Your chance to tell us who your rac­ing hero was in 2016...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.

Cal Crutchlow

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.

Jonathan Rea

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.

Marc Mar­quez

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.

Shane Byrne

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.

Ian Hutchin­son

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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