DAVEY TODD SIGNS WITH PENZ13.COM AS THE TEAM ANNOUNCES THREE MAN LINE-UP FOR 2019
German based racing team Penz13.com confirmed that they will be running a three man team throughout 2019.
IRRC champion Danny Webb will be joined by Daley Mathison and Davey Todd, last year’s fastest newcomer at the Isle of Man TT and second fastest newcomer overall.
Webb, a mainstay of the team having joined forces with them in 2016, will ride a Yamaha R1 at the Isle of Man TT whereas Mathison and Todd will pilot BMW S1000RRs in the RL360 Superstock, RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races.
Daley Mathison: “Following our success in Frohburg and Macau last year, I am delighted to have the opportunity to ride for Rico Penzkofer’s team at the internationals this year. The team’s machinery and experience speaks for itself. Since joining the team in 2018 this feels like the right path for me. Working with the team is like a family affair and I’m genuinely looking forward to swinging my leg over the Penz Superbike. Danny showed how fast that bike really is and I do hope that I will grow in confidence and deliver results throughout the year.”
Danny Webb: “I’m facing a busy 2019 season with all the races planned on short circuits and on the roads, but I’m looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me. Rico Penzkofer’s team has given me a good training programme through the winter and I will be going to Spain to work on my fitness and get some track time. I’m looking for top ten finishes at the TT and targeting a podium at Macau. I can’t wait to get the season started and I’m grateful for the opportunity for the next two years.”
Davey Todd: “I’m super happy to be riding for the Penz squad after successful outings in Frohburg and Macau in 2018. I have great confidence in the team’s abilities so I’m sure we can improve and make progress this year. I can’t wait to get back to the Isle of Man TT, but this time on the BMW Superstock and Superbike.”
NORTH WEST 200 GAINS NEW TITLE SPONSOR
The International North West 200 will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2019 with new title sponsors.
The event has secured backing from taxi company fonaCAB and oil provider Nicholl Oils and will be known as the fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils.
Race week gets underway on May 12-18 and with the event celebrating its 90th anniversary, riders will be keen to make their mark.
For all event information please visit: www.northwest200.org
Photo credit: Pacemaker Press
HONDA REVEALS A REFRESHED LINE-UP ON THE ROADS AS DAVID JOHNSON JOINS IAN HUTCHINSON
Honda is pleased to announce that David Johnson will line-up next to Ian Hutchinson on the roads, as the Honda Racing team prepares for the start of the 2019 road race season.
Hutchinson and Johnson will lead Honda’s charge on the roads at The International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT. Both road experts will contest the Superbike and Superstock 1000 classes aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, with the team also preparing a CBR600RR Supersport machine for Ian.
‘Davo’ made his debut at the TT in 2010 aboard Honda machinery where he claimed the accolade of fastest newcomer that year. The Australian has since racked up three 4th place finishes at the Mountain Course and was close to a podium last year in the Superbike race. His best result at the Ulster GP has been 3rd (2018) and 7th at the NW200.
Teammate ‘Hutchy’ continues with Honda after a valiant return last year, while recovering from injury. Displaying incredible drive and determination throughout 2018, the ‘Bingley Bullet’ is coming into the new road racing season with more bike time under his belt as he looks to return to winning form.
The Honda Racing team will now embark on a comprehensive testing programme before tackling the road circuits, starting with the North West 200 in May.
I am really happy to join the Honda Racing team for this season. Over the years they have been incredibly successful on the roads and won a lot at the TT; I feel that I will gel with the Fireblade, so I’m very excited to get started and ride the bikes. With Hutchy getting fitter from his injuries I think we’ll work together well and I will have some great people around me in the team. I can’t wait to get back to the UK and start testing!
I’m feeling confident coming into this season on the roads. Last year was about building back up and learning the Fireblade again. The results were a little disappointing, as they didn’t reflect the hard work that went in behind the scenes. But since the TT I have been out on a track Fireblade and also my road bike, so with that mileage and the testing programme we have for this year, I think we’ll be in a strong position when we arrive at the North West 200. I’m keen to get started and looking forward to the team's first test.
Jonny Twelvetrees - Team Manager
I’m really pleased to have ‘Davo’ with the team for this season, he’s been a strong contender since his debut in 2010 and I know it won’t be long before he’s on the TT podium. He had a good season last year with two 4th places at the TT and a podium at the Ulster, so I’m excited to see what he can do on the Fireblade this year. With Hutchy we’re certainly going to see a huge difference compared to last year. Since the TT he’s had a lot of quality bike time, both on-track and also road riding, as always he’s training hard and will be coming into the season right back up there; so I think we’re in for some good racing. I’m looking forward to getting everyone together at the first test so we can start pushing on. It’s a long time between the races so the competitiveness has time to build up!
