DAVY MORGAN ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 2018 ROAD RACING SEASON
All Change for Road Racer Davy Morgan in 2018
As top Ulster road racer Davy Morgan embarks on his twenty fifth season of racing, it’s all change in his DM71 Road Racing privateer race team. The Saintfield lorry driver with his famous Pink Helmet and No.71 will once again be looking towards the top end of the leader boards at road race meetings across Ireland, Isle of Man and UK.
Davy is pleased to announce that he will be switching manufacturers for 2018 and will have the use of very competitive machinery in both the Supersport and Superstock/Superbike classes.
DM71 Road Racing will hopefully be campaigning an ZX6R Supersport Kawasaki and a 1000RR Superstock BMW, both of which should help Davy to continue being competitive throughout the season. He also hopes to campaign his own 250cc GP Honda at selected outings if he can find sponsorship to help cover the costs of running it and sourcing of available parts.
Speaking on his new machinery Davy commented, “I am really looking forward to the season starting and I am as determined and motivated as I have ever been and to be as competitive as I have been. There is a real buzz with the changes of machinery, but along with that comes challenges that as always my team and I will face head on.
However, that is only half the story as we have to find the running costs for both bikes, so we are now in the process of trying to raise enough funding to meet the costs for the season. Both bikes will be pretty plain at present other than the names and logos of a few loyal sponsors and our trade support. I hope to do a track day to get a feel for the two bikes followed by the Spring Cup at Scarborough, Cookstown and Tandragee Road Races before possibly heading to the NW200 followed by the Isle of Man for the TT. I cannot look much beyond that at present unless we can get a title sponsor on board for each bike to help with the running costs. So if anyone can help or knows of an individual or business who would like to get some exposure with their name or logo across the bikes, please get in touch via our e-mail email@example.com and I will get back to you”.
DAN STEWART CALLS TIME ON ROAD RACING CAREER
Dan Stewart, the 2012 TT privateer champion from Barrow-in-Furness has decided to call time on his road racing career.
The 42 year old enjoyed many successes on the island as he registered 19 top ten finishes. He came in 6th place in the senior race back in 2009 and in 2010.
Surely though, the highlight of his career was finishing as privateer champion in 2012 where he joined an illustrious group of riders to have achieved this great honour.
We wish Dan all the very best in his retirement.
2017 Double Winner Early Entry for Post TT Races
Double winner and runner-up in the third race of the 2017 race programme of the Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races 2017, James Cowton is one of the early entries for the 2018 event which takes place on Saturday 9th June 2018.
The Yorkshire ace will have a trio of the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki livered machines, hoping to go one better this year and get a full-house with three out of three race wins.
Other early entries include fellow Yorkshireman Mark Goodings with a brace of Kawasaki’s sponsored by Pennine Stone and PMH Promotions, and local ‘Manxie’ Ryan Kneen who will be astride a 600 Kawasaki and a 1000 BMW sponsored by Charmer Builders of Port Erin.
A notable newcomer entered is French rider Timothie Monot, who has a 600 Yamaha and a 650 Kawasaki at his disposal having finished 12th of the Supertwin in the Lightweight TT last year.
Entries for the Radcliffe Butchers Post TT Road Races close on 8th May 2018
Photo: James Cowton - William Dunlop - Jamie Coward. Close Action from 2017
(Credit to Richard Martin)
200 Plus Entries So Far for Pre-TT Classic Races
With just over a month before entries close for the Blackfords Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races, entries have now topped the 200 mark for the nine-race programme which is due to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 25th, 26th & 27th May 2018.
The latest batch of 54, approved by race organisers Southern 100 Racing includes Alan Oversby and James Cowton, along with 16-times winner, Mike Hose who has entered six races in this the events 30th anniversary.
Entries so far include 15 newcomers to the Colas Billown Course, plus seven who have previously raced on the 4.25-mile course in either the Post TT or the Southern 100 International Road Races.
The Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races have also attracted competitors from, Austria, Belgium, France and The Netherlands in addition to the UK and Northern Ireland and of course the Isle of Man.
Entries close on 30th March 2018.
Photo of Mike Hose and Alan Oversby, 1st and 2nd in the Junior 350cc race in 2017. Photo credit: Christine Hartley
DEAN HARRISON PRESENTED WITH DUKE RANKING TITLE
Dean Harrison received the Geoff Duke Trophy for the second year in succession after storming to another title. The rider’s mastery at Oliver’s Mount was undeniable in 2017; a year in which he not only retained the Duke Rankings title, but officially became the world’s fastest road racer.
