After another epic season of racing, MCN’s sports team of Michael Guy (Sports Editor), Simon Patterson (MotoGP reporter) and Oli Rushby (Superbike reporter) sat down to discuss who impressed them the most in each race series we cover – and to whittle down a shortlist of exactly who was the most impressive racers of the season.
With that in mind, we’ve came up with a list of seven – but we need your help to cut that down to award the 59th running of our Racer of the Year award!
Including Jonathan Rea among our MCN Rider of the Year contenders was not a hard call to make, with the factory Kawasaki rider becoming the most successful WSB rider of all time as he secured his fourth world crown in 2018. The Ulsterman has been unbeaten since joining Kawasaki in 2015, and clinched his fourth world crown in Magny Cours with two and a half rounds remaining.
Rea was in a class of his own throughout the 2018 season, taking an incredible 17 victories across the year and finishing off the podium just three times enabling him to build an insurmountable points gap to Chaz Davies in second.
The victory saw him equal Carl Fogarty’s record for the most World Superbike titles with four crowns, but having surpassed the former Ducati ace’s all-time win record at Brno, Rea can now officially be called the most successful WSB racer of all time. He ended the season with 71 World Superbike wins to his name, more than double the amount of the next active rider on the all-time wins list (Tom Sykes, 34).