Dunlop crowned Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

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Michael Dunlop has been crowned Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at the Adelaide Motorbike awards.

The 25 year old was also the winner of the International Road Racer of he Year.

Dunlop, who became the first rider ever to win 4 TTs in consecutive years last June, received the Joey Dunlop trophy at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast on Friday night.

“I am very proud to have won Joey’s trophy.” he said afterwards.

“I may be his nephew but I am also a big fan.”

In what was a great night for the Dunlop clan, Michael’s brother William won the Race of the Year award. The opening Superbike race at the North West 200, when William beat Michael in a brilliant last lap battle, was the overwhelming choice of race fans. 

Andrea Coleman, the wife of the late Tom Herron, accepted his induction into the Hall of Fame with an emotional tribute to the Irish legend who was the first ever winner of the Irish Motorcyclist of the year award in 1978.

Joanthan Rea, who finished third overall in this year’s World Superbike championship, was the Short Circuit Rider of the Year winner and John Burrows Burrows Engineering/Cookstown team was selected as the Team of the Year. British Quad champion Mark McLernan was the Off Road Rider of the Year.

Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer