Rea crowned, Kawasaki king
Virtually assured of the championship title on arriving in Qatar, Jonathan Rea logically won his second world champion crown. Tom Sykes completed the success of the Kawasaki team, ensuring second place overall.
Needing only two points to be crowned, Jonathan Rea had no reason to go all out in the last round of the season held on the Losail circuit. The Brit therefore satisfied himself with a second place on Saturday afternoon, but not before taking pole position a little earlier and winning his second world champion title in a row.
Fourth in the first race, Tom Sykes meanwhile found himself threatened by Chaz Davies, the winner, who was determined to outflank the Kawasaki rider to take second place in the championship. Everything depended on Sunday’s race as a result, reduced to ten laps after a trace of oil required a red flag. Although Davies won again, Sykes was able to rely on the helping hand of his teammate who kindly gave him second place.
In so doing the two Kawasaki riders finished the 2016 season with the two first places of the World Superbike Championship. In Supersport Kenan Sofuoglu finished six milliseconds away from victory. Randy Krummenacher finished fifth.
After joining Kawasaki last season, Jonathan Rea this season won his second world champion title ahead of his teammate Tom Sykes. Taking the last podium of the year together, the two Brits also allowed Kawasaki to win the constructors’ title with 582 points, 65 more than the runner-up to the Japanese manufacturer. Assured of his world title on arriving in Qatar, Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to help Randy Krummenacher in his quest for the place of vice-champion in the World Supersport standings. The Swiss rider eventually finished in third place overall two points away from the second-placed rider, France’s Jules Cluzel.
Less than two years after entering the new ZX-10R to motorsports, this season the Kawasaki team made a clean sweep of the championships, winning the riders’ title, the manufacturers’ title and the team title! Three well-deserved world champion crowns and a magnificent twin-win for Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes.
There are magical moments and this is undeniably one of them […] Seeing our two riders in the first two places in the championship says a lot about their investment. Now we need to keep working, because I am sure that next year the competition will be even hotter.
Guim Roda, Team Manager for the Greens
For Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager Steve Guttridge, the triple crown rewards the work of a whole team once again.
I have to congratulate both riders but also to all those who make up this great team. Without them, nothing would be possible.