Road Racing Daily - March 2019 News

Road Racing Daily John McGuinness on the Norton at the 2018 Isle Of Man TT

NORTH WEST 200 ORGANISERS THROW LIGHT ON POTENTIAL NORTON PARTICIPATION  

 

In a statement released on Wednesday, the North West 200 organisers have clarified their position on the chances of John McGuinness racing the Norton V4 at this year’s event. 

 

The Morecambe rider is keen to ride the iconic marque’s V4 machine when racing gets underway in May, but FIM rules state that machines such as the Norton are ineligible to compete at the North West 200. 

 

The pairing of McGuinness on the Norton would no doubt be a major coup for event organisers, but with the V4’s engine capacity of 1200cc falling outside of the designated meeting parameters, it will take a special dispensation for said appearance to take place. 

 

Below is the full statement released by the organisers; 

 

‘The organisers of the 2019 fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils received an entry from John McGuinness dated 7th February, 2019 to compete for the Norton team in the May 12-18 races.

 

The entry specified the machine John was entered on for both Superbike races would have an engine capacity of 1000cc.

 

The entry was accepted on that basis and a recent announcement was made to the press that John would make his comeback to the North West 200 after a two year absence because of a leg injury sustained in 2017. The organisers were delighted at this prospect.

 

The organisers were subsequently informed on 26 March, 2019 by Norton that the engine capacity of the SG8 superbike they intend to race at the North West will be 1200cc. It does not, therefore, meet the current Technical regulations for the NW200 superbike races and would not be eligible for competition at the event.

 

John McGuinness and Norton CEO, Stuart Garner, have both been informed of that situation. It is hoped that a solution can still be found to resolve this issue before May and that both John McGuinness and Norton will take part in the 90th anniversary event.

 

Mervyn Whyte, MBE

NW200 Event Director.’

 

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Road Racing Daily Dan Sayle confirms his return to racing

DAN SAYLE CONFIRMS HIS RETURN TO RACING

 

Sulby’s Dan Sayle who was seriously injured during last year’s Classic TT, is set to make a return to road racing at the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races being held on the Colas Billown Course on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 24th, 25th & 27th May 2019.

 

Dan will be riding a 250cc Yamaha in the eight-lap Geoff Duke Junior Superbike Race and less than a fortnight later he will return to the 4.25-mile southside course to race in the 250cc/650cc race at the Colas Post TT Road Races also on a Yamaha twin.

 

Dan Sayle said: ‘I am counting the days until I will be back on the gird at Billown for the Pre-TT Classic Races.

 

‘It has been a long haul since last August, but my determination never deserted me, even at my lowest point to race again and now that I have been discharged from Nobles, I am getting back into a training routine to ensure I am fully fit for May.’

 

Assistant Race Secretary, Rachel Palmer said: ‘It was no surprise to receive not one but two entries from Dan, he made it clear to everyone that he was going to race again despite the serious injuries he sustained in last years’ Classic TT and he has proved will power and determination can prove any doubters wrong.

 

‘We all look forward to seeing Dan Sayle back at Billown for the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races and the Colas Post TT Road Races and wish him safe and enjoyable racing.’

Road Racing Daily Guy Martin enters the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100

GUY MARTIN SET FOR KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100

 

Guy Martin has entered this year’s KDM Hire Cookstown 100 on the 26th and 27th April. 

 

The Grimsby rider was set to compete at last year’s event before mechanical issues with his BSA Rocket unfortunately sidelined him, but he promised to return and will contest this year’s classic race on the same machine. 

 

Guy Martin

 

‘I've not given up on racing or road racing, there's unfinished business and I want to race classics and odd ball stuff.’

 

A previous winner at Cookstown as recent as 2015 when he tasted Superbike success for Tyco BMW, Martin’s attendance will come as a coup for the club as the ever popular rider is still a major draw for many fans. 

 

KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

 

Thursday 4th April - Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm

 

Thursday 11th April - Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm

 

Sunday 14thApril - Annual Bikers Service Orritor Presbyterian Church 3.30pm

 

Thursday 25th April - Annual Classic Bike Run Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Rd, Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm

 

Friday 26th April - KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day  -  Roads Close at 12 Noon

 

Saturday 27th April - KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day - Roads Close at 10.00am

Road Racing Daily Track improvements taking place ahead of the 2019 KDM Hire Cookstown 100

TRACK IMPROVEMENTS AT COOKSTOWN

 

Resurfacing has taken place on parts of the Orittor circuit in preparation for this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

 

Following a number of incidents in recent years, The Cookstown & District MCC have undertaken steps to improve the circuit for the safety of the competitors.

 

In conjunction with the Mid Ulster Council & Roads Service/Dept Of Infrastructure, both Craigmount and Braeside Corners have benefited from the work carried out by local Tarmac Engineers P. Keenan, and all in good time prior to this years event which is scheduled to take place on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April. 

 

Both corners will have improved entry and exiting surfaces. Riders had voiced their concerns in recent years and the organizing club have undertaken their views. Rider safety is of paramount importance to the Club. 

 

Derek Sheils( RK Racing): 

 

‘It's great news to have both Craigmount and Braeside corners resurfaced. Grip levels on Braeside corner in particular have been deteriorating over the last few years so this move should bring lap times down.’

 

MIichael Sweeney MJR Racing:

 

‘It will definitely make it a lot safer and smoother for everyone and specially if It’s wet it will be better so fair play to the club for getting these things sorted out, good job"

 

2019 man of the Meeting, Adam McLean - McAdoo Racing

 

‘Really great to hear this, Braeside Corner has been a problem in recent times so It’s good to see the club taking on board the interests of the competitors. I’m sure this will also see some faster lap times as well so It’s all looking good for this years race.’

