Belfast Telegraph

Sunflower's backing can help talented Rea bloom

By Paul Lindsay

Irish Supersport competitor Michael Rea, who took to motorcycle racing following a successful youth career in the mountain bike scene, has secured the backing of a Belfast public house after winning last season's Supersport Cup class.

The 23-year-old, who is a fitter and welder by trade, will now have the Sunflower public house logo adorn his 675cc Triumph triple for the 2016 season, where his goal is to be a regular top-six finisher in the main Supersport class.

Having battled the elements at Kirkistown on Easter Monday, where he took eighth place in race one at the Ards Peninsula venue, Rea said: "It's tough enough getting local sponsorship so I was delighted when Sunflower said yes to my request.

"It really does help as motorcycle racing doesn't come cheap."

Sunflower owner Pedro Donald said: "Michael has been a loyal customer for years and always keeps us up to date with his racing.

"We are only too happy to be in a position to help him financially this season, and I know other Sunflower regulars will be cheering him on too."

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