Three local racers shortlisted for the 2021 Rider of Year award
Three local riders have been shortlisted for the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship rider of the year award.
Riders who finished in the top three of the two main classes (Superbike and Supersport) and support class champions are put on the short list each year.
Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship organisers invite members of the public to vote for the People Choice Award – the winner of this vote is declared Racer of the Year at the championship annual awards ceremony in Dublin on November 26.
Following his second place in the Supersport Championship, Mountcollins-based Yamaha R6 rider Andrew Murphy said he would like to win it for his family team that support him through the season.
“It’s great that I got nominated for it and to win it would be icing on a good season and all the hard work we put into the racing all year,” he said. “I would like to win it really for the people behind me who helped me and who were there for me all season.”
Superbike Cup champion Evan O’Grady also made the list of 15 riders across all classes.
“Even to be on the list for Racer of the year is a huge honour for me,” said the Suzuki GSXR rider, “I feel I’ve learned an awful lot over the past 12 months and that has reflected on the track. To be on the list feels like recognition for that. I’ve no expectations of winning or anything like that, just humbled to be considered.”
The third rider on the list is Tralee’s Darragh Crean, the winner of the Production Twin class this season.
“It’s great to be selected and means a lot,” said the Suzuki SV racer. “It’s great to see other local rides selected as well.”