Jonathan Rea says his history-making third World Superbike title has been the sweetest of his career as he pays tribute to his supporting team which helped him to dominate the 2017 campaign to win the championship with five races to spare.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider controlled the wet race one at Magny-Cour to storm to his 50th career World Superbike race win, his 12th of the season, which sees him secure the 2017 world title in emphatic fashion with the biggest-winning margin of the season with a 16-second lead over runner-up Marco Melandri.

Rea has made history by becoming the first rider to win three consecutive World Superbike titles, while drawing level with Troy Corser on three titles and one behind all-time leader Carl Fogarty on four titles, and says the feat has left him speechless as he struggles to take in his achievement.

“I have no words right now,” Rea said. “I have sacrificed so much in my life, as have my parents and everyone involved in helping me get me to this level.

“To win it the championship the first time, the second time and then go three times in a row – I cannot compute my feelings right now. My thanks to all the team, every single member of the team, and everyone from Kawasaki back in Japan.

“Most of all I want to thank my wife and kids who sacrifice so much. To win this race was special. Winning a race to win the championship is not something I have done before, so I was important for me to do that. I also scored my 50th WorldSBK race win in WorldSBK as well.”

"To be honest I can't sum up my emotions, I feel quite numb. I just feel super proud of my team and Kawasaki. It has been such a team effort, even though I'm the guy who rode it over the line, there have been so many people involved to make it possible.”

Assessing his hat-trick of world titles, Rea says his squad's work during winter testing to cure his issues from 2016 became the foundations for a near-faultless campaign. The 30-year-old rider has finished on the podium in all but one race this year, missing out at race one at Donington Park due to a rear tyre failure while leading, and has paid tribute to his Kawasaki Racing Team.

“Every season is different and special in it's own individual way,” he explained “2015 was a seamless year, I joined a high level team with a well developed bike. I jumped on a bike that was ready to win and we won. 2016 was more special because we had a completely new ZX-10RR, and I'm really proud of my team for the constant development.

“We had a lot of success last season and although we didn't score as many points, we were able to understand the bike and it was a lot more difficult, so it was a lot harder.

“This season we showed the strength of team, the manufacturer the strength of Pere [Riba, Rea’s crew chief], and we went through some hard winter tests and we worked through the problems, and were able to go out an win at Phillip Island.

“I have to say thank you to Mr Matusda and everyone back in Japan as they work so hard to allow me to live my dream. I cross the line but there are too many names on the list who are involved to say thank you.”


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What an absolute snoozefest this season is.  Congrats to Rea on superb riding and a great team, but when the effort is this low from the competition this has to almost feel like shooting fish in a barrel.

The opposition crubled under his dominance.  I dont think the effort was low from Ducati, or Sykes.  Yamaha was sure trying hard too...Rea is just THAT good.  I hope he does go MotoGP but he seems content to keep shooting fish in a barrel as another post put it. There are a lot of racers in national championships around the world who would still very much jump at the chance to be a WSBK racer. Its still the premier racing class besides MotoGP and you dont get there unless youre really fast.  Dont take anything away from JR's championships, he beat really fast guys like Melandri, Sykes, Davies, VDM and Hayden.  The other factories DO need to step up their games a bit though. Kawi has their numbers at the moment

Greatest Superbike rider of all times. Took what was essentially a cr@p bike to race wins for many years and even a third place in the general standings. If he'd been on a capable bike in those seasons, would've had 3 or possibly 4 MORE titles.

Wonderful results, great rider and a stunning bike! And great effort by such a small team. Just can't believe that thisbwould have been the 6th title to team green if it wasn't for an half a point. But looking forward to seeing team green finishing 1 & 2

looked good out there today in the rain,streets ahead of everyone.  Hope he stays in WSB he's too smart to try GPs  he can be top dog in WSB.  

Teammate has no answer to him at all either.

Went to WSB at Donington this year. Won't go again... Atmosphere was shite, very few people there!

Jonathan Rea has been brilliant this year etc... Good for him and his fans, but jeez! WSB is sooo boring!

BSB is better, always has been always will be!

Dorna, I'm a Brit but WSB is dominated by Brits! Do something fast or lay it to rest :-(

Well done JR exceptional talent.  As for wsbk being dominated by Brits well that's how it is motogp is a Spanish championship that's just how the pendulum is swinging at the moment, at one time Americans dominated now they don't.  Wsbk just needs better promotion and to put all the races back on Sunday, who can afford the time and money for two days.....just my opinion and I'm sure there are those who disagree...

Well done to Rea, however this will likely be my last year of watching's just not competitive enough anymore as the relevance of superbike racing no longer applies to sales in the showroom and therefore the manufacturers don't support the series to the same extent they once did.

Well done to JR but hard to believe all the other riders are that far behind him. It truly is the most boring motorcycle race series around. Only check the results now which I suspect a lot of people do.

He wouldn't be winning this easily in the 90s. WSB is shocking now, shockingly bad. 

The field is now broken apart within laps, only Davies and Rea can seemingly hold decent pace. All the non-factory teams are basically just there for reasons best known to themselves, they haven't come to win, that's for sure. 

The talent is thin, the competitive equipment is non-existent outside of Kawasaki and Ducati. I think this was the worst year since Hodgson won in 2003. 

I remember when WSB used to be competition for GP during the Doohan years, now it's got about as much standing as the Ducati tri-options cup. I honestly think BSB is tougher to win and Rea didn't win that. It's certainly more entertaining. 

Well done Dorna. You've destroyed WSB.