Jonathan Rea made history at the weekend with his third successive world superbike title - and the praise has already been pouring in.
JOHNNY (Proud dad and Irish road racing champion and Isle of Man TT winner): “It’s brilliant that Jonathan has clinched his third world title this weekend, and become the first ever to win three World Superbike titles in a row. It’s hard to describe my emotions at the minute. I was nervous but excited before the race, and I am so proud of Jonathan and all his achievements. Also how he’s the same son now as he always was.”
EUGENE LAVERTY (World Superbike star): “Jonathan has achieved such great results, and I am delighted for him following this latest success. Jonathan is such a talented rider and I knew that once he got on the Kawasaki he would be a huge title contender. He has led the championship from his first race on the bike and has continued to do so for the three years he has been with the team. A huge achievement and a well deserved award for his efforts both on and off the track.”
MERVYN WHYTE MBE (North West 200 Event Race Director): “Congratulations to Jonathan Rea and the Kawasaki Race Team. To achieve a world championship on one occasion is exceptional, to do on two successive years is phenomenal but to be a triple world champion in WSB is unheard of. Jonathan Rea deserves the highest honours for achieving such status.”
BRIAN REID (Double Formula 2 world champion and five-times Isle of Man TT winner): “I am delighted that Jonathan has created history by winning the title three years running and bringing another world championship to our wee country. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
NORMAN WATT (President, Motor Cycle Union of Ireland): “What an achievement — sheer dedication. Jonathan has come a long way since riding his first motorcycle an Italjet 50 at two years old. He is a true ambassador for motorcycling sport in Ireland.
ARLENE FOSTER (DUP leader): “It’s not everyday you get to re-write the sporting history books and I want to congratulate Jonathan Rea MBE on his fabulous, historic win, by becoming the first rider to win three successive World Superbike titles. We were all behind Jonathan, right up until that final race and for him, it will be a real achievement to reach that podium finish. Yet again Jonathan has put Northern Ireland on the map. We have such a wealth of sporting talent here and to see people from here excelling in the world of sport, whether it is football, rugby or indeed Superbikes, really does bring a sense of pride and inspires a generation.”