Team Kawasaki KRT Elf

Jonathan Rea

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

After starting in motocross at the age of 10, Jonathan Rea switched to speed racing in 2004, taking the advice of his countrymen Eugene and Michael Laverty. Not very convinced at first, Jonathan quickly took to the game. In 2005, he scored his first pole position in BSB. 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 riding a Honda Fireblade. 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. The following season, Jonathan Rea ranks third in the championship behind Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes before signing for the Kawasaki team.

His adaptation to the ZX 10RR was instantaneous. By scoring fourteen wins and making it twenty-three times to the podium, Rea had even won the title by the penultimate event of the season on the Jerez circuit. Last year, the Kawasaki rider managed the feat of landing a second title in a row after leading the championship from the first to the last race. With twenty-three podium finishes including nine victories, Jonathan managed the fight with Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies to perfection. This year he will try to become the first rider to become Superbike world champion three times in a row.

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

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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 world championship standings. In 2011, he took advantage of the arrival of a new version of the ZX-10R to clinch his first Superpole, and his first win under the rain 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 losing at the wire to Sylvain Guintoli. The following season, it was behind his countryman and new team-mate Jonathan Rea that the Kawasaki factory rider would run up against.

A bone on which Sykes broke his teeth again in 2016. Despite five wins and twenty podiums, the Huddersfield rider never managed to gain the upper hand over Rea. Undeterred however, this year Tom will once again give all he's got to win the new Superbike World Champion title.


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


Randy Krummenacher

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Date of birth: 24 February 1990
Place of birth: Grüt, Switzerland

A rider's son, after schooling in the MotoGP Rookies Cup, Randy Krummenacher hit the international scene in 2007, with the KTM factory team in the 125 cc Grands Prix. After a promising first season in which he made it to the podium in Barcelona, Krummenacher attacked the championship in 2008 with high hopes. Unfortunately a fall during ATV training earned him a series of problems which resulted in the removal of his spleen. The train didn't wait for him. Forced to change teams the following season, the Swiss rider was slow to return to his best level.

He nevertheless finished ninth in the 2009 World Championship before deciding to move up to the Moto2 class. He raced in it for five seasons with different teams without ever finding the one that suited him. A frustration which Randy decided to end in 2016 by signing with Kawasaki to debut in the Supersport world championship. Teaming up with Kenan Sofuoglu, the Swiss rider didn't disappoint his fans or his team. Always up with the frontrunners, he stayed in the title race for several months. Winner of one race, he made it three times to the podium and eventually finished third as the end of the season. Still flying the flag of the Puccetti Kawasaki team, this year he's moved up to the Superbike class.

2016: 3rd in the Supersport World Championship
2015: 21st in the Moto2 World Championship
2014: 24th in the Moto2 World Championship
2013: 17th in the Moto2 World Championship
2012: 18th in the Moto2 World Championship
2011: 18th in the Moto2 World Championship
2010: 9th in the 125 cc World Championship 
2007: First podium, 13th in the 125 cc World Championship 
2006: First 125 cc Grand Prix