After six seasons riding for the Ten Kate Honda team in World Superbike where he amassed 15 victories in 140 starts, Jonathan Rea will be jumping ship to KRT (Kawasaki Racing Team), where he will don the green leathers aboard the venerable ZX-10R alongside now former world champion, Tom Sykes. Rea joins the team replacing Frenchman Loris Baz, who is leaving the World Superbike paddock to join the Forward Yamaha MotoGP team.
Guim Roda – Team Manager of KRT commented:
“After three years working with Loris Baz to grow up a young talent, we will start in 2015 a new strategy, with an experienced and fully formed rider Johnny Rea. We are sure he can increase the whole team performance and he will be a very good team-mate with Tom Sykes. Both have a big respect for each other, and I’m sure both guys will increase their performance, searching the limits of the Ninja ZX-10R. We expect to put on track two very strong riders next year so it is our idea try to win back the title with our two British weapons.”
Pere Riba – Jonathan Rea’s Crew Chief commented:
“I am very happy that a rider with this kind of level of experience is coming to our Kawasaki team. For me, and all the team, this makes us feel very happy. I believe we have shown that we have a good base and we are working hard to have an even better bike. I believe we can give the tools to Jonathan so he will be fighting for the championship. We will start the winter tests very soon and I feel very positive that Kawasaki took the decision to have Jonathan in the team. As a crew chief we will try to give him the best not only technically but also helping him in general and I am sure we can have a good year.”
Steve Guttridge – Kawasaki Race Panning Manager commented:
“The opportunity to sign a rider of Johnny’s caliber and experience to race alongside our established hero Tom Sykes was a dream we’d studied every season but this time it could come true! Johnny is super-motivated to make the next step in his career and thankfully it is with Kawasaki. We will give him all the tools necessary to make that next step in the Superbike World Championship with our great crew and bike. He himself as a character has a big potential to add to our team’s overall success, both on and off the track, and his personal enthusiasm to succeed alongside Tom can only lift the Kawasaki Racing Team and our brand to the next level in 2015.”