Michael Dunlop has reflected on a golden year in road racing that saw the hard-riding Ulsterman add to his growing list of international achievements.
Dunlop added a third success at the Isle of Man TT to his record with victory in the second Supersport event and finished as the runner-up in the Superstock race to John McGuinness.
The 23-year-old also stood on the top step at the Ulster Grand Prix in the Superbike and Superstock classes and bagged an unrivalled five race victories at the Southern 100.
His exploits in 2012 ultimately earned him a ride in the Honda TT Legends team, when he will ride alongside McGuinness and Michael Rutter on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
And although Dunlop took time out to cast his mind over an impressive campaign between the hedges last year, the single-minded racer from Ballymoney in County Antrim concedes: “You're only as good as your last race.”
“Winning the Superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix meant a lot,” Dunlop said.
“I had a point to prove after falling off in the first race [when battling with Guy Martin] and it says a lot about my own self-belief and spirit that I was able to get back on the bike again and win.
“It showed what I'm made of and nothing fazes me – if I make a mistake I just get back on the job again.
“People talk about the North West, TT and Ulster Grand Prix as the big internationals even though the Southern 100 is an international too.
“They don't really count the Southern as an international feature, but to me, to win at the Southern is a big thing too,” he told the Belfast News Letter.
“Last year the 600 Suzuki I was using at the Southern wasn't the fastest in the world, but I managed to get on top of it and win.