Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
„After that I’m numb because I have races tomorrow and my focus is already on them. Couldn’t imagine being here six months ago after crashing in Australia and then being banned. When I saw the calendar I couldn’t have picked a worse group of tracks for us. Last year was one of the hardest of my career because we came so far back. We wanted to win, but we didn’t understand how to win. We worked hard on it and this year was different, but the fall in Australia was a blessing in disguise, as was the suspension because I got to dive into my training. Looking back on the season, it was incredible.”
How it went …
After a hotly contested 2020 season, reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) stormed to his sixth title in a row in the Superbike World Championship at the Circuito Estoril. He is the first rider to achieve this record in the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship and the first rider since Giacomo Agostini in the 350cc Grand Prix World Championship to do so in a FIM Road Racing World Championship.
The Northern Irishman took the title after coming under the toughest pressure from WorldSBK star rookie Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in the 2020 season. The British driver quickly adapted to the category and showed a strong racing pace from Phillip Island. Rea did not let go of it and took up the challenge as an opportunity to further demonstrate his relentless demeanor and tenacious traits. A prime example of this is that after his worst result so far with Kawasaki in race two at Jerez in Portimao, he scored a magical hat trick to recover in style. Then he managed the season and scored valuable championship points in every round. Take the championship tour out of the Prosecco DOC Aragon round and don’t let it slip.
Rea has been part of the championship since 2009 and has become one of the championship’s legends. Already the rider with the most wins and the most podiums (183) in WorldSBK, with one win he reached the impressive milestone of 100 career victories in 2020, one of his toughest seasons to date, with competitions and rivals from all angles. The Tissot Superpole Race by Magny-Cours was also his 300th race in this category.
Jonathan Rea began his career in the WorldSSP Championship in 2008. In his first season, he posted solid results, winning three races and finishing on six podiums. It was also in 2008 that he made his debut in WorldSBK; Fourth place in the Portuguese round. The following season he moved to the Blue Riband class with the Ten Kate Honda team and won at Misano for the first time. He achieved many strong results with the Dutch team during his six-year partnership before joining the Kawasaki squad in 2015, the first of six exciting years for the Ulsterman. For the past two seasons, Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding have challenged him to add two more crowns to his career records.
The 2020 season did not start optimally at the wonderful Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Down Under. The Australian track was like a home round for Rea with his family ties. He didn’t finish Race 1 but his strong motivation led him to win the Tissot Superpole Race and a runner-up in Race 2, narrowly occupied by team-mate Alex Lowes – Lowes led the overall standings while Rea finished fourth.
When the action resumed at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, Rea bounced back with a podium in Race 1 and a win in the Tissot Superpole Race despite his rivals’ strong form. Scott Redding won races 1 and 2. Rea left the Spanish venue in second place in the championship standings, 24 points behind Redding after a difficult second race combined with Redding’s success. As a five-time world champion, Rea reacted three times to Redding in Portimao. He beat the competition by more than five seconds in Race 1 while Redding was struggling. Rea took back the championship lead, four points ahead of Redding.
In Aragon he lost his advantage over Redding on Saturday; Redding took the first win, while Rea took third place and gave the Englishman the championship lead. With two victories in the Tissot Superpole Race and in the second race on Sunday, Rea recovered and took back first place in the championship standings. a position he would not give up. The following weekend, with two runner-ups in Race 1 and the Tissot Superpole Race, the latter being the first of 2020 he didn’t win, and a win in Race 2, he increased his lead to 36 points over Redding.
The five-time world champion reached the first round of Catalunya on the majestic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The lap was the home race for his Kawasaki Racing Team squad. Rea became the first WorldSBK Barcelona winner after winning Race 1. His second place in the Tissot Superpole Race and fourth in Race 2 allowed him to put a hand on the 2020 trophy and extend his lead to 51 points.
Arriving at the French venue with a comfortable advantage, Rea started his French season with a win in Wet Race 1. When he got into action on Sunday, Rea took another win in the Tissot Superpole Race and secured a pole start Position for the afternoon. In Race 2, Redding took a decisive victory and Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) took third place; Rea finished in fourth place, which means the battle for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship continued until the season finale in Estoril, where Rea took the crown in the first race on Saturday afternoon.
After falling in a dramatic Tissot Superpole session, Rea started the Estoril Race 1 from 15th place. In one lap he was able to regain eight positions and fight for a podium. He crossed the finish line fourth and clinched his sixth consecutive World Championship on the Portuguese circuit while Scott Redding retired due to a technical problem. It is a weight off his shoulders for the Tissot Superpole Race and Race 2 on Sunday to win his 100th race.
The six-time world champion will stay with the Kawasaki team for the 2021 season and both aim to continue to win many records. Their goal will be to create seventh heaven together, and who would bet against them?
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