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Video: Ballyclare's new World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea 'realises his dream'


New World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea will be back in Northern Ireland this weekend to celebrate his remarkable achievement with his family.

His father Johnny Rea - himself a former successful motorcycle racer - today spoke of his pride at his son 'realising his dream'.

"It's been a dream for Jonathan and to see him reach that goal is unbelievable.

"For myself and the family it went from nervousness to excitement and relief all in one day. We were all desperately wanting him to win the championship - but on the morning he was the coolest one of us all," said Johnny.

Johnny said Jonathan gave him the excuse to quit racing himself "because it's like a drug. It meant I could focus all my energies on him."

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