Jonathan Rea Wins Runner-Up BBC Sports Personality Of The Year
It's a great day for the sport of motorcycling. Congratulations to Jonathan Rea for winning runner-up BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.
Northern Ireland's triple World Superbike champion says he was "taken aback" to be named runner-up at the BBC SPOTY award in Liverpool.
World 10,000m champion Sir Mo Farah won the public vote while Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock took third place.
Rea commented to BBC Sport Northern Ireland: "There is going to be some phone bill in our little country tonight,"
Rea has had an incredible year to say the least. His record-breaking third successive World title was swiftly followed by an MBE and now runner-up for one of Britain's best loved awards.
"It's an incredible way to cap 2017," he said. "It's been a dream come true to win three World Championships on the bounce. To cap it all off at the end of the season is incredible.
"I'm lost for words. It really means a lot to do this for motor-cycling. The last motorcycling nomination was 10 years ago. To make an entrance on my Kawasaki motorbike and to be voted for by the public was incredible."
Top work, Jonathan and well deserved!