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Road Racer of the Year vote - 1st: Michael Dunlop

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Top 10 Road Racers of the Year 2013:
1. Michael Dunlop

Country: Northern Ireland
Team: Honda TT Legends/MD Racing

2013 Results:
NW200 Wins: 1
Podiums: 2

TT Wins: 4
Podiums: 5

Ulster Grand Prix Wins: 1
Podiums: 2

Michael Dunlop set the road racing benchmark in 2013 as the Northern Ireland star raised his game to a new level, taking four stunning victories at the Isle of Man TT.

The 24-year-old signed for the Honda TT Legends team and shocked John McGuinness with a sensational victory in the opening Superbike race TT before completing a fabulous four-timer with a double in the Supersport class and a record-breaking Superstock success.

Dunlop lapped at 131.220mph on his MD Racing Fireblade on his way to victory in the Superstock race, only 3.5 seconds slower than McGuinness's outright lap record set on the factory Honda Superbike.

It was the Ballymoney man's fastest ever lap of the Mountain Course and drew gracious admiration from TT icon McGuinness himself, who described the feat as 'special'.

Dunlop also set a new record lap in the second Supersport race at 128.667mph to overhaul Bruce Anstey on a blistering final lap, adding another win during a memorable week on the Isle of Man.

Many felt Dunlop would go on to equal Ian Hutchinson's five wins in a week as he prepared for the blue riband Senior TT, but it was McGuinness who came out fighting to seal victory in the big race of the week - his 20th Isle of Man TT success.

Dunlop, though, pushed the Morecambe man all the way, crossing the line in second place and only 10 seconds adrift after six laps of hard racing around the 37.73-mile public roads track.

It was a coming of age year for Dunlop, who also took his first four-stroke win at the North West 200 in May in atrocious conditions in the second Supersport race before the meeting was abandoned.

Dunlop took the honours in the Superstock race at the Ulster Grand Prix and finished second to Guy Martin in the min Superbike race after a gripping battle on the final lap.




Related Pictures

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Michael Dunlop, Honda TT Legends
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superbike during Isle of Man TT practice.
Bruce Anstey on the Honda RC213V-S during practice for the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superbike during practice for the Isle of Man TT
A unique collection of machines raced by John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT will be on display in 2016 to mark his 20th anniversary of racing at the event.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki Supersport machine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
James Hillier in action at the Isle of Man TT
Manx rider Dean Martin
Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
Michael Rutter in action at the North West 200
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock race at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the North West 200
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200

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