was on the grid for the start of race one, to offer support to his fellow Kawasaki riders.
At the beginning of the opening 23-lap contest Chaz Davies took the lead, from Sykes and Rea, then after one lap of the 4.023km track Rea slotted into second place, and then the lead, after Davies crashed out on lap seven.
Having been down in fourth place for a short period, after trying to pass Rea for second but running wide, Sykes found himself behind eventual podium finisher Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing).
Sykes, the 2013 champion for KRT, steadily worked his way into the lead at his favourite circuit and eventually had a clear run to victory.
Rea had experienced some vibration issues late in the race and had been forced to slow his pace, but was to crash at high speed as his tyre deflated with three laps to go.
Haslam, a wildcard rider for the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing team and riding with the blessing of his JG Speedfit Kawasaki British Superbike team, took his Ninja ZX-10RR to second place after Rea’s misfortune, but was already in line for a podium finish close to the end of the race after making a strong start.
With one more 23-lap WorldSBK race to go this weekend Sykes has closed the gap on long time championship leader Rea to 50 points.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “That was a fantastic race and I enjoyed it. It turned out to be very difficult and not necessarily what I had in the plan but that is part of racing. We had a good start but during the attempted pass on Chaz I had a full fuel load and was just a little bit on the limit, I ran wide and did again on Jonathan. I lost a lot of time there but today’s experience has been a blessing in disguise really, because I now have a better understanding of the race bike set-up while riding with the others. All weekend I have been fairly much alone on track and doing my own thing and had some great results. But today being behind other riders was hampering the lap time. Overall to win here and continue my form at Donington is fantastic. ”
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “About a lap before Tom passed me I started to get a lot of vibration entering the corner off the gas. I had a lot of chatter from the front and the rear. When Tom passed me it started to get worse and worse. All I was thinking about was to finish the race and get some points. In hindsight I should have pulled over because I would have saved my bike because it was completely destroyed. The team will have to build me a new bike for tomorrow so that is frustrating for the mechanics as well. I am really disappointed, to be honest.”


After a red flag halted the second WorldSBK race at Imola the 18-lap restart saw KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finish second and third respectively. In the championship standings Jonathan increased his championship advantage to 74 points, with Tom now in third place and 75 points from the lead.

On a day laden with delays and false starts in the two main championship classes at the 4.936km Imola circuit the second WorldSBK race of the weekend got underway with Sykes on pole position and Rea in eighth place – due to the rules that govern the second race grid places in 2017.
Despite the disadvantage of starting from the third row today, after finishing race one in second place on Saturday, Rea was again second, ending up 3.739 seconds from double race winner Chaz Davies.  
Sykes made the absolute best of his front row position, running clear for the first six laps until Davies passed him after Tom was forced to work hard at reducing the effects of less than optimal set-up in some corners.
As the race wore on Jonathan also passed Tom, on lap 12, and the two KRT riders remained relatively close together until the chequered flag. Sykes was 4.342 seconds behind the win on race two, taking his first podium of the weekend.
In the overall standings, after five rounds and ten races, Rea has 235 points, Davies 161 and Sykes 160.
Home ground for both Tom and Jonathan beckons next for the KRT team, in the shape of Donington Park. Races will be featured on both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May.


Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “It was difficult at times today especially because I made a mistake going into the Variante Bassa chicane at one point. I lost all the track positions that I gained in the first few corners and that changed my race completely. I feel that if I did not lose those I would have had something extra to - maybe not win the race - but for sure to go with Chaz. I got stuck behind some traffic after that but when I went through I was able to keep a consistent rhythm. I was too far back from Chaz but today we halved the winning margin compared to yesterday. I raced with the new soft prototype front tyre and in these temperatures I think it was maybe too soft an option for our bike. But I am generally content to have increased our championship lead, take 40 points and get on the podium twice at what is probably not our strongest track right now. It has been a really positive weekend.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing team Rider): “We had a good start to the race and I knew this was one of the opportunities I would have. I had to make a good start and push hard early on. I knew the speed of Chaz was incredible and I knew Jonathan would have good speed as well. Finally, Jonathan and I were quite evenly matched on lap times. There were two areas of the track where I was not able to do my usual riding style and over a lap I was suffering with turning the bike. The lap times were not too bad. Chaz had another step again today but we were a big step in front of the other riders. We improved the bike set-up from yesterday a little bit, but third was probably our realistic maximum today. I am relatively happy with the Sunday race but it was just the first race this weekend that let us down a bit.”


