Reigning WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea will remain with Kawasaki in the series after signing a new, two-year deal.

It gives the three-time title holder, who looks set for another crown this year, a chance to surpass Carl Fogarty’s record of four championships and maybe extend it to six.

“I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team. Since the end of last season we have already started to talk about continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalise everything now, so that we can concentrate on the remaining races of 2018,” said Rea.

“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.”

Whether, after yesterday’s shenanigans, Tom Sykes will remain with the team is now the subject of much speculation…


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