Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea MBE was awarded the Royal Automobile Club’s Torrens Trophy on Thursday, March 29 – the day our April issue went to press – at the Pall Mall Clubhouse for being the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike Championships.
For Rea, it was only the latest in a string of high-profile accolades, from finishing runner-up in the Sports Personality of the Year contest just 2957 votes behind winner Sir Mo Farah to being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Jonathan received his trophy from Barrie Baxter, chairman of the Torrens Trophy Nominations Committee.
The son of Isle of Man TT winner Johnny Rea, the 30-year-old from Ballymena moved to Kawasaki in 2015 and has been virtually unbeatable ever since. He’s been on the podium 112 times during his World Superbike career, and last season won 16 of 26 WSB races, making history for the most points scored in a single season, with an amazing 556.
Read more in the May 2018 issue of OBM – on sale now!