 

David Patterson - Flag man at Braeside

 

‘After last year with the number of fallers It’s good to see the club looking at the surface of the road at the Braeside and the very slight drip at the drain cover on the apex of the corner. Hopefully this work along with all the continued work at the circuit lets all competitors have a safe and successful Cookstown 100.’

 

Photos; P Keenan Tarmac Engineers carrying out resurfacing at the Orittor circuit in preparation for this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100, and Kenny Loughrin (Cookstown & District PRO) points out to the new kerbside grating which will also alleviate drainage problems. 

 

Words and photos by Baylon McCaughey

SUPERSPORT RACES FAVOURED BY EARLY SOUTHERN 100 ENTRANTS

 

The Supersport 600cc Races appear to be the most popular, at least amongst the early entries received for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races in the first few days after entries opened.

 

A total of 16 have been accepted, so far, including five Newcomers Michael Bates, Albert Walker, Kieran Brockie, Laurence Jones and Russian competitor Danila Krasniuk.

 

Stephen Bostock, Chris Watson, Michael Mace, Stephen Beale, Andy Sailor, Mark Goodings, Paul Cassidy, Richard Charlton, Gavin Brown, Stuart Rayner and David McConnachy are all entered on a mixture of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Triumph machinery.

 

The Southern 100 will be held this year over the 8th - 11th July. 

 

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Road Racing Daily Team Bathams Mugen announce 2019 TT Zero line-up with Michael Rutter and John McGuinness

‘TEAM BATHAMS MUGEN’ ANNOUNCE 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT LINE-UP

Team Mugen will field a two rider line-up for this year’s Isle Of Man TT charge. 

John McGuinness and Michael Rutter will spearhead the team’s TT assault and with 29 TT victories between the pair, they will no doubt start as massive favourites to claim first place in the TT Zero class. 

Michael Rutter will be making his return to the team for the second year having won last year on his way to setting a new class record of 121.824mph. McGuinness, rejoining the team after a two year injury layoff, will be looking to continue the success he enjoyed prior to his absence. 

Mugen made the formal announcement at the 46th Tokyo Motorcycle Show and have entitled the new project ‘Shinden Hachi’.

Also new this year is the addition of the Bathams Brewery as a new sponsor, with the team now racing under the banner of, ‘Team Bathams Mugen’. 

With many new changes to the bike having been implemented ahead of the TT, Mugen has outlined exactly what fans should expect to see;

‘Revisions for 2019 include development of the electric drivetrain to provide an increase of output power, and aerodynamic improvements to improve bike stability and reduce drag at the higher speeds the bikes are expected to reach.

As in previous years the team’s ambition will be to optimize their performance and win the race for the 6th successive year, and to further extend the lap record from the current 121.824mph, set in 2018 by Team MUGEN rider, Michael Rutter aboard Shinden Nana.’

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Road Racing Daily Adam McLean pictured at the 2018 Southern 100

CROSSLEYS CONTINUE TO SPONSOR SOUTHERN 100 MARSHALS

Ballasalla based Chartered Certified Accountants UHY Crossleys LLC have generously agreed to continue to cover Postage Costs for vital correspondence sent to all Southern 100 Marshals, who volunteer their services for all three road races held on the Colas Billown Course.

Chief Marshal, Peter Chadwick says: ‘The Southern 100 Marshals As- sociation are progressing online Sign-on however, feedback from our marshals indicates that this method does not suit all.

‘We upload our Signing-on forms on the official Southern 100 website and try to encourage marshals via social media to download the forms and send them in.

‘Only a small percentage actually do this, and I think old habits die hard as Marshals wait for the reminder when the forms drop through the post.’
‘Going forward, we need to reduce the cost of postage and we ask all of our Marshals to please consider this for future.’

Peter concluded: ‘Meantime we are very fortunate to have the support of a long-established local Accountancy Firm, UHY Crossleys LLC for which we are very grateful, especially in view of the impending in- crease in postage costs from next month.

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Road Racing Daily Michael Dunlop picture here at the 2018 Isle Of Man TT

TOP 20 TT RACES SUPERBIKE START NUMBERS REVEALED

With the top ten starting order for the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Dunlop Senior Races revealed during the Official Launch for this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, the remainder of the top twenty seeded riders have today been announced.

The quality of the field stretches beyond the top ten, with some of the best riders in Road Racing starting from numbers 11 to 20.

Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) moves up the order to 11, having run his usual number 13 since 2014. ‪Starting at 10‬, Peter Hickman will be the ultimate target ahead of him, but there’s a considerable threat from behind with Derek McGee (Doyne/McGee Racing Kawasaki) ‪starting at 12‬ – his first year as a seeded rider.

Sam West (Cycle Store BMW) ‪starts at 13‬, with fellow privateer Phil Crowe (Sheffpack BMW) going at number 14. Both riders lapped within a whisker of the mythical 130mph mark in 2018, and there’ll both be looking to reach that landmark this year.

‪Starting at 15, Jamie Coward (PreZ Racing) will be the only Yamaha-mounted rider in the top 20. He’s followed by two rapid Irishman who have previously lapped close to an average speed of 129mph, with Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/Kelly Developments Suzuki) starting at 16 and Shaun Anderson (Anderson Race Developments Suzuki) away from 17.‬

Last year’s sensational newcomer Davey Todd (‪Penz13.com‬ BMW) follows at 18, ahead of team-mate Daley Mathison (‪Penz13.com‬ BMW) at 19, with Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport Kawasaki) completing the top 20. Like McGee, 2019 will be the first year that Anderson, Todd, Mathison, and Herbertson have started as seeded riders in the top 20.

