A new title for Kawasaki
By winning in Argentina, Jonathan Rea has allowed Kawasaki to win a new manufacturer’s world championship title. Another highly successful season for Guim Roda’s team.
Untouchable at the end of the season, Jonathan Rea added two new wins to his track record in Argentina. The Kawasaki rider has now had ten wins in a row. “The weekend was once again perfect,” said the quadruple world champion. “My bike was fantastic and I can only thank all my team for allowing me to become the first winner of this new event in South America.” In trouble with the many changes in direction of the San Juan circuit, Tom Sykes ranked sixth Saturday, and fifth Sunday. Toprak Razgatlioglu took the podium of the first race before finishing seventh the next day. In Supersport, Okubo and Barbera crossed the finish line in eighth and ninth place.
The riders’ world championship title being acquired since the previous event at Magny-Cours, all that Kawasaki needed was to win the manufacturers’ title. Jonathan Rea took charge of that in Argentina by winning on Saturday afternoon. A new success for the Greens which obviously delighted Guim Roda, the KRT team manager: “This title means a lot to us because this year the technical regulations were very restrictive, and the reversal of the starting grid for the second race often reduced the advantage that we naturally obtained. Being once again world champions means we have done a very good job.” On the riders side, Tom Sykes remains in fourth place overall, with only one event remaining. Razgatlioglu is in eighth position while Supersport Okubo is now twelfth. Barbera retains nineteenth place in the championship.
After Thailand in 2015, this year was Argentina’s turn to join the calendar of the Superbike World Championship. The new event, organized on the new circuit of San Juan Villicum, allows the competition to return to the South American continent to the delight of Jonathan Rea. “It was my first visit to South America and I really loved the welcome we received,” commented the fresh four-time world champion, received with great fanfare by Sergio Unac and Jorge Chica, respectively Governor and Secretary of Sports of the Province of San Juan. “The organization by the local authorities was impeccable and the public were wildly enthusiastic, warm and welcoming. And this new circuit also lived up to our expectations. Technical, with variations in the terrain… A great place to ride.” Argentina is the twenty-fourth country to figure in the World Superbike calendar and San Juan Villicum is the forty-eighth circuit to host an event. Note also that three Argentine riders have raced to date in Superbike: Nestor Amoroso at Monza in 1993, Leonardo Esteban at Misnao in 1994, and Leandro Mercado who has been competing in the world championship since 2012.