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Jonathan Rea delighted to be revving up for more World Superbike success after extending Kawasaki Racing Team deal

By Frank Brownlow

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has extended his contract with the Kawasaki Racing Team, signing up for 2017 and 2018.

The Ulsterman, who won the title with Kawasaki in what was his first year in the team, leads the current standings by a 35 point margin and has won 19 races with the outfit since the beginning of last season.

"I am so happy to extend this partnership with the Kawasaki Racing Team and continue the great relationship I have with all the Kawasaki engineers and fans," said Rea.

"It is clear that our objectives and way of working are very well matched so it makes perfect sense to extend this for two more seasons.

"With all the incredible memories we have made so far and are now creating, I am 100% confident that we will enjoy working together and develop the Ninja ZX-10R into the future," Rea added.

"I would like to thank Kawasaki and all the KRT staff for their full support and belief in my potential.

"I am now even more focused than ever to win the WorldSBK Championship in 2016 to make it back to back wins."

Rea has won five races so far this term as he attempts to defend his crown.

The 29-year-old from Kilwaughter will be pushing his Ninja to the limit this weekend at Sepang in Malaysia, as the WorldSBK paddock touches down near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur for Round Six.

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