Hero's Welcome For Jonathan Rea

The most decorated competitor in World Superbike history, Jonathan Rea was greeted with a hero's welcome as he returned to Northern Ireland this week.

The Co Antrim man was met by a host of family, friends and fans as he arrived at Belfast International Airport on Wednesday, 02 October. It follows his unexpected win at the final-race at Magny-Cours in France.

The achievement marks the fifth consecutive year the Kawasaki rider has won the World Superbike championship.
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Hundreds gathered to support the 32-year-old from Templepatrick as he arrived back on home soil, including Lady Mary Peters and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman John Smith.

"We are all proud of your amazing achievement, welcome home" said the Mary Peters Trust in a congratulatory message posted on Twitter.

Following the win, the Housing Executive revealed a new mural in the West Winds Estate, Newtownards that celebrates the superbiking champion, with each of his titles displayed in gold.

"Completed it mate! We are World Champions!" the local sporting legend commented after his win.


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