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2018 MCN Racer of the Year nominees announced

Published: 22 October 2018

2018 has been an incredible year for motorcycle sport, and while it’s not over yet we can already say what a superb year it’s been for us Brits. 

There have been British World Champions in no fewer than three disciplines this year with Jonathan Rea becoming the most successful World Superbike rider of all time with his fourth straight world championship, Tai Woffinden clinching a third Speedway world title and the Birchall brothers wrapping up another Sidecar world crown in Oschersleben last weekend.

Outside the UK, Marc Marquez looks set to clinch a fifth MotoGP World Championship while Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an FIM solo motorcycle racing title in World Supersport 300.

On the roads, Peter Hickman obliterated the record books at the Isle of Man TT, setting the first ever 135mph lap on his way to Senior TT victory while Dean Harrison also stepped up to the mark to challenge him.

Leon Haslam finally got his hands on the Bennetts British Superbike crown, but was pushed all the way by young gun Jake Dixon.

After such an incredible year, putting together the 2018 MCN Racer of the Year nominees was not an easy task. At the end of the season, MCN’s panel of experts will whittle this list down to five contenders to be put to the public vote in December with the winner of that vote crowned 2018 MCN Racer of the Year 

Marc Marquez

This weekend the Spaniard secured his fifth MotoGP world title, third in a row and seventh Grand Prix title in total. Is it time for Marc Marquez to finally win an MCN Racer of the Year?

Jonathan Rea

The reigning MCN Man of the Year became the most successful rider in WSBK history this year, winning his fourth consecutive title and passing Carl Fogarty’s win record.

Leon Haslam

Dominated the 2018 Bennetts BSB season to win the title with 15 wins before moving back to World Superbikes in 2018.

Jake Dixon

While Haslam was dominant in BSB, it was 22-year-old Jake Dixon who took the fight to him, coming into his own as a BSB title contender before moving to Moto2 next year.

Peter Hickman

Won both the Superstock and Senior races at this year’s Isle of Man TT, smashing the outright course record with an average speed of 135.452mph. 

Dean Harrison

Won the Supersport race at this year’s Isle of Man TT, but joined Hickman in smashing the previous outright record and fought until the bitter end.

Michael Dunlop

Smashed the Supersport and Lightweight lap records on his way to two of his three TT victories this year. Taking victory in the Superbike race too, Dunlop is now the third most successful rider in TT history.

Ana Carrasco

Became the first woman to win a solo FIM World Championship with her triumph in the World Supersport 300 category.

Tai Woffinden

Won his third Speedway World Championship to become Britain’s most successful speedway rider. 

Ben & Tom Birchall

Crowned World Sidecar champions for the second successive year as well as winning five consecutive Isle of Man TT races.

VOTING OPENS DECEMBER 1ST AT WWW.MOTORCYCLENEWS.COM

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