Jonathan Rea has created history at the French Magny-Cours circuit, 29 September, becoming the first rider to secure three consecutive WorldSBK titles since the production bike championship began in 1988.
“I have sacrificed so much of my life, as have my parents and everyone involved in helping me get to this level.
“To win it, the championship, the first time, the second time and then go three times in a row, I cannot compute my feelings.”
“My thanks to every single member of the team and everyone from Kawasaki back in Japan.
“Most of all I want my thank my wife and kids who sacrifice so much.”
The thirty-year-old from Northern Ireland was supreme from start to finish aboard his Ninja ZX-10RR in France, crossing the line a 16 seconds ahead of second placed Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finishing third.
The Kawasaki king pulled away from pole position and was clear of the pack early.
He kept the hammer down over the 21 lap race in the wet-drying conditions to remain unchallenged at the front.
His impressive performance delivered his 12th victory of the 21 races to date – a better than 50% win rate for 2017 – and his 50th win in World SBK.
Rea’s stellar season is his most dominant to date, with the Magny Cours win catapulting his points haul to 456, securing an unassailable lead with two rounds to go.
It is a year that kicked off with a double victory at Australia’s Phillip Island, one of his favourite circuits in the world and a place of special significance in the Rea files.
Calling Australia home, Rea is married to Phillip Island’s Tatia Weston and spends the off-season Down Under with his two half-Aussie sons, Jake and Tyler.
Beginning his racing career in motocross, Rea moved to the tarmac in the British domestic series.
Making the step up onto the world stage in 2008 in WorldSSP, he quickly found his feet and moved into the World Superbike class with Honda – taking 15 victories overall.
Swapping to the green machine in 2015, Rea quickly adapted to the Kawasaki, and secured his first WorldSBK title.
He’s virtually been unstoppable since, taking the 2016 title at the final round in Qatar, finishing 51 points ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team).
Rea was also the first champion of this millennium to secure back to back WSBK titles.