Jonathan Rea first began to race on the tarmac in 2003 following an early career in motocross. Impressing in the British Superbike Championship, he moved up onto the world stage in 2008, finishing as the World Supersport runner-up.
Continuing his journey through the WorldSBK series with Honda, he secured 15 victories with the Japanese manufacturer from 2009 to 2014 in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Making a bold leap over to the green machines of Kawasaki Racing Team for 2015, the Northern Irish rider has never looked back. Taking 84 victories over six seasons, he has dominated and become the man to beat.
Becoming the first rider in history to take four back-to-back WorldSBK titles in 2018, the Ulsterman stormed to a sparkling fifth World Superbike crown in 2019 – becoming the first rider in the history of the Championship to do this. He has also set all-time highs for race wins, points (for both, overall and in a single season), podiums and fastest laps.
Rea continued to make history throughout the 2020 season on his Kawasaki machine, securing his sixth consecutive title at the season-ending Estoril Round with two races to spare; joining a very exclusive club across motorsport. After notching up a 100th win in WorldSBK in 2021 but ultimately relinquishing the crown, and missing out in 2022 after achieving five wins, Rea’s sole aim in 2023 will be to secure an unprecedented seventh title.
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