Jonathan Rea MBE continues to rewrite the history books of a series which began in 1988, as he claimed his sixth consecutive World Superbike Championship.
A true family man, Jonathan didn't forget his wife Tatia, his two boys, Jake and Tyler, in the heat of battle by wearing a chest protector in the race caricatured with his family (including the family dog) who haven't been with him at races this season due to Covid-19, but this was his way of ensuring they were with him every step of the way to yet another historic moment.
The celebration, shared with team members, on the slow down lap after knowing the title was secure was up to his usual standard with a box containing six finger rings somewhat similar to the NFL Superbowl winner's reward, a golden helmet, the obligatory T-shirt and flag.
Just a pity there were no travelling fans allowed to witness this momentous occasion, again due to Covid-19, but Jonathan in his usual professional manner didn't forget them by Tweeting: "Today I won my sixth World Championship. Thanks to all my team, family, sponsors, fans and all the support on my social media channels."
He was on the back foot on Saturday morning in Estoril having crashed in Superpole on his third lap damaging his Kawasaki enough that he was forced to ride a second bike in the first race and having to start from 15th position on the grid.
His main rival Scott Redding suffered a crash in the same session and not having set a time had to start from the back of the grid. Jonathan raced through the pack to finish fourth and 13 points (he only needed three) as Redding on his rebuilt Ducati was forced to retire early in the race and that sixth title was coming back to Northern Ireland. One of the first to congratulate him in Parc Ferme was Redding, rivals on track, respect for each other off it.
Jonathan, his crew chief Pere Riba and the Kawasaki family have been resilient, dedicated, thorough and consistent in their preparations, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for race wins and podiums, which, of course, led to championship success.
The 33-year old from Templepatrick never forgets his roots, appreciates the sacrifices his family made in the early days of his career and his own dedication and sacrifices required to get to win not just one world championship - but SIX.
His late grandfather John told him he would be a world champion one day, but unfortunately didn't live to see it.
From Youth motocross Jonathan progressed to tarmac and became a Red Bull Rookie alongside Eugene Laverty in 2003, living away from home, 'bed surfing' in mates' houses and racing at weekends was the way of life; in fact, he never raced at home on tarmac until late 2003 in the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt where he won both 125cc races on his Honda. He returned to the Co Down circuit three years later and won the famous Sunflower Trophy race, having earlier won his first BSB race at Mondello Park the same year.
He had always shown ability and was fast-tracked through the Honda UK ranks, before moving to world Supersport with Ten Kate Honda and then World Superbikes with the Dutch team, winning his first Superbike race at Misano in 2009.
No superlatives are good enough to describe what Jonathan has achieved since leaving Honda and signing for Kawasaki back in winter 2014, winning the title every year since.
Jonathan was awarded the MBE in 2017 and an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's University in 2019 for his services to motorcycling, as the awards came thick and fast.
The last two seasons have seen Jonathan and Kawasaki come under intense scrutiny, mostly by Ducati, with Alvaro Bautista in 2019 and Scott Redding this year, all three of whom made no bones that they were in WSBK to take Jonathan and Kawasaki's crown.
Despite this Rea and Kawasaki have become even more competitive with the determination, consistency and ability of the rider backed by Kawasaki's scope to provide what Jonathan needed to achieve this unthinkable milestone.
Rea trailed Redding by 24 points going into the third round at Portimao where a superb hat-trick gave him the lead in the championship by a slender four-point margin.
Two rounds at Aragon on successive weekends saw Rea pick up three victories and consistent points while Redding was more inconsistent allowing the Kawasaki rider to move 36 points ahead. Two wins at Catalunya saw that gap extend to 51 points with two rounds remaining.
Magny Cours could have seen Rea win the title mathematically but, despite two wins, Redding and Chas Davies were first and second in race three leaving Rea with a 59-point lead with just 72 available in the final round at Estoril.
What motivates Rea? "Winning. I know time is going to run out on that score, but I want to prolong that as long as possible," he says.
After the joy of six, who would rule out seven heaven a year from now?