Barcelona –based squad take title for third successive season
2017 continues to be a strong year for the Kawasaki Racing Team, with Jonathan Rea wrapping up the rider’s title in race one at Magny-Cours and Tom Sykes bouncing back from injury to take a podium finish, the team continued to hit success. They were also crowned 2017’s Team World Champions in 2017 on Sunday in France.
Dominating the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship this season, they have only finished outside of the podium on one occasion – in Magny-Cours race two. Ironically this was the race which secured them the team’s title, beating Aruba.it Racing – Ducati by 184 points.
Running with the duo of Rea and Sykes for three seasons, 2017 world champion Rea joined the team in 2015, whilst 2013 world champion Sykes has been riding in green since 2010. Together they were able to secure 14 victories throughout 2017, and the dynamic continues to deliver stunning performances. Their latest achievement sees them take the Team’s crown for the third year in succession.
Despite a tough race two for champion Rea in France, he expressed his delight at the result: “As soon as I got changed out of my leathers I saw the caption appear on the screen in my office to say the team won their championship today, I rushed back into the pitbox to give my team manager Guim a big hug and say congratulations!”
Team-mate Sykes, who battled through injury last weekend now has his sights set on securing another title for the team: “The team has two good riders inside the camp, it is a great team who give us a great motorcycle. It is a big team effort. Yesterday it was the Riders’ Championship with Jonathan, today the Teams’ one and if all goes to plan we will get the Manufacturers one as well.”
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