Harrison, who rides for Silicone Engineering has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has truly underlined to everyone that he is a force to be reckoned with, and one of the finest exponents of road racing there is.
He retained the Duke Rankings title in 2017 and received the coveted Geoff Duke Trophy during a special presentation at the Southern 100 Racing Club’s Annual Dinner recently. The uniquely designed trophy was presented to Dean by Geoff’s younger son, Michael and Mike’s daughter Kirsty.
The presentation took place whilst Dean, who was one of the guests of honour – being the 2017 Southern 100 Solo Champion – was interviewed by Manx Radio’s Tim Glover.
‘I am delighted to have retained the Duke Rankings Championship for a second year, although it wasn’t an easy win being chased hard by James Cowton during the 25 rounds.’
2017 DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS
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
DUKE ROAD RACE RANKINGS CHAMPIONS
Champions Top Newcomers
2017 Dean Harrison 2017 - Joe Laughlin
2016 Dean Harrison 2016 - Brad Vickers
2015 William Dunlop 2015 - Adam McLean
2014 James Cowton 2014 - Neil Kernohan
2013 Michael Dunlop 2013 - Conor Behan
2012 Ryan Farquhar 2012 - Sam Wilson
2011 Ryan Farquhar 2011 - Ronan Pentoney
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
MICHAEL JACKSON TO MAKE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES DEBUT IN 2018
One of the Isle of Man’s leading sidecar drivers, Michael Jackson, will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, this year, with the Manxman contesting the two Sidecar races.
Joined by passenger Harry Payne, Jackson, who won the 2017 ACU British Formula Two Sidecar Cup, will compete in the two three-lap races on a newly acquired DMR chassis built by 17-time TT winner and fellow Manxman Dave Molyneux. The outfit will use a 600cc GSXR Suzuki engine.
Having secured the Wirral 100 Championship in 2016, Jackson and his MJR team made a huge impression on the British F2 Sidecar Championship last year. With Callum Crowe in the chair, Jackson won the Cup competition by a comfortable 66 points having done the double at Donington Park, Anglesey and Cadwell Park with another victory, his seventh in total, being taken at the final round of the season.
In total, Jackson stood on the podium nine times during the 14-race campaign and only failed to finish once all season. And as well as winning the Cup, the former trials rider finished seventh overall in the main F2 British Championship where he was only beaten by Pete Founds, Steve Ramsden, Conrad Harrison, Lee Crawford, John Lowther and Sean Hegarty.
His reliability and consistency was key to his and Crowe’s overall success, which is sure to pay dividends on his first appearance on the 37.73-mile Mountain Course. Payne, meanwhile, has scored strong results at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough and was originally lined up to partner Molyneux at last year’s TT before he opted for multiple winner Dan Sayle instead.
With strong results behind them, Jackson and Payne are the latest high profile sidecar pairing to make their TT debuts with the duo certainly having the potential to secure top twenty finishes in both races.
Photo credit Richard J Martin
PAUL JORDAN GOES SOLO FOR 2018
Magherafelt’s Paul jordan has confirmed that he will be forging ahead solo in 2018.
The 2017 Isle Of Man TT debutant has purchased a Yamaha R6 Supersport machine and will be looking to focus his attention on competing at the Isle Of Man. Paul crashed out during last year’s free practice session and will be looking to build on what was a promising showing until the crash.
After a hugely impressive Irish National Supersport win at Faugheen when riding for Team IMR, Jordan built on that success and was hugely impressive when finishing 5th in the second Supersport race at the 2017 Ulster grand Prix; a truly top-class performance.
Paul had this to say:
"This year I'm so excited to release that I will be running my very own privateer team. This has always been something that I've wanted to do and this year seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a start. So far I've a R6 which is currently getting built before I get a few testing sessions in before my 1st outing which of course will be the cookstown 100. I'm delighted to have Dwayne McCracken working with me again this year, Dwayne and I have built a really good relationship from last year, he not only brings winning experience to my team but he brings me encouragement too.
I've been working so hard this winter both physically and mentally to get myself and my team set up, I will be advertising some sponsorship proposals in the next few days, so if you know you or anyone you know would be interested please get in touch. I can't wait to go racing."
DAN KNEEN JOINS FORCES WITH JACKSON RACING FOR 2018 INTERNATIONAL ROADS SEASON
Manxman Dan Kneen has teamed up with Jackson Racing and will ride the team’s Honda CBR600RR at the Isle Of Man TT, North West 200, Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix.