All but two of the top twenty have lapped the TT Course at an average speed of over 128mph and more of the world’s best road racers follow them, with Horst Saiger, Adam McLean, Danny Webb, Craig Neve and Paul Jordan just some of the other riders entered.

A number of leading riders from the Manx Grand Prix tackle the TT for the first time, including Matt Stevenson and James Chawke – winners of the Senior and Junior Races respectively.

The overseas contingent will again include Stefano Bonetti, Raul Torras, Julian Trummer, Timothee Monot and Xavier Denis. Leading New Zealand Superbike Championship rider Jay Lawrence contests the TT for the first time, having made an impressive Mountain Course debut at last year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

1. Conor Cummins
2. Dean Harrison
3. John McGuinness
4. Ian Hutchinson 
5. James Hillier
6. Michael Dunlop 
7. Gary Johnson
8. Michael Rutter
9. Davo Johnson 
10. Peter Hickman 
11. Lee Johnston 
12. Derek McGee
13. Sam West 
14. Phil Crowe
15. Jamie Coward
16. Derek Sheils 
17. Shaun Anderson
18. Davey Todd
19. Daley Mathison
20. Dominic Herbertson 

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Road Racing Daily Darren Cooper in action at Skerries

DARREN COOPER AND NW RACING PART WAYS

 

Darren Cooper has parted ways with NW Racing and has announced fresh plans to contest the national and international races on his own machinery. 

 

In what has come as a shock move, the 2017 Supertwins Manx Grand Prix winner made a formal announcement on social media stating: 

 

‘As some of you may have seen from the NW Racing Press Release, Darren Cooper will no longer be riding their team BMW this season. This was a tough decision to make as Noel and the team have been fantastic to work with during the 2018 season. We wish them well in their racing future.

 

Darren will be focussing on his own teams bikes and riding both the Kawasaki 600 and Supertwin at various Irish Nationals, NW200, TT, Ulster GP and hopefully the meetings at Oliver's Mount.’

 

Cooper intends to contest the Supersport and Supertwins classes at the Isle of Man TT on board his own DCR Team Kawasaki ZX6R and ER6 machines. He will also race at the Ulster Grand Prix, North West 200 and at selected Irish national meetings with a view to also competing at Oliver’s Mount. 

 

We wish Darren well for the coming season.

Road Racing Daily Norton announce lightweight Isle of Man TT dream team

NORTON DREAM TEAM FOR BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE

 

Norton have confirmed an exciting three-rider line up for the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

The Norton factory team comprises the hugely experienced John McGuinness, Peter Hickman, the fastest road racer on earth and the fastest new talent in Davey Todd. 

 

They will ride the new 650cc Norton Superlight machine for the prestigious British manufacturer with all three having high hopes of success.

 

The all new Norton Superlight is powered by a 650cc twin engine designed and developed in house by Norton. With a handmade tubular aluminium chassis, again designed and manufactured in house at the Norton factory. The new Superlight should be the ideal tool for the TT’s Lightweight class.

 

Only Hickman has previous experience in the class at the TT, in 2017. He retired from last year’s race on the last lap when again lying in third place and he set his fastest lap for the class with 119.293mph.

 

2019 will see McGuinness return to the TT for the first time since breaking his leg at the North West 200 in 2017.  The Morecambe rider has targeted the Lightweight Race victory from the moment the Superlight was unveiled.  He had been due to contest last year’s race for former race winner Farquhar before injury forced his withdrawal so he is keen to get back on to the top step on his returnto add to his 23 TT Race wins.

 

Todd will be competing in his second TT in 2019 and although he didn’t contest the Lightweight Race last year, he did race in the class at other meetings during the year, achieving good results at both the Ulster Grand Prix and Southern 100. He also scored a number of podiums in the Irish National road races and will relish the opportunity to ride the Norton  as he seeks to improve on his impressive results of 2018.

 

“I’m blown away with the Norton Superlight,” McGuinness said. “It’s a class I’ve never raced in so I’m really excited and want to be winning. It’s another opportunity for a win for me and it’s another manufacturer in the class so I’ll be putting my heart and soul into it.”

 

Norton’s owner Stuart Garner said: “We believe that we’ve got a very competitive bike for the class and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure the best riders as well. Peter took racing around the Mountain Circuit to a new level last year while John has the racing pedigree to do our bike justice.  Davey is a hugely talented rider of great promise and we think that we can help him to achieve his potential. What a team!”

Road Racing Daily Bumper entry for 2019 Pre-TT Classic

CLOSE ON 200 ENTRIES RECEIVED SO FAR FOR PRE-TT CLASSIC

 

With less than two weeks until entries close for the 2019 Blackford Financial Services Pre-TT Classic Road Races, a total of 197 entries have been accepted by the Race Committee so far.

 

The ‘busiest’ classes are the Senior (500cc), Junior (350cc), 850cc and Single Cylinder (350cc/250cc).

 

Moreton Rider Mike Hose, who has the most wins in the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Raod Races with 18 to date has rides in six of the seven solo races, whilst his closest rival, Huddersfield’s Bill Swallow, who has 16 race wins to his credit, has four rides in total this year.

 

Jamie Coward makes a welcome return to the Colas Billown Course and he too is entered in four races.

 

Other previous Classic Race winners returning for this year’s meeting, which will be held on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday 24th, 25th & 27th May include Keith Shannon, Steven Elliott, Steve Ferguson, Barrry Davidson and Meredydd Owen.

