The 2014 road racing season promised to be a vintage year and it didn’t disappoint. The defection of Michael Dunlop from Honda to BMW during the winter set the tone for a year of change that saw new names push their way in amongst the established figures and make their mark in the sport. These are MCN’s pick of the top names and their standout achievements between the hedges in 2014.
3rd Dean Harrison
2014 has been the year when Dean Harrison came of age. The 25 year old Bradford rider divided his prodigious talents between the Mar-Train Yamaha team on a R6 and the RC Express squad’s ER6 and ZX10 Kawasakis. His finest hour came when he followed up a second place in the Superstock TT by taking his first Mountain Course victory in the Lightweight race.
A month later Harrison won five out of seven races at the Southern 100, beating both Guy Martin and Michael Dunlop during the week. His promise has been rewarded with a contract to lead the roads charge on the new Yamaha R1 from the factory backed Mar-Train team for 2015.