The 30 year old stood in for the injured Lee Johnston at the 2017 Isle Of Man TT following the Fermanagh rider’s accident during practice and excelled when finishing in a very respectable 8th place in the Supersport TT race, despite receiving a pit-lane penalty. Kneen also recorded his fastest ever supersport lap at the TT.
With more time on the bike before the season gets underway, the Bradden based rider who has also partnered with Tyco BMW, is confident of better results this time around.
THE TRIDENT AND ROCKET 3 OWNERS CLUB TO CELEBRATE TRIPLE MOTORCYCLES' 50TH ANNIVERSARY AT 2018 ISLE OF MAN CLASSIC TT RACES
The Trident & Rocket 3 Owners Club (TR3OC) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Triumph and BSA triple motorcycles at the 2018 Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts. TR3OC is organising a spectacular display of both road and racing triples together with associated memorabilia.
Tridents are the most successful production racer ever at the TT, winning five consecutive production classes on the Island.
Visitors to the Isle of Man during the Classic TT will be able to see a comprehensive collection of motorcycles including the rebuilt ‘Slippery Sam' courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum as well as the first Triumph Trident to be raced around the famous Mountain course in 1969 - the Hughes Triumph that was ridden by Martin Carney.
A dozen more notable race bikes will also be displayed as well as a selection of artist John Hancox’s pen and ink drawings. John is a Technical Illustrator whose work can be seen every time a Triumph Trident's parts manual is opened.
Along with the racing legends, the display will feature a definitive collection of road bikes. Starting with a 1969 Aquamarine T150 together with UK and US examples of various bikes, including Hurricane, Rocket 3s T150Vs and T160s.
The Trident model that completed a 24 hour sponsored ride around the TT Course for the Manx Grand Prix Helicopter Fund will be on show together with the obligatory collecting buckets as well as a replica Travelling Marshal’s Trident and an original Marshal's bike that was ridden by Travelling Marshal Des Evans. The Martin Russell Parallelogram will also be on display.
There will be a closed road parade around the TT Course on Saturday 25th August with many of the display bikes taking part. The lap will see Des Evans reunited with his Travelling Marshal’s Trident for a lap of the 37 ¾ miles while Ian Martin - TT star Guy’s father - will be riding his BSA Rocket 3.
On the morning of Sunday, 26th August, the display will temporarily de-camp to Jurby Motodrome where the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Isle of Man section host their annual Festival of Jurby event. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the world’s greatest display of Vintage and Classic motorcycles - not only on their paddock stands but also spreading the instantly recognisable aroma of Castrol R on the Jurby racetrack. Commenting on the anniversary TR3OC event co-ordinator Ian Bradshaw said:
“None of the above would have been possible had it not been for the input of the Isle of Man Government, Department for Enterprise’s Motorsport Team and the Isle of Man section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club as well as everyone who has allowed their bikes and memorabilia to be displayed. I hope everyone interested in Motorcycles takes the opportunity to enjoy what is the display of a lifetime.”
(Photo shows the team that did the sponsored 24 hour ride in 1973. Left to right. Ian Bradshaw, Des Evans, Alan ‘Kipper’ Killip and Ron Barrett, Triumph works mechanic.)
ALASTAIR SEELEY TO PILOT TYCO BMW MACHINERY AT THE 2018 VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200
With 21 victories at the North West, Alastair Seeley is the most successful rider around the famous triangular circuit. The 38 year old has decided to stick with familiar machinery that has helped bring him such great success in the past.
This year the event takes place on the 13-19th May and Seeley will be looking to better his four wins in a day which was racked up during last year’s blistering event.
Seeley had this to say:
“I am more motivated than ever for this year because I want to get back on the top step of the podium in the feature superbike race.” the Carrickfergus man said.
“Every race is important and I want to win every race I start but it would be nice to get a win in the big one again.”
“It won’t be easy because there are so many riders racing at the North West now who compete in the British championship and that means they are coming to Portrush sharp, fit and with good race craft.” Seeley said.
“But I am training hard and working with the Tyco BMW team again means that very little has to change for us.”
The International North West 200 The Official Alastair Seeley ( Wee Wizard 34 ) Supporters Club Tyco BMW
ADAM MCLEAN SIGNS WITH MCADOO KAWASAKI FOR 2018 ROADS CAMPAIGN
Rising roads star Adam McLean has joined forces with McAdoo Kawasaki, with added support from MSS Performance. He will partner Englishman, James Cowton throughout the 2018 road racing season.
