Jonathan Rea collects MBE from Prince William
Jonathan Rea was awarded an MBE by Prince William in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.
The now three-time World Champion was awarded the honour in the Queen’s birthday honours list back in June, becoming one of just a handful of motorcycle racers to be recognised with the prestigious accolade.
Last year Rea became the first rider since Fogarty to win back-to-back World Superbike titles, before smashing that record to become the first rider in history to win three consecutive crowns this year as he shattered the all-time WorldSBK points record to take his third title in a row.
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The 30-year-old took time out of a busy testing schedule at Jerez, leaving the Spanish circuit after setting the fastest time on Monday, to head to London to collect the award and will now head back to the south of Spain to resume the test alongside team-mate Tom Sykes.
Speaking of collecting the award, Rea said: "Prince William is a bit of a motorcycle fan himself, we talked about his bikes. I am very honoured to be invited here and receive an MBE. It's been more than a dream, more than I ever expected. To come here today it kind of really sinks in what I have achieved.”