Jonathan Rea Wins First Back-to-Back Superbike World Championships Since Foggy
World Superbike has long known for being ultra-competitive. The fact that Jonathan Rea became the first rider to defend his title in that series since Carl Fogarty did it in 1999, only backs up that premise.
Call it the luck of the Irish.
All season it was a battle of the UK, between Rea, Kawasaki teammate and Ducati's Chaz Davies. Rea was the class of the field though, winning in clumps of two and three races at a time, pushing his total to nine victories by the end of his championship-winning season.
Davies did everything he could to make it interesting, with an eye-popping end of the season where he won seven of the last eight races, including six in a row to close out the season. Yet it was the ever-consistent Rea who came through holding up the champion's trophy again by scoring on the podium in all but three rounds of the 26-race series.
Rea has become a fan favorite in the WorldSBK paddock with his approachable nature and laid back attitude. 2017 will see him back with Kawasaki, trying to win a third title in a row, something no one has ever done in World Superbike history.