Jonathan Rea named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

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Jonathan Rea wins Irish motorcyclist award after world title triumph

Jonathan Rea has been named Cornmarket Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at the annual awards dinner in Belfast.

Rea won the World Superbike series for the first time after dominating the championship on his Kawasaki.

William Dunlop was National Road Racer of the Year, with Ian Hutchinson top International Road Racer following his hat-trick at the Isle of Man TT Races.

The late Owen McNally was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, with Rea Short Circuit Rider of the Year.

Recent Irish Motorcyclist of the Year winners
2015Michael Dunlop
2014Eugene Laverty
2013Ryan Farquhar
2012 Alastair Seeley

Janet Acheson, partner of the late Dr John Hinds, who died as a result of an accident at the Skerries 100 road races last July, accepted a Special Recognition Award to mark the significant contribution the 'Flying Doctor' had made to the sport.

British Superstock 1000cc champion Josh Elliott was chosen as Best Rider on UK and Ireland circuits, while Ulster Grand Prix hat-trick hero Lee Johnston picked up an Outstanding Achievement Award, taking into account his work for a charity project.

Hitachi KTM were selected as Team of the Year, with the Injured Riders Fund being recognised for their work by lifting the Services to Motorcycling Award.

Neil Campbell and Ross Graham shared the Off Road Rider of the Year prize and Kevin Keyes is the Young Rider of the Year.

Andy Reid collected the Race of the Year accolade for a British Supersport race at Oulton Park during 2016.