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.
2nd Bruce Anstey
At the grand old age of 45, Bruce Anstey became the undisputed fastest road racer on the planet in 2014. The Valvoline Padgett’s racer is the first man in history to lap the TT course at over 132mph and he added the new Mountain circuit mark to his longstanding Ulster Grand Prix record of 133.977mph. Although he did not stand on the top step of the podium at the 2014 TT, the Kiwi maintained his remarkable record of having finished on the podium of every domestic international road race over the past 12 seasons.
Four TT rostrum finishes and a Classic TT win on the Island were added to a Supersport race win at the NW200 and a brilliant Supersport and Superbike race double at the Ulster Grand Prix in a vintage season for the quiet man of racing.