Derek Sheils wins inaugural King of the Roads Trophy

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Derek Sheils has been awarded the inaugural King of the Roads Trophy. The trophy will be presented to Sheils at the Irish Motorbike Awards in Belfast this evening. 

The 37-year-old amassed the most points in the televised King of the Roads series throughout 2019. Points for the new trophy are recorded in a number of road racing events, including the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Oliver's Mount and Macau Grand Prix. 

Sheils topped the table with one victory, three podiums and numerous top 10 finishes throughout the season. 

Several other awards will be presented at the event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Belfast, including the prestigious Irish Motorcyclist of the Year. Jonathan Rea is expected to retain the crown after clinching his fifth consecutive World Superbike title.

Other categories include International Road Racer of the Year, Short Circuit Rider of the Year, Team of the Year and Race of the Year. The ceremony will be presented by BBC Sport NI's Stephen Watson and BT Sport MotoGP commentator Keith Huewen. 

The event will be livestreamed via the King of the Roads Facebook page. 

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