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TOM SYKES Rea’s team-mate

“What can I say, ex­cept it’s a big achieve­ment to fin­ish world cham­pion twice on the trot? Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jonathan – he is rid­ing very well. Also, credit goes to the team and Kawasaki Rac­ing as we have come from absolutely nowhere in 2011 and have been so con­sis­tent now over the last few years, fight­ing for world ti­tles.”

FABIEN FORET 2002 WSS cham­pion, Rea’s rid­ing coach

“This guy has in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial and tal­ent. He is hon­est with him­self and his crew. He is al­ways try­ing to think how he can im­prove. He called me be­fore Don­ing­ton and said, ‘Can you come and work for me.’ My first ques­tion was, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘I want to win for­ever.’ He lis­tens a lot and isn’t ar­ro­gant – for me, this is the right at­ti­tude.”

STEVE GUTTRIDGE Kawasaki Rac­ing man­ager

“For Kawasaki we are ob­vi­ously over­joyed with backto-back rid­ers’ cham­pi­onships. Both the team and the whole set-up have come a long way over the last few years. Jonathan re­con­firms that ev­ery time he races. He has had some tough times this year, yet each time he man­ages to bring it home on the podium.”

DANIEL CAR­RERA WSB boss

“We are very happy for him be­cause the last man who achieved this was Fog­a­rty, so this con­firms the po­ten­tial of Jonathan and the Kawasaki bikes. This com­bi­na­tion is the most pow­er­ful and we are happy for that but our tar­get for next year is to see other man­u­fac­tur­ers, and other com­bi­na­tions of bikes, fight­ing closer to him.”

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