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The Kawasaki duo are back together

POSTED: 29/07/2022

Winning comes easy to superstars like these

Kawasaki is delighted to announce that the WorldSBK champion, Jonathan Rea has officially signed a two-year contract extension to race as part of the KRT (Kawasaki Race Team) - continuing a highly successful career partnership that started in 2015. Over the partnership, Rea has shown motivation and determination in every race, giving the KRT the utmost confidence in an extended venture together.

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A word from Jonathan Rea

“I am really happy and excited to renew my contract with Kawasaki, to roll on for another 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. It has been an incredible few seasons; more competitive than ever. I have realised how motivated I am to continue and to continue fighting to win. Kawasaki gave me the opportunity back in 2015 to realise a childhood dream when I won the WorldSBK championship in the first year together. As a partnership, we are so solid, and I am looking forward to continuing making memories and representing an incredible manufacturer and brand. My team is my racing family. I love everyone inside the team like my own family and relationships like that count for a lot in racing. Huge credit goes to every single person in the staff, from Provec Racing, all the engineers in Japan, and everyone in the Kawasaki family. I am excited to see what we can do over the next two seasons.”

A word from Guim Roda (KRT Team Manager)

“Since we signed Johnny 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 Johnny 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 Johnny to allow him to keep pushing at 110%. I think we gave him the motivation he needed to go for it for two years more. We can never rest on the laurels of our successful past, so we will have a hard job covering JR’s expectations. We are ready for that. We guarantee it will be a real show for at least two more years…”

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