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Ryan Farquhar named 2009 Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

One of the most successful road racing stars in history has been named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year following an incredible season on the roads.
Record-breaking road racer Ryan Farquhar has been voted 2009 Irish Motorcyclist of the Year. The Dungannon racer secured 61 road racing victories in 2009, surpassing the all-time Irish road race wins record of 118 set by Joey Dunlop. Farquhar now has 121.
The year also saw him claim the Duke Road Race Rankings title for the fourth time.

His feats during the year saw him triumph in the public vote for the prestigious Irish title. Farquhar secured 29 per cent of the vote, beating World Superbike and Supersport races Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty.

It is the first time Farquhar has won the impressive Joey Dunlop Trophy. With his attendance at the Kings of Wanneroo race meeting in Australia due to clash with the award presentation, the trophy was presented to Farquhar in his workshop ahead of his departure.

He said:
"I am delighted to win this award - especially as this was the year when I surpassed Joey's record of national road race wins."

"I couldn't have wished for a better year, it really has been unbelievable and certainly one I'll never forget. It's also very special to beat Jonathan and Eugene given the years that they have had in the World Championship series, and I would like to thank all the people who voted for me."

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Ryan Farquhar holds the Joey Dunlop Trophy after being voted the most popular Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in 2009
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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