Featured WSBK – Three is the magic number as Rea makes history at Magny Cours

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    Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea made history at Magny-Cours at the weekend, claiming an unprecedented third WorldSBK championship following his 50th WSBK career win.

    The polesitter, who dominated the race from beginning to end, said: “To be honest I can’t sum up my emotions. I just feel super proud of my team and Kawasaki.

    “It has been such a team effort, and even though I’m the guy who rode it over the line, there have been so many people involved to make it possible. Every season is different and special in its own individual way.

    “2015 was a seamless year, I joined a high-level team with a well-developed bike. I jumped on a bike that was ready to win and we won. 2016 was possibly more special because we had a completely new ZX-10R, and I’m really proud of my team for the constant development.

    “We had a lot of success last season and although we didn’t score as many points, we were able to understand the bike and it was a lot more difficult, so it was a lot harder.”

    Rea has now won 35 races for Kawasaki since ending his long-term relationship with Honda three years ago, and he was keen to stress how important teamwork has been to his achievements.

    “This season we showed the strength of the team, the manufacturer, the strength of Pere [Riba]. We went through some hard winter tests and we worked through the problems, and were able to go out and win at Phillip Island.”

    There are still four races remaining in the 2017 season, but the 30-year-old is already switching his attention to next year.

    “2018 as a whole looks uncertain, and we need to understand how the bike will work with some new regulations.

    “Winter testing will be so important, and when we turn our attentions to 2018, I am 100% confident in my team and Kawasaki that we will always give our 100%.”
     

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