Johnny Rea – WSB Champion 2017 – is a superbike racer born in Ballymena (Northern Ireland). His sporting career began in motocross, before deciding to move to tarmac competing in British Superbikes. He competed in the national series, before making the step up into the Supersport World Championship in 2008. Rea has been competing in the top class since his first full campaign at World Superbike in 2009; where he accumulated 15 Victories, always on a Honda.
After several attempts to reach the title he finally secured it after an impressive 2015 season, his first with the Kawasaki Racing Team. This season saw Rea take five double victories, and he finished with a final advantage of 132 points over Chaz Davies in second position.
In 2016 he became Johnny Rea first champion of this millennium to win a back to back title, beating his countrymen Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies in a closely contested season, despite leading the championship from the first round of the series. The current world champion seeks his third consecutive title in 2017 aboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR.