REA COULD REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS
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.