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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
Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson and will ride for the Smiths Triumph team at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop testing his new BMW S1000RR Superbike at Mallory Park
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda
Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki
Peter Hickman
John McGuinness
Cameron Donald
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
William Dunlop tests the Tyco Suzuki Superbike at Cartagena in Spain
William Dunlop testing the Tyco Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain
Dan Cooper
Dan Hegarty on the Norton SG2 at the Isle of Man TT

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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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