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Jonathan Rea

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Carole Nash are proud sponsors of Kawasaki Racing Team's Jonathan Rea – and have been for a number of years now. Jonny, or 'JR' as he is affectionately known to the paddock, is certainly one of the most talented racers out on the circuit in any class today.

Vital Stats

Name: Jonathan Rea

Date of Birth: February 2nd, 1987

Birthplace: Larne, Northern Ireland

Residency: Isle of Man

Bike: Kawasaki ZX-10R

Race number: 65

Team: Kawasaki Racing Team

Family: Married to Tatia and father to Jake

 

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History

Rea started out young – his first experience of competitive racing was winning the British 60cc Motocross Championship at the age of ten. Having run out of funds to ride competitively in MX, Rea replied to a 2002 newspaper ad to join a Red Bull Rookies road race programme and was fortunately chosen out of hundreds of entries. Aged 15, this is where his road-racing career began.

 

Jonny took part in the 2003 British 125cc Championship and did not let setbacks from a crash injury in 2004 get in the way of entering the British Superbike class for the first time in 2005, riding with Honda. Immediately showing his potential, Rea took a pole position, the youngest rider to ever do so, and finished 16th overall despite missing two races – an incredible performance for a first-timer who had only just turned 18!

 

After powering up the rankings to finish 4th in 2006 and 2nd in 2007, JR made the jump to the Supersport World Championship in 2008, placing 2nd overall with three wins, and then to the Superbike World Championship that very same year.

 

Rea's long-held talents on the circuit began to hit the big time in the 2009 season: two wins and eight total podium spots saw him finish 5th, and he has remained a constant title contender ever since, despite occasional injuries. The 2015 season, his first with Kawasaki after a long and fruitful association with the renowned Ten Kate racing family, is sure to be remembered as one of the greatest triumphs of his career, placing on the podium in every race to date and earning over a dozen wins.

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Race Record 2005-2015

Jonathan's race record to date is highly impressive, particularly considering he is still a relatively young rider, with an astounding amount of achievements in just a ten-year span. No doubt his association with Kawasaki will see him fill the stats sheet for years to come!

 

Series

Races

Poles

Podiums

Wins

British Superbikes Championship

50

1

16

5

World Supersport Championship

12

0

6

3

World Superbike Championship

160

8

62

27

MotoGP

2

0

0

0

 

Pre-race video message - 15th September 2015

Check out the latest Vlog from Jonathan Rea Official ahead of the Jerez WorldSBK race this weekend - fingers crossed he can secure the title this weekend! #TEAM65

Posted by Insidebikes on Tuesday, 15 September 2015