SBK, Rea: “A hellish world championship, Covid has put our sport in the background”

“But it didn’t stop it. When we started again, I had many doubts. It wasn’t easy, because there were tracks on the horizon that didn’t suit our bike and ended up racing in a new context.”


Johnny Rea makes history for the sixth time. That’s right! At Estoril, the Kawasaki rider crowns his triumphal ride, reaching his sixth consecutive world title. The moment Scott Redding stopped, the Cannibal was able to start celebrating, despite the fact that there were still six laps to go to the checkered flag.

Sixteen rounds that then gave him his glory.

What can I say. This 2020 has been a hellish World Championship,” Rea began. “My season started with a fall. and I ended up chasing. Then came COVID, which put our sport in the background, but we still managed to start again. It wasn’t easy, because there were tracks on the horizon that didn’t suit our bike that much and, consequently, I had some doubts. We also ended up  racing in a new context.

Rea refers to the repercussions of the Coronavirus.

Personally, I can only thank Dorna for having worked hard in order to restart the World Championship in complete safety. I think they did a flawless job. At the same time, I can’t deny that I’ve missed the fans, my family, and my friends who always support me so much from Northern Ireland. I’m sorry they can’t  be here today. This title is for them.”

Johnny then rewinds back to early in the season.

I never imagined I’d end up here today. I have to thank the team for the commitment shown on the track, since it was crucial in achieving this  success. I started the World Championship with a fall and Redding had an important margin after the first race. But we never gave up. We fought, race after race, and we deserve this world title.



Translated by Leila Myftija

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