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Tom Sykes

Tom Sykes

Date of birth: August 19th 1985
Place of birth: Huddersfield, England

Nicknamed affectionately as "Grinner" by his fans, Tom Sykes has the reputation of being one of the friendliest riders in the Superbike line-up. Born in Yorkshire, the British rider didn’t take long to make himself known. Right from his first season in Supersport which he entered with the support of his grandfather, Tom finished sixth in the British Championship. Quickly spotted by Paul Bird, in 2007 he was given a place in the Kawasaki Superbike team by the English manager. Despite his lack of experience in the discipline, he made it five times to the podium and finished sixth in the national championship. Finishing fourth in the same competition in 2009, he also showed off his skill with a wild card in the World Championship by making it to the podium at Donington. At the end of the year, he signed with the official Yamaha team alongside Ben Spies. Regularly at the forefront, Tom unfortunately injured his shoulder and had to forsake the last three races of the championship. He finished his first World Championship season in ninth place. In 2010, the Brit decided to return to Paul Bird team and ride one of the two official Kawasaki ZX-10R bikes supported by the Japanese factory. At the end of its life cycle, the bike unfortunately did not allow him to shine as he would have liked. Although he managed to occasionally ride brilliantly well, especially on the Imola and Nürburgring circuits, he had to content himself with a modest 14th place in the World Championship rankings. In 2011, he took advantage of the arrival of a new version of the ZX-10R to win his first Superpole and chalk up his first victory, in the rain, in Germany. He confirmed his talent in 2012 by fighting for the title until the very last race at Magny-Cours. Beaten half a point by Max Biaggi, the Kawasaki rider took his revenge in 2013 by writing his own name in the track record of the Superbike World Championship, and offering the Japanese factory a title it had not obtained for twenty years. Last year, Sykes led the championship for several months before bowing down to Sylvain Guintoli at the end. Now joined by his compatriot Jonathan Rea, the official Kawasaki rider is attacking the 2015 season with the firm intention of reclaiming the crown.

2014 : 2nd in the Superbike World Championship
2013 : World Champion in the Superbike World Championship
2012 : 2nd in the Superbike world championship
2011 : 13th in the Superbike world championship
2010 : 14th in the Superbike world championship
2009 : 9th in the Superbike world championship
2008 : 4th in the Superbike British championship
2007 : 6th in the Superbike British championship
2006 : 2nd in the Supersport British championship
2005 : 6th in the Supersport British championship

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Date of birth: 2 February 1987
Place of birth: Larne, Northern Ireland

After starting his career in motocross at the ripe old age of 10, Jonathan Rea moved up to speed racing in 2004 following the advice of his countrymen Eugene and Michael Laverty. Although he was not very convinced at first, Jonathan quickly took to the game. In 2005, he chalked up his first pole position in the BSB. The following year, he finished sixth in the very tough competition. Rea rode fast but often fell. In 2007, he won his first victory and finished second in the championship behind Japan’s Kiyonari, a performance which attracted the attention of the Ten Kate team. The Dutch team offered Jonathan a three-year contract with a first season in World Supersport and the next two in World Superbike. The Brit quickly found his rhythm, fighting for the title until the very last race. Supersport world vice-champion, at 22 he moved up to the next category riding a Honda Fireblade. After making it twice to the podium, in South Africa and the United States, Rea scored his first success at Misano. He did the same in Germany, winning the title of "Rookie of the Year" at the end of the season and taking fifth place overall. He won a position in 2010 despite a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the last three races. Ninth in 2011, fifth in 2012 with a win in the Eight Hours of Suzuka as a bonus, he struggled to fight for the title because his bike was less powerful than his competitors’. In 2013, he seemed to be on a par with Sykes’ Kawasaki, but a fall on an oil slick earned him a broken leg and a shortened season. Last year Jonathan Rea ranked third in the championship behind Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes. Suffice to say he will be a perfect rival for his new teammate.

 

2014 : 3rd in the Superbike World Championship
2013 :
9th in the Superbike World Championship
2012 : 5th in the Superbike World Championship
2011 : 9th in the Superbike World Championship
2010 : 4th in the Superbike World Championship
2009 : 5th in the Superbike World Championship, "Rookie of the year"
2008 : 2nd in the Supersport World Championship
2007 : 2nd in the UK Superbike Championship
2006 : 6th in the UK Superbike Championship
2005 : 16th in the UK Superbike Championship
2004 : First races