TYCO BMW AND MICHAEL DUNLOP
PREPARE FOR 2019 RACING CAMPAIGN
TAS Racing is delighted to announce a second consecutive International Road Racing season with Michael Dunlop in 2019. The Ballymoney man raised his Isle of Man TT career total to eighteen victories at last year’s event – aided by a top step on Tyco BMW S1000RR machinery – making him the third most successful rider of all time at the TT.
That very same victory for Dunlop in the TT Superbike encounter, aboard the Tyco BMW S1000RR on the opening Saturday of the 2018 event, lifted TAS Racing onto 19 team victories at the famous Manx event. It goes without saying, both parties will be looking to add to that success this coming June on the Isle of Man.
Dunlop’s full programme of events for Tyco BMW on the all-new S1000RR Superbike will be announced in the coming weeks, but having secured a deal to remain with Hector and Philip Neill’s team for a second consecutive season, the TT star was happy to explain his decision
Philip Neill - Tyco BMW Team Manage
"It’s great for TAS Racing to secure another season with Michael and together with our partners BMW and Tyco, we are looking forward to a successful season on the all-new BMW S1000RR. It was always our plan to continue with Michael, however it was important we took some time together to consider the best way to approach 2019, and we look forward to announcing further details soon.”
Michael Dunlop #6 - 18 times TT winner
"I’m looking forward to working with the TAS Racing boys again this year. We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start and the goal this year will be to go after both the Superbike and Senior TT wins on the Island. BMW has launched a new bike, which I should be riding in a few weeks’ time. With the added improvements to the package and a second season with the same team, we should be in a good place to go after both the big wins on the Island.”
DEREK MCGEE AND FARADLO RACING TO MOUNT MOTO 3 PUSH
Derek McGee has joined forces with Faraldo Racing and will pilot a brand new Moto 3 machine for the team.
After an amicable split from the Joey’s Bar Racing Team, McGee has teamed with Francesco Faraldo and looks looks to be in prime position to mount a considerable challenge on the lightweight bike at both national and international level.
Securing the services of the multiple Irish roads champion McGee must come as a major coup for the Italian outfit as they have outlined plans to take on events such as the Southern 100 and the Ulster Grand Prix.
McGee, who can boast a proven track record of Moto 3 success, will have an expertly prepared machine which will give him a great chance to add another championship to his already impressive tally.
TRUMMER AND TC RACING PREPRE FOR PREMIER CLASS TT ASSAULT
Julian Trummer is making the step up to Superbike and Superstock classes ahead of the 2019 Isle Of Man TT.
Trummer will ride the TC Racing prepared Honda CBR1000RR SP2 in the premier class and he will race the tram’s Honda CBD600RR in the supersport class.
2019 will be the Austrian’s third year of competition at the Isle Of Man TT and his fourth year partnered with TC Racing. After consistently impressive results in the Supersport and Lightweight races, Trummer and the team now feel the time is right to make the step up.
"After 3 years of racing on the TT Mountain Course, I think I’ve done my apprenticeship and now feel ready to step up with the big boys. I’m really looking forward to riding a Superbike around the best track in the World, and to be able to do it again with a team I have 100% trust in is fantastic. It’s the best and safest way for me to get faster around here without any pressure. To work with such a professional team again makes it so much easier!”
Mick Charnock, TC Racing team principal:
"Julian is one of the most focused riders we have ever worked with and we’re really pleased he’s back with us again this year. Over the last few years he’s come in under the radar, gained confidence, and built up his speed, and at 27 I have no doubt that he has the ability to get amongst some of the seasoned TT racers over the next few years."
JOEY THOMPSON ANNOUNCES SPLIT FROM WH RACING
Joey Thompson has split with WH Racing.
The news comes as a major shock and now leaves Thompson without a ride going into the 2019 season.
Thompson is widely regarded as one of the sport’s brightest rising stars and has to date turned in some prolific performances which has showcased his roads credentials.
This news will come as a huge setback to the Yorkshire rider and he had this to say on the matter.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances myself and the WH Racing Team have parted company.
Unfortunately this is a very big set back in my career but I am without a ride for the coming season.
Thanks to all at WH Racing and wish them the best of success.”
GLENN IRWIN SETS SIGHTS ON SIX WINS AT THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200
Glenn Irwin has made his intentions clear ahead of this year’s International North West 200. Last year’s double Superbike winner is chasing six wins at this year’s event.
