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Top names in contention for prestigious award

'We are blessed to have so many top class riders in the country' - Adrian Coates
Ireland's motorcyclist of the year will be crowned at a prestigious awards bash in Belfast tomorrow evening.

Seven riders have made the shortlist for the main accolade, with the winner presented with the coveted Joey Dunlop trophy.

The nominees include World Superbike pair Eugene Laverty and Jonathan Rea, road racers, Ryan Farquhar and Michael Dunlop, British championship stars Keith Farmer and Jack Kennedy plus Graeme Irwin, the sole motocross rider to make the final seven.

Former British 250cc champion Adrian Coates, the chairman of the judging panel that will oversee the public vote for the top accolade, said: “Our riders have been outstanding on World, British and Irish level, both on the short circuits, the roads, and off-road.

“That's what has made this year's vote such an intriguing one. We are blessed to have so many top class riders in the country.”

Alastair Seeley was crowned the 2012 Irish Motorcyclist of the Year last January following his dramatic capture of the British Supersport title.

A total of 12 other awards will be presented, including international road racer of the year, team of the year, race of the year and short circuit rider of the year.



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Michael Dunlop on his Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Superstock TT race
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
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.

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bigphilsp1 - Unregistered

January 17, 2013 1:29 PM

this little country of ours just keeps churning them out. Love them all and very proud of them all. Its a hard choice but I think Mickey Dunlop needs to get his name on the trophy this year for his tt/manx results, his 150/ugp results and his southern 100 white washon private bikes as well as getting a works honda ride.



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