Five-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will continue his association with Kawasaki and the Kawasaki Racing Team after signing a new multi-year contract.
Rea has won five consecutive World Superbike championships as a KRT rider, starting in his first Kawasaki year in 2015. The most successful World Superbike racer in history, the vast majority of Rea’s championship points and race wins have been earned while riding Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR machinery.
Rea has already earned one win this season at the only round to be held thus far in Australia as he pursues his sixth series championship.
“I am super happy to sign a new contract with Kawasaki and KRT,” Rea said. “What we have achieved together is incredible. Our success is driven by a great team and of course the base of the project – our Ninja ZX-10RR. I will keep working hard, together with my crew, the engineers at KHI to be in the best condition every single race. This period away from racing has reignited a burning desire to keep winning and continue to improve my skills and the package of our bike. Racing never stands still and all the riders and manufactures are continuing to improve – we must do the same. Now we can fully focus on our 2020 WorldSBK season where racing will restart soon. I want to thank Kawasaki, the team and all my sponsors for their continued support and this great opportunity.”
“Everyone in the team is delighted that Jonathan will be with us again,” said KRT Team Manager Guim Roda. “In racing we cannot assume anything until it is completed so we are very happy that JR65 has confirmed his future with Kawasaki and us. Everyone involved understands that this is a long-term project and that continuity and success go hand-in-hand. As a rider Jonathan has incredible talents that are very rare. For sure, to keep him as part of KRT gives us a chance to create yet more WorldSBK and racing history. His pit crew and everyone at KRT are delighted to continue this hugely rewarding professional and personal journey together.”