Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee crowned 2018 Duke Road Race Champion



After a reduced number of twenty-one road races, with the unfortunate loss of four races at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship commenced with the Cookstown 100 in April and ended at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November, County Westmeath rider Derek McGee has lifted the Geoff Duke Duke Trophy having deposed Yorkshireman Dean Harrison who has won the title for the last two years – Derek’s margin of victory a mere 17 points!


2015 Duke Newcomers Award winner Adam McLean finished third third, having finished 10th in 2017. Best Newcomer in the 2018 series is County Limerick rider Liam Chawke who finished 17th overall in the rankings table.


Best Classic Only competitor is Ballymena's Barry Davidson also repeating his achievement of 2017 & 2016 after being runner-up in 2015. The top female rider, also from Northern Ireland, is Melissa Kennedy who slotted into 58th place, repeating her achievement of last year.


After the opening round, the Cookstown 100, Derek was in third place in the initial rankings, headed by Adam McLean, however a week later after the Tandragee 100 the Mullingar man was top of the pile which he retained after the first of the International races, the North West 200.


A single result, second in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT saw him slip to fourth as Michael Dunlop took over the helm. Five race wins and four lap records at the Enniskillen Road Races, round nine of the championship saw Derek back on top of the table.


Current champion Dean Harrison took over the number one spot after the Southern 100, as Derek was pished down to fourth, however a four-timer at Walderstown and another five race victories at Faugheen saw him back on top with Dean in second.


A rain affected Ulster Grand Prix saw Derek retain his place at the top of the ‘leader-board’ despite being a non-starter due to a practice spill, as Adam McLean moved up to second with Dean third.


The Classic TT saw Dean back in first position, as he and Derek swapped positions in the rankings table.


Derek was passed fit to race for the penultimate ‘European’ round, the East Coast Road Races at Killalane, County Dublin, where a victory in the Darran Lindsay 600cc Supersport Race and fourth in the 125cc Championship race were enough to put him on top of the Duke Road Race Rankings 2018.


The top ten were filled by Michael Sweeney, James Cowton, Peter Hickman, Michael Dunlop, Barry Davidson, Davey Todd and Lee Johnston.



2019 Duke Road Race Rankings final standings:


1 Derek McGee - 1324

2 Dean Harrison - 1307

3 Adam McLean - 1293

4 Michael Sweeney - 975

5 James Cowton - 921

6 Peter Hickman - 887

7 Michael Dunlop - 825

8 Barry Davidson - 788

9 Davey Todd - 764

10 Lee Johnston - 645

11 Conor Cummins - 606

12 Darryl Tweed - 601

13 Derek Sheils - 544

14 Paul Jordan - 525

15 Joey Thompson - 492

16 Thomas Maxwell - 486

17 Liam Chawke - 462

18 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 444

19 Andrew Farrell - 443

20 Paul Gartland - 427

21 James Hillier - 421

22 Ivan Lintin - 405

23 Barry Sheehan - 400

24 Wayne Sheehan - 370

25 Nigel Moore - 363

26 Jamie Coward - 354

27 Michael Browne - 346

28 Danny Webb - 338

29 Rob Hodson - 325

30 Christian Elkin - 321

31 Martin Jessopp - 317

32 Alastair Seeley - 316

33 Dominic Herbertson - 314

34 Michael Rutter - 312

35 Stephen Morrison - 308

36 Brian Mateer - 304

37 Brian Laughlin - 302

38 Richard Ford - 292

39 James Chawke - 285

40 Michael Evans - 265



They came, they saw, and they conquered in the main Superbike Race at the Frohburg Road Races, round 20 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018.


‘They’ were Danny Webb, Derek Sheils and Davey Todd – the three ‘D’s’ all riding the 1000 BMW Superbikes prepared by the Penz13.com team.


Tunbridge Wells rider Danny Webb won the eight-lap race by 8.5 second from Skerries man Derek Sheils, with his Burrows racing team-mate Davey Todd just 0.31 of a second behind in third.

Derek Sheils climbs two places from 15th to 13th, whilst Danny Webb shoots up from 55th to 35th, up 20 spots.


Hebden Bridge rider Jamie Coward finished ninth and remains in 26th position with the only other upward movement into the top 40 was Shaun

Anderson up from 42nd.


There is a short break in the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship until the final round, the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prixon Saturday 17th November.


