When it comes time to award the Geoff Duke Trophy there is one name on everybody's lips. Ryan Farquhar. The Irish road racer has just been given the award for the fourth consecutive year.
Peter Duke, the son of multi-champion Geoff Duke, made the presentation at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards in Belfast in front of prestigious riders like John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Alastair Seeley and Eugene Laverty.
"We were delighted to once again be asked to present the Geoff Duke Trophy at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards, which is rightly regarded as one of the leading off-season events in the motorcycling world," said Duke. "The Duke Road Race Rankings were established more than a decade ago to recognise the dedication of true 'between-the-hedges' racers, ensuring their commitment to pure road racing events was acknowledged.
"The Geoff Duke Trophy is now regarded as one of the great accolades in road racing, and the rankings are hotly contested every year – not least in 2011 when Ryan Farquhar was chased all the way by Dunlop brothers Michael and William."
Farquhar has won the award an incredible 6 times.
Duke also handed out the Duke Road Race Rankings Newcomer Award to Ronan Pentony, who hinted that he may make his debut at the Isle of Man TT this year.