Jonathan Rea is aiming to make further World Superbike history at Jerez having clinched a historic third consecutive title last time out at Magny-Cours and says his impressive feat is “finally starting to sink in.”

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider secured a hat-trick of World Superbike titles thanks to victory in race one at Magny-Cours to become the first rider in history to win three consecutive championships.

Having taken the title with five races to spare, Rea is focusing on writing further history in the series by winning races at the two circuits on the current World Superbike calendar he has never won at: Jerez and Losail. Rea is currently on 12 race wins this year and needs three more victories to surpass his record of 14 wins from 2015.

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While the emotions of a hat-trick of world titles has begun to sink in three weeks on from the French round, Rea is determined to finish the year on a high at the final two rounds.

“It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks after Magny-Cours and winning my third World Championship. Feelings are finally starting to sink in,” Rea said. “I've been enjoying these weeks doing a lot of PR back in Belfast and visiting the Monster Energy Cup Supercross in Las Vegas as guest of Kawasaki and Monster.

“I'm very much looking forward to getting back to business and although I have never won a WorldSBK race in Jerez, I'm fired up for the challenge.

“The circuit has been resurfaced recently so Friday will be very important to understand our base setup. The latest feelings with the ZX-10RR have been great so I expect a strong weekend, where I'm expecting a lot of travelling support from Northern Ireland.”