Rea Joining Sykes On Kawasaki Superbike

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Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea will partner with Tom Sykes in a two-pronged Kawasaki Racing Team attack on the 2015 Superbike World Championship.

Rea, who this year raced for Pata Honda, replaces Loris Baz at the Kawasaki Racing Team. Rea is no stranger to the Superbike World Championship class, having made 140 race starts and scored 15 victories since his first full season in 2009. Rea scored four race wins in the recently competed 2014 championship season to finish third in the overall standings.

The addition of Rea to the squad alongside 2013 champion Sykes gives the team a strong one-two punch as the look to regain the Superbike World Championship in 2015. KRT now has two of the top three riders in the 2014 championship signed up for 2015.

“After three years working with Loris Baz to grow up a young talent, we will start in 2015 a new strategy, with an experienced and fully formed rider Johnny Rea,” said KRT Team Manager Guim Roda. “We are sure he can increase the whole team performance and he will be a very good team-mate with Tom Sykes. Both have a big respect for each other, and I’m sure both guys will increase their performance, searching the limits of the Ninja ZX-10R. We expect to put on track two very strong riders next year so it is our idea try to win back the title with our two British weapons.”