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Awards ceremony recognises racing success

The cream of road racing talent was celebrated at the prestigious Adelaide Racer Awards in Belfast
The 2010 Adelaide Racer Awards have brought together many of the biggest names in motorcycle sport.

The annual awards ceremony is one of the biggest off-track events on the motorcycle racing calendar, with a star-studded audience of 500 attending the black tie event in Belfast on Friday night.

Among the racing greats in attendance were many stars of road racing, Grand Prix, World Superbikes, World Supersport, British short-circuit racing and more.

The evening's big winner was Ryan Farquhar, who had a staggering season. The two-time TT winner took an amazing 61 race victories, secured six National Championships and broke Joey Dunlop's long-standing record of 119 National race wins.

At the ceremony the 33-year-old picked up National Road Racer of the Year – beating competition from Keith Amor, John Burrows, Michael Pearson, Michael and William Dunlop – and his team, KMR Kawasaki, was named Team of the Year.

The Dugannon man was also presented with the Geoff Duke Trophy as winner of the 2009 Duke Road Race Rankings.

It didn't all go Farquhar's way, however; he missed out on International Road Racer of the Year and the evening's top award, the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year.

International Road Racer of the Year went to Steve Plater, who won the 2009 Senior TT and British Supersport title, with Ian Hutchinson – who won two TT races in the same day in 2009 – second and 2009 Senior TT podium finisher Conor Cummins, the fastest Manxman around the Mountain course, in third. The Dunlop brothers and 15-time TT winner John McGuinness were also shortlisted.

In the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year category the award when to World Supersport runner-up Eugene Laverty, World Superbike race-winner Jonathan Rea was second and Farquhar third. Michael Dunlop, Ian Lowry and Alastair Seeley and Farquhar were also shortlisted.

Laverty also took the Short-Circuit Rider award, ahead of Rea and Seeley, while Lowry received the Short Circuit Merit award. Two-time Formula Two World Champion Brian Reid presented the Fans' Race of the Year award to Rea for his stunning race-winning performance at the Assen round of the 2009 World Superbike season.

World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow was handed the International Rider award by football legend Keith Gillespie, while former Team Roberts rider Gary Cowan was inducted into the Bridgestone Hall of Fame, with the announcement made by eleven-time TT winner Phillip McCallen and Grand Prix star Jeremy McWilliams.

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MotoGP star Loris Capirossi was guest of honour at the 2010 Adelaide Racer Awards
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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