Irwin, now backed by Kawasaki power for the feature race, will also be on a stock Quattro Plant ZX10RR in both Superstock races alongside riding a ER6 Kawasaki for the CMS/KW Electrical team in the Supertwins class.
The 28 year old Carrickfergus rider will surely start this year as the heavy favourite to grasp more Superbike honours when racing gets underway on race week, which takes place on on May 12th-18th.
‘I am giving myself every chance to win six races at this year’s North West.’ the Carrickfergus man smiles. It has never been done before and I will be trying my hardest to win every race I start in.’
‘The ZX10RR is a lovely bike to ride and I think it will allow me to bring some aggression back into my riding style and really show what I can do.’ he explains.
‘There is a vibe in the team that will bring out the best in me and after riding in a test in Spain in November I feel at home with the boys and part of everything already.’
JAPANESE RIDERS LINK UP WITH TEAM ILR
Team ILR are delighted to announce that experienced Japanese riders Tatsuya Yamaguchi and Masayuki Yamanaka will link up with the team during the 2019 season.
Tatsuya will compete in the first two rounds of the British Supersport Championship at Silverstone and Oulton Park, whilst Masayuki will join the team for this year's Isle of Man TT races where he will be on board the Team ILR ZX-6 Kawasaki.
Masayuki Yamanaka is no stranger to the Isle of Man and he created history in 2015 when he was the first rider from Japan to step on to a Manx GP podium, after finishing a brilliant second in the Newcomers C race.
He also registered a ninth place finish in the Lightweight event and was second best newcomer that year.
The 2016 Manx GP saw Yamanaka finish a very respectable 26th place in the Junior and Senior races with a personal best lap of 114.371 mph.
No doubt inspired by the heroics of Suzuki mounted Mitsuo Ito in the 1963 50cc TT (to date the only rider from Japan to win an Isle of Man TT) and many of his fellow countrymen before him, Masayuki loves the TT and in 2017 he overcame many previous obstacles, including a life threatening accident in his mid-40's, to finally realise his dream and make his debut at the world famous event where he finished 49th in the first Monster Energy Supersport race and lapping at just over 115mph.
However he was to find the 2018 event challenging with a 56th place finish in the opening Supersport race and a DNF in the second.
Running his own team in recent years with a CBR 600 Honda, Masayuki feels he has more to offer around the 37.75 miles Mountain Circuit, and he has turned to the vast experience of ten-times TT winner Ian Lougher and his team to give him the extra push and guidance he feels is necessary to realise his full potential.
Tatsuya Yamaguchi certainly brings an impressive CV with him, and he has had one off rides at Moto GP (250cc in 1999 and Moto 2 in 2010) and at World Supersport level in 2002, the same year he won the MFJ All Japan JSB1000 Championship.
He was also the MFJ All Japan ST600 champion in 2010, successfully defending his title in 2011, and he has also competed in the MFJ All Japan GP250 Championship, the MFJ All Japan J-GP2 Championship, the Asia SS600 Championship and the MFJ All Japan JSB1000 Championship.
For his two appearances with Team ILR, Tatsuya will have a newly built Yamaha R6 at his disposal.
Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher:
"Team ILR have been talking to Tatsuya Yamaguchi for quite a number of years now regarding him trying some BSB events, but he had an ongoing contract with another manufacturer so it meant he had to ride for them in the UK, this made it very difficult for us to supply him with a relevant machine. I have the utmost respect for Tatsuya as I know he has the speed to potentially rock the established stars at BSB level, but of course this puts some pressure on us to supply him with a really competitive bike.
Nonetheless we will put all our efforts into this and give him his best chance possible. I think Yamanaka has struggled with chassis set up the last two visits to the Isle of Man, and this really does zap your confidence when you set off down Bray Hill.
I like to think with Team ILR’s knowledge and past experience and rider nurturing, we can bring his confidence level up which will allow him to bring his lap times down in a safe manner."
"I have wanted to compete some overseas racing for long time, so I am very happy to making it happen even 2 rounds of BSB. I have been talking to Ian Lougher since few years ago, but I thought time has come in this year.
I know BSB is high level, so it is a challenge to raise my skills up, and also I want to learn various things.
Then I hope if some young riders of my own team t2y want to challenge BSB in the future, I want to make the way for them too.
I have never thought about retire from riding yet. So I will race with my whole body and soul to raise my riding skill."
"I am extremely happy to be able to compete isle of Man TT with the team of Ian Lougher who I respect. I trust him and his team, so I am not concerned anything about the races at all.
