VOTE NOW! MAN OF THE YEAR
Your chance to tell us who your racing hero was in 2016...
Voting is now open for this year’s MCN Man of the Year. From an initial shortlist of 14, our panel of experts have narrowed this down to five of 2016’s most impressive performers in the world of motorcycle sport. But now the choice is yours.
Despite a torrid start to 2016, the Honey Badger turned things around in spectacular fashion as he went on to become the first British racer to win a premier class Grand Prix race since Barry Sheene 35 years ago. However, that wasn’t enough for Cal as he followed it up with a stunning second in front of home fans at Silverstone, before taking an arguably even more impressive win in the dry at Phillip Island.
Making history by becoming the first rider to successfully defend the World Superbike crown since Carl Fogarty in 1999, Jonathan Rea was a no-brainer for this year’s shortlist. The Ulsterman proved his worth this season as he overcame a number of issues with Kawasaki’s latestgeneration ZX-10R to take the crown, despite a late season charge from rival Chaz Davies.
After a dramatic end to the 2015 season, the books were wide open when it came to predicting the 2016 Motogp champ. But Marc Marquez overcame the challenge of an increasingly difficult-toride Honda to take his fifth world title. The Spaniard admits he had to change his approach, aiming only for the best result possible on the day rather than crashing trying to win when it wasn’t possible.
MCE British Superbike legend Shane Byrne etched himself further into the history books as he became the first rider to win five British titles. What was more impressive is that he did it on an all-new bike for his PBM team. Ducati hadn’t won a race in BSB since 2011, but even though he struggled with taming the beastly V-twin at the start of the year, it only took him three rounds to put it on the top step.
It was a remarkable season for Ian Hutchinson as he moved to the Tyco BMW squad. The Bingley Bullet took victories at all three international road races and became the fastest road racer in the world by breaking the lap record at the Ulster Grand Prix with a 134.089mph average speed. On top of this, Hutchinson also found himself battling for the Superstock 1000 crown at BSB.
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