The planned 19-lap WorldSBK race at Imola was counted back to lap 12 for its final result after a red flag incident halted the contest, with Jonathan Rea (KRT) ending up second and his team-mate Tom Sykes fourth. With one more Imola race to run on Sunday Rea leads the championship with a new total of 215 points and Sykes is still second overall with 144.

After Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea had finished Superpole qualifying in second and third place respectively they each had designs on a podium finish in the first race, but neither was quite able to match the pace of Superpole and eventual race one winner Chaz Davies.
Rea, who first had to pass the fast starting Marco Melandri on lap five, was then in a position to keep up a high pace, but he could not draw closer to Davies. Looking to consolidate his championship lead and get the best result possible Rea scored 20 points for second place, a reward he was presented with earlier than expected after a crash for another competitor brought out the red flags.
For Sykes a loss of traction compared to his previous sessions on track at Imola was an unexpected blow to his chances of shooting for full points. He was in a close fourth place when the red flags came out, ready to make a move on Melandri in the final stages. After the red flags he was classified fourth and is still second in the championship overall.
With another race to take place on Sunday 14th, and again starting at 1pm, Rea and Sykes will have a second chance to score heavily at Imola. Under the new grid rules for 2017, Sykes’ fourth place means he will start from pole on Sunday while Rea has to go back to the third row, in eighth place, after finishing second in race one.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “In previous races I felt that if they could go faster I could go faster, that there was a little bit left in my pocket. This race I felt I was riding at the limit of my package a little bit. I had better front end stability for sure today after we changed the geometry to give me more confidence in hard braking and trail braking. This is one of the hardest stop-and-go circuits on the calendar. We struggled last year and it was a relatively difficult race again today. But to only lose five points to Chaz, and increase my championship lead - it was a good day. I am sure the new grid procedure will throw a different kind of race tomorrow, as I will be starting from eighth place.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “I thought I had decent speed but there was just a couple of areas where I felt a little bit stronger than Marco. For the last six laps we could have closed the gap to be with him but to beat him is another thing. I cannot say I would beat him because it would be unfair on Marco as he was riding well. I am just a little bit disappointed to miss some traction in that race. That is strange because the bike has been working very well on used tyres all weekend. But from the start of the race the lap time was not there and I dropped really fast. So I am disappointed in some ways but it means tomorrow I will have to make up for it from pole position.”


A 1-2 finish from KRT Riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in the second Superbike World Championship race of the Assen weekend provided great drama in the final chicane, with Sykes closing in to within 0.025 seconds of victory but Rea holding on to secure another double Dutch success. 

The classic TT Circuit at Assen provided an ideal backdrop for Rea to start the 200th WorldSBK race of his career and he duly took away his seventh race victory of 2017, his 11th at Assen since he started his WorldSBK career and his third double at this 4.542km circuit since he joined Kawasaki in 2015.
It was an important day of statistics for Rea, as he also secured his 45th career win in WorldSBK and his 30thindividual race win for Kawasaki.
Tom Sykes and his crew worked to improve his machine set-up overnight and he almost took his first race win of the year as a reward, only losing out on a last chicane attack on Rea by 0.025 seconds across the line after 21 intense laps.
Battling the high winds today like all his peers, Tom duly overcame his continuing physical issues to record two second places at Assen this weekend, making it six podiums from the eight races held so far this season.
In the championship Rea now leads by 64 points, from his team-mate Sykes, with Chaz Davies third on 111 points and second race faller Marco Melandri on 97.
The next races in the series will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May, at the Imola circuit in Italy.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “It has been an incredible weekend of racing. I have been especially happy with Superpole yesterday because the lap I made then was maybe the best lap I have ever made on a bike. I am really proud of that. Of course the race wins were really nice to take away. Today was a race of two halves. In the first half I raced hard until I got a warning so in the second half I just managed things to try and be safe and bring her home. I had a little bit left at the end but the biggest problem was the wind today. I was pulling a gap but then I had a huge front slide in T11, and my foot came off the peg, at mid-race distance. I decided just to ride and save something for the last laps after that. I had a big wobble coming out of 11 again near the end and I then just tried to be clever in the last lap and cover the last corner. My line was probably not the fastest way around there but it covered any move up the inside and I made it to the line first.”
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “It was a very close finish and I have to say thanks to the public, my fans and all the team for being very understanding about my physical condition. Yesterday we had an acceptable race but today we never stopped pushing to find an ideal set-up, right up until 30 minutes before the race started. Marcel and I were still talking about how to get the bike easier for me to ride. Physically, I was obviously not fully comfortable with the bike set-up from yesterday but today I felt we had a package capable of winning. I just did not have the bike in the right place at the right time and did not get the win for that reason. I always kept trying and I am obviously disappointed not to take the win. But considering where I was even at the start of the race week, if anybody had have offered me two second places from Assen I would have thought it was never going to happen.”

