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Road racing great heads for Belfast awards gala

By Roy Harris

John McGuinness has been confirmed as one of the guests for the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards gala event at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Belfast on January 20.

The all-time great of road racing, with 17 Isle of Man TT race wins to his name — second only to Joey Dunlop who won 26 times on the island — is a nominee in the IFS Global Logistics Road Racer of the Year category following his superb 2011 Superbike and Senior TT double, riding for the Honda TT Legends Team.

McGuinness, a former bricklayer from Morecambe, has raced worldwide in a glittering career and apart from his multiple successes at the TT, where he is the current lap record holder, he has also won five times at the North West 200, twice at the Ulster Grand Prix and was victorious at the Macau Grand Prix.

McGuinness said: “The Adelaide Motorcyclist of the Year presentation night is always a brilliant event and I am looking forward to coming over again in January.

“To be nominated for an award is an honour, but there has been so much competition from other talented riders this year on the roads that whoever is to win the road race category will certainly have earned the title.”

Public voting for the Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year and the coveted Joey Dunlop Trophy will remain open until the New Year at www.adelaide insurance.com

Among those in contention are current holder of the trophy Eugene Laverty, who finished fourth in his rookie season of the World Superbikes, Alistair Seeley, the British Supersport champion, triple Ulster Grand Prix winner Michael Dunlop, British Superstock 600cc championKeith Farmer, Irish Superbike and Adelaide Masters champion Kirk Jamison, motocross ace Martin Barr and Jonathan Rea.

Tickets for the black-tie event, when 12 other awards will be presented including Short Circuit Rider of the Year and Young Rider of the Year, can be ordered by e-mail to adelaidemotorcycleawards@mail.com

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