Road Racing Daily - May 2019 News

Road Racing Daily Horst Saiger pictured at the 2019 North West 200 - 22nd May 2019

TEAM ILR NORTH WEST 200 REPORT

 

Team ILR arrived at the International North-West 200 with a three pronged attack on the Supertwin class. 

 

Austrian Horst Saiger was joined by event newcomers Carl Phillips and James Chawke, and at their disposal were the immaculate Team ILR / Mark Coverdale S1-R Patons, a bike that set last year's Supertwin class alight. 

 

In glorious sunshine Tuesday's first qualifying was essentially a session for newcomers James