 

The Sidecars are headed by Tadcaster crew Eddy Wright and Kieran Clarke who dominated all three races last year, whilst other crews including, Wally Saunders and Bob Dowty, Howard Langham and Doug Chandler, Tony Thirkell and Trevor Johnson, Andy Nourish and Nico Klinker amongst others will be determined to take the chequered flag first in the two races this year.

 

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Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman teams up with Norton for Isle of Man TT lightweight race

PETER HICKMAN ANNOUNCES NORTON LIGHTWEIGHT TT RIDE
 
Peter Hickman has teamed up with iconic British brand, Norton Motorcycles, to ride their new Superlight in this years Isle of Man Lightweight TT

The current outright lap record holder will join John McGuinness and Davey Todd as part of a dream team trio looking to ride the 650 twin to victory and placing a Great British bike back on the top step of the Isle of Man TT.
 
Peter Hickman:“I’m excited to be riding a British Lightweight bike at the TT. Norton is a great brand, and I’ve spent time at the factory getting to know the bike and the team. The ride also means a lot to me because of my Dad’s history with Norton.”
 
Key members of his Smiths Racing team will work with Norton to support Peter on his plight to place a Norton back on the top step of the 37.7-mile circuit.
 
“I’m fortunate to work with Smiths Racing and massively appreciate the support they give me to ride in other classes and for other teams. Norton understands how integral my relationship with them is. It was a no brainer for the guys to come over and run the bike.”
 
The Lightweight TT runs ‪on June 5th‬ and is set to be an exciting four-lap battle. Peter will ride alongside 23 time TT winner John Mcguiness and 2018 fastest Newcomer Davy Todd.
 
“It’s mega to be riding with John again and great to have him back at the TT. I’m also looking forward to working with Davey Todd, he’s a top bloke and almost took the fastest ever newcomer title in 2018!”
 
Peter will ride the new Smiths Racing BMW S1000RR in the Superbike, Senior and Superstock classes

Road Racing Daily Davey Todd joins Padgetts for Isle of Man TT supersport races

DAVEY TODD JOINS PADGETTS FOR SUPERSPORT CAMPAIGN

 

Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles have expanded their line-up for this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with Davey Todd lining up for the Batley-based team.

 

Todd will campaign a Honda CBR600RR alongside regular team member Conor Cummins in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races where - despite being in only his second year of competition on the TT Mountain Course – he is sure to be a major contender, given his progress in his debut season last year.

 

The 23-year old rode a similar Honda for the Burrows Engineering Racing team in the two Monster Energy Supersport Races in 2018 and immediately excelled with two twelfth placed finishes.

 

He also posted a best lap of 124.364mph on the 600cc machine, a speed which makes him a seeded rider for 2019 where he will line up with the number eight plate. Team-mate Cummins will lead the field away at number one giving the team a strong top ten presence.

 

The Padgetts team are one of the most successful in the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, particularly in the Supersport class where Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey have given them five wins since 2009. The last decade has seen them take a total of 14 podium finishes in the Supersport class.

 

Last year saw Cummins take fourth and fifth place finishes, recording a new personal best lap in the class of 127.268mph, with then team-mate Lee Johnston also lapping at more than 127mph.

 

Todd made a name for himself in the 600cc class on the short circuits when he finished sixth overall in the 2016 National Superstock 600cc Championship with victories at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.

 

His performances at last year’s TT made him the hottest property in road racing after he became the second fastest newcomer ever to have lapped the 37.73-mile circuit with a lap of 128.379mph in the Senior.

 

A brilliant ninth place in that race was backed up with tenth in the RL360 Superstock race as well as the two top twelve Supersport results.  His stunning debut saw him win the Newcomers Trophy, the TT Privateers Trophy and the RST Star of Tomorrow award.

 

In addition to the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles ride in the Monster Energy Supersport races, the Saltburn-by-Sea rider will also contest the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Dunlop Senior Races for the German Penz13.com BMW team.

 

Clive Padgett, Team Manager, Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles said: “As a team we’ve always enjoyed great results in the Supersport class and we have a very strong line up this year. Conor goes from strength to strength and is a contender in every class while Davey Todd is one of the most impressive riders to come through in recent years and hopefully we can help him build on last year.”

 

He continued: “Bruce Anstey also remains very much a part of our team and we hope to have him on the Isle of Man in some capacity as he continues his recovery from illness.”

Road Racing Daily KMR Kawasaki to field four man team at the 2019 Isle of Man TT

KMR KAWASAKI TO FIELD FOUR MAN TEAM FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TT CHARGE

 

KMR Kawasaki will run a four man team in a push to be crowned victors in the Bennetts Lightweight TT. 

 

Derek McGee, runner-up in last year’s race, will be joined in Ryan Farquhar’s team by former lightweight TT race winner Michael Rutter, Gary Johnson and Lee Johnston. 

 

McGee led the race last year and broke the old class lap record with a superb lap of 121.698mph before finishing second to Michael Dunlop. It was a great effort but the Irishman and marked his first podium on the island.   

 

Two-time TT winner Gary Johnson has previously competed in the lightweight class on board the WK Moto machine, so this year will mark his first foray into Kawasaki lightweight racing on the island. 

 

Michael Rutter will be returning to Farquhar’s team having previously raced for the team back in 2012 and 2013. 

 

Like Rutter, Lee Johnston has also ridden for KMR before having sat in the saddle in both 2015 and 2017. With victories coming at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix on board Kawasaki machinery, Johnston must be considered a serious contender for honours when racing gets underway.  

