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.
7th Alastair Seeley
Alastair Seeley restricts his road racing outings to one event each season, the North West 200. Since 2008 the diminutive Irishman has amassed 12 wins on the superfast circuit. Two of those victories came on the opening evening of racing in 2013 when he took Supersport and Superstock race wins and had he not been badly winded in a crash during the opening race of Saturday’s action there would probably have been even more wins.
The 35 year old’s clinical approach to his solitary between the hedges outing has not always endeared him to road race fans who focus on TT achievements but Seeley’s achievements are nothing less than top drawer. Now with the late Robert Dunlop’s all-time record of 15 NW200 wins firmly within sight, Seeley will be pushing to close the gap in 2015.