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Team Kawasaki KRT Elf

Jonathan Rea

jonathan rea

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

After a motocross debut at the age of 10, Jonathan Rea changed gears in 2004. As of the following season, he scored his first pole position in the British Superbike Championship. The following year, he finished sixth in this still very tough competition. Rea rode fast but often crashed. In 2007 he clinched his first victory and finished second in the championship behind the Japanese rider Kiyonari. A performance that attracted the Ten Kate team. The Dutch team offered Jonathan a three-year contract with a first season in the Supersport World championship and the next two in the Superbike World championship. The Brit quickly got into the rhythm, riding for the title until the very last race. Supersport vice world champion, at the age of 22 he moved up to the top category. After making it twice to the podium in South Africa and the United States, Rea had his first success at Misano. He did it again in Germany to clinch the title of "Rookie of the Year" at the end of the year and finished in fifth place overall. He moved up 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 Suzuka Eight Hours as a bonus, he fought hard for the title despite a less powerful machine than the other contenders. In 2013, he looked set to finish equal with Sykes' Kawasaki, but a crash due to an oil streak earned him a fractured leg and a shortened season. Third overall in 2014, he joined the Kawasaki team to replace Loris Baz who had moved up to MotoGP. His adaptation to the ZX 10RR was instantaneous. In chalking up fourteen victories and making it to the podium twenty-three times, Rea won his first world title hands down. He was to do the same the following season by leading the championship from first to last race. With twenty-three podium finishes including nine victories, Jonathan Rea managed the fight with Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies to perfection. Last year, the British rider wrote a new page in the history of the World Superbike Championship by becoming the first rider to win three titles in a row. In the meantime, Rea made it twenty-four times on the podium, including sixteen times taking top step.

2017: Superbike World Champion
2016: Superbike World Champion
2015: Superbike World Champion
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 British Superbike Championship
2006: 6th in the British Superbike Championship
2005: 16th in the British Superbike Championship
2004: First speed races

 

Tom Sykes

tom sykes

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

Nicknamed affectionately "Grinner" by his fans, Tom Sykes has the reputation of being one of the friendliest riders of the Superbike plateau. Originally from Yorkshire, the British rider didn't take long to make his mark. In his first season in Supersport in which he took part with the support of his grandfather, Tom took sixth place in the British Championship. Very quickly spotted by Paul Bird, in 2007 he inherited a place in the English manager's Kawasaki Superbike team. Despite his lack of experience in the discipline, he made it five times to the podium and finished sixth in the national championship. Fourth in the same competition in 2009, he also made his mark as a wild card in the World Cup by making it to the podium at Donington. By year's end, he signed with the Yamaha factory team alongside Ben Spies. Regularly up with the frontrunners, Tom unfortunately injured his shoulder and had to miss the last three races of the championship. He finished his first World Championship season in ninth position.
In 2010, the Brit decided to return to Paul Bird's team to ride one of the two Kawasaki factory ZX-10Rs supported by the Japanese firm. Unfortunately it turned out that the bike didn't allow him to shine as much as he would have liked. While he managed to score a few exploits, especially at Imola and Nürburgring, he had to settle for a modest 14th place in the end-of-season standings. In 2011, he took advantage of the arrival of a new version of the ZX-10R to clinch his first win, in Germany. He confirmed his talent in 2012 by fighting for the title until the very last race at Magny-Cours. Beaten by half a point by Max Biaggi, the Kawasaki rider took his revenge in 2013, in turn marking his name in the Superbike world championship track record and offering the Japanese firm a title it had not won for twenty years. In 2014 Sykes lead the championship for several months before loosing in the last stretch to Sylvain Guintoli. The following season, the Kawasaki factory rider would run up against his fellow countryman Jonathan Rea. Despite adding eleven more victories to his track record, Tom Sykes has not yet managed to make it to the level of his teammate since Rea has taken over from Baz in the Kawasaki team.

2017: 3rd in the Superbike World Championship
2016: 2nd in the Superbike World Championship
2015: 3rd in the Superbike World Championship
2014: 2nd in the Superbike World Championship
2013: Superbike World Championship with Kawasaki
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 British Superbike Championship
2007: 6th in the British Superbike Championship
2006: 2nd in the British SuperSport Championship
2005: 6th in the British SuperSport Championship

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Date of birth : 16 October 1996
Place of birth : Sakarya, Turkey

At 21, for Toprak Razgatlioglu this season is his first in the World Superbike Championship with the Pucetti Racing team. He will be riding a Kawasaki ZX-10RR aims to make it the top ten. Close to Kenan Sofuoglu, Toprak Razgatlioglu began riding motorcycles at the age of ten under his father's watchful eye. After four motocross championship titles in Turkey, the boy aged thirteen born in Sakarya, Marmara province, changed gear. In 2011, he arrived on the European circuit by taking part in the Yamaha R6 Dunlop Cup. The beginnings were difficult but Topak hang on.
In 2013, he was selected to compete in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in the wings of the MotoGP Championship. He seized the opportunity to ride on new circuits while participating in Turkey's Supermoto Championship. A year later, he scored his first Red Bull Rookies Cup victory in Germany, on the Sachsenring circuit. The same year he scored another success in 600 Superstock during a race to which he had been invited. In 2015, backed by the advice and support of Kenan Sofuoglu, Toprak decided to compete in the entire 600 Superstock European Championship. It was a well-made decision: the young Turk won the competition and an entry ticket to the Superstock 1000 category. For two years Razgatlioglu fought for the title but fail to win. With the Superbike category, he now faces a new challenge.

2017: 2nd in the European Superstock 600 Championship
2016: 5th in the European Superstock 600 Championship
2015: European 600 Superstock Champion
2014: 6th in the Red Bull Rookies Cup            
          ​First race and first victory in 600 Superstock
2013: 10th in the Red Bull Rookies Cup

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