When news broke on Tuesday evening that McLean and Team IMR had parted company, McAdoo Kawasaki and Nick Morgan from MSS Performance pounced on the opportunity to sign one of the hottest prospects in the sport.
McAdoo Kawasaki stated:
“We’re very proud in our track record of taking young riders to the very top of our sport and believe Adam is the most exciting Irish rider to come along in a very long time.”
Adam McLean spoke to Gortreagh Printing after agreeing the deal:
“I’m over the moon to sign with McAdoo Kawasaki. I’m sorry it didn’t work out with Team IMR, but when the team contacted me today I couldn’t believe I got sorted so quickly.”
We wish the very best to Adam and to McAdoo Kawasaki for the 2018 season.
Photo by Desmond Loughery and McAdoo Kawasaki.
NORTON SIGNS JOHN MCGUINNESS FOR 2018 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES
23-time TT Race winner John McGuinness has signed to ride for the Norton factory team in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races at the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.
McGuinness joins 2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes in a two-man team using the latest specification Norton ‘SG7’ machines, derived from the firm’s flagship V4 RR road bike.
McGuinness last won a Superbike class race in 2015, winning the PokerStars Senior TT, which also saw him breaking the outright lap record with a lap of 132.701, which remains his fastest lap around the Mountain Course.
He achieved podiums in both the 2016 RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT but missed last year’s TT race meeting due to serious injuries sustained in the North West 200, which he is still recovering from. However, he expects to be back to full fitness in time for his TT debut with Norton this June.
McGuinness has enjoyed a remarkable TT career and is second only to Joey Dunlop in outright TT victories and is rightly considered as one of the all-time TT greats. In a career that has now stretched over twenty years, he first announced himself to the road-racing world in 1996, finishing the highest placed and fastest newcomer in the 250cc TT Race and his name has since become synonymous with the Isle of Man Mountain Course.
He has stood on the Isle of Man TT podium a record 46 times from 78 race finishes and is confident that more success is just around the corner now he has teamed up with this iconic British brand.
Talking about the news of his Norton signing John McGuinness commented:
“I didn’t want to end my career due to an injury, but the truth is I didn’t know whether I would be able to come back as I didn’t know how fit I was going to be. Right now, things are going well. I feel a lot sharper and my head is in gear and ready to go. The plan is to get the external fixator cage off my leg by the end of this month and after that we can start working towards getting bike fit and testing.”
“I’m definitely ready for a change of manufacturer. I needed an injection of enthusiasm and I’ve found it with Norton. From the first time I met with Stuart (Garner) the vibe was there and the passion. I watched Steve Hislop win the TT on the Norton in 1992 and it was massive. Everyone remembers that! We can’t get carried away, it’s going to be a big job but I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos of the bike in action, I watched the bike out on track last year and it’s clearly a very fast and capable bike and I can tell you there are worse handling bikes out there too, so there’s no reason we can’t do the business if the stars line up right.”
Norton Motorcycles CEO Stuart Garner added:
“We’ve been talking to John for a year or more, he’s the talent. He’s the man at the TT with the total experience, the results and the pedigree. We have the ambition to win the TT and to go on to
develop a really strong team in years to come. We’d got John in our sights for a long time.”
“To get John in the Norton team with his experience and knowledge available is fabulous.
Norton will seize the opportunity to get John involved in all aspects of the bike – he’s a huge asset to Norton. Everyone in the factory has got a huge buzz. It’s pretty special. We’re all looking forward to the TT but we’ve not set any targets and take nothing for granted. Putting John McGuiness and Norton together is a dream team, but we know all results at the TT are hard earned whatever your name.”
Norton Motorcycles (UK) Ltd Isle of Man TT John McGuinness
ADAM MCLEAN AND TEAM IMR IN SHOCK SPLIT
Rising roads star, Adam McLean and Team IMR have parted company just a month after announcing their partnership ahead of the 2018 road Racing campaign.
The move will come as a huge surprise given the high expectations many people held for the young star and the team going forward.
In an honest and frank statement, Team IMR stated:
“Isle of Man based Team IMR have released rider Adam McLean from his contract for the 2018 road racing season after being advised that he is no longer able to represent the team as previously agreed.
Team IMR wish Adam McLean every success for the future.
Having already made extensive investment in support of Adam McLean for the 2018 road racing season, procuring high quality machinery, personnel and infrastructure, the team will now consider its options for a replacement rider with the aim of competing in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport categories at the 2018 North West 200, Isle of Man TT Races and Ulster Grand Prix events.”
