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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.




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