NAME: Jonathan Rea
DATE OF BIRTH:02/02/1987
MY RIDE: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The talents of former junior motocross champion Jonathan Rea were evident from an early age and he made the jump to roadracing in 2003. Riding in British Supersport earned his ride in BSB Championship, becoming the youngest rider to score a pole position in this prestigious national championship, in 2005.
He became runner-up in the 2007 BSB title but by then his gaze was alighting on the WSB paddock, and the FIM Supersport World Championship class in particular.
Runner-up in the WSS class in 2008, he made the leap to WSB racing even before the end of the season. As soon as his chances of winning the Supersport title were gone he took over a Superbike ride with his team in the final round in Portugal, scoring points and impressing all with his pace.
From 2009 until the end of last year Rea proved to be the top Honda rider in the SBK championship, with a career best last year of third.
His rookie season saw him finish inside the top five, with two wins mixed into his total of eight podiums. A top result for a first season rider and a new star was born inside the SBK paddock.
In 2010 he went one better in terms of championship results, and posted four wins, a single season total that he would not match again until 2014. He was on course for a top three finish until he was injured with two rounds to go. In 2011 he placed ninth after a pre-season injury affected his start and then a mid-season fall caused him to miss to much of the season, meaning he finished an artificially low ninth overall. Despite his injury problems he still won two races.
Four race wins in 2012 saw Jonathan fifth in the title chase, but bad luck with injury was to return in 2013. A crash at the German round, on an oil spill, broke his femur and finished his season. He ended up ninth overall and kept up his record of winning at least one race every season since he joined SBK full-time.
That record was added to in 2014, as he rode to third place in the championship overall, his best ever finish, with four race wins to make a career total of 15 before the start of the 2015 season.
Jonathan now joins the official KRT set-up with an ambition as large as his prodigious talent, and having enjoyed some successful test sessions on his Ninja ZX-10R in the winter months.