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Sign this epetition to ensure Jonathan Rea is nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Now that he has claimed his third successive World Superbike Championship crown, Jonathan Rea's legion of supporters are demanding that he makes it onto the list of nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

After our story highlighting his long odds to make it onto the list and to win the overall accolade, Rea's chances to becoming the 2017 SPOTY have been slashed from 200/1 to 50/1.

And now South Manchester-based motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash, is hoping to make sure the judges can't ignore their man.

Rea will be meeting the Queen to receive his MBE on 21st November and you can help to make sure he follows that up with a trip to the BBC SPOTY awards night in Liverpool on December 17.

You can sign the petition by going to change.org right here.

At the prospect of making it onto the list, the ever-modest Ballyclare rider said: "I just concentrate on riding my bike well and winning races. I don't know if I am worthy or not of an award as big as BBC Sports personality, but for others to be talking about me in this way is hugely flattering.  I grew up watching the awards and to potentially follow in the footsteps of some of my all-time heroes like Tony McCoy and Barry McGuigan, who have both won the award, would be a dream come true."

Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, says: “We’re thrilled for (Jonathan) and so proud of what he has achieved. We have always believed in Jonathan and we don’t think it’s a huge ask for the powers that be at the Beeb to formally acknowledge his achievement on his third win.”

Rea achieved his astonishing feat winning Race 1 at Magny-Cours, his 50th win in the series that gave him an unassailable 129-point lead with five races left after his 12th victory of the season. In wet conditions, Rea made a sensational start from pole to lead by 2.4 seconds after lap one. Rea then extended his lead as he finished 16.3 seconds ahead of Marco Melandri although had less luck in the second race of the weekend on Sunday, retiring early, which allowed Chaz Davies to take victory.

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