By John Burns
Way to go, JR!
News from Worldsbk.com:
Continuing to cement his name in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship history books, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has equaled Carl Fogarty’s record of victories here at Imola. Rea’s second win of the weekend marks his 59th overall, breaking a record which has stood for nearly 20 years.
31 year old Rea first broke onto the WorldSBK scene in 2008 with a one event appearance for Honda, which saw him take a top four position in his debut around Portimao. Putting in 228 race starts since then, we take a look back over the pivotal victories of his career.
He first tasted victory in the WorldSBK in Misano’s race two back in 2009, crossing the line 0.063s ahead of Michel Fabrizio after a sensational on track battle. After getting the monkey off his back for his first win, he stood on the top step every season with the Honda machine, racking up ten victories in 2012. Spraying the Prosecco in front of his home fans at Donington Park for the tenth time, it was clear Rea was a strong talent in the series and a strong contender. His final win for Honda came at the track in which he made his debut – Portimao in 2014’s race two.
Making the switch over to Kawasaki for 2015, the Northern Irish rider has never looked back and this is when his victories began to come thick and fast. Winning his debut race on the green machine at Phillip Island – taking him to 16 overall – his 25th victory came once again in Portugal and this time Rea dominated to cross the …read more