Biking Legends: Jonathan Rea


With six back-to-back titles, Jonathan Rea is the most decorated World Superbike champion in the sport’s history, setting all-time highs for race wins (119), points scored (6172.5), podiums (263) and fastest laps (104) during a 16-year world-class career spent wheel-towheel with such greats as Bayliss, Haga, Spies, Davies, as well as Razgatlioglu and Bautista.

Recent times, however, have been hard for the serial winner, an aging ZX-10RR shouldering the blame for a lull in form which, at its lowest, resulted in a 24-race winless streak for the Larne-born legend – but it wasn’t through lack of trying.

Riding the wheels off his Kawasaki to remain competitive, the last few seasons have been edge-of-seat stuff for armchair enthusiasts, as Rea battled Bautista and Razgatlioglu tooth and nail.

It begs the question, at 36 and with so much success already behind him, just how does he keep that all-or-nothing will to win?