Kawasaki re-ups with Jonathan Rea for the 2023 and 2024 WorldSBK seasons.
Jonathan Rea is statistically the most successful WorldSBK rider to date. After six WorldSBK titles, 102 wins, 186 podiums, 33 poles, 88 fastest laps, and 3950 points, by the numbers… He’s the best there is at what he does. So it’s a no-brainer that the KRT WorldSBK team would extend their contract with him for another two years. The contract renewal will last through the 2024 season.
“I am really happy and excited to renew my contract with Kawasaki, to roll on for two more years. It has been an incredible partnership; we have enjoyed so much success together that it is almost a natural progression. There was not much negotiation needed to continue together from both sides. It was more a case of how much more motivation I had to keep racing at the highest level in the WorldSBK Championship.” – Jonathan Rea.
“Since we signed Jonny for the 2015 season, and until now, we have written a nice part of WorldSBK’s history. We are so proud to be part of this Rea success story, which also means, Kawasaki’s success story. It’s going on eight seasons together now, and Jonny has been performing at the maximum, always. Nowadays, and at the age of 35, he is in his best shape, and we know there’s still a lot of dancing left to be done. We have been working hard to define, with KMC, which kind of project we could create for Jonny to allow him to keep pushing at 110%. I think we gave him the motivation he needed to go for it for two more years. We can never rest on our laurels of our successful past, so we will have a hard job to cover his expectations. We are ready for that. We guarantee it will be a real show for at least two more years.” – Guim Roda, KRT Team Manager.
“Jonathan has been fundamental in creating an incredible relationship and a firm bond between the wider Kawasaki brand and the Ninja ZX-10RR in particular. Our six-time World Champion is undeniably part of the Kawasaki family and a history maker in his own right. Now, he has a chance to create another record-breaking chapter and we are eager to play a part in the next important phase of his racing journey.” – Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Race Planning Manager.