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MBE award more popular than championship, says rea

Northern Irish rider Johnathan Rea has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to motorcycle racing”.

As a KRT WorldSBK rider with two world championships in his locker Rea is well used to earning plaudits for his on-track exploits. As well as these sporting rewards he has now also been given this important honour.

Rea explained: “I received a letter a couple of months ago to accept that my name had been put forward for the MBE and I ticked the box that says, “Yes I do” and sent it back!
“I think the most important thing is that I got more messages on my phone about the MBE than I did when I won the championship,” said Rea. “It seems like a bigger accolade to have, for the general public. It means that you are recognised in open society, not just as a niche sport. That means a lot. It is nice to get motorcycling recognised in the mainstream. Maybe the young Princes had something to do with it, selling motorsport to the Queen?”
Rea joins some other illustrious British bike racers in receiving an official honour. “Heroes such as Joey Dunlop have achieved not just an MBE but and OBE (Order of the British Empire) as well, so to join him as a Member of the British Empire is really cool,” said Rea. “Also Foggy (Carl Fogarty), the most dominant Superbike rider of all time. So I am putting my name along with good people.”



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