 

Ryan Farquhar: 

 

“The TT remains the biggest test for any team in road racing and the Lightweight class is getting tougher and tougher with a number of new brands and teams coming into it in recent years. The line up we have with the four riders gives us a great chance of victory, and all four of them have the ability to win the race. We’ll be giving all four of them everything we have to give them the best possible chance.”

 

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Road Racing Daily Top 20 seeded 2019 Isle of Man TT riders revealed

TOP 20 TT RACES SUPERBIKE START NUMBERS REVEALED

 

With the top ten starting order for the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and Dunlop Senior Races revealed during the Official Launch for this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, the remainder of the top twenty seeded riders have today been announced.

 

The quality of the field stretches beyond the top ten, with some of the best riders in Road Racing starting from numbers 11 to 20.

 

Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) moves up the order to 11, having run his usual number 13 since 2014. Starting at 10, Peter Hickman will be the ultimate target ahead of him, but there’s a considerable threat from behind with Derek McGee (Doyne/McGee Racing Kawasaki) starting at 12 – his first year as a seeded rider.

 

Sam West (Cycle Store BMW) starts at 13, with fellow privateer Phil Crowe (Sheffpack BMW) going at number 14. Both riders lapped within a whisker of the mythical 130mph mark in 2018, and there’ll both be looking to reach that landmark this year.

 

Starting at 15, Jamie Coward (PreZ Racing) will be the only Yamaha-mounted rider in the top 20. He’s followed by two rapid Irishman who have previously lapped close to an average speed of 129mph, with Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/Kelly Developments Suzuki) starting at 16 and Shaun Anderson (Anderson Race Developments Suzuki) away from 17.

 

Last year’s sensational newcomer Davey Todd (Penz13.com BMW) follows at 18, ahead of team-mate Daley Mathison (Penz13.com BMW) at 19, with Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport Kawasaki) completing the top 20. Like McGee, 2019 will be the first year that Anderson, Todd, Mathison, and Herbertson have started as seeded riders in the top 20.

 

All but two of the top twenty have lapped the TT Course at an average speed of over 128mph and more of the world’s best road racers follow them, with Horst Saiger, Adam McLean, Danny Webb, Craig Neve and Paul Jordan just some of the other riders entered.

 

A number of leading riders from the Manx Grand Prix tackle the TT for the first time, including Matt Stevenson and James Chawke – winners of the Senior and Junior Races respectively.

 

The overseas contingent will again include Stefano Bonetti, Raul Torras, Julian Trummer, Timothee Monot and Xavier Denis. Leading New Zealand Superbike Championship rider Jay Lawrence contests the TT for the first time, having made an impressive Mountain Course debut at last year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

 

1. Conor Cummins

2. Dean Harrison

3. John McGuinness

4. Ian Hutchinson 

5. James Hillier

6. Michael Dunlop 

7. Gary Johnson

8. Michael Rutter

9. Davo Johnson 

10. Peter Hickman 

11. Lee Johnston 

12. Derek McGee

13. Sam West 

14. Phil Crowe

15. Jamie Coward

16. Derek Sheils 

17. Shaun Anderson

18. Davey Todd

19. Daley Mathison

20. Dominic Herbertson 

 

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Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle of Man TT start numbers revealed

FIRST BATCH OF SEEDED STARTERS REVEALED FOR THE ISLE OF MAN TT SUPERBIKE AND SENIOR RACES

 

Ahead of tonight’s official TT launch, the first ten seeded starters has been announced. 

 

Manx rider Conor Cummins will once more lead the field away for the second year in a row on the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda, and he will be followed by Silicone Engineering Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison. 

 

23-time TT winner John McGuinness returns to his favoured number 3 starting point on board the Norton machine, and following McGuinness will be Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson in his preferred number 4 position. 

 

The ever popular James Hillier starts at number 5. Michael Dunlop, a three-time TT winner in 2018, starts at number 6 on board the Tyco BMW machine. 

 

Next up is Gary Johnson at 7, Michael Rutter at 8 and David Johnson at number 9. They will of course be followed by Peter Hickman who starts at his favoured number 10 spot. 

 

Superbike and Senior TT start numbers: 

 

1. Conor Cummins

2. Dean Harrison

3. John McGuinness 

4. Ian Hutchinson

5. James Hillier

6. Michael Dunlop

7. Gary Johnson

8. Michael Rutter

9. David Johnson

10. Peter Hickman

Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle of Man TT launch gets underway on the 19th March

LATEST TT 2019 NEWS SET TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT

 

The Official Launch of the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy takes place this week with an influx of star riders, media representatives, industry personnel and event sponsors set to descend on the Isle of Man for three busy days of photo shoots, TV work, interviews and other media activity.

 

Event organisers will be making a number of exciting announcements during the day on Tuesday 19th March including the confirmation of this year’s race entry and starting numbers, details of new music and comedy events as part of the Official Event Schedule and details of a major new event sponsor. 

 

Race fans can expect a major factory team announcement whilst Honda will be unveiling their 2019 Official Cars and Travelling Marshals bikes. Official Helmet partner Arai will be launching their latest TT inspired helmet.

 

Fans are encouraged to stay glued to the Official Isle of Man TT Races social media channels (@iomttracesofficial) and the Official event web site (www.iomttraces.com) to be first for the breaking news and to be ahead of the game in snapping up Official Event and Experience tickets.

 

The traditional TT Launch Show at the Villa Marina will be streamed live on iomttraces.com from 8pm GMT on Tuesday 19th March.

