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When and how we will find out if Jonathan Rea has made the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

The legions of Jonathan Rea supporters have been demanding that the World Superbike champion makes it onto BBC's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

And tonight they will discover whether or not all of their campaigning efforts have paid off.

The shortlist is due to be announced on this evening's BBC One Show between 7pm and 7.30pm. And of course, we'll bring you the news as soon as it happens right here.

Rea became the first man ever to win three successive World Superbike titles when victory in Magny-Cours was enough to see him over the line back in September.

After that, we asked him about his chances of claiming another accolade when the BBC SPOTY winner is announced in Liverpool on December 17:

Since then, his odds have tumbled, from as high as 200/1 to the 22/1 fifth favourite to win the overall award, behind odds-on favourite Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome and Jermaine Defoe.

That is perhaps at least in part due to an online petition that quickly gathered up over 10,000 signatures demanding for Rea to make the shortlist. It was delivered to the BBC's building in Manchester's Media City earlier this month:

The last motorcyclist to be nominated for BBC SPOTY was James Toseland in 2007.

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