Jonathan Rea stays in WorldSBK

Rennie Scaysbrook | June 11, 2018

Jonathan Rea stays in WorldSBK—Jonathan Rea will stay in the WorldSBK Championship after agreeing to a new two-year deal with the Kawasaki Racing Team. The announcement puts paid to any chance he might have had to move to MotoGP.

Jonathan Rea stays in WorldSBK

Jonathan Rea stays in WorldSBK
Rea is happy at Kawasaki and sees no reason to change at this late stage of his career.

“I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team,” he said. “Since the end of last season, we have already started to talk about continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalize everything now so that we can concentrate on the remaining races of 2018,” Rea said. “From the moment I arrived at the end of 2014 I was welcomed into the Kawasaki family and since then we have achieved success beyond our wildest dreams. Here is where I want to stay. Of course, it feels natural to keep writing this incredible story together, and I want to thank everyone in the Kawasaki Racing Team for believing in me and for this opportunity. Together we will work harder than ever to keep the ZX-10RR at the front of WorldSBK in the future. I have the best team of people around me to ensure that we can continue fighting for the World Championship.”

No word has yet been made regarding Rea’s teammate, however, it does not appear Tom Sykes will remain in the Kawasaki Racing Team, with strong rumors linking him with a return to Yamaha.

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