Jonathan Rea lost a WSBK crown in 2021 that he has had for six consecutive seasons, and he is determined to regain it this year. To do this, he must start an epic duel with his formidable successor Toprak Razgatlioglu, a duel that many of their opponents can settle or even nip in the bud. To give courage to his compatriot, as he is a Northern Irishman, the British Royal Family has named him the fine award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire, of which he has been a member since 2017…
Jonathan rea was at least sensitive to this recognition: ” it’s a big time for me and my family, who are always there to support me. And this is reflected in the entire Kawasaki Racing team, as well as in the support of my friends and fans around the world. He noted before pointing out with a smile: it’s a great way to start the year “.
The six-time Superbike World Champion even explains it: in the UK News Letter: I received documents in the mail from the Cabinet, asking whether I would like to accept or reject it, and of course I ticked the accept box … “.
In 2017 Jonathan Rea had to convince Kawasaki to have a day off and go to Buckingham Palace
And all the more so because it goes down in history are in this British Empire: “ I don’t like stats or rewards. Maize the only other person I can think of in our sport who has an MBE and an OBE was Joey Dunlopso it’s great and i’m in good company “. real finished: ” when I went to Buckingham Palace in 2017 for my MBE, it was an amazing event and defining moment in my life. But to be honest I never got the chance to take advantage of it because I was testing in Spain at the time. My team had no idea what an MBE was… So I tried to explain to them how important it was and that I needed a day off to pick it up “.
There is no doubt that the lesson has been carried on ever since and that? Jonathan rea This time he will have all the facilities of his employer to honor his rank as required by protocol.