Stormont tribute to World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea
World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea has been welcomed to Stormont to celebrate his incredible success in the 2015 World Superbike Championship.
The event, hosted by MLA Gordon Dunne and First Minister Arlene Foster, recognised Rea's remarkable success when he stormed to 14 race victories to become the fourth Northern Ireland rider to be named World Motorcycle Champion, following in the wheel tracks of the late great Joey Dunlop back in 1986, Brian Reid and Ralph Bryans.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: "It was a great pleasure to meet and congratulate Jonathan on his remarkable achievement in becoming World Superbike Champion. Jonathan is a fantastic ambassador for Northern Ireland in a country with such a rich motorsport heritage. I wish him well for the future as he seeks to defend his World Superbike crown in 2016.
"Northern Ireland excels in many sports right across the world. Jonathan’s success caps off what has been a wonderful few years for our local sporting heroes. It's wonderful that Northern Ireland is now known across the world for sports stars like Jonathan.
We are all incredibly proud of Jonathan's achievements. I love hearing success stories from Northern Ireland. For a small place we have a lot of them. These people are incredibly important. They inspire the leaders and success stories of tomorrow. I trust Jonathan's dedication and hard work will act as an inspiration to other young people. Regardless of whether it's in sport, study, employment or community if people work hard and set goals, they can succeed."