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26 July 2022

Central Europe Calls For KRT Duo

Round Six of the WorldSBK championship will shortly begin at the Autodrom Most circuit in the Czech Republic, with Jonathan Rea and his team-mate Alex Lowes eager to get back into competitive action after finding success at their home round of Donington Park recently.

Alex and Jonathan each scored podium finishes at the previous round, during what was an unusually hot home race weekend in the UK. They are now making final preparations to take part in the WorldSBK event that marks the halfway point of the 12-round series.

With a Donington Superpole qualifying ‘win’ and three more podiums added to his already immense tally of success, six-times World Champion Rea is looking to win races at Most to narrow the championship lead of Alvaro Bautista still further.

Lowes secured his first top three finish of the season last time out on his Ninja ZX-10RR. This success has only whetted his appetite for more visits to the podium to make sure he enters the long summer break in confident mood.

In the championship fight Rea is second with 229 points and Lowes is seventh, with 106 points.

Most features no less than 21 distinct corners and curves - a very high number for a circuit which measures 4.212km long. This leads to frequent changes of direction as the track weaves its way across the side of a hill, making it a truly unique and characterful venue. Track improvements for the 2022 season include resurfacing, improved drainage and enhanced run-off areas.

The main WorldSBK event in the centre of Europe this year, after its first ever WorldSBK participation last year, Most is a particularly important round - and not just for the enthusiastic local Czech fans. With no WorldSBK race in Germany this season Autodrom Most is the nearest round for many nearby countries like Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria.

After missing the WorldSBK Donington Park weekend, the ever exciting WorldSSP300 Championship will have its fifth round of the season at Most.

On completion of the Czech round there will be a five weekend-long summer break from competitive WorldSBK action. The season will get underway again at the frequently visited Circuit de Nevers Magny Cours in France, between 9-11 September.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “Most is an exciting one because it is the last race of the first part of the season. It is important to go into the summer break with a good feeling and some momentum. It was a new circuit for everybody last season so we had a lot of learning to do. We hadn’t tested there so it was a more difficult weekend than we expected. Armed with all the data we gained last season, and the improvements in the Ninja ZX-10RR, I expect to start strongly. I enjoy the circuit and they have worked really hard to improve it and re-asphalt it in a lot of areas. I am expecting quite a different Most than in 2021. I expect a lot of local fans. I know when we used to race in the Czech Republic in the past they turned out in their thousands. It will be amazing to see all that support from the Czech fans. The target is to go there to maximise our opportunities and come away with a bag full of points before the summer break.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “Most is a relatively new addition to the calendar, only joining the WorldSBK series last year. It’s a fun layout. They have changed a few things, including some of the tarmac for this year, so will be interesting to see how it has evolved. I feel like I’m close to a real good run of results so I want to carry the momentum of Donington into this Most weekend. I want to get back on the podium, which would lead us nicely into the summer break. I’m excited to get out on track again with ‘Team 22.’”

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) is the best placed Independent Kawasaki rider in the championship, heading to Most in 14th place overall.

Rookie WorldSBK rider Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) will enjoy a home round at Most, having taken a podium for Kawasaki there in the WorldSSP300 race last season.

The Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki squad will be at Most, with their rider choice yet to be finalised.

2022 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
2022: Races 15, Wins 5, Podiums 13, Superpoles 2
Career Race Wins: 117 (102 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 228 (186 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 37 (33 for Kawasaki)

Alex Lowes:
2022: Races: 15, Wins 0, Podiums 1, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 30 (10 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)

8 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
6 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
5 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 176 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 503 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 102 – second overall

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