Michael Dunlop named Adelaide Irish Motorcyclist of the Year
Adelaide Motorbike Awards, 23 January 2015
Road racer Michael Dunlop has edged out short circuit star Jonathan Rea to win the Adelaide Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year award for the first time.
Dunlop became the first rider to win four races at the Isle of Man TT in successive years in 2014 and was a double winner at the North West 200.
Skerries rider Michael Sweeney won National Road Racer of the Year, while Alastair Seeley, winner of the main award in 2012 , was Best Rider on UK and Ireland circuits.
Carrickfergus rider Seeley was second in the British Supersport Championship for Mar-Train Racing, winning eight races during the course of the season.
Andy Reid, was Young Rider of the Year, Lee Johnston received a Special Recognition Award and John Burrows Racing was selected as Team of the Year. Full list of winners detailed below.
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ADELAIDE MOTOBIKE AWARDS WINNERS 2015
*ADELAIDE IRISH MOTORCYCLIST OF THE YEAR
In association with Enkalon
WINNER: MICHAEL DUNLOP
Notes: Michael created history by becoming the first rider in history to win 4 races at the Isle of Man TT in successive years. He also had a double at the NW200.
Plus he also won the Armoy Race of legends and the feature Superbike Race in Frohburg, Germany setting a lap record.
It’s the first time Dunlop has won the award.
He follows in the footsteps of his dad Robert who won it twice and uncle Joey who won it 8 times.
Dunlop edged Jonathan Rea to the title.
Judges could not be split and the award was decided on the public online poll. Biggest vote ever – thousands voted. Michael had 26.5% of the vote.
*IFS INTERNATIONAL ROAD RACER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Michael Dunlop
*PLUS IFS NATIONAL ROAD RACER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Michael Sweeney
*A.McLEAN BOOMAKERS RACE OF THE YEAR
WINNER: William Dunlop and North West 200
Notes: William’s last lap duel with his brother Michael at the North West 200 was the public’s favourite. It received 29 percent of the vote, just pipping Dan Kneen’s Superbike success at the Ulster Grand Prix, (21%) and Glenn Irwin’s first ever British Supersport victory at Brands Hatch. (20%)
*BELLEEK HALL OF FAME
INDUCTEE: Tom Herron. – received by his widow Andrea Coleman.
*BLACK HORSE SHORT CIRCUIT RIDER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: Jonathan Rea.
Notes: Had his best ever season, finishing third in the World Superbike Championship. He made a special flying visit to Belfast from pre-season testing in Spain.
*BLACK HORSE BEST RIDER ON UK AND IRELAND CIRCUITS
Notes: Finished second in the British Supersport Championship with Martrain Racing, winning eight times during the season.
*RPS GROUP RACING SERVICES TO MOTORCYCLING
WINNER: Jim O’Brien
Notes: Owner of Bishopscourt Race circuit
*REDBULL YOUNG RIDER OF THE YEAR
WINNER: ANDY REID
Notes: Superb season in British Superstock on the FFX Yamaha, just pipped to the title on the last day after five wins and 2 second places.
Reid came to the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt and put on an impressive display riding the Milwaukee Yamaha Superbike for the first time finishing third in the feature race behind established riders Danny Buchan and Ben Wilson a result he repeated in the second Superbike race. Next season has signed to ride for Keith Flint’s team. Presented the trophy by former young rider of the year winner World Superbike star Jonathan Rea)
*GREENLIGHT TELEVISION SPECIAL RECOGNITION
WINNER: Lee Johnston
Notes: Lee Johnston was a double Supertwin winner at the North West, tok a win and two podiums during the UGP, scored a first Mountain Circuit victory in the 350cc Classic TT riding an iconic MV Agusta.
*BELFAST TELEGRAPH TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: John Burrows Racing
John Burrows racing had a brilliant season.
They won 12 Superbike races and scored a first thrilling international win at the Ulster Grand Prix. They also scooped the Ulster and Irish Superbike titles and won two other Irish championships.
*IAM OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Richard McNeill.
Notes: 23 year old Richard McNeill from Bangor had a season to remember. He won the very competitive Formula 600 British Championship. After 27 races it all came down to the very last race on the very last day. Richard clinched the series from his nearest rival, after finishing runner up twice in the previous 3 years.
*SUNDAY LIFE OFF ROAD RIDER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Mark McLernon
Notes: He finished 1st in British Quad U-21 championship taking seven wins and was third overall in the main British championship.
*ADELAIDE MASTERS PRESENTATION
WINNERS: Carl Phillips and Cody Nally
Notes: The Supersport and Superbike Champions