Northern Ireland's six-time world champion Jonathan Rea returned home from a title winning weekend in Portugal and admitted that he will only starting thinking about securing a magnificent seven next year after spending some quality time with his family.
The coronavirus pandemic dictated that yesterday's celebrations were muted as Rea flew back from the Estoril circuit where he achieved his historic feat.
After winning world championships for the past five years, Rea has been given a hero's welcome as hundreds of his proud and passionate fans lined streets and crammed into conference halls.
But last night it was just a special homecoming house party with wife Tatia and sons Jake and Tyler on the guest list. And the 33-year-old was only too glad to be back with his family.
"I have had no time to think about next year - although I do have a test mid-November," he said.
"I'm just happy to be home, to see my family and I now want to relax for a few weeks.
"Tatia and the boys haven't been to any of the last seven rounds and, due to this pandemic, I'm not able to have a welcome home party.
"The one thing I really missed all season was having the fans at the trackside cheering me on and waving the flags and enjoying the celebrations. My social media channels have allowed me to thank them and I'll hopefully see them again in 2021."
Rea needed just three points from the weekend to clinch the world championship. But it certainly didn't go according to plan with the Ballyclare man hitting the deck twice.
"It wasn't the smoothest of weekends I've ever had to be honest, yet I enjoyed the whole experience," conceded Rea.
"Estoril was a brand-new circuit for me and the Kawasaki Racing Team, so we had to learn it on the first day and get a basic set up with the bike. The position we were in championship-wise allowed us the luxury to test a few things. Then in Superpole I crashed on the third lap and that set us back.
"Fifteenth on the grid and having to ride my second bike wasn't ideal for Race One as you cannot give Toprak (Razgatlioglu) that kind of start, row five is a long way from pole and half the field to overtake as quickly as possible."
In typical fashion, though, Rea produced a spirited display and was right in the amongst the front runners although Razgatlioglu was away in first place.
"I really enjoyed that first lap," says Rea. "I made a lot of passes and was actually second on lap eight. Chas Davies and Garrett Gerloff eventually came back past me and, knowing that Scott (Redding) was out, I brought it home in fourth position and the trackside celebrations could begin."
With the title in the bag, Rea was struck by more bad luck on Sunday, but it didn't have a damaging effect on the Manufacturers Championship for Kawasaki.
He adds: "Race two we put in a tyre I hadn't tested and it was feeling positive until I made a mistake and crashed at Turn Three. I picked the bike up and kept going, but in the crash, I had picked up a puncture and ended the race with one bar of pressure. It was only after I crashed that I realised the Manufacturers Championship was on the line and Ducati wanted it.
"I knew Alex (Lowes) was in a title-winning position, but then I saw he had crashed and I thought when I saw the Ducati's doing burn-outs at Turn One after the race that we'd blown it. I had forgotten about Xavi Fores; fortunately, he kept the Kawasaki flag flying and finished eighth giving Kawasaki the Manufacturers Championship by a single point. I was really, really pleased, as I know how much this means to the factory back in Japan."
Redding was Rea's main challenger throughout the year and he believes the former MotoGP rider will be right on his tail again next season.
"He's a super-fast rider and knows how to exploit the Ducati to its full potential," concedes Rea. "He will be a real threat next year."
Thinking about next season can wait. Rea has some quality family time to enjoy.