When Jonathan Rea first set foot in the World championship paddock back in 2008, to contest his debut season in the then World Supersport category, few could have imagined the impact the amiable Northern-Irishman from Ballymena would have.
14 seasons, 100 wins, six consecutive titles; and arguably one of the greatest ever? Quite possibly…
At the 2021 season opening race in Spain, Rea pushed things further again, by claiming his 100th career win; taking a lights-to flag victory at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Crossing the line with a near four second lead, Rea becomes the first rider in the history of World Superbikes to rack up a century of race victories, and joins an elite group of riders to win over 100 races at world level - including Giacomo Agostini and Valentino Rossi.
After the 18 lap race Rea said: “We reached 100 race wins, and it was done with a lot of hard work. Over the off season Kawasaki really dug in with a new bike and we were able to make a step. Also in the off season I worked really hard on myself and I know I improved in all areas. I was born with the dream of racing motorbikes, and going with my parents to ride around Motocross tracks in 1993, ’94. The history is mad. Getting the opportunity to come to the world championship, in 2008 in Supersport, and straight away after my rookie season going to Superbike.Taking my first race win at Misano in 2009 as a rookie and now with 100 wins… It’s mad!”