 

All the leading riders will be there on the night to talk to ITV4’s Matt Roberts and Steve Plater including Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Conor Cummins, Lee Johnston, James Hillier, Davey Todd, Derek McGee, Gary and Dave Johnson, Dave Molyneux and Harry Payne and Ben and Tom Birchall. 

 

And if you want to attend the TT Launch Show live there’s still time to pick up one of the few remaining tickets from the Villa Marina box office on 01624 600555.

NEW PADDOCK ARRANGEMENTS AT THE SOUTHERN 100

Due to the increase in Competitors, for both the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races and the Isle of Man Steam Pack- et Company Southern 100 Road Races and the in- creased demand on our facilities, the Southern 100 Motorcycle Racing Club are going to have to enforce the rules regarding the use of the Race Paddock.

The Race Paddock will now only be available for use by Com- petitors, their Crews and Officials, this is to ensure that all our Competitors can fit into the Paddock.

We realise that people have been using our Paddock for many years free of charge, however this must stop due to the paddock getting overcrowded, and our facilities are struggling to cope, as we have nowhere to expand.

There are numerous camp sites available in the local area in- cluding local Football Club Grounds which should be able to ac- commodate non competitors/officials.

We are sorry about this but are sure that those concerned will understand the situation and will be able to find alternative loca- tions to suit their needs.

Road Racing Daily Ian Lougher pictured here signing Carl Phillips

THREE RIDERS READY TO MAKE THEIR ‘MARK’ ON COVERDALE PATONS FOR TEAM ILR AT THE NORTH WEST 200

 

Team ILR can confirm that they will field three riders at this year's International North-West 200. 


Horst Saiger, Carl Phillips and James Chawke will contest the Supertwin races on the immaculate Mark Coverdale S1-R Patons, a bike that made a sensational debut at the event in 2018. 

 

Horst Saiger of course needs no introduction and is one of the world's finest road racers, and he is also no stranger to Team ILR having rode for the team when he made his debut at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix on the team's Ninja ZX-10R.

 

On his first visit to the North-West 200 in 2012 he notched up impressive 17th and 10th place Superstock finishes with a 117+ mph lap in the second race, and in 2014 he broke the Superstock lap record on his way to fifth place in only his third visit to the event. 

 

The 2015 North-West 200 saw Horst involved in a serious crash but with patience and determination he bounced back to again compete at the highest level, including a third in last year's Superbike Classic TT on the Isle of Man.

 

Carl Phillips from Northern Ireland is another talented rider who has worked with Team ILR in the past when, in 2016, he operated out of the team's awning for his assault on the BSB National Superstock 600 Championship. 

 

Carl took full advantage of team owner Ian Lougher's advice and knowledge and he took two race wins at Brands Hatch and Knockhill respectively along with a total of seven podiums on his way to coming close to winning the championship.

 

James Chawke is a rider who has been carving out a reputation as a Irish star of the future and in 2019 he will make his debut around the Portstewart-Coleraine-Portrush triangle circuit.

 

James really caught the eye at last year's Manx GP when he won a dramatic Junior Manx GP and he's no stranger to the Mark Coverdale Paton having rode the bike to 2nd in the first Lightweight Manx GP and he set a lap record on the bike at 114.993mph (despite slowing down to come into the pits) before retiring in the second Lightweight race.  

 

He will also have a Mark Coverdale Paton at his disposal for his TT debut, where he will be joined on a second Coverdale Paton by Team ILR owner-manager and ten times TT winner Ian Lougher who will be out to improve on his excellent sixth place finish in the Lightweight TT last year, and who will no doubt be able to pass on his wealth of experience to TT newcomer Chawke.

Road Racing Daily Nathan Harrison

LOCALS DOMINATE EARLY ENTIRES FOR POST TT ROAD RACES

 

Entries for the 2019 Colas Post TT Road Races have only just opened, with a closing date of 7th May for the event that will be held on Saturday 8th June on the Colas Billown Course in the Isle of Man and the early entries received have been dominated by local competitors. 

 

Onchan’s Nathan Harrison, who finished 10th in last year’s CuPlus Callow 600cc Race and top newcomer is once again entered on the Chris Preston/Quayside Tyres 600cc Suzuki in the 600cc and 1100cc races.

 

Douglas lads Frank Stennett and Matt Mylchreest are both 600cc Kawasaki mounted, with Frank a double entry in the 600cc and 1100cc races, whilst Matt confines himself to the 600cc race. Also, 600cc Kawasaki mounted is Kirk Michael’s Michael Brew, again with a double entry in the Supersport and Superbike classes.

 

The combined Lightweight race for 650cc and 250cc machines sees Lower Foxdale’s Steven Beale on a 650cc Kawasaki on which he finished 11th in 2018, whilst Ramsey man Stephen Ault rides the 250cc Yamaha he brought home in 10th place overall in the same race last year and best 250cc rider.

 

Photo by Jim Gibson of Ellan Vannin Images

Road Racing Daily Mike Hose pictured here at the 2018 Pre-TT Classic Races

PRE-TT CLASSIC ENTIRES VERY ENCOURAGING

 

With less than three-weeks until entries close for the 2019 Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races entries are filling up fast with 133 having been accepted so far for the nine-race event that will run on Friday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday, 24th, 25th & 27th May on the Colas Billown Course.

 

Most popular to date, is the eight-lap Senior 500cc race sponsored by leading Isle of Man firm of Chartered Accountants Greystone LLC with 28 competitors accepted including three newcomers, John Cliffe (Whitby, North Yorkshire) on a Petty Norton, Keith Clarke (Shefford, Bedfordshire) riding a Manx Norton and Dean Stimpson (Doddington, Cambridgeshire) also on a Manx Norton.

