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Rea dedicates top award to the late William Dunlop

 

Jonathan Rea with Janine Brolly, the partner of William Dunlop and William's mother, Louise. William, who lost his life in a crash at the Skerries 100 in July.
PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Jonathan Rea with Janine Brolly, the partner of William Dunlop and William's mother, Louise. William, who lost his life in a crash at the Skerries 100 in July. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea was the winner of the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a 4th year in a row at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea was the winner of the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a 4th year in a row at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Allister MacSorley, the member of the MCUI Medical team who was injured in a crash at the Armoy road races in 2018, is pictured at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night with his mother Alex. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Sarah Irwin and Laura Magee pictured at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Eunan McGlinchy, the winner of the Kawasaki Young Rider of the Year at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards celebrates with his racing Team 109. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea was the winner of the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a 4th year in a row at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea receives the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year award from Roddy Murphy, CEO of Cornmarket Insurance, at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Phillip McCallen recreates his racing days at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Dave Hurley and Paul Tobin of Team 109 receive the JWA Team of the Year award from John Wilson and Glenn Irwin at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Jason and Winston McAdoo receive the Greenlight TV Special Recognition award from Richard Nicholls at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea receives the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year award from Roddy Murphy, CEO of Cornmarket Insurance, at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Valerie and John Crichton receive the NI Air Ambulance Services to Motorcycling award from Ian Kerr and Jonathan Rea at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Jim Gracey presents the Belfast Telegraph National Road Race of the Year award to Derek McGee at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Glen Irwin and his partner Laura Magee at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Stephen Watson speaks to Louise Dunlop, the mother of William Dunlop, and William's partner, Janine after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Mervyn Whyte, Event Director of the International North West 200 and Sam Morton receive the McLean Race of the Year award from Ian Paisley and Paul McLean at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Ian Paisley and Paul McLean at the Cornmarket Motorbike awards in Belfast on Friday night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Janine Brolly, the partner of William Dunlop and William's mother, Louise were at the Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in Belfast tonight to see William inducted into the Hall of Fame. William lost his life in a crash at the Skerries 100 in July. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 18/1/2019: Four times World Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea was the winner of the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a 4th year in a row at the Cornmarket Motorcycle awards in Belfast tonight. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON

By Roy Harris

The honours just keep flowing for record-breaking four-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

The Ulsterman received a standing ovation at the Crowne Plaza hotel last night as he collected the Joey Dunlop Trophy after being announced as the Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a record fourth successive year - his sixth time in total.

It moved the 31-year-old Templepatrick rider to within two wins of the man who the main award is named after, Joey Dunlop, who won the prize a record eight times.

After receiving the distinctive new trophy, Rea said: "I'm amazed to be mentioned in the same breath as Joey Dunlop, who was my hero in my younger days.

"To win this award four times running is an honour and I have to thank the many, many people who took the time to vote for me, my family and everybody who has supported me to reach the pinnacle of my sport.

"I dedicate this success to William Dunlop and all the other riders who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2018. It has been an honour to stand on the stage tonight with so many talented motorcycle champions from this wee country, we certainly do punch well above our weight."

Rea's crowning came at the end of an amazing evening when a diverse mix of motorcycle competitors were honoured for their contribution to the sport in 2018, the most sombre moment coming when William Dunlop was posthumously inducted into the RPS Group Hall of Fame.

The popular Ballymoney rider lost his life in a practice accident during the Skerries Road Races last July.

Peter Hickman collected the IFS International Road Racer of the Year award after becoming the fastest road racer in the world following his astonishing 135.452mph lap record on the final lap of the torturous 37-mile Isle of Man Mountain Circuit on his way to Senior TT victory.

Hickman was also a winner at all the other International road races in 2018 in what was a memorable season on a Smiths BMW.

The Belfast Telegraph National Road Racer of the Year award went to triple Irish champion Derek McGee.

British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy was announced as the Blackhorse Short Circuit Rider of the Year at UK venues after a year of sensational racing.

Keith Farmer, British champion in the Superstock 1000cc class, took the Cornmarket Outstanding Achievement award after his fourth British title.

Kawasaki Young Rider of the Year went to Eunan McGlinchey, who won the inaugural British Junior Supersport Championship in his first full season of UK racing on his Team #109 Kawasaki.

Team #109 emerged victorious in the JWA Team of the Year category, fending off the might of Tyco BMW by TAS, Cookstown BE and KMR Kawasaki.

Valerie Crichton received the NI Air Ambulance Services to Sport award for her role in the cornerstone of a race meeting, Race Control, while the Greenlight Television Special Recognition award went to McAdoo Racing for their long association with the sport as sponsors of numerous racers for over 30 years.

The Cookstown-based team were also involved in the McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year won by the North West 200 Supertwin race two in which McAdoo rider James Cowton, who later lost his life in a tragic Southern 100 accident, triumphed.

Gerard Kinghan won the Ulster Superbike title in 2018 and collected the Phillip McCallen Motorcycles Short Circuit Rider of the Year on Irish Circuits award, while Belleek Off-Rider of the Year went to Martin Barr for his European 250 and British MX2 Championship performances plus his MX des Nations rides for the Irish team, the 14th consecutive year he had represented Ireland in this major MX event.

√ DANNY McManus, a long-time sponsor of Alan Irwin during the 1980s, sadly passed away in hospital on Monday.

Danny was the father of Eugene McManus, a 500cc Grand Prix competitor in the mid-1990s, and grandfather of both Eugene McManus Jnr, a leading competitor in the current British Motostar Championship, and 14-year-old James McManus, who is a newcomer to British Junior Supersport.

Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year: Jonathan Rea

IFS International Road Racer of the Year: Peter Hickman

Belfast Telegraph National Road Racer of the Year: Derek McGee

Blackhorse Short Circuit Rider of the Year UK circuits: Jack Kennedy

Phillip McCallen Motorcycles Short Circuit Rider of the Year Irish Circuits: Gerard Kinghan

Kawasaki Young Rider of the Year: Eunan McGlinchey

Cornmarket Outstanding Achievement award: Keith Farmer

Belleek Off-Road Rider of the Year: Martin Barr

JWA Team of the Year: Team #109

NI Air Ambulance Services to Motorcycling: Valerie Crichton

RPS Group Hall of Fame: William Dunlop

Greenlight Television Special Recognition Award: McAdoo Racing

A McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year: North West 200 Supertwin race two, which was won by James Cowton

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