Rea makes WSB history again
Rea and Kawasaki are just too good and their rivals can’t keep up.
Rea said: “This year the bike gives me that confidence to push 100% for a lap time and when the bike is moving or I am having moments, it is enjoyable because I know what is a happening. Last year I did not have that confidence with the bike to throw my balls to the wall for that one lap.”
Rea has also made a mockery of the reverse grid rule introduced in 2017, which sees the winner of race one start from ninth on the grid in race two. Despite the ‘on paper’ disadvantage Rea has had eight race two wins this year – just as many as he had race one wins.
Thanks to his dominant Qatar double, Rea has recorded 16 individual race wins. His previous best was 14, from a 2015 season he said at the time was a special one.
This year he stood on the podium 24 times from 26 races. As Rea said in Qatar, now is his time. And it is fast becoming his era.
‘ The bike gives me that confidence to push 100% for a lap time’