Derek McGee 1324

Dean Harrison 1307

Adam McLean 1293

Michael Sweeney 975

James Cowton 921

Michael Dunlop 825

Peter Hickman 802

Barry Davidson 788

Davey Todd 670

Lee Johnston 645

Conor Cummins 606

Darryl Tweed 601

Derek Sheils 532

Paul Jordan 525

Joey Thompson 492

Thomas Maxwell 486

Liam Chawke 462

Kevin Fitzpatrick 444

Andrew Farrell 443

Paul Gartland 427

James Hillier 421

Ivan Lintin 405

Barry Sheehan 400

Wayne Sheehan 370

Nigel Moore 363

Jamie Coward 348

Michael Browne 346

Rob Hodson 325

Christian Elkin 321

Alastair Seeley 316

Dominic Herbertson 314

Stephen Morrison 308

Brian Mateer 304

Brian Loughlin 302

Danny Webb 293

Richard Ford 292

James Chawke 285

Martin Jessopp 269

Michael Evans 265

Shaun Anderson 262

Derek McGee tops Duke Rankings Table after the East Coast Racing Festival



Derek Sheils returned from his racing sabbatical to record two race victories at the Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Road Races round 19 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Series 2018 and held on the 3.600-mile Killalane course in County Dublin.


Riding the Cookstown Burrows Engineering Suzuki, the Dublin rider took the Open Championship Race by a mere 0.138 of a second from Michael Sweeney, then securing his second win in the feature Grand Final Superbike Race by 18 seconds, again ahead of his Skerries rival Sweeney.


Michael Sweeney also claimed two race wins, first in the 600cc Championship Race, then by taking the chequered flag in the Supertwins race. Add his two second places in the Superbikes classes and a third in the Darran Lindsay 600cc Race, and that meant the Skerries man took the ‘Man of the Meeting’ Award. Sweeney also moves into fourth place in the rankings up from seventh.


Also returning to winning ways after his Ulster Grand Prix incident was Derek McGee, taking victory in the Darran Lindsay 600cc Supersport Race. The Mullingar Missile finished fourth in the 125/Moto3 Championship race – the result being that he leap-frogs from third in the Duke Rankings to top the listings on 1324 points – just 17 points ahead of current champion Dean Harrison, with 2015 Newcomers Winner Adam McLean another 14 points adrift in third.


Barry Davidson was the third rider of the weekend to achieve a double, the Ballymena man taking the chequered flags in both the 350cc and 500cc Classic Races, this maintaining his eighth spot in the rankings and top Classic Only rider.


Brian Mateer won the 250cc Classic race, run concurrently with the 350’s and moves into 33rd place in the table a rise of six places.


Liam Chawke won the Senior Support Race placing him in 17th position and top Newcomer, with Brian Loughlin taking the Junior Support Race honours, advancing him up seven places from 41st to 34th.


Davy Morgan won the Lightweight race with Paul Robinson winning the 125/Moto3 race by 0.136 of a second from his cousin Gary Dunlop with Melissa Kennedy filling the final podium place. 

Paul Robinson won the 2018 Irish Championship it what was his final race before hanging up his leathers for the final time.


There are now two rounds remaining in the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, Frohburg in the Czech Republic on 22nd & 23rd September, followed by the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November.


Duke Rankings Leaderboard


Derek McGee 1324

Dean Harrison 1307

Adam McLean 1293

Michael Sweeney 975

James Cowton 921

Michael Dunlop 825

Peter Hickman 802

Barry Davidson 788

Davey Todd 670

Lee Johnston 645

Conor Cummins 606

Darryl Tweed 601

Paul Jordan 525

Joey Thompson 492

Derek Sheils 487

Thomas Maxwell 486

Liam Chawke 462

Kevin Fitzpatrick 444

Andrew Farrell 443

Paul Gartland 427

James Hillier 421

Ivan Lintin 405

Barry Sheehan 400

Wayne Sheehan 370

Nigel Moore 363

Jamie Coward 348

Michael Browne 346

Rob Hodson 325

Christian Elkin 321

Alastair Seeley 316

Dominic Herbertson 314

Stephen Morrison 308

Brian Mateer 304

Brian Loughlin 302

Richard Ford 292

James Chawke 285

Martin Jessopp 269

Michael Evans 265

Darren Cooper 259

Ed Manly 255

Road Racing Daily James Chawke pictured here winning the Junior Manx Grand Prix



Irish eyes were certainly smiling at the end of the Manx Grand Prix, round 18 of the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, as the Island of Ireland riders took six of the eight race victories during the event, with the other two races being shared between English and Welsh competitors.

Mullingar’s Thomas Maxwell opened Eire’s account winning the Newcomers A Race on the Tuesday afternoon, the Rathkeale man James Chawke provided win number two on Wednesday in the Junior Manx Grand Prix. Later that day the third win arrived courtesy of Skerries regular Andy Farrell who claimed his maiden Manx Grand Prix win in the Lightweight race.

Run concurrently with the Lightweight race, the Ultra Lightweight Manx Grand Prix victory went to Northern Ireland’s Darryl Tweed from Ballymoney, giving the Ulstermen their first win of the week.

