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JONATHAN REA

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.

TOM SYKES


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.

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Grand Prix of the WorldSBK in Thailand

On March 15, 16 and 17, the second round of the WorldSBK was played at the international circuit of Chang, in Buriram (Thailand).

The track activity started on Friday where the riders made the two usual training sessions. Humidity and high temperatures made tire selection one of the main tasks for Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam, who made the second and seventh fastest time on the first day of shooting.

In the first race, the KRT drivers finished in the same position they started on the starting grid: Jonathan Rea was second and Leon Haslam was fifth. Rea was in front for 8 laps but a strong Álvaro Bautista overtook him and occupied the first position of the podium. Leon Haslam had a battle for the fifth place with Marco Melandri, who managed to get 0.127 on the finish line.

Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam returned to repeat the same positions in the two races held on Sunday. The first scheduled to 10 laps, was shortened to 6 due to an incident that forced red flag and finish the race early. During the second race, Alex Lowes approached Jonathan Rea but the defending champion finally managed to get 2.3 seconds and thus secure his second position. On the other hand, Leon Haslam confessed to having had discomfort throughout the weekend due to a pinched nerve in the lower back, even so, he repeated a fifth place.

After the completion of this second round, Jonathan Rea adds 98 points to 26 of the first classified, Alvaro Bautista. Leon Haslam is in sixth place with 51 points.
The following meetings will take place in Europe, starting in Spain on the next 5, 6 and 7 of April at the Motorland circuit, in Aragón.

Puig and Kawasaki Racing Team renew their technical collaboration

Puig has been the technical supplier of the Kawasaki Racing Team during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, where the green team won the title of riders and constructors in the World Superbike Championship.
Biel Roda, marketing manager of the KRT, highlighted the commercial and technical collaboration with the manufacturer: "Our relationship with Puig is an important factor within the Kawasaki Racing Team project. Puig performs a product development work using 3D simulation technology, which allows us to improve in the aerodynamic section.
For many seasons, Provec Racing has equipped Puig screens on its bikes: “Its proximity to the KRT headquarters and the ease of working with this family company and passionate about competition are also important factors for us. We are very happy to be able to renew the commercial and technical collaboration with Puig."
Based in Granollers (Barcelona) - the same town where the Kawasaki Racing Team headquarters are located - Puig has been designing, manufacturing and distributing accessories for motorcycles since 1964. He is currently one of the largest manufacturers in the accessory sector, with exports to more than 60 countries.
The commitment to high competition from the hand of the Kawasaki Racing Team is a reflection of the will of Puig to remain at the forefront of technological innovation in motorcycling.
Joan Puig, CEO of Motoplastic Puig: "The continued and close technical collaboration with the KRT team has allowed us over the years to test new materials, shapes and designs that are already being applied in the products of this new catalog.”
With this collaboration, Kawasaki Racing Team and Puig hope to achieve a new championship title in WorldSBK with Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam as riders.

Grand Prix of WorldSBK at Phillip Island

On February 22, 23 and 24, the first round of the WorldSBK took place on the legendary Phillip Island circuit in Australia. Under optimal conditions, the championship riders played the first races of the 2019 season.

In the free practice session on Friday, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam made the second and third fastest time respectively. This season, in the schedule of Friday, the riders only have two sets of workouts, unlike seasons past that had a total of three. Saturday activity starts with FP3, followed by Superpole and the first race.

Saturday's poleman was Rea, achieving a record time of 1'29.413. Haslam returned very strong after getting the second best time in the Superpole to just 0.211 and beating Rea in the race until he lost the front wheel and went to the ground. Even so, he returned to the track and finished 15th. Rea finished second with an advantage over his rivals.

In the new 10-lap race format on Sunday, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam finished second and third respectively. Both riders repeated the same result in the second race on Sunday. Even so, the format of the new 'sprint' race does not count as a podium but it does score for the championship. Álvaro Bautista was invincible with his new Ducati getting a double in solo.