 

Regular competitors on single-cylinder machinery are Will Loder, Ian Bainbridge, Richard Stott, Vic Haskell, Arthur Browning, Jeff Ward, Tilmann Runck, Antony Nicholls, Sam Kinkead, Keith Dixon, Dave Matravers, Meredydd Owen, Ed Manley and Jack Hunter.

 

With other regulars favouring multi-cylinder Honda and Suzuki machines are Roy Phipps, Neil Lloyd, Ian Thompson, Chris McGahan, Anthony Ambler, Danny Pullen, Steve Ferguson, Terence Sansom, Barry Davidson, Gary Hutton and Ben Rea.

 

If past experience is anything to go by, once the entries have been finalised, practice and qualifying completed and the full grid of riders are lined up once the lights change the ensuing action won’t be for the feint hearted!

 

Photo by RCphotos

Road Racing Daily Dominic Herbertson joins Cowton Racing

DOMINIC HERBERTSON JOINS WITH COWTON RACING FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TT VENTURE

 

Junior Classic TT winner Dominic Herbertson has partnered with Cowton Racing with a view to racing the team’s supertwin bike in the 2019 Isle of Man TT lightweight race. 

 

Herbertson, a close friend of James Cowton and a top ten finisher in last year’s lightweight race at the TT, will ride the team’s Kawasaki ER6 machine. 

 

I’m an official statement released this evening the team had this to say: 

 

2018 was an incredibly difficult year for all of us at Team Cowton Racing. Losing James was heart breaking and we miss him very much. James was an amazing rider, son, boyfriend and some boy to many people. James always dreamt of winning the TT and running his own race team, so Fran, Neil and Chloe discussed the team’s future and decided to take James' dream on board and run a team in his memory. 

 

This was not an easy decision. There was alot to think about and take into account, but after eight years of visiting the Island and everything we have learnt, we knew that this is what we wanted to do and what James would have wanted. 

 

Cowton Racing would proudly like to announce that we will be returning to the TT paddock as a team along with a very special friend of James’, Dominic Herbertson, on board the Kawasaki ER6 supertwin. James and Dom have been very good friends for many years and we know that James would have approved of Dom riding his bike at the TT. Dom told us that he felt honoured to be asked to ride for the Cowton team and we are looking forward to having him on board.

 

As many know, running a competitive bike does incur costs and we want to bring that "factory" feel to Dominic, so if anyone would be interested in sponsoring the team then please get in touch - Any help is always greatly appreciated.

 

We look forward to seeing you all on the Isle of Man in May 2019.

 

Photo credit to Paul Deighton.

Road Racing Daily Maria Costello outlines 2019 sidecar plans

COSTELLO & CANIPA AIMING FOR 

TT SIDECAR HISTORY 

 

Maria Costello MBE is aiming to become the first woman to race both sidecar and solo machinery at the same Isle of Man TT meeting after announcing her partnership with Julie Canipa for the 2019 season.

 

The Northamptonshire racer celebrated International Women’s Day by securing acceptance to race the sidecar at this year’s TT with Julie Canipa as her new passenger, who last year was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy by the TT Supporters’ Club for her fantastic efforts in the event.

 

The pair will form a formidable duo as an all-female team. Costello made her sidecar road racing debut at the Southern 100 road races on the Isle of Man last year while Canipa started her TT career alongside Doug Chandler in 2015 and teamed up with Greg Lambert in 2017 to claim her best IoM finish of eighth. 

 

Despite being a late starter to the sport, Canipa, 50, of Port Soderick on the Isle of Man, is the fastest female passenger around the twisty Oliver’s Mount circuit and has enjoyed podium success at the Pre-TT Classic as well as racing competitively in New Zealand.

 

Costello said: “I’m so excited about getting the opportunity to compete on my sidecar at the TT, this would make me the first woman to race both a sidecar and solo at the TT races and to do it as an all-female team would make it even more special."

 

“I’m so delighted to have Julie as my passenger. She is a massive boost to my sidecar racing and especially to my TT as she’s a terrific passenger and she also has four years of experience there."

 

“Julie and I feel like such a great match and I feel very lucky to have her onboard. We have the same approach and we believe in each other’s ability. Hopefully, that will go a long way towards making our goals a reality and we're really looking forward to getting some testing and races under our belts in the coming months.”

 

Costello, who recently secured a deal to ride a Paton Supertwin for Mark Coverdale this year, goes into the season with a new mechanic, Chris Purdie, who will work alongside existing spanner man Matt Williams and new team members from Ireland.

 

“I’ve got continued support from many of my existing sponsors, which means the world, and some new sponsors to announce in the very near future,” added Costello, whose achievements on the Isle of Man include being a former female lap record holder on the TT course, being the first woman to take the podium in a race at the Manx Grand Prix & a Classic TT podium finisher.

 

“We would welcome additional support for this attempt at making more history possible and we have some great positions on both my sidecar, solo and my helmet available for new sponsors. 

The Susan Jenness Trophy is presented to the female competitor considered to have made the most meritorious performance at that year’s TT. It is awarded in memory of Susan Jenness, who lost her life while marshalling during an off-road event in the UK but was a also a sidecar passenger in her own right.

 

For the latest news on Costello, including sponsorship opportunities, track days for women and other events, please visit her website at www.costelloracing.com.