Friday morning saw Andy Farrell and Darryl Tweed repeat their race wins of Wednesday in the second running of the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight Races, with the winning tallies being four to Eire and two to Northern Ireland.

The Newcomers B Race went to Aberdare’s Michael Rees, whilst the ‘blue-riband’ race, the Senior Manx Grand Prix was won by Ripon’s Matt Stevenson.

After 18 of the 2018 rounds have been held, there are no changes to the top 12 after the latest round, the Manx Grand Prix, with so far 383 individual riders scoring points, 101 of which have amassed 100 or more.

Darryl Tweed’s double elevates him up 11 places from 24th to 13th, with Thomas Maxwell moving up from 25th to 17th, up eight positions.

Andy Farrell climbs a total of 33 rungs to 18th from 51st, but the highest mover is James Chawke up 58 positions from 91st to 33rd.

Other climbers are Duleek newcomer, Barry Sheehan up seven from 28th to 21st and Dungannon regular Nigel Moore who rises from 29th to 24th.

The action appropriately returns to Southern Ireland for next round on Saturday and Sunday 8th & 9th September for the Mrs. Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival 2018 being held on the 3.600-mile Killalane course in Skerries, County Dublin.

Duke Road Race Rankings Table:

Dean Harrison - 1307
Adam McLean - 1294
Derek McGee - 1234
James Cowton - 921
Michael Dunlop - 825
Peter Hickman - 802
Michael Sweeney - 709
Barry Davidson - 663
Lee Johnston - 645
Conor Cummins - 606
Davey Todd - 595
Joey Thompson - 492
Darryl Tweed - 490
James Hillier - 421
Ivan Lintin - 405
Liam Chawke - 402
Thomas Maxwell - 396
Andrew Farrell - 389
Paul Gartland - 372
Paul Jordan - 364
Barry Sheehan - 355
Jamie Coward - 348
Michael Browne - 346
Nigel Moore - 336
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 330
Rob Hodson - 325
Wayne Sheehan - 325
Christian Elkin - 321
Alastair Seeley - 316
Dominic Herbertson - 314
Stephen Morrison - 296
Derek Sheils - 292
James Chawke - 279
Martin Jessopp - 269
Michael Evans - 265
Richard Ford - 256
Michael Rutter - 252
Shaun Evans - 244
Brian Mateer - 239
Darren Cooper - 235

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Road Racing Daily Adam McLean pictured here competing at the 2018 Classic TT




Adam McLean moves to the top of the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings after his second place in the Lightweight Classic TT. 


McLean, who won the 2015 Duke Rankings Newcomers Award overtakes the injured Derek McGee in the table, with a 35 point advantage. 


Current Duke Rankings Champion, Dean Harrison remains in third spot just 11 points behind. Lee Johnston’s victory in the Lightweight Classic TT elevates him from 11th to 9th.


John McGuinness’ win in the Senior Classic TT brings him into the Rankings in 100th place, whilst Jamie Coward’s second place bring him up 23 rungs on the ladder from 54th to 31st.


Joey Thompson's 10th in the Senior and fifth in the Lightweight races keeps him in 12th place, 66 points adrift of Conor Cummins in 11th.


The Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix Races continue on Monday 27th August.


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Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman named man of the meeting at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix



Peter Hickman and the Smiths Racing BMW team enjoyed an excellent Ulster Grand Prix meeting with wins taken in the Superbike and Supersport races as well as a close second place in the Superstock encounter, results which earned the Louth-based rider the Man of the Meeting trophy for the second year running whilst he also ended the domestic International road racing season with at least one victory at each of the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

Manx Rider Conor Cummins took his first victory since 2009 at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix as the first races got underway in damp conditions at Dundrod. The Padgett’s Honda rider led from the first lap to win the Lisburn & Castlereagh Supersport race from McAdoo Kawasaki’s Adam McLean and Silicone Engineering’s Dean Harrison.

The race followed an earlier outing for the Supertwin class, after Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston made an adjustment to the schedule following some heavy downpours around Dundrod.

That DGH Recovery Services Supertwin race was one to remember for Adam McLean, who claimed his maiden Irish international roads win after a close battle with Christian Elkin. Third place went to Ian Lougher, making his first return to the MCE Ulster Grand Prix since 2013. 

Speaking after the race, McLean immediately dedicated his victory to his fallen teammate James Cowton who sadly lost his life earlier this year at the Southern 100.

In the final session of Thursday, the Belfast International Airport Ultra-lightweight / Lightweight race, Christian Elkin built on his earlier podium with another dominant win in the Ultra-lightweight class, finishing ahead of an emotional Michal Dokoupil on the Ariane Moto3 machine and Nigel Moore on his Moto3 Honda. 