This first round ends with 49 points for the current champion, Jonathan Rea, and 24 for his teammate, Leon Haslam. It will not be until four weeks from now when the KRT riders can have a new opportunity at the Chang circuit in Thailand, where the second round of the WorldSBK championship will take place from 15 to 17 March.

Last two days of testing at Phillip Island

After the presentation of the Kawasaki Racing Team, Jonathan Rea and Leo Haslam were able to make two days of testing at the Phillip Island circuit, where the first round of the 2019 season will take place next weekend.

With dry track conditions and some strong winds, Haslam and Rea finished third and fourth respectively. Leo Haslam made a best time of 1'30.668 while the current world champion made 1'30.722. Both riders feel ready to face the first round of the season.
 
This weekend we will be able to see the new format with the new 'race of speed' to ten laps added to the schedule of the Sundays in the morning. In this way, the riders dispute three reces every round.

The Kawasaki Racing Team presents in Australia

On Saturday, February 16, the Kawasaki Racing Team made its official presentation at Phillip Island, where the WorldSBK season will begin.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has again with Jonathan Rea, the four-time champion who will now share box with the Londoner Leo Haslam, the latest signing of KRT. Both drivers were excited and somewhat impatient to start this new season.

The event was also attended by Mr. Shigemi Tanaka, General Director of Kawasaki Motors Australia, who dedicated some words of motivation explaining the meaning of the new KRT motto: Ganbarou, referring to the effort to face new challenges. The Roda brothers, the heads of the team, also offered a few words.

The ceremony ended with the discovery of the new Ninja ZX-10RR.

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.

 

 

WORLDSBK TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP WIN FOR KRT

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.

 

REA CREATES HISTORY WITH THIRD SUCCESSIVE FIM WORLDSBK TITLE

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.

SUPER DOUBLE FOR REA AND KRT

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.

TENTH WIN FOR REA AS SYKES AS SYKES MISSES OUT

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.

REA SECOND AND SYKES FOURTH IN GERMANY

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.

PODIUM FINISHES FOR REA AND SYKES

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.

 

REA WINS AS KRT RIDERS LEAD THE FIELD

 

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.

STATEMENTS:

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.”

PODIUM PLACES FOR KRT DUO AT LAGUNA

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.

STATEMENTS:
 
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.”

PODIUM FINISHES FOR REA AND SYKES AT MISANO

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.

STATEMENTS:
 
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.”

SYKES WINS AND REA THIRD AFTER MISANO DRAMA

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.

 STATEMENTS:

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.”

HISTORIC 100 WORLDSBK RACE WINS FOR KAWASAKI

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.”

FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR FOR SYKES

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.

STATEMENTS:
 
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.”

SUNDAY PODIUM FINISHES FOR KRT RIDERS AT IMOLA

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.
 

STATEMENTS:

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.”

REA SECOND AFTER SHORT IMOLA OPENING RACE

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.

STATEMENTS:
 
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.”

REA WINS RACE TWO FROM SYKES BY JUST 0.025 SECONDS

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.

STATEMENTS:
 
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.

DECLARACIONS: 
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 "."

ACHIEVEMENT

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM

      WSBK WORLD CHAMPION WITH JONATHAN REA - KAWASAKI PROVEC RACING TEAM

      BRITISH SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPION WITH LEON HASLAM

      SUPERSPORT 300 WORLD CHAMPION WITH ANA CARRASCO

    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM

      WSBK WORLD CHAMPION WITH JONATHAN REA - KAWASAKI PROVEC RACING TEAM

    • MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA MOTOGP TEAM
    • RUNNER-UP MOTO2 WITH ALEX RINS - PAGINAS AMARILLAS HP40 TEAM
    • MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPION WITH ALEX MARQUEZ - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 TEAM
    • MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPION WITH POL ESPARGARÓ - PONS TUENTI HP40 TEAM

      RUNNER-UP MOTO3 WITH ALEX RINS - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 TEAM

    • MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPION WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL CATALUNYA CAIXA TEAM
    • RUNNER-UP MOTO2 WITH MARC MARQUEZ - REPSOL CATALUNYA CAIXA TEAM