Jonathan Rea is the most successful rider in WSBK history. With four back-to-back world titles under his belt with Alpinestars, 2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory.
Date of Birth: February 02
Hometown: Larne, United Kingdom
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Hobbies: Cooking, Cycling and Motocross
Favourite circuit: Jerez GP
Greatest moment: 2011 Supersport World Championship
After competing in Supersport, he moved to BSB and became the youngest ever rider to secure a pole position in 2005. Five race wins and 16 podiums saw him take the runner-up spot in 2007, and he made his World Supersport debut the same year, competing as a wild card on the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda at Portimao, taking a top four finish.
He stayed with the Ten Kate team for the 2008 season, taking wins at Brno, Brands Hatch and Vallelunga, finishing second in the championship.
In 2009 he made the jump up to WSBK with Ten Kate, winning twice at Assen and once at Brno and the Nürburgring to finish fifth overall in the rider standings. Jonathan took four race wins and ten podiums in 2010 to finish fourth in the championship in 2010, and 2011 saw him win at Imola, Assen and Donington Park as he rode his way to fifth overall in the final standings.
2014 saw Jonathan win another four races, including a double at Imola, as well as five more podium places, all of which secured third place in the championship.
The following season saw Jonathan make the move to the factory-backed Kawasaki Racing Team. He promptly won the first race of the season at Phillip Island and then enjoyed an incredible run of success, taking his first world title with 14 wins and 23 podiums on his way to a 548-points haul.
2016 began in the same way with Jonathan, in his second year with Kawasaki, scoring his 30th WSBK victory at Phillip Island. He took a total of nine victories throughout the season and was once again crowned champion.
Phillip Island saw Jonathan reach another milestone the following season, racking up his 40th victory in the opening round, setting the precedent for a record-breaking campaign for the Ulsterman. With a phenomenal 16 victories, he was an unstoppable force and secured the title at Magny-Cours in France, when he won the 50th WSBK race of his career and was crowned champion with two rounds remaining.
2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory, and his victory at Brno, the 60th of his WSBK career, saw him surpass Carl Fogarty’s career win record. His final win, under the spotlights at Losail, was his 56th for Kawasaki; a record for a single rider with a single manufacturer in WSBK.
2018 – WSBK World Champion