WSB: Rea: 'I have no words'

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Jonathan Rea was lost for words after storming to a record third World Superbike title in Magny Cours this afternoon.

The Northern Irishman dominated the wet opening race in France to place himself 129 points ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes with just 125 points left on the table.

Not only did Rea take the crown, but the victory was his 50th World Superbike win, meaning he’s now just ten race wins from becoming the most successful rider in WSB history.

Nobody has ever taken three WSB titles in a row, with Rea now joining Troy Bayliss as the joint-second most successful racer in World Superbike history, just one title behind the all-time great that is Carl Fogarty.


“I have no words right now,” said an overjoyed race moments after the race. “I’ve sacrificed so much in my life, with my parents and everybody to live my dream, to win a world championship. To go three times, I can’t really compute the feelings right now.

“I’m so happy to have done it with a race win, it’s something I haven’t done with my previous two titles and to make it 50 race wins, I’m absolutely thrilled.

“I want to thank everyone at Kawasaki, here and in Japan and my wife and kids for letting me do this, letting me live my dream. I’m so happy they are here this weekend to experience this alongside me.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing