Kawasaki has dominated the production-based series since 2015, with Rea taking six world titles in a row since then and rewriting the record books in the process. However, this season has witnessed the emergence of a new threat in the form of Yamaha and Toprak Razgatlioglu , who leads the standings by 24 points ahead of this weekend’s penultimate round in Argentina, and could have been even further ahead if not for three DNFs not of his making. By contrast, Rea has suffered four crashes this year as he has pushed to the limits to make up for the deficiencies of the 2021-spec Kawasaki ZX10-RR compared to the Yamaha R1. This has led many observers to remark that Yamaha now has the best all-round package on the grid, a claim further bolstered by rookie Andrea Locatelli 's impressive performances in the second half of the season aboard the other factory Yamaha. Kawasaki’s chances of defending its title took a hit before the season even began, as WSBK organisers ruled that the new ZX10-RR would have to keep its predecessor’s rev limit of 14600rpm, a ruling that Rea has criticised on numerous occasions . Riba believes that disadvantage combined with Yamaha… Read full this story
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