Rea on joining Yamaha: “It all boils down to the fact I need something new”
The six-time WorldSBK champion, Jonathan Rea, has decided to end his nine-year partnership with Kawasaki, during which they won all six of his championships. Rea’s move to Yamaha comes as he replaces Toprak Razgatlioglu, who had previously moved to BMW. Although Rea believes that he needed a new challenge, leaving Kawasaki has not been an easy process for him due to their success. Yamaha has been more competitive in recent years, making Rea’s decision seem like the right one from a performance standpoint. However, leaving the people at Kawasaki behind will also be difficult for him, as they played a significant role in his career and helped him fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a World Champion.