The Belfast International Airport Lightweight race meanwhile, was won by Neil Kernohan, who came home eight seconds ahead of Shaun Anderson on the CB Racing Honda and Darryl Tweed on his M&D Racing Honda.

In the first race on Saturday, the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Superstock race, it was Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison that took top honours by just 0.203 seconds from Hickman, with Cummins continuing his strong form from Thursday in third and Davey Todd a close fourth after a shortened race due to a red flag.

And while Harrison was setting a new Superstock lap record at the front, further down the pack there were some standout performances from Paul Jordan, who took sixth in only his second race on the Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki, and another Manx racer Ryan Kneen in 11th.

The Centra Whitemountain Supersport race followed, which Hickman duly dominated after Harrison retired early on, breaking clear of the chasing pack to take the chequered flag 7.935 seconds ahead of the Padgett’s duo of Lee Johnston and Cummins.

It was a tight battle behind Hickman’s Trooper by Smith’s Racing Triumph, not only between Johnston and Cummins, who finished just 0.041 apart, but between Jordan and Michael Sweeney for fifth and Joey Thompson and Dominic Herbertson for eighth.

Then in the day’s only Superbike outing, the MMB Resurfacing race, it was Hickman who was declared winner ahead of Lee Johnston and Davo Johnson, who claimed his maiden international road racing podium on the Tyco BMW HP4-R.
It was a challenging session as the action was cut short twice – initially after Davey Todd slipped off at the Deer’s Leap, and then again in the restart due to inclement weather.

Lastly, in what ended up being the final racing of the day, the Plant Lubrication (NI) Ultralightweight / Lightweight race, Shaun Anderson took the spoils in the Lightweight class, while Michal Dokupil went one better than his result on Thursday when he took his first ever international win in the Ultra-lightweights.

Current leader in the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship, Derek McGee was a non-starter, as a result of a practice spill, but remains at the top of the table, but only by 25 points from new second placeman, Adam McLean who pushes current double champion Dean Harrison down to third.

Peter Hickman’s double victories and second place moves him into sixth, up two positions, as Michael Sweeney and Davey Todd remain in seventh and ninth places respectively.
2007 Duke Champion Conor Cummins climbs three spots into tenth with his ‘Padgett’s team-mate’ Lee Johnston advancing 13 positions into 11th.

Eight points adrift of Lee Johnston is Joey Thompson in 12th, up from 14th. Paul Jordan who was having his first outing on the Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki moves up nine places to 17th. Highest climber is Christian Elkin up 61 positions from 83rd to 22nd, with another first-time international race winner Shaun Anderson up 47 from 80th to 33rd. Paul Jordan’s team-mate for the Ulster Grand Prix, Dominic Herbertson also rises seven places and fits into 37th place after 15 rounds of this year’s Rankings Series.


Derek McGee - 1234
Adam McLean - 1209
Dean Harrison - 1182
James Cowton - 921
Michael Dunlop - 825
Peter Hickman - 802
Michael Sweeney - 709
Barry Davidson - 663
Davey Todd - 582
Conor Cummins - 558
Lee Johnston - 464
Joey Thompson - 456
James Hillier - 405
Ivan Lintin - 405
Liam Chawke - 402
Paul Garland - 372
Paul Jordan - 364
Michael Browne - 346
Kevin Fitzpatrick - 330
Rob Hodson - 325
Wayne Sheehan - 325
Christian Elkin - 321
Darryl Tweed - 320
Thomas Maxwell - 316
Alastair Seeley - 316
Barry Sheehan - 307
Nigel Moore - 304
Stephen Morrison - 296
Derek Sheils - 292
Martin Jessopp - 269
Richard Ford - 256
Michael Rutter - 252
Shaun Anderson - 244
Michael Evans - 241
Brian Mateer - 239
Darren Cooper - 235
Dominic Herbertson - 229
Brian Loughlin - 219
Darryl Anderson - 213
Dan Kneen - 212

Road Racing Daily Adam McLean pictured at the 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix



Both Conor Cummins and Adam McLean improve on their Duke Road Race Rankings positions after the first days racing at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix, round 15 of this year’s championship.

McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean won his first Irish International Road Race and his second in his career, when taking the chequered flag in the DGH Recovery Services Supertwin race, following that with a fine second place in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Supersport race, moving into second spot in the rankings, just 65 points adrift of current leader Derek McGee, who was a non-starter, after a practice spill on the Dundrod course on Wednesday afternoon.

2007 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, Conor Cummins is back to winning ways taking a magnificent victory by 8.177 seconds in the Supersport race on the Padgett Motorcycles Honda.

His much-acclaimed win promotes him to tenth place in the rankings table up from 13th after his TT successes in June.

