Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea cemented his status as one of the all-time World Superbike greats over the weekend, securing his sixth consecutive title aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10RR.
Despite needing just three points, it was a tough start to the weekend for the star when he crashed during qualifying, leaving him starting the opening race back in 15th position on the grid. Showcasing his class, Rea sliced his way through the field to eventually finish in fourth place, seeing him secure the 2020 title in the process.
The newly crowned champ followed that up with a fifth in the Tissot Superpole race on Sunday before crashing out of podium contention in Race Two, although he was able to remount and finish 14th. It was a challenging weekend for team mate Alex Lowes, who was able to finish sixth in the opening race before scoring two DNFs in Sunday’s races. Alongside winning the riders' Championship with Rea, Kawasaki also won the Manufacturers' Championship.
The final race of the World Supersport Championship was a successful weekend for Kawasaki, as Lucas Mahias and Philipp Öttl qualified on the front row before taking third and fourth respectively in the opening race. It was in the final race of the season, however, where Mahias was able to shine, taking his second win of the season.
The World Supersport 300 class continued to see Kawasaki Ninja dominance as Kalinin, Perez and Ieraci made it a front row lockout. The two races then saw all six podium positions secured by Kawasaki riders as Perez and Mueffels shared the wins whilst Booth-Amos and Di Sora also climbed the rostrum. MTM Kawasaki Motoport team rider Jeffrey Buis was eventually crowned series Champion.
This weekend also saw the final round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, as the series rolled into a cold and damp Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. Eager to complete the season in style, it was a challenging qualifying for the FS-3 Kawasaki duo of Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan, finishing 13th and 14th respectively. Knowing they could achieve better in the three races, Danny stormed through in race one to eventually finish fifth with Lee just a few places behind in eighth. It was a similar story in Sunday’s final two races, with Lee taking a fifth and ninth and Danny securing seventh and sixth.
In the Quattro Group British Supersport class, Ben Currie was able to round his season off in style with a front row in qualifying and a second place finish in the opening race whilst team mate James Westmoreland was able to secure third overall in the Championship standings.
Further success came in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class as Danny Kent powered his Morello Racing ZX-10RR to victory in a thrilling final race. However, the biggest success came in the Superstock 600 class, when Ben Luxton was able to secure the 2020 title following a tense victory in the opening race on Saturday afternoon.