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New Champion Rea And Former Champion Sykes Go For More Trophies

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KRT rider Jonathan Rea lifted the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship last time out in Spain but even after this outstanding success both he and his team-mate Tom Sykes will be shooting for more race wins and podiums in the remaining races of the season to add to their already impressive season totals.

So far, after 11 rounds and 22 individual races, Rea has taken 12 race wins and eight other podiums in his first Kawasaki season. Champion in 2013 for KRT, Sykes has netted four wins and seven other podiums in the same time scale this year.

Those combined statistics have ensured that Kawasaki has taken its first manufacturers‰Ûª title in the Superbike World Championship with two rounds of the 2015 season remaining.

With the pressure of winning his first WorldSBK title now receding Rea just wants to aim for more race wins, while Sykes is keen to move up to second place in the championship standings by season end. He is currently 22 points behind Chaz Davies, with four races left to run, including Magny-Cours.

‰ÛÏWe had a really amazing moment in winning the championship in Spain but we struggled a little bit in the races." Rea admitted. "First, we have to really understand the reason why we struggled so much at Jerez on Sunday, when on Saturday everything was fine.

"When we sit down to make a plan for this coming weekend, and figure things out, we will be pretty clear in the direction we need to go. After that I just want to enjoy the races.

"I think in France we can start again with a clean slate and I see no reason why we cannot battle up at the front once again. I have had some good results at Magny-Cours in the past.

"To win the World Championship is a massive goal I have been waiting to achieve all my life and I have not really let my guard down too much since I did it." Rea continued. "I was quite busy at the beginning of last week but since I got home I have been trying to treat each day as normal; to keep it in the back of my mind that we have to work hard for the next two races.

"I really want to bounce back after being off the podium in Jerez and fight at the front at Magny-Cours.‰Û

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