After twenty-five road races commencing with the Tandragee 100 in April and ending at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November, Yorkshireman Dean Harrison has retained the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship title he won for the first time at the end of the 2016 road racing season.
Fellow Yorkshireman James Cowton, victor in 2014 was second, with Lincolnshire rider Ivan Lintin third.
Best Newcomer in the 2017 series is County Monaghan rider Joe Loughlin who finished ninth overall in the rankings table.
Best Classic Only competitor is Ballymena’s Barry Davidson also repeating his achievement of 2016 after being runner-up in 2015.
The top female rider, also from Northern Ireland is Melissa Kennedy who slotted into 160th place with 79 points.
After the opening round, it was Joe Loughlin who headed the table – a foretaste of the future results at the end of the season. However after the Spring National at Oliver’s Mount, it was 2016 champion Dean Harrison who topped the table and went on to continue to dominate the series until the end of the season, amassing a total of 2506 points, some 745 ahead of his friend and rival James Cowton who had a season-long battle with Ivan Lintin at the various road races and points wise, eventually finishing 367 points ahead of his Bardney rival.
The top six were filled by another Yorkshireman Jamie Coward and two men from Ballymoney, Derek McGee and 2013 winner Michael Dunlop.
2015 Newcomer’s Award winner, Adam McLean completed the top ten in tenth position.
Text: Phil Edge, Images: Alan Horner