Current Champion Dean Harrison could only manage third in the Supersport race and drops from second to third in the table.

Michael Sweeney’s fourth place in the Supertwin race elevates him to sixth, whilst Peter Hickman’s steady fifth in the Supertwin event keeps him in eighth spot, with Davey Todd remaining in ninth after a fourth and a fifth in the Supertwin and Supersport races.

Joey Thompson was another consistent rider taking two sixth places in the 650 & 600cc races resulting in the ILR Team man climbing three places to 11th.

Duke Newcomers Award Winner in 2014, Neil Kernohan took the winners laurels in the concurrently run Lightweight race, with Christian Elkin lifting the Ultra-Lightweight wreath.

Neil in only his second race of the year movers from 170th to 54th position, with Christian, in only his third races of 2018 fits into 30th from 83rd.

Racing at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix continues Saturday, with seven more races, before the attention moves to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix.

Road Racing Daily Paul Jordan on his way to winning the Supersport race at the 2018 Armoy Road Races




Practices and racing at Armoy took place on Friday 27th July but Saturday’s nine race programme was abandoned due to the horrific weather conditions. On Friday evening, Magherafelt man Paul Jordan claimed his first victory of the 2018 road racing season in a dramatic Supersport race.


Jordan and Adam McLean were inseparable as they battled for the win, with Jordon getting his nose in front when it mattered as they flashed across the line to win by 0.007s.


Skerries man Michael Sweeney finished in third position ahead of Cookstown Burrows Engineering’s Davey Todd. 


Earlier, the Park Electrical Services and Armoy Construction Senior Support race was won by Maghera man, Stephen McKeown, from Armoy club member Tommy Henry, with Mike Swanson a very close third. 


Paul Jordan’s race victory sees him climb 15 places from 41st to 26th, the only major alteration to the rankings table.


McAdoo rider Adam McLean has reduced current Duke Champion Dean Harrison advantage over him to just 20 points, as they remain in second and third spots behind Derek McGee, who was a non-starter in the 600cc race on Friday evening.




1 Derek McGee - 1234

2 Dean Harrison - 1044

3 Adam McLean - 1024

4 James Cowton - 921

5 Michael Dunlop - 825

6 Barry Davidson - 663

7 Michael Sweeney - 637

8 Peter Hickman - 525

9 Davey Todd - 471

10 James Hillier - 405

11 Ivan Lintin - 402

12 Liam Chawke - 402

13 Conor Cummins - 377

14 Joey Thompson - 364

15 Michael Browne - 346

16 Paul Gartland - 336

17 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 330

18 Rob Hodson - 325

19 Wayne Sheehan - 325

20 Thomas Maxwell - 316

21 Alastair Seeley - 316

22 Barry Sheehan - 307

23 Derek Sheils - 292

24 Lee Johnston - 287

25 Martin Jessopp - 269

26 Paul Jordan - 264

27 Richard Ford - 256

28 Michael Rutter - 252

29 Michael Evans - 241

30 Brian Mateer - 239

31 Stephen Morrison - 232

32 Darren Cooper - 227

33 Darryl Tweed - 224

34 Brian Loughlin - 219

35 Nigel Moore - 216

36 Darryl Anderson - 213

37 Dan Kneen - 212

38 Ed Manly - 210

39 Mike Hose - 206

40 Sean Leonard - 194

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee tops Duke Rankings table after winning five races at the Faugheen 50




Current on-form rider Derek McGee added another five race wins, including the feature race to his C.V. at the Faugheen 50 Road Races, near Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary receiving the Man of the Meeting award at the latest round of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018.


The Mullingar Missile achieved these victories on the back of four wins at Walderstown and five wins at Enniskillen and once again tops the table having previously headed the rankings after the Tandragee 100, North West 200, Horice and the Pre-TT races. Reclaiming the top spot after Enniskillen, McGee now has a 190 points advantage over current champion Dean Harrison, who slips to second. 


There is no change in the top six positions.

Michael Sweeney moves into seventh from eighth, whilst Davey Todd climbs six places into ninth.


Duke Rankings Table after Faugheen


1 Derek McGee - 1234

2 Dean Harrison - 1044

3 Adam McLean - 964

4 James Cowton - 921 

5 Michael Dunlop - 825

6 Barry Davidson - 663

7 Michael Sweeney - 584

8 Peter Hickman - 525

9 Davey Todd - 431

10 James Hillier - 405

11 Ivan Lintin - 405

12 Conor Cummins - 377

13 Joey Thompson - 364

14 Liam Chawke - 362

15 Michael Browne - 346

16 Paul Gartland - 336

17 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 330

18 Rob Hodson - 325

19 Wayne Sheehan - 325

20 Thomas Maxwell - 316

21 Alastair Seeley - 316

22 Barry Sheehan - 307

23 Derek Sheils - 292

24 Lee Johnston - 287

25 Martin Jessopp - 269

26 Richard Ford - 256

27 Michael Rutter - 252

28 Michael Evans - 241

29 Brian Mateer - 239

30 Stephen Morrison - 232

31 Brian Loughlin - 219

32 Nigel Moore - 216

33 Dan Kneen - 212

34 Darryl Tweed - 212

35 Darren Cooper - 211

36 Ed Manly - 210

37 Mike Hose - 206

38 Darryl Anderson - 197

39 Sean Leonard - 194

40 Glenn Irwin - 185

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee winning at Walderstown. Photo by Stephen Condron




