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POLL: Who was your number one road racer of 2012?

Donald also finished as the runner-up in both Supersport events and returns this year on Craig's Honda machines as a major player in all classes.

Ryan Farquhar has called time on his racing career after his uncle was killed at the Manx Grand Prix in August, but not before he won the inaugural Supertwin races at the NW200 and TT - a class that the Northern Irishman has championed.

Farquhar completed a Supertwin treble at the internationals with victory at the Ulster Grand Prix, but also reminded fans why he is one of the best riders of his generation as he secured two podium finishes at the TT in the Superstock and second Supersport races on his KMR Kawasaki machines.

The Dungannon rider was also a prolific winner at the National meetings in Ireland, when he clashed regularly with young gun Michael Dunlop.

William Dunlop saw his stock rise as he defeated circuit specialist Alastair Seeley to win the opening Supersport event at the North West 200 on Wilson Craig's Honda. Dunlop then had to settle for the runner-up spot in race two, but was fuming at the manner of his defeat at the hands of Seeley following a final lap pass at Church Corner.

He carried his momentum to the TT where he topped the Supersport charts all week in practice but by his own admission "bottled it" in the first race, finishing third behind Anstey and teammate Donald to claim his maiden rostrum finish on the Mountain Course.

The 27-year-old broke down while leading race two on the first lap but returns this year desperate to claim his debut victory after joining Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha outfit alongside Conor Cummins. Dunlop was also a winner at the Ulster Grand Prix in the Supersport class.

Gary Johnson joined Clive Padgett's Honda outfit last year, finishing fifth in the Superbike TT and taking a runner-up finish in the main superbike race at the Ulster Grand Prix.

A Supersport TT winner in 2011 - his debut success on the Mountain Course - Johnson was in the hunt for more glory on his 600cc Honda in June until bad luck curtailed his hopes.

Rumoured to be running his own team this season, Johnson will be out to make amends.

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Related Pictures

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The start of the Supersport race at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix

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Lickey - Unregistered

January 09, 2013 7:01 PM

KeepHerLit , well yes in a way, i also mailed Crash to try and get a post going for these superstars, they kindly replied and got this post going, Thanks Crash, Personally, dont tell anyone but i voted for Ryan Farquahar, it was his final year and along with Adrian Archibold have made Irish and TT road racing what it is, absolutley brilliant, acording to the poll, John Mc and M Dunlop are leading, Some cmon fellas, and gals, vote please for the real bike racing heros,,



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