Continental Riders Eager to Enter Pre-TT Classic Races
Entries for the 2018 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races have been open for just one month and already 155 entries have been received and accepted from riders wishing to test their skills against the demanding 4.25-mile Billown Course.
With grids in all nine races already half-full or more and still eight-weeks before entries close, everything points to another exciting and close action meeting as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 25th, 26th & 27th May.
Especially encouraging are the number of continental competitors returning to race in the sidecar races - five crews so far; Patrick Geffray from France with Sarah Stokoe in the chair.
Kobus Bouman and Nicolai Klinker along with Anja Braas and Diana Bouman both return from The Netherlands.
Plus, two crews making their Billown debuts, Frenchmen Claude Derlannoy and passenger Daniel Giroud and Belgian’s Ronny Van Wynsbergh with Jeffrey Vromant in the chair.
Previous solo race winners already entered include Barry Davidson, Ewan Hamilton, Rich Hawkins, and Jamie Coward.
Further details are available on the official website: www.southern100.com.
JOSH BROOKES SIGNS FOR NORTON FOR TT 2018 CAMPAIGN
Josh Brookes is set to return to the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and will again represent the Norton factory in this year’s RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races.
Australian Brookes, the 2015 British Superbike Champion, will compete on the ‘SG7’, derived from the V4 RR road bike. The bike that Brookes will ride is hand built at Norton’s Donington Hall factory and will continue its development and testing schedule in the hands of two-time TT Race winner - and Norton development rider - Steve Plater.
Brookes enjoyed a successful return to the Mountain Course last year following a two-year absence from the Isle of Man, which included the fastest ever lap around the TT Course by a Norton machine with 130.883mph.
The lap was posted in the PokerStars Senior TT Race, which saw him finish in sixth place, his best finish to date at the TT. He also returned to the Isle of Man later in the year and secured his maiden Mountain Course win with victory in the Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race riding a Paton as well as riding a Rotary Norton to within 5 seconds of Steve Hislop’s fastest ever lap.
It was a good season all round for Brookes, who finished second overall in the British Superbike Championship, just three points behind eventual winner Shane Byrne, taking three wins along the way.
Brookes has enjoyed a meteoric rise at the TT since claiming the fastest newcomer title at the TT in 2013. He finished a best place of seventh in the 2014 Senior Race, which saw him improve his fastest lap to an impressive 129.859mph in only his second year at the island.
Speaking from his home in Australia, Brookes said:
“It was a real honour to represent Norton last year. After a couple of years away it took me a bit of time to get dialled in again and despite the weather disruption I really felt comfortable by the end of race week and I’m raring to go again and build on last year with the team and add to their history around the Isle of Man.”
Norton CEO Stuart Garner is understandably thrilled at again securing one of biggest names in Motorcycling to represent the factory on the Isle of Man.
“There are only a handful of riders capable of competing for podiums and race wins at the TT and in Josh Brookes we have a rider with the ability and potential to rewrite the record books.
Josh’s involvement in the team not only gives us a competitive position on the track but also means that we put into practice what we learn on the Isle of Man for our road bike.”
“The most important thing for us as a team and a company is that we always move forward, always look to build on and improve what we’ve achieved and I’m more confident than ever that that’s what we’ll be doing again this year as we look to establish Norton at the front of the field on and off the track.”
2018 WELSH ROAD RACE POSTPONED
The directors of the Welsh Road Race regretfully announce the postponement of the 2018 Welsh Road Race. This is due to recent changes in legislation on the Road Traffic Act in Wales. A date for the 2019 event has already been requested and will be announced shortly.
On the 9th of January this year, there was a hearing with regard to the repeal of the Road Traffic Act. The repeal was to allow the use of closed Public Roads for Motorsport events. This repeal came into effect yesterday, on the 2nd February.
The Welsh Road Race had gained permissions previously, but the current change in legislation, has put the the timescale of the event into jeopardy, as there will not be enough time to obtain the correct permissions now to permit the event.
Derek Smith, Managing Director of the Welsh Road Race:
“We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race, and under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been imposed, will make it very difficult to carry out a safe and successful event’.
“The Board of Directors are absolutely devastated, for all the supporters and all concerned with the event. We have began steps to contact all our supporters and sponsors who are involved in the event.”
