REA COULD RE­WRITE THE RECORD BOOKS

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Best Brit Racers -

One of the best things about World Su­per­bikes has al­ways been the close rac­ing and how it’s been quite dif­fi­cult for a rider to dom­i­nate. You only have to look at how it took 17 years for a rider to win back-to-back cham­pi­onships since Fog­a­rty last did it in 1998/1999.

That’s what makes the achieve­ments of 2015/16 World Su­per­bike Cham­pion Jonathan Rea all the more im­pres­sive. Es­pe­cially last year when he was un­stop­pable aboard the Kawasaki and even though things weren’t quite 100% for the Ul­ster­man this time around, he still did what he had to do to be crowned champ for the sec­ond time.

With 38 ca­reer vic­to­ries, he’s now fourth in the all-time win­ners list be­hind three rac­ers who have now re­tired – Carl Fog­a­rty, Troy Bayliss and Noriyuki Haga. If he was to win as many races as he did this sea­son in the next two years of his con­tract with Kawasaki, he would be just four vic­to­ries off be­com­ing the most suc­cess­ful WSB racer of all time. Seems fea­si­ble.

Rea’s suc­cess shouldn’t be ig­nored ei­ther, but he per­haps doesn’t get the credit he’s due be­cause of the dwin­dling pop­u­lar­ity of WSB.

While in Fog­a­rty’s era, World Su­per­bike was King, these days Mo­togp is un­equiv­o­cally top dog in the world of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. You only have to look at the se­ries’ so­cial me­dia fol­low­ings – Mo­togp is edg­ing to­wards 2 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Twit­ter in com­par­i­son to WSB’S 120k.

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