A PETITION is calling on the BBC to recognise Jonathan Rea’s achievements by including him in the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year.
The Change.org petition highlights that Rea, who sealed a historic third consecutive WSBK title at Magny-Cours on Saturday, has never yet made the nominee list, which is chosen by a panel of judges.
The petition was started on Monday by insurance firm Carole Nash, for whom Rea is a brand ambassador, and has so far gained 4,747 signatures.
It says: ‘His 50th career win is nothing short of historic. We are now calling for this to be recognised on at least a national scale by the BBC, to be included with his sporting peers in what has been a fantastic year for British sport.
‘His work to raise the profile of the sport alongside being a fantastic role model for the next generation of World Superbike champions should no longer be over-looked. Please sign this petition and share your support.’
Rea told the Belfast Telegraph: “I don't know if I am worthy or not of an award as big as BBC Sports personality, but for others to be talking about me in this way is hugely flattering.”
He added: “The last motorcyclist to be nominated was James Toseland, the British rider that won the championship two times.
“I think he finished fifth or sixth overall in the whole vote so it shows that the biking community got behind him and he had a lot of support.”