Double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea was honoured last week as he was presented with Kawasaki Motors UK’s Outstanding Achievement Award.
The trophy presentation was made to Rea in his native Northern Ireland by Howard Dale, General Manager of Kawasaki Motors UK and Craig Watson, UK Sales Manager, who had both flown there for the occasion.
As well as the trophy, Jonathan was presented with a specially commissioned Billy Art oil painting showing a scene from the final race of Jonathan’s triumphant 2016 WSBK campaign, under the floodlights of Qatar wearing his celebration design Arai helmet.
From this painting, 165 limited-edition prints have been created – none of which will be sold – however, customers who pre-register to attend Kawasaki’s 2017 New Model launch night on Friday 24 February could be in with a chance of winning one. Each Kawasaki dealer will have one limited-edition print to present. Customers should register for the event: www.getevencloser.co.uk. Each print is numbered and comes with a letter of authenticity.
Dale said:“Jonathan is always very quick to thank all those supporting him to enable him to chase his dreams. We, at Kawasaki Motors UK, felt that it is not only a nice gesture but also the right thing to do to show our appreciation of his talent, professionalism and his commitment to do his best for himself, his team and Kawasaki. His success reflects on to Kawasaki as a brand, creates brand exposure and makes our job of selling and marketing that much easier.”
The first round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship begins at Philip Island, Australia, on 24-26 February.