Paul King, Chairman of the ACU Road Race Committee:
“Following concerns with the Auto Cycle Union at the end of the year about the proposed Welsh Road Race in August 2018, members of the ACU recently met with the event organisers, to understand what was being proposed and what was required for the event to progress. In order for the ACU Road Race Committee to sanction the event, a list of requirements required from the Organisers was agreed. It would appear that the timetable to achieve the event for 2018 cannot be achieved. The ACU Road Race Committee will endeavour to assist the organisers in progressing the event for 2019.”
2018 ISLE OF MAN TT LAUNCH EVENT DATES CONFIRMED
The Official Launch of the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will take place on Wednesday 21st March at the Villa Marina.
The most famous names in TT racing will be in attendance at the event to talk about their preparations and ambitions ahead of the 2018 event.
The star studded evening will see the latest news on all of the action on track announced, as well as details of new additions to the off track schedule. All of which will be set against a backdrop of some of the amazing machines being ridden this year along with the iconic TT trophies and a non -stop collection of awe inspiring TT video clips.
Doors open at 7.00pm for a 730pm start with tickets priced at £5 available from the Villa Marina box office at www.villagaiety.com.
If you can’t be on the Island, you will be able to watch the proceedings live via the Official Isle of Man TT Races website - iomtt.com.
WILLIAM DUNLOP TO RIDE TEMPLE GOLF CLUB BACKED BIKES AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONALS
The Ballymoney rider maintains his relationship with 2017 backer, Tim Martin and will pilot Yamaha machinery at all three major international races this coming season.
Marking a welcome return to road racing, Tim Martin, owner of Temple Golf Club, will provide Dunlop with a Yamaha R1 superbike and superstock machine, as well as a Temple and Caffrey backed Yamaha R6 supersport bike.
As William Dunlop was keen to intimate at Motorcycle Live, he will contest select rounds of the British Superbike Championship where his focus will be getting time on the big bike.
This will likely be at the expense of him being able to attend some Irish national meetings, but valuable testing on the bigger machinery at the short circuit events in BSB should prove fruitful at the North West 200, Isle Of Man TT, and the Ulster Grand Prix.
Certainly, the first man to break the 200mph barrier around the Dundrod circuit looks set to have a very stable and successful season, especially coming after a largely frustrating 2017.
Photo by Donal Glackin
Research shows fifty percent increase in visitors to Southern 100 in a single year.
The Department for Enterprise has revealed the latest visitor survey for the Southern 100, showing an increase of fifty percent in visitors to the races in 2017.
In 2017 a total of 4,770 attended the event which runs on the Billown circuit at the beginning of July. The survey showed that visitors stayed for an average of 4.3 nights and spent an estimated £434 on the trip. This equates to an estimated visitor spend is around £2.1 million, representing a contribution of just over £1.5 million to the Island’s economy.
The survey is the latest in a series of annual survey’s carried out by the Isle of Man Government Department for Enterprise to assess the economic contribution of the Island’s three main motorcycle events – the TT Races, the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling (Classic TT, Manx Grand Prix, VMCC Festival of Jurby, Two Day Trial) and the Southern 100.
The key findings of the 2017 study were:
An estimated 4,770 visitors came for the Southern in 2017 – an increase of 50% on the number coming in 2016.
On average, visitors stayed 4.3 nights in the Island and spent £434 on the trip. Total expenditure of these visitors in 2017 is estimated at around £2.1 million.
This represents a contribution to Manx National Income of just over £1.5 million and an Exchequer Benefit of £0.3million.
75% had visited the Island previously for the Southern, and twothirds tend to visit for other
motorsport events such as TT and Festival of Motorcycling.
The bulk (79%) were from England, with 19% from the rest of the British Islands/Republic of Ireland
and 2% from further afield.
Rob Callister MHK, Political Member at the Department with responsibility for Tourism, said:
‘This remarkable growth is a tribute to the hard working committee of the Southern 100 Club who continue to deliver a strong event that contributes significantly to the Island’s overall visitor economy as well as attracting notable media coverage through print, on-line and television.
‘The event is now well established as the third largest on the island in terms of visitors and is an important pillar in our annual motorsport strategy and a great contributor to our visitor economy.’
George Peach, Race Secretary said:
‘The results of the 2017 visitor survey confirm the increasing popularity of the Southern 100 International Road Races and encourages us, as organisers to continue to further ensure the quality of the entry and improve facilities for the spectators and enthusiasts who make the effort to return year after year and enhance their visitor experience.
‘Southern 100 Racing are already well advanced in the planning for the 2018 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races which will held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th July.’