Fernando Alonso has reclaimed Racer of the Year honours for F1 despite his stirring attempt to win the 2012 world championship falling just short.

The Spaniard denied MotoGP's Dani Pedrosa by an equally narrow margin to redress the balance after Casey Stoner beat Jenson Button to last year's 'best of the best' crown, while it was notable that this year's vote included several drivers and riders not to have claimed their respective world championships. Ironically, Alonso's rating of 7.8 out of ten - as voted by Crash.net readers - would not have beaten either Stoner or Button in last year's poll....

The Spaniard, however, becomes only the second winner of the award, with World Superbikes' Tom Sykes completing the podium after squeezing WRC king Sebastian Loeb out of a tightly-packed top three.

Loeb was comfortably ahead of the next contender, BSB's Shane Byrne, while BTCC champion Gordon Shedden headed Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar), Luiz Razia (GP2) and Brad Keselowski (NASCAR) in the remainder of the rankings after this year's poll took into account just the winners of the respective series votes.

About the vote:
Now in its second year, the 2012 Racer of the Year vote asked Crash.net viewers to compare nine top performers across all the leading motorsport championships.

The group comprised the winners from each of the individual championship votes, carried out after the close of the 2012 racing seasons. Viewers were asked to award each driver/rider with a score out of ten, the average value of which was used to determine who you thought was 'best of the best' in 2012. Voting, which was open for one week, closed on January 14.

Crash.net's Racer of the Year - Top 3:

1.Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro (F1) - 7.8 out of 10
2.Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (MotoGP) - 7.7
3.Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki (WSBK) - 7.6

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