The Ballyclare rider, who has won three consecutive World Superbike championships, clocked up 80,567 votes - just 2,957 behind winner, Sir Mo Farah.
Third-placed Jonnie Peacock gained 73,429 votes while pre-show favourite boxer Anthony Joshua racked up 73,411.
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