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Jonathan Rea awarded MBE

Published: 16 June 2017

Updated: 16 June 2017

Double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 30-year-old from Larne, Northern Ireland becomes one of just a handful of motorcycle racers, including Carl Fogarty, Joey Dunlop, sidecar ace Steve Webster and Maria Costello, to be awarded the prestigious Member of the Order of the British Empire accolade.

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Last year Rea became the first rider since Fogarty to win back-to-back World Superbike titles and is currently on track to become the first rider in history to win the crown in three consecutive seasons with a healthy lead in the championship standings over team-mate Tom Sykes.

The award will no doubt be welcomed by the motorcycle community with such recognition for motorcycle racers something of a rarity in the current age. 

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