I will do my best with all my strength for the sake of everybody who is supporting me and for myself !"
PLATER AND ROBERTS TO HOST 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT OFFICIAL LAUNCH
Matt Roberts and two time Isle of Man TT winner Steve Plater will officially launch the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy on Tuesday 19th March.
The event will be streamed live via the iomttraces.com website and will feature many of the top TT stars including Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman, two riders who had an almighty scrap for senior honours last year.
Also in attendance will be Norton rider John McGuinness, local hero Conor Cummins, and 16 time TT winner Ian Hutchinson. Sidecar lap record holders and last year’s double race winners, The Birchall Brothers are also scheduled to appear.
Photos by RCphotos
ROAD RACING 2019 - MOVERS AND SHAKERS
With some major announcements having already been made in regards to team announcements for the upcoming season, we have complied a short list of some of the confirmed lineups for 2019.
- Burrows Engineering: Derek Sheils and Tom Weeden
- Silicone Engineering: Dean Harrison
- Smith’s BMW: Peter Hickman
- Padgett’s / Milenco Security: Conor Cummins and Bruce Anstey
- McAdoo Kawasaki Racing: Adam McLean
- Norton Racing: John McGuinness
- Honda Racing: Ian Hutchinson
- Prez Racing: Jamie Coward
- Impcross Engineering BMW: Dan Cooper
- NW Racing: Darren Cooper
- EHA Racing: Alastair Seeley
- ON1 Racing: Brian McCormack
- WH Racing: Joey Thompson
- The People’s Bike: Matt Stevenson and Rhys Hardisty
- Team Optimark Racing: Xavier Denis
With some major outfits yet to confirm their lineups, there is still room for change and shocks. It is likely that Dominic Herbertson will be with Dafabet Devitt Racing with the possibility that Paul Jordan May also remain with the team following his impressive turn for them late last year at the Ulster Grand Prix.
JG Speedfit will in all likelihood sign up the services of James Hillier and the Penz13 team should sign up Danny Webb continuing their successful partnership.
MARTIN JESSOPP ANNOUNCES MOUNTAIN COURSE HIATUS
Two-time Isle of Man TT podium star Martin Jessopp has announced he will step away from competition at the Isle of Man TT.
Jessopp, now an established TT star in his own right, has enjoyed some notable successes in his five year tenure racing the world famous mountain course.
With two superb podium finishes coming in the Lightweight TT class in 2016 and 2017, the Riders Motorcycles Team rider can also brag of being part of the 130mph club.
Although he is stepping away from action on the Island, Jessopp ha stated that he is hoping to continue his roads career at the International North West 200, an event where he has excelled at in recent years.
ROAD RACING DAILY RISING STAR AWARD 2018
Winner: Adam McLean
With so much young talent on show throughout the road racing paddock, it is almost an impossible task to single out only one name for this particular award, but after much careful consideration the name that kept coming up time and time again was McAdoo man Adam McLean.
Having tracked Adam’s roads journey from the very beginning, the rate at which he has risen to the challenge has been nothing short of astonishing.
The Tobermore man has consistently shown maturity on and off the bike and has excelled whenever he has been tested. Always in the mix on the national scene, McLean also made huge inroads this year at international level taking his maiden win at the Ulster Grand Prix with a fine display in the Supertwins race on Thursday of race week.
With another stellar showing in the supersport race on the same evening, it was a massively impressive performance from the young man.
McLean had to overcome the loss of a teammate earlier in the season, and after initially announcing that he intended to take a break from racing for an undisclosed period, he emerged fully rested and finished the remainder of the season with terrific resolve.
It is comforting to know that he will once more ride for the McAdoo team in 2019 and few would bet against the rising star becoming even more of a force to be reckoned with in the coming months.
ROAD RACING DAILY 2018 AWARDS
Rider of the year: Derek McGee
Race of the year: Tandragee 100 Grand Final
Team of the year: Smith’s BMW
Meeting of the year: Enniskillen Road Races
Rookie of the year: Michael Browne
Sidecar team of the year: The Birchall Brothers
Performance of the year: Peter Hickman, Senior TT
Irish performance of the year: Andy Farrell, MGP
2018 was a vintage year full of eye-opening performances capped off by some terrific Irish victories.
At the head of the pack winning rider of the year was Derek McGee. Another stellar year for the man from Mullingar who added another three Irish titles which was a repeat of his 2017 success. Derek was in imperious form throughout the season, showcasing his credentials in both the national and international meetings with a first podium at the Isle of Man TT and a superb 15 race winning streak on the Irish roads.