Mullinger rider Derek McGee took four wins out of four starts at the 'Race of the South' at Walderstown, round 12 of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018.


The four victories puts Derek in second position in the Duke Rankings, just 25 points adrift of current champion and leader Dean Harrison.


Cookstown Burrows Engineering Team rider Davey Todd was second in all four races behind the flying McGee and moves up from 25th place to 15th. A fourth and fifth placings brings Michael Sweeney up 12 spots to eighth.


The next round remains in Eire, with the Faugheen 50 Road Races on Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd July. It's then off to Northern Ireland for the Armoy 'Race of the Legends' Road Races on Friday and Saturday 27th & 28th July.


2018 Table so far: 


1 Dean Harrison

2 Derek McGee

3 Adam McLean

4 James Cowton

5 Michael Dunlop

6 Barry Davidson

7 Peter Hickman

8 Michael Sweeney 

9 James Hillier

10 Ivan Lintin 

11 Conor Cummins

12 Joey Thompson

13 Paul Gartland

14 Rob Hodson

15 Davey Todd

16 Alastair Seeley

17 Derek Sheils

18 Kevin Fitzpatrick

19 Lee Johnston

20 Martin Jessopp

21 Wayne Sheehan

22 Richard Ford

23 Michael Rutter

24 Thomas Maxwell

25 Michael Evans

26 Liam Chawke

27 Brian Mateer

28 Michael Browne

29 Nigel Moore

30 Dan Kneen

31 Darren Cooper

32 Barry Sheehan

33 Mike Hose

34 Stephen Morrison

35 Darryl Anderson 

36 Glenn Irwin

37 Darryl Tweed

38 Ed Manly

39 Gary Johnson

40 Brian Loughlin


Photo by Stephen Condron

Road Racing Daily Current champion Dean Harrison tops Duke Rankings table after successful Southern 100




Current Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, Dean Harrison moves to the top of the 2018 Rankings after the latest round, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races.


The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider won the feature, Hunts Motorcycles Solo Championship Race successfully defending his title he won for the first time last year and won a further four races, all of which brought the Bradford rider up from fourth position to head the table with 1044 points, just 80 points ahead of 2015 Newcomers Award winner Adam McLean, who advances from third to second in the series.


Winner of both the 400cc Supersport races, Adrian Kershaw is a new entry slotting into 31st position.



1 Dean Harrison - 1044

2 Adam McLean - 964

3 James Cowton - 921

4 Derek McGee - 829

5 Michael Dunlop - 825

6 Peter Hickman - 505

7 James Hillier - 405

8 Ivan Lintin - 408

9 Barry Davidson - 388

10 Conor Cummins - 377

11 Joey Thompson - 364

12 Paul Gartland - 336

13 Rob Hodson - 325

14 Alastair Seeley. - 316

15 Derek Sheils - 292

16 Lee Johnston - 287

17 Martin Jessopp - 269

18 Michael Rutter - 252

19 Michael Evans - 241

20 Michael Sweeney - 236

21 Kevin Fitzpatrick - 224

22 Dan Kneen - 212

23 Richard Ford - 210

24 Mike Hose - 206

25 Davey Todd - 187

26 Glenn Irwin - 185

27 Brian Mateer - 185

28 Gary Johnson - 179

29 Thomas Maxwell - 174

30 Nigel Moore - 166

31 Adrian Kershaw - 165

32 Ryan Kneen - 162

33 Dominic Herbertson - 159

34 Jamie Coward - 154

35 Graham Kennedy - 151

36 Rad Hughes - 149

37 Wayne Sheehan - 140

38 Darryl Tweed - 131

39 Darryl Anderson - 122

40 Robert Cairns - 122


Photo by RC Photos

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee in action the Enniskillen 100




Derek McGee ensured his name will be in the record books, taking five wins from five starts at the inaugural running of the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Enniskillen Road Races round eight of the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship 2018 setting four new laps records on the 3.011-mile Arney Course as the meeting progressed.


His closest rival in all five races was McAdoo Kawasaki rider Adam McLean, who made the Mullingar rider work hard for his five victories, as the pair battled for the winner’s laurel wreaths.

