While Sir Mo Farah claimed the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, triple World Superbike Jonathan Rea produced a minor shock by finishing runner-up with Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton finished a lowly sixth place.

Rea was the first motorcycle racer nominated for the prestigious award in a decade thanks to his historic three consecutive World Superbike titles and fans voted in huge numbers to see the Kawasaki Racing Team rider storm to second place and only miss out on the overall award by less than 3,000 public votes.

2014 BBC SPOTY award winner Hamilton finished sixth on the public vote, his worst result from his five nominations during his career, with many votes going to sports not considered mainstream including motorcycling (Rea in second), para althetics (Jonnie Peacock in third) and swimming (Adam Peaty in fifth). Check out the full breakdown of the voting results here:

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Don't think Lewis's VAT avoidance on his plane would have gone down very well with the British public. 

I personaly thought AJ wold have won as he has become World champion while still learning his trade and just seems a pleasaunt guy as you don't here much trash talking from him like some over here in the US.

Why's there a photo of Hamilton for this article. The award was won by a Somalian runner wasn't it?