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REA'S ROAD TO GOLD

Jonathan Rea historically equalled Carl Fogarty’s record of four World Championship titles in the World Superbike category.

Rea started his glorious journey when he joined the Kawasaki Racing Team back in 2015 and has been unstoppable since. The Northern-Irishman has gone from achievement to achievement over the course of the past four years and with him having extended his contract for a further three years, the successes that he may be able to secure are simply unimaginable.

This is what the four time World Champion had to say on his road to gold: “In Phillip Island we were right in the battle for the win until I had an issue with my tyre so I went backwards very quickly. This year has been about managing points and we further refined the package with the new bike and stepped up; qualifying we’ve been able to put ourselves on the front row a lot, so my pace there has been better. But, we’ve faced some difficulties with our bike and the regulation changes hampered any advantage we had last year, but collectively we dug deep when things were against us and it feels like we’re getting every ounce of performance out of our bike week-in and week-out. It's down to teamwork; from all the staff behind the scenes, mechanics, technicians, engineers in Japan, riders – it’s been a huge teamwork year. Consistency as well, because other guys have been as fast or faster than us on their day, but not as much, which is nice because honestly 2016 was the most difficult year and the one that ‘might not have been’, but we’ve managed to now have four in a row.”