Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea finished fourth at the Pirelli Jerez Round of the World Superbikes Race1 to claim his first ever WorldSBK title and the third WorldSBK Title for Kawasaki Rea was overhauled to from 3rd by Michael van der Mark aboard the Pata Honda livery who claimed his 3rd podium of the year ahead of the new World Champion and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who was in contention despite a lowly 11th position grid slot.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), won the race to gain his 60th WorldSBK career podium finish ahead of Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team). Sykes dominated after leading from the start easing away to take his 26th race win.
The Northern Irishman after Race 1 at Jerez, has now won 12 races this year and picked up 20 podium finishes from the first 21 races. He is chasing Doug Polen’s 1991 record of 17 race victories in one season, which now can only be equalled.
Since the inauguration of WorldSBK in 1988, Rea is the third rider to win the crown on a Kawasaki motorcycle. The first was American Scott Russell in 1993, while the next was Rea’s current team-mate Tom Sykes two decades later. Rea has also become the first different World Champion in as many years (with the last five titles having been sealed by Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli) and the fifth British World Champion after Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, James Toseland and the aforementioned Tom Sykes.
Although Rea’s raw talent has never been questioned over the past six seasons, all of which he contested on Honda machinery, it wasn’t until the 28-year-old from Ballymena rode the green bike until his maximum potential could be extracted. All the while off the track, the humble Briton has remained a professional, unassuming human being, rider, husband and father. He currently resides on the Isle of Man.
The coveted crown in his hands, the new number one faces the rest of the season with copious amount of convince, fully aware of the many goals he can still achieve and the fact that Jonathan Rea is the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Champion.k