Michael Dunlop has been named the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at the 2014 Adelaide Awards at the Ramada in Belfast.
Dunlop beat off competition from Alistair Seeley, Jonathan Rea, 2013 winner Eugene Laverty, Michael Laverty, Glenn Irwin and Jack Kennedy who were all voted into the final seven shortlist via a public vote. It is the first time he has won the Enkalon Joey Dunlop Trophy, previously won by his dad Robert Dunlop and uncle Joey Dunlop. The 11-time TT winner – including four wins in 2014 and the first for BMW in 75 years – also picked up the award for International Road Racer of the Year.
There were a number of other awards handed out on the night with many stars of track and road in attendance. The Red Bull Young Rider of the Year award was given to Andy Reid, who last year raced 600 Superstock. Richard McNeill was given the Institute of Advanced Motorists Outstanding Achievement award while Bishopscourt owner Jim O’Brien was awarded the RPS Group Racing Services to Motorcycling. Lee Johnston – who has enjoyed a successful year on the roads – was awarded the Greenlight TV Special Recognition award. John Burrows Racing picked up Team of the Year while Seeley was named Black Horse Best Rider on UK and Ireland Circuits. Despite missing out on the main award, Rea was awarded the Black Horse Short Circuit Rider of the Year.
National Road Racer of the Year was Michael Sweeney while Tom Herron – who won the Enkalon trophy back in 1978 – was inducted into the Belleek Hall of Fame. Sunday Life Off Road Rider of the Year was Mark McLernon.
Michael Dunlop didn’t enjoy all the glory, however, as brother William picked up an award as well. The A McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year – which was voted for by the public – was awarded to William following his scintillating duel with Michael in the first Superbike race at the North West 200. William went on to win the race – his first International Superbike victory.