10. Jonathan Rea


It’s not a record any racer wants, but Jonathan Rea has a history of “almosts.” As a child, he almost won a junior motocross championship, then, when he switched to road racing, he almost won championships in British Superbike, World Supersport and World Superbike. Having spent most of his career on Hondas, his talent has never been in question. Instead, the past few seasons it’s been acknowledged that Rea rode the wheels off his Ten Kate CBR1000RR Fireblade, winning four races in 2014 on a bike that had no reason being up front.

For 2015, Rea has switched to the factory Kawasaki squad where he has won six out of the eight races run so far. His talent is finally being put to use on a bike capable of winning it all, and should he continue this form for the rest of the year, this might be the last time you see him on a list like this.