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OBE for Rea

It’s been a disappointing year in WSBK for Kawasaki factory rider Jonathan Rea, with hopes of another title slipping away. But the six-time world champion was honoured last month for his services to motorcycle sport with an OBE presented at Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne. The OBE follows the MBE he was awarded in 2017.

Speaking about the award, Rea said, “I am truly humbled and honoured to be recognised yet again at this level for my achievements and contribution to motorcycling. It seems like only yesterday I was collecting my MBE from Prince William at the Palace, but to receive an OBE from The Princess Royal and be amongst so many amazing names and legends who have also received one, is beyond anything I could have imagined. It really is such a privilege for me to have been made an OBE in the late Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours and to collect this honour not just for myself, but on behalf of my family, the wider Kawasaki Racing Team, and my fans in Northern Ireland and across the world.”


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