Un 1-2 per als pilots del KRT Jonathan Reva i Tom Sykes en la segona cursa del Campionat del Món de Superbikes del cap de setmana a Assen ha generat gran expectativa en l'última xicane amb Sykes acabant a 0,025 segons de la victòria, però Reva s'ha aferrat a assegurar un altre doble èxit holandès.

El clàssic circuit de TT de Assen ha estat l'escenari ideal perquè Reva corregués la seva carrera 200 en WorldSBK i a més portant-se la setena victòria de 2017, la seva 11ª en Assen des que va iniciar la seva carrera en aquest campionat i el seu tercer doblet en aquesta pista de 4.542 Km des que es va unir a Kawasaki en 2015.

Avui ha estat un dia d'estadístiques per a Reva, ja que també ha estat la seva victòria nº 45 en WorldSBK i la seva 30ª com a pilot de Kawasaki.

Tom Sykes i el seu equip han treballat per millorar la configuració de la seva moto durant la nit i gairebé aconsegueix la seva primera victòria de l'any com recompensa, perdent en l'últim atac contra Reva en la chicane i entrant a meta a només 0.025 segons després de 21 intenses voltes.

Lluitant contra el fort vent, com tots els seus companys, Tom ha superat els seus constants problemes físics per registrar dues segones posicions en Assen aquest cap de setmana, per la qual cosa ha aconseguit sis podis de les vuit carreres disputades en aquesta temporada.

En el campionat, Reva lidera amb 64 punts d'avantatge sobre el seu company d'equip Sykes mentre que Chaz Davies està tercer a 111 punts.

Les properes carreres es duran a terme el dissabte 13 i el diumenge 14 de maig en el circuit de Imola a Itàlia.

Jonathan Reva (Pilot del Kawasaki Racing Team): “Ha estat un cap de setmana de carreres increïble. Estic especialment content amb la Superpole d'ahir perquè aquesta volta que ha estat potser la millor volta que he fet en una moto i estic molt orgullós. Per descomptat també dels triomfs de les carreres. Avui era una carrera de dues meitats. En la primera meitat vaig tirar fort fins que vaig rebre un advertiment, així que en la segona meitat només he intentat assegurar la victòria. Avui el problema més gran ha estat el vent. Estava tirant per intentar allunyar-me però se'm va anar la moto de la part davantera en la T11 i el meu peu es va sortir de l'estrep a la maitat de carrera. Així que vaig decidir rodar guardant-me alguna cosa per a les últimes voltes després d'això. Vaig tenir un altre esglai sortint de la corba 11 de nou prop del final així que vaig tractar de ser intel·ligent en l'última volta i tapar l'última corba. La meva traçada probablement no era la més ràpida però em vaig dedicar a protegir la meva posició i vaig arribar a la línia de meta primer ".

Tom Sykes (Pilot del Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “Va ser un final molt atapeït i haig de donar les gràcies al públic, als meus fans i a tot l'equip per ser tan comprensius amb la meva condició física. Ahir vam tenir una carrera acceptable però no hem deixat de treballasr per trobar la posada a punt ideal fins a 30 minuts abans que comencés la carrera. Marcel i jo seguíem parlant de com aconseguir que la moto fos més fàcil per a mi. Físicament no estava completament còmode amb la configuració de la moto d'ahir, però avui sentia que podíem guanyar. Sempre intento guanyar i òbviament estic decebut de no haver aconseguit una victòria encara. Però tenint en compte on estava al començament de la setmana si algú m'hagués ofert dos segons llocs en Assen, ho hagués acceptat sense pensar-ho "."


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