Honda Press Release: Honda Bids Farewell To Jonathan Rea

It was no secret that Johnny Rea, Honda Europe and the Ten Kate Honda team had a fantastic working relationship. To underline just how strong the bonds were between Honda and Rea, they issued a press release bidding Rea a fond farewell, and wishing him the best in his future endeavors. The press release appears below:

Honda bids farewell to a racing friend

Last Sunday's thrilling end to the 2014 World Superbike championship season in Qatar also marked the conclusion of one of the longest and most successful racing partnerships that the series has ever seen.

After six seasons with the official Honda World Superbike team, run from the Ten Kate Racing workshops in the Netherlands – plus a year in the World Supersport championship with the same outfit – Jonathan Rea will begin the 2015 season with a new challenge.

Year one of the partnership between Rea and the Ten Kate Honda team yielded six World Supersport podiums and three race wins. When he stepped up to World Superbikes and the Honda Fireblade in 2009, Rea began a remarkable record that has seen him take at least one race victory every year.

With the culmination of the 2014 season, that win tally stands at 15, with a total of 41 podium finishes. Rea currently sits 12th in the all-time World Superbike championship win list, with all those victories having been achieved with one team on Honda’s CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Indeed, Rea’s entire road racing career to date has been on Honda machinery, beginning with the Red Bull Rookies programme and, in 2003 at the age of 16, competing in the British 125cc championship.

After an injury-blighted season in British Supersport in 2004, Rea progressed to the British Superbike championship in which he finished as runner-up to Honda team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari in 2007, before stepping up to the World Supersport championship with the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team.

Rea's Honda career has also taken him to the Suzuka 8Hours race in Japan, which, in 2012, he became the first British rider to win. Later that year, Rea also stood in for the injured Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda RC213V at the Misano and Aragon MotoGP rounds.

At a recent World Superbike championship round, representatives from title partner Pata, Honda Motor Europe and the Ten Kate Racing organisation took an opportunity to acknowledge Rea’s contribution with a specially-designed montage representing his Honda career. It seemed a fitting way to thank the 27-year-old for his services to Honda and to the team, and to wish him and his family the best for the future.

Jonathan Rea and Honda - career-to-date

British 125cc Championship 2003
Pole positions -
Races 12
Podiums 1
Wins -
British Supersport Championship 2004
Pole positions -
Races 6
Podiums -
Wins -
British Superbike Championship 2005-2007
Pole positions 8
Races 72
Podiums 17
Wins 5
World Supersport Championship 2008
Pole positions -
Races 12
Podiums 6
Wins 3
World Superbike Championship 2008-2014
Pole positions 4
Races 140
Podiums 42
Wins 15
Pole positions 12
Races 242
Podiums 66
Wins 23



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Has Rea indicated where he is going to next? I haven't kept track on this side. Was it mutal change or had he finally got sick of honda never updating the bike.

He'll be racing alongside Sykes on the Kawasaki team. Someone better informed than I may know the official explanation, but the unofficial consensus seems to be that he was tired of waiting around for Honda to update the CBR1000RR.

Honda made promises to JR and never came up with the goods. He was left hanging around riding a non competitive bike and making it look better than it actually is, in the forlorn hope that Honda would stand by their word and put him into MotoGP.

They'll see how outpaced they are in 2015 for sure, I really do wonder what goes on in the minds of Honda's top brass sometimes!

the guy is CLEARLY a talented rider. Anyone who can take that dog around for 20 laps and come up with a victory here and there must be doing something right. Makes you wonder if the Honda WSBK team would be around without him. Then he fills in for a few MotoGP rides and does excellent! Why Honda couldn't do more to try to keep him in the family is a mystery to me, but i guess all good things must come to an end

Sylvain Guintoli's results, I predict, will be no better than Haslam's this year. The only thing making the 'blade look acceptable was Rez and the Ten Kate wizards and even they couldn't help Haslam much of the time.

Off topic slightly: I wonder at the wisdon of getting rid of Leon Haslam - He seems so often treated poorly: If Suzuki had had even the slightest sense would have supported in 2010, the 25th anniversary year of the GSX-R, to ensure he continued his incredible early season results against Aprilia and Biaggi. If BMW had been remotely decent they would have backed Leon, who had been developing the bike into a race winner over Melandri the moving missile, when he ensure Haslam would not win at Donington and spoil the Melandri love in. Where will he go, I wonder. Any news?