Plaudits for record-breaking Jonathan Rea
Dr Jonathan Rea MBE has been praised after he raced into the history books on Saturday when he notched up his sixth World Superbike title in a row at Estoril in Portugal.
The Kawasaki rider is the most successful rider of all time having bettered Carl Fogarty’s tally of four WSB titles and Joey Dunlop’s achievement of five consecutive Formula One world titles between 1982 and 1986.
The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey hailed the achievements of the local sporting hero and Freeman of the Borough.
Commenting on Rea’s success, Cllr Jim Montgomery said: “On behalf of the citizens of our borough, I want to congratulate Jonathan on yet another outstanding victory.
“He has well and truly put our country and indeed our borough on the world stage and we consider it a great privilege that we can call him our local hero.
“Jonathan is a true ambassador for our borough and a fantastic role model for our young people.
“This has been an extremely difficult year for all industries including sport, but we are delighted that the World Superbike Championship was able to proceed and that Jonathan has been able to bring home the silverware to our borough.
“We look forward to seeing what he has in store for the next season and I know our residents will be supporting him all the way.”
Jonathan Rea attended Larne Grammar School.
Praising his latest success, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston said: “Mayor Johnston said: “On behalf of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, I extend our congratulations to Jonathan on this outstanding achievement to add to his already glittering career.
“His professionalism and dedication to his sport have seen him rise to the very pinnacle of his profession, and he is without a doubt, one of the greatest global sporting icons of all time.
“Jonathan’s achievements are unsurpassed. He is a true ambassador for the area, and I am delighted that next month, we as a council will bestow one of our highest honours upon him as he receives the Freedom of the Borough.”
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