REIGNING THREE-TIME WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPION
DREAM. BELIEVE. ACHIEVE
JONATHAN REA MBE
Within the staggeringly dangerous and high-pressure sport of professional motorcycling, Jonathan Rea’s achievements are unprecedented. A legendary World Superbike Champion with more race wins than any rider in history, Rea’s trailblazing success shows no sign of slowing down.
‘We’re working within margins of thousandths of a second, throwing a 170kg motorcycle from side to side, accelerating and decelerating around tight, twisty circuits while counteracting intense winds and unbelievable G-force. The consequences of it going wrong can be devastating – both physically and emotionally.’
Now, for the first time, this remarkable sportsman tracks his life and career. Seemingly destined for the racing world, Jonathan grew up in the paddocks — his grandfather was the first sponsor of five-times World Champion Joey Dunlop and his dad was a former Isle of Man TT winner. He owned his first bike before his hands were big enough to reach the brakes.
But while racing may be in his blood, it is through sheer determination and relentless perseverance that Rea has gained huge victories in this ultra-competitive world. Topping several of the most prestigious motorcycling championships, he rules the sport — so much so that regulations are being introduced to curb his dominance. The fact that Rea has endured several potentially career-ending scrapes — including smashing his femur at the age of seventeen and being told that he would never race again — makes his achievements even more incredible.
Dream. Believe. Achieve, is Rea’s mantra and in this gripping autobiography, we go behind the visor and into the mind of a man who has risen to the top of one of the most skilled and dangerous sports in the world.
In June this year, Jonathan Rea stormed into the history books, overtaking Carl Fogarty to claim the most race wins since records began, and he’s well on his way to setting another record this October with a unprecedented fourth World Superbike Championship win in his sights. Last year Jonathan was runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, just 2,957 votes behind Mo Farah.
Jonathan grew up in Ballyclare in Northern Ireland and now lives with his wife Tatiana, and two sons, Jake and Tyler.
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Dream. Believe. Achieve: My Autobiography by Jonathan Rea
Published: 5 October 2018
Format: Paperback; RRP: $39.99; ISBN: 9780008305086