The final podiums places were shared between Kevin Fitzpatrick, Graham Kennedy and Thomas Maxwell – again all three not being able to take anything for granted until the chequered flag.


Darryl Anderson took the honours of being the first race winner on the new course, taking the flag in the opening Junior Support race, with Darren Keys lifting the Senior Support Race Trophy.


The 125 race saw Kevin Fitzpatrick cross the line first, with Paul Gartland take the 400 concurrently run 400 race.


Barry Davidson scored a double in the 350 & 500 Classic race, with Brian Mateer lifting the 250 honours and Richard Ford the 1000cc class.


Derek McGee now goes to the top of the Duke Rankings by a mere four points ahead of Michael Dunlop with Adam McLean slotting into third spot ahead of current champion for the last two years Dean Harrison by some 89 points. Peter Hickman and James Cowton complete the top six.


Double Classic race winner Barry Davidson moves into eighth from 14th, up six places.


Other top 40 upward movers include Kevin Fitzpatrick from 80th to 15th; Thomas Maxwell from 69th to 24th; Paul Gartland up from 131st to 25th and Graham Kennedy climbing from 155th to 28th.


1 Derek McGee 829

2 Michael Dunlop 825

3 Adam McLean 688

4 Dean Harrison 599

5 Peter Hickman 525

6 James Cowton 509

7 James Hillier 405

8 Barry Davidson 388

9 Conor Cummins 377

10 Alastair Seeley 316

11 Derek Sheils 292

12 Lee Johnston 287

13 Martin Jessopp 269

14 Michael Rutter 252

15 Kevin Fitzpatrick 224

16 Joey Thompson 222

17 Michael Sweeney 220

18 Dan Kneen 212

19 Richard Ford 210

20 Mike Hose 206

21 Glenn Irwin 185

22 Brian Mateer 185

23 Gary Johnson 179

24 Thomas Maxwell 174

25 Paul Gartland 168

26 Nigel Moore 166

27 Dominic Herbertson 159

28 Graham Kennedy 151

29Wayne Sheehan 140

30 Darryl Tweed 131

31 Darryl Anderson 122

32 Robert Cairns 122

33 Jeremy McWilliams 120

34 Peter Boast 117

35 Steve Ferguson 116

36 Joshua Brookes 115  

37 Kamil Holan 110

38 David Johnson 110

39 Stephen Morrison 108

40 William Dunlop 105

Road Racing Daily McAdoo Racing’s James Cowton shattered records at the 2018 Post TT Races




James Cowton shatters records at Post TT Races. 


James Cowton, 2014 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion entered all three races at the Radcliffe’s Butchers Post TT Road Races, round seven of the 2018 series, held on the challenging 4.25-mile Colas Billown Circuit in the south of the Isle of Man.


Twice he was thwarted in taking the chequered cloth, first in the Supersport race by his McAdoo Kawasaki team-mate Adam McLean, then by his Yorkshire rival Joey Thompson in the Supertwins race. In both races he set record breaking laps at 109.18mph and 102.58mph respectively.


Joey Thompson took third in the Supersport race whilst Jonathan Perry filled that spot in the Supertwins race.


It was third time lucky for the popular Driffield rider, when he took victory in the Superbike race after a race long battle with Rob Hodson, with Manxman Ryan Kneen filling the final podium spot in third.


Riding the 1000 McAdoo Kawasaki James took the win in style not only setting a new lap record for the race at 112.345mph, but also setting a new race record at 110.204mph.


James Cowton moves up five positions in the Rankings Table, with is Yorkshire neighbour Joey Thompson climbing eight spots to 15th.


There are no changes to the top three, Michael Dunlop, Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman.




Michael Dunlop - 825

Dean Harrison - 599

Peter Hickman - 525

James Cowton - 509

Derek McGee - 469

Adam McLean - 448

James Hillier - 405

Conor Cummins - 377

Alastair Seeley - 316

Derek Sheils - 292

Lee Johnston - 287

Martin Jessopp - 269

Michael Rutter - 252

Barry Davidson - 248

Joey Thompson - 222

Michael Sweeney - 220

Dan Kneen - 212

Richard Ford - 210

Mike Hose - 206

Glenn Irwin - 185

Gary Johnson - 179

Dominic Herbertson - 159

Wayne Sheehan - 140

Darryl Tweed - 132

Jeremy McWilliams - 120

Peter Boast - 117

Steve Ferguson - 116

Joshua Brookes - 115

Brian Mateer - 115

Kamil Holan - 110

David Johnson - 110

Stephen Morrison - 108

William Dunlop - 105

Joe Loughlin - 105

Mark Parrett - 105

Barry Sheehan - 105

Liam Chawke - 104

Paul Robinson - 104

Michael Browne - 101

Shaun Anderson - 99


Photo by RCphotos


Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop tops the Duke Rankings table after victorious 2018 Isle Of Man TT



Michael Dunlop’s Three TT wins, a second and fourth places were enough the elevate the Ballymoney rider from fourth in the 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings Championship to number one spot at the end of a record breaking event.

