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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Rea rewrites the record books with three wins in a row

Jonathan Rea rewrote the record books in France last weekend when he became the first rider ever to win three World Superbike Championships in a row, and he did it in fine style.

Rea took the crown in race one with a stunning display of pure race craft. The 31 year old has made this season's dominance seem effortless, and as he lifts the third consecutive title in a row he has cemented his name in the history books along the way.

Heading to Magny-Cours, Rea welcomed a fast pace from Friday and was able to secure pole position as the rain fell on Saturday morning. The title fight was never in doubt, as the Ballymena rider put in a stunning performance to dominate the 21 lap race in wet conditions, to take the title and his 12th victory of the season.

After securing this historic title, Rea is quickly becoming known as one of World SBK's greats, with compatriot Cal Fogarty's records in his sights. Ever the fan favourite and a dedicated family man, the three time champion is making his mark on the series in a big way and the question will continue to be asked; how many more can he win?

Jonathan Rea commented: 'To be honest I can't sum up my emotions, I feel quite numb. I just feel super proud of my team and Kawasaki. It has been such a team effort, even though I'm the guy who rode it over the line, there have been so many people involved to make it possible'

'I won the title for the past two years, and yet I never won the race that won the championship for me, and I was out to change that this year. I just got the start that I wanted and kept going and watching my boards, and now I feel that I won the championship and I also won the all-important race.

'Every season is different and special in its own individual way. 2015 was a seamless year, I joined a high level team with a well-developed bike. I jumped on a bike that was ready to win and we won. 2016 was more special because we had a completely new ZX.10R, and I'm really proud of my team for the constant development. We had a lot of success last season and although we didn't score as many points, we were able to understand the bike and it was a lot more difficult, so it was a lot harder.

'Straightaway I am thinking about tomorrow and the end of the season. 2018 as a whole looks uncertain and we need to understand how the bike will work with some new regulations. Winter testing will be so important, and when we turn our attentions to 2018, I am 100% confident in my team and Kawasaki that we will always give our 100%.'

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