Race of the year was a close fought battle with some truly memorable races in contention for the award. For me however, one race stands alone and that was the Tandragee 100 grand final. A titanic four-way tussle for the lead was the story of the race with Tyco BMW’s Dan Kneen running out the eventual victor. Kneen smashed the course record on his way to securing the grand final crown and I’m certain every fan in attendance will remember that performance for years to come.
The inaugural Enniskillen Road Races secures our award for meeting of the year. Fans were treated to some amazing road racing on the outskirts of Fermanagh and the club did a superb job in some difficult weather conditions. With record track temperatures causing chaos, Derek McGee run out the man of the meeting. I for one cannot wait to return later in the year to see some more action.
Andy Farrell’s performance at the Manx Grand Prix gets our nod for Irish performance of the year. The ever popular Farrell stormed to a Manx double back in August and it was thrilling to see the joy displayed by Andy and his loyal team.
Peter Hickman and his Smith’s BMW Team pick up performance and team of the year awards respectively. Both worked in unison to secure a first ever Superstock and Senior TT win and along the way they smashed the TT course record.
Other awards go to Michael Browne who picks up the rookie of the year award and the imperious Birchall Brothers get the nod for sidecar team of the year.
POSTHUMOUS HONOUR FOR WILLIAM DUNLOP
William Dunlop is to be honoured at the upcoming Cornmarket Motorcycling Awards.
The Ballymoney rider will join his father Robert, and uncle Joey in the Irish motorcycling hall of fame and is more than a worthy inclusion.
William was a seven time Ulster Grand Prix winner and a four time victor at the North West 200. On top of those stunning international wins were over 110 national victories making him one of the most successful and respected racers to grace our roads.
Speaking of the upcoming honour, William’s mother Louise Dunlop had this to say.
“We are still in complete shock after the tragic incident last summer, but any award the Dunlop family has ever received has been very special.
There is a sad poignancy that William goes into the Hall of Fame alongside his Dad and Uncle Joey, who we all still miss dearly. The Dunlops’ achievements which span almost 50 years, have left an indelible mark on sport in Northern Ireland.
With this award its just lovely to know the Dunlop name is still a force to be reckoned with, but it will be an emotional evening.
We have been overwhelmed with the amount of love and kindness we have received. It truly has been remarkable. William was loved by everyone, and we are so proud of his achievements, as we are of all my boys.”
NEW DESIGN FOR 2019 SOUTHERN 100 BADGE
Southern 100 Racing have a new design for their popular Year Badg- es for 2019 onwards.
The new design which features the Billown Course, home of course to the ‘friendly races’ as the main feature, with a year bar added to the base of the badge will be available from the end of February.
The present badge, the club’s official logo has been used for over 20-years, with special designs being produced to celebrate the Southern 100 40th , 50th and 60th anniversaries, some of which are still available.
The 2019 badge costs £4.00 plus £1.00 post & packing and can be ordered via the official website; www.southern100.com or by mail from George Peach, 128, Malew Street, Castletown, Isle of Man IM9 1LT, cheques made payable to Southern 100 MCRC Ltd.
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 IRISH ROAD RACING SEASON
The full list of dates for the 2019 Irish national and international road racing season has been announced.
Racing gets underway with the traditional season opener, the Cookstown 100, taking place on Friday 26th - Saturday 27th April. One week later it’s the turn of the North Armagh club who play host to the popular Tandragee 100 on Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th May.
Following the first two national meetings of the year is the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. Bike week is Tues 14th - Sat 18th May and a who’s who of top class riders will contest the racing around the famous triangle circuit.
Next up is the main event, the Isle of Man TT. Last year saw a new lap record in each class and a new outright lap record taken in the Senior TT by Peter Hickman. The festival gets underway on May 25th and runs until June 7th.
June and July are very busy months as the national season in Ireland hots up with no less than 7 meetings coming inside of 8 weeks, the last of which being the Munster 100 which sees a welcome return to road racing in County Cork.
Nestling in the middle of all the national meetings is the hugely popular Southern 100 at Billown. That gets underway on July 8th - 11th.
The world famous Ulster Grand Prix was somewhat overshadowed by inclement weather in 2018, but few would argue that when the sun is shining, Dundrod is quite simply the ultimate test in all of road racing. When the best riders in the world descend on the 7.4 mile circuit and race wheel-to-wheel it is the purest form of the sport. 2019 Bike Week takes place August 7th - 10th.
We then go back to the island for the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT on August 17th - 26th before the East Coast Racing Festival brings down the curtain to the season. Formerly known as Killalane, the ECRF will be held on Sep 7th - 8th.