Brian Reid backs Jonathan Rea to deliver world title in style

Kawasaki World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea.
Kawasaki World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea.

Ulster motorcycling legend Brian Reid will be among the thousands of Northern Ireland race fans cheering Jonathan Rea to the World Superbike title on Sunday.

The factory Kawasaki rider only needs a top ten finish in the opening race at Jerez in Spain [9.30am BST] to secure the championship, becoming Ulster’s first motorcycling world champion since Reid and Joey Dunlop won the Formula 1 and Formula 2 titles respectively in 1986.

Rea has trounced his rivals after joining new team Kawasaki, winning 12 out of 20 races and never finishing lower than third so far.

‘Speedy Reidy’ will be glued to his television on Sunday morning and says he will have his fingers crossed for Rea.

“I’d say there will be plenty of Ulster flags about this weekend at Jerez and everyone will be cheering him on,” said Reid.

“I’ll be watching and I’ll have my fingers crossed for him because I know what it’s like being in that situation.

“I was a nervous wreck leading up to the final round of the world championship in 1986, which was at Dundrod.

“I needed to finish in the top four but thankfully Johnny has two cracks at it. He wants to win it in style and I wouldn’t bet against him.”

Rea was second fastest overall in free practice on Friday, only 0.024 seconds behind team-mate Tom Sykes.