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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea leads way in race for top biker award

By Paul Lindsay

Published 23/10/2015

Winners: Josh Elliott and Curtis Trimble help launch the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards with title sponsor Sam Geddis and David Weir of the Enkalon Motorcycle Club.
Winners: Josh Elliott and Curtis Trimble help launch the Cornmarket Motorcycle Awards with title sponsor Sam Geddis and David Weir of the Enkalon Motorcycle Club.

Newly crowned World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will undoubtedly take home this year's Irish Motorcyclist of the Year trophy when the new look Cornmarket Motorbike Awards are handed out in the New Year.

Hot on Rea's heels and well in the hunt for honours will be Northern Ireland's newest motorcycling champions Josh Elliott and Curtis Trimble who helped launch the search for Ireland's top bike racers of 2015.

The winners will be revealed at bike racing's night of the year at the Shaw's Bridge Ramada Plaza hotel on Friday, January 29. The former Adelaide awards have followed suit with the insurance company sponsors and rebranded as Cornmarket and the Belfast Telegraph will continue to act as media partner.

Fermanagh lad Elliott, who clinched the prestigious British Superstock title this season said: "This is undoubtedly the biggest night of the year for our sport and to have riders from every discipline gather underneath one roof makes it a very special occasion. It's amazing to see the famous names on the main trophy and I hope one day mine can be added to the roll of honour."

Trimble, aged just 12, was recently crowned the Ulster and Irish motocross champion after a remarkable season. He won all 19 races to land the national title, and won the provincial crown on a thrilling last day of the season.

Once again organisers have teamed up with the original awards founders, the Enkalon Motorcycle Club, which means the overall champion will be presented with the Joey Dunlop Trophy in the shape of the legend's iconic yellow Arai helmet, won last season by Michael Dunlop.

The main award is the longest standing accolade in Irish racing and is decided by public vote with input from an expert panel of judges, chaired by former British Champion Adrian Coates.

Enkalon Club chairman David Weir said: "The Enkalon Trophy was first presented back in 1978 to Tom Herron, and since then there has been an illustrious roll of honour with winners like World Champions Joey Dunlop and Brian Reid, as well as Phillip McCallen, Jeremy McWilliams and Robert Dunlop to name but a few.

"We are thrilled to again renew our partnership which has made it possible for our awards to be showcased at this very prestigious event."

Cornmarket chief Sam Geddis added: "As the chequered flag comes down on another fantastic motorcycle season during which riders have yet again excelled on the world and local scenes, we are thrilled to be supporting the awards once again.

"Although we have changed our name from Adelaide Motorbike Insurance to Cornmarket, its essentially the same people delivering the same excellent service which I am proud to say got us voted into first place by Auto Express readers in the Driver Power 2015 survey, beating all the other well-known British brands.

More than a dozen awards will be presented on the night. The black tie event will welcome some of the biggest names in the sport, and will once again be hosted by BBC's Stephen Watson and Jackie Fullerton.

Details of how to vote will be announced in November and a ticket booking line is now open at 07584 058810. Details are also on Twitter @BikeAwards backed up by a special video promotion at www.cornmarketinsurance.co.uk

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