World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea set for parade lap at North West 200
Northern Ireland's three-time World Superbike champion is set to ride at this year's North West 200, it has been announced.
Rea enjoyed a bumper 2017, winning his third World Superbike championship in a row and earning himself a nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
While the 31-year-old won't be taking to the famous circuit linking towns along the province's north coast, he will ride a Kawasaki ZX10RR in a parade lap during the main race day on May 19.
"I’m very excited to go back and visit the North West 200 and be able to do a parade lap," Rea said.
“I was fortunate enough to ride with my Dad around there more than 10 years ago,” the Ballyclare man said.
"It’s an event that I follow closely and this season my schedule lets me visit. I always remember the atmosphere on the north coast during race week being amazing and I’m sure this year will be no different.”
Speaking at the launch of the event on Tuesday night, the event director Mervyn Whyte said he was "thrilled and delighted to announce that Jonathan will be out on track in front of his home fans at this year's Vauxhall International North West 200".
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