WorldSBK: Jonathan Rea to leave Kawasaki at the end of the 2023 season

Published on September 4, 2023
By Luke Newman

After nine seasons of working together Jonathan Rea will part ways with Kawasaki at the end of this season.

Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki have broken all the WorldSBK records together in their nine years of working together in the Championship. During their partnership Rea won six World Superbike titles, 104 WorldSBK races and have stood on the podium 214 times.

Rea was meant to ride with the Kawasaki Racing Team next season. However, this departure from Kawasaki means that Rea is likely to switch from green to blue as he has been largely linked with a shock move to Yamaha.

“I want to thank everyone at KMC and KRT for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to prove myself at the highest level.” said Jonathan Rea when talking about his departure from Kawasaki.

“I have learnt and grown so much as a person and a rider since the first day throwing my leg over the factory Ninja ZX-10R superbike. Winning six consecutive WorldSBK Championships will always be the most obvious highlight of my time with Kawasaki; but it will also be the amazing memories, the life lessons, and the laughs that I will take with me into the future. And, for sure, it’s our mission to complete the 2023 season as strongly and with as much commitment as we have always shown.

“Now, looking back on our journey, it fills me with pride at the joy and happiness we have brought Kawasaki fans and Kawasaki owners around the world. This is not a goodbye, because you don’t say goodbye to family, but it is simply the end of this incredible chapter. I wish everyone at KRT the best of luck for the chapters that will surely follow. See you at the track.”

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