Reigning world champion continues to be recognized for stunning 2017 achievement
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has become the 11th recipient to be awarded the Torrens Trophy following his record breaking third world championship victory in 2017. First awarded in 1978, the Torrens Trophy is awarded to an individual or organisation considered to have made an outstanding contribution in the United Kingdom to; the cause of safe and skillful motorcycling, technical excellence to further the cause of motorcycling, and showing outstanding skill in international motorcycling sporting events.
Rea secured 16 victories and 24 podiums as he went on to secure his third consecutive MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship title last season, and becoming the first rider to achieve this feat hasn’t gone un-noticed. Joining double WorldSBK champion James Toseland and 2013 WorldSBK champion Tom Sykes in the prestigious list of riders to be awarded the Trophy, Rea is esteemed company.
Delighted with the news, the 31 year old explains: “I was very happy to accept The Torrens Trophy today at The RAC clubhouse in London. It’s a very prestigious award that’s only awarded on special occasions so it was nice to be considered after winning my third world championship last season. The trophy itself is almost as beautiful as the RAC clubhouse building in Pall Mall where the presentation took place and I had a great day with club members, journalists and guests. I’d like to thank the board of members for inviting me and also to Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager, and Joanne McNeill for joining me.”
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