WSBK »

Rea to make WSBK debut.

Jonathan Rea will swap places with Kenan Sofuoglu to make his World Superbike debut at this weekend's 2008 season finale at Portimao in Portugal.

The 21-year-old will race the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR at the brand-new 4km circuit having lost the 2008 World Supersport crown to team-mate Andrew Pitt last time out. Rea has already signed to ride in WSBK for Ten Kate next season.

“It's going to be quite different from riding the Supersport bike and I'm really, really happy to get this chance, although I'm sad not to be able to finish off the year with my Supersport crew," said the young Briton. "They've been brilliant all season and I really wanted to win the title for them.

"If everything clicks and I can ride to my potential, there's no reason why I shouldn't be near the front," declared the BSB and WSS race winner. "Portimao is new to everyone, but everyone has also had all season to get their bikes working how they want, so I know how hard it's going to be. The first session on Friday will be just getting comfortable on the bike so I don't expect anything spectacular then. But I'll be aiming for Superpole and looking to score points in both races."

"It'll be very exciting to see Jonathan for the first time on our Superbike," said team manager Ronald ten Kate. "It certainly won't be easy for him, but at least it will allow us one more test session in preparation for next season."

Sofuoglu, the 2007 WSS champion, had already agreed to step back to the 600cc class with Ten Kate in 2009 - and says he is excited to ride the smaller capacity machine this weekend, after a tough debut season in WSBK.

"I'm really excited about getting back on the CBR600RR with the team that helped me win the World Supersport championship last year," he said. "I've been relaxing in Turkey with my friends and family and working a lot on my fitness - so now I feel strong to finish the season in a good position. We will see this as a practice race for next season, but Portimao looks like a very interesting place and I am really looking forward to riding there."


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Rea, French WSS Race 2008
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Jonathan Rea receives WSBK trophy at the FIM award presetation, Qatar WSBK 2016
Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Davies at the FIM awards presentation ,Qatar WSBK 2016
Cluzel, Davies, Rea, Sykes, Krummenacher and Kyle Smith, FIM award winners, Qatar WSBK 2016
Cluzel, Davies, Rea, Sofuoglu, Sykes, Krummenacher and Kyle Smith, FIM award winners, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea arrives at FIM awards on his bike, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea arrives at FIM awards on his bike, Qatar WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu, Tissot pole award winner, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea with WSBK trophy at the FIM award presetation, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea with WSBK trophy at the FIM award presetation, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea with WSBK trophy at the FIM award presetation, Qatar WSBK 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Ian - Unregistered

October 27, 2008 6:24 PM

Maybe nobody is expecting much from Rea, but he''s a class act and a blindingly fast rider. Don''t be too surprised if he''s not mixing it with the regulars right from this first race.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.