 

For all of the latest news on Maria Costello MBE, her ‘woman on a motorcycle’ group, track days and other events, please visit her website at www.costelloracing.com

 

Photo by Amy Rose Photography 
Road Racing Daily Paul Jordan in action at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100

CALL FOR SMALL CLASS COMPETITORS FOR THE KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100

 

A poor response to entries for this years Moto3/GP125 & SSP300 Class at the forthcoming KDM Hire Cookstown 100 (26th-27th April) has prompted the organizers to plead with small class competitors to come forward if they intend to compete in this years event.

 

The organizing club, Cookstown & District MCC, are asking for any competitor wishing to compete in the Moto 3/125/SSP300 Class at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, to please get your entry in ASAP!

 

As an organizing club, we need to gauge the interest from riders, before the 17th March, in order to see if it is viable to run this class! At present, we only have four Entries!

 

So, if you are a Moto3 rider, a GP125 Rider or a Supersport 300 rider, and you intend to compete in this years KDM Hire Cookstown 100, we need to hear from you ASAP as club have put a closing date for entries for this class at Tuesday 19th March. The club will then decide whether or not they will run this class. 

 

This class used to be one of the best races of the day, but sadly has seen a rapid decline in recent years. Riders, it is up to you, if you wish to see this class continue at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100.

 

Entries can be downloaded here:

 

https://cookstown100.org/index.php/forms/category/23-2019-entry-reg-forms

 

This years event, the first national road race on the calendar, will see the start and finish area changed, and also some resurfacing on some parts of the circuit. Entries for other classes are coming in and in some cases are almost full. 

 

Friday will see a reduction in practice sessions, and four non championship races, with a 12 race programme planned for Saturday.

 

Words and photo by Baylon McCaughey

Road Racing Daily Ryan and Callum Crowe confirm Isle Of Man TT debut

SIDECAR DUO RYAN AND CALLUM CROWE CONFIRM TT RACES DEBUT

 

Isle of Man pairing Ryan and Callum Crowe – 23 and 20 years old respectively - will make their Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy debut later this year with the brothers set to contest the two Locate.im Sidecar TT Races.

 

Sons of five-time TT race winner and former outright lap record holder Nick Crowe, the duo will campaign a 675cc Triumph for Haven Homes/HCR Racing in the two three lap races around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.

 

The pairing are considered one of the most exciting in sidecar racing at the moment having taken a number of strong results across the UK and Europe during the past two seasons.

 

The Jurby brothers had intended to contest last year’s event but with Callum, the younger of the two, not having the required licence at the time, they had to postpone their plans by 12 months but are now in a much stronger position both in terms of experience and with the performance of the sidecar outfit.

 

As well as the TT spec F2 outfit, the pair have also recently purchased a long wheelbase F1 outfit with which they will contest the 2019 F1 British Sidecar Championship and intend to have completed a number of meetings prior to their TT debut at the end of May. Their season gets underway at Brands Hatch on March 9th and 10th.

 

Ryan Crowe said,:

 

“It’s ten years since Dad last competed at the TT so it’s quite appropriate that Callum and I will make our debut this year and ever since I was a kid, competing at the TT is all I’ve ever wanted to do. A lot of hard work has gone in to getting us here but we feel ready now for the challenge that lies ahead. With Dad being both a former driver and passenger, he’s in quite a unique position so has been able to give the two of us a lot of advice and although the Triumph isn’t a widely used machine, the engine’s very strong and has run faultlessly last year so we can’t wait.”

 

Callum Crowe added:

 

“It’s always nerve-wracking for any newcomer but I’m really looking forward to it and although we wanted to do the TT last year, I think it’s a good thing that we’ve waited another year as we’re a lot more prepared this time around. I’ve been getting plenty of advice off my Dad in terms of where to be on the outfit and how it will feel like while TT rider liaison officer Lee Cain has been a great help as well. We’ve done a lot of development work on the bike and while I’d love to be the fastest newcomers, we’ll do what we can and enjoy it.”

Road Racing Daily Craig Neve pictured here at the 2018 Classic TT

FIRST RIDERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 CLASSIC TT

 

Alasdair Cowan Racing have become one of the first teams to announce their line up for this year’s Classic TT presented by Bennetts, with David Johnson and Craig Neve contesting the RST Superbike Classic TT Race.

 

The duo will line up on identically-prepared ZXR750 Kawasaki’s for the four-lap race which is scheduled to take place on the Bank Holiday Monday of August 26th.

 

ACR made their debut at last year’s Classic TT with Neve and former Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Andrew Dudgeon on board. Neve was forced to retire from a top ten position on the second lap, whilst Dudgeon went on to take a brilliant fourth place.

 

Dudgeon’s best lap averaged a speed of 123.024mph, which more than proved the capability and competitiveness of the ACR machines. With continued support from Robert Burns Ltd, team principal Alasdair Cowan is confident of an even better showing in 2019.

 

Neve will be making his third appearance at the Classic TT presented by Bennetts, whilst Australian ace Johnson, who recently signed for the Honda Racing squad, will be back for a fourth attempt.

 

The Adelaide rider has previously campaigned Suzuki XR69 machinery at the event, taking an excellent third place in 2015 and fourth in 2017 with Team York Suzuki. His move to ACR sees him join a long list of Kawasaki riders in the headline race, with the ZXR750 becoming the dominant bike in the class over the last two years, taking 6 of the top 7 spots in last year’s race.

 

Tickets for the 2019 Classic TT are now on sale via the Official iomttraces.com website including Official Grandstand Tickets, VIP Hospitality Experiences, and Official Entertainment Events including the Counterfeit Stones Classic TT Party Performance. You can stay up to date with all the latest Classic TT news by subscribing to the Official Isle of Man TT Races Newsletter.

 

Image courtesy of Dave Kneen

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