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Bike ace Jonathan Rea out to race up book charts with autobiography

By Brett Campbell

Triple World Superbike Champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 runner-up Jonathan Rea is on course to publish a tell all memoir this autumn.

The autobiography - Dream. Believe. Achieve - will chart the 31-year-old's life in the fast lane.

It will be co-authored by Rea's long-time friend Steve Booth.

The Ballyclare man said he was "really looking forward" to working with the "very supportive" team at publishers HarperCollins.

"It's only now when I recall the last few decades with him (Steve) I realise the incredibly special journey I am on and those who've been part it," he said.

The father-of-two made history earlier this month by equalling Carl Fogarty's all-time career record of 59 race wins.

And he trailed BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner Mo Farah by just 2,957 votes last year.

The only rider to win the World Superbike Championship for three successive years hopes to make history by claiming the title again this season with his Kawasaki Racing Team. If he equals Fogarty's four world titles he'll become the most successful rider in the 31-year history of the event.

The book promises to give fascinating insight into how the son of a former Isle of Man TT winner conquered the world of racing despite a number of serious scrapes on the track which threatened to thwart his dreams.

"It hasn't all been plain sailing and there have been a lot of life lessons learned along the way," he said.

"This book will be very open and honest about how I've been able to make my dreams and ambitions become a reality."

Rea, whose grandfather was the first sponsor of five-time TT Formula 1 world champion Joey Dunlop, smashed his femur in a horrific crash when he was just 17 and doctors told him he would never race again.

But he defied medical experts and went on to follow in the footsteps of his father Johnny to become a top motorcycle rider, amassing 59 race wins, 120 podium finishes, 44 fastest laps, 16 pole positions and 59 front row starts from his 228 race starts to date with Honda and Kawasaki.

Rea could become the first rider in history to celebrate 60 race wins at Donington Park this weekend.

Just last week the rider, who holds an MBE, became the first freeman of Antrim and Newtownabbey following unanimous support from councillors.

His book is due to hit the shelves in October.

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