Current Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, Dean Harrison, set an initial absolute lap record in the opening Superbike TT, before retiring, went on to win the second Supersport TT after finishing second in the first. The Yorkshireman finished third in the Superstock before a race long battle in the prestigious blue-riband Senior TT saw him finish just 2.061 seconds down on Peter Hickman after 226 miles of record breaking action. His TT efforts on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s moves up to second place from fifth.

The new absolute lap record holder, Peter Hickman, with an amazing lap of 135.52mph took his second TT win of the week, after his maiden win in the Superstock TT, slots into third, up from 18th.

Other double figure advances come from James Hillier up 11 from 16th to 5th; Conor Cummins up 18 from 25th to 7th; Michael Rutter up 13 from 26th to 13th.

Also, up 13 places is Gary Johnson from 33rd to 20th; Yorkshireman Joey Thompson is up 15 from 38th to 23rd whilst winner of the TT Newcomer’s Trophy and the Privateer’s Championship Davey Todd climbs 16 spots from 64th to 49th.

There are two new entries in the top 40, Josh Brookes joins the 2018 Rankings in 28th place, with David Johnson coming in at 31st. 


1 Michael Dunlop - 825
2 Dean Harrsion - 599
3 Peter Hickman - 525
4 Derek McGee - 469
5 James Hillier - 405
6 Adam McLean - 388
7 Conor Cummins - 377
8 Alastair Seeley - 316
9 James Cowton - 314
10 Derek Sheils - 292
11 Lee Johnston - 287
12 Martin Jessopp - 269
13 Michael Rutter - 252
14 Barry Davidson - 248
15 Michael Sweeney - 220
16 Dan Kneen - 212
17 Richard Ford - 210
18 Mike Hose - 206
19 Glenn Irwin - 185
20 Gary Johnson - 179
21 Dominic Herbertson - 159
22 Wayne Sheehan - 140
23 Joey Thompson - 136
24 Darryl Tweed - 131
25 Jeremy McWilliams - 120
26 Peter Boast - 117
27 Steve Ferguson - 116
28 Josh Brookes - 115
29 Brian Mateer - 115
30 Kamil Holan - 110
31 David Johnson - 110
32 Stephen Morrison - 108
33 William Dunlop - 105
34 Joe Loughlin - 105
35 Barry Sheehan - 105
36 Liam Chawke - 104
37 Paul Robinson - 104
38 Michael Browne - 101
39 Shaun Anderson - 99
40 Alan Oversby - 99
41 Gareth Keys - 85
42 Dean Stimpson - 85
43 Darren Cooper - 81
44 Marek Aervena - 80
45 Jamie O’Brien - 80
45 Nigel Moore - 76
47 Daniel Mettam - 75
48 Gary Hutton - 72
49 Davey Todd - 71
50 Tommy Henry - 69

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1st Dean Harrison 2506 points 

2nd James Cowton 1761

3rd Ivan Lintin 1394

4th Jamie Coward 1328

5th Derek McGee 1288 

6th Michael Dunlop 1268 

7th Derek Sheils 1241

8th Joe Thompson 1202 

9th Joe Loughlin 1010 

10th Adam McLean 988 

11th Peter Hickman 985 

12th Daley Mathison 881 

13th Michael Sweeney 835 

14th Barry Davidson 775 

15th Michael Rutter 763 

16th William Dunlop 732 

17th Dan Kneen 676

18th Darryl Tweed 638 

19th David Howard 587 

20th Paul Gartland 564




2017 Dean Harrison 

2016 Dean Harrison 

2015 William Dunlop 

2014 James Cowton 

2013 Michael Dunlop 

2012 Ryan Farquhar 

2011 Ryan Farquhar 

2010 Ryan Farquhar 

2009 Ryan Farquhar 

2008 Ryan Farquhar 

2007 Conor Cummins 

2006 Ian Lougher 

2005 Ian Lougher 

2004 Ryan Farquhar 

2003 Ryan Farquhar 

2002 Ian Lougher




2017 Joe Loughlin

2016 Brad Vicars 

2015 Adam McLean 

2014 Neil Kernonhan 

2013 Conor Behan

2012 Sam Wilson 

2011 Ronan Pentoney

A huge thanks to the Duke Road Racing Championship for the press releases keeping us up to date with the current championship standings after each round. 

RC Photos is the exclusive provider to Road Racing Daily for all Manx related motorsport. 

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