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.
9th John McGuinness
Smashing his wrist in an off road crash in March destroyed John McGuinness’s 2014 road racing season before it had even begun. Against all the odds he still managed to pull his 21st TT win out of the hat. The Zero TT race may only involve a handful of machines racing a single lap of the Mountain course but the approach of McGuinness and his Mugen team is ultra-professional.
Up against a determined team mate in Bruce Anstey, McGuinness knew he would have to dig deep to win. On the day a lap speed just shy of his own 250cc TT lap record was required for a victory that moves him another step closer to Joey Dunlop’s all-time TT record of 26 wins.