It was an exciting year on the Irish roads (along with Scarborough and the Isle of Man) and the road racing year ended with a trip to Macau. Michael Rutter was looking for his ninth victory but it was returnee Ian Hutchinson who came away with the win. After taking pole position by just five hundredths of a second, he took a 2.5 second win over Rutter and Gary Johnson.
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Classes with 7 rounds
Duke Road Race Rankings
In the Duke Road Race Rankings, the top ten at the end of the year was as follows:
1. Michael Dunlop (2729) 2. Dean Harrison (1912) 3. Jamie Hamilton(1845) 4. Guy Martin (1740) 5. William Dunlop (1688) 6. James Cowton (1116) 7. Chris Palmer (1093) 8. Michael Sweeney (1076) 9. Ivan Lintin (826) 10. Bruce Anstey (824)
“I never expected to be riding for Hector and Philip [Neill] this year. It just shows you what can happen in racing, and now that I am, I can’t wait to get started.” – William Dunlop confirmed that he will be riding for Tyco Suzuki in 2014.
Michael Dunlop took to Facebook to announce that he will not be racing this year. “I have not signed any contracts for 2014 mainly due to various complications attached to each offer put to me. I am disappointed to be in this situation, especially after the tremendous season I enjoyed in 2013 and the success I achieved.”
Honda Motor Europe will be fielding John McGuinness and new recruit Conor Cummins on the roads in 2014. “I am thrilled to bits to be with Honda in 2014,” Cummins said.
Ryan Farquhar and Keith Amor are to come out of retirement for the 2014 Isle of Man TT.
James Hillier has confirmed that he will take place in all classes at this year’s North West 200.
The Amended Road Closures Bill was granted Royal Assent in early January. It means that organisers of road races in Northern Ireland will have more flexibility should the weather wreck havoc with their race schedules.