Rea makes WSB his­tory again

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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’

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