MOTORCYCLIST Dominic Herbertson has received a prestigious award to cap a memorable 2018.

The 27-year-old was named star of the future at the annual Motorsport Awards, which recognises achievement in the sport.

The Hexham man, who last summer became the first racer from Northumberland to lift silverware at the world famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event, thanked people who supported him in a public vote.

He said: “It’s great to get the news that I won a Motorsport Award. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote for me.”

Herbertson’s achievements on the Isle of Man last August saw him win the junior classic trophy, for lightweight classic bikes. Riding his his replica 1973 Honda K4, he pipped defending champion Michael Rutter and other favourites to the title.

In November, he finished in the top 20 at the Macau Grand Prix, on the south coast of China, after recovering from a hand injury sustained at an earlier event. Representing the Defabet Revitt Racing Team, he rode a Kawazaki ZX1U-RR on the eight-lap course in China.

In December, Herbertson was shortlisted for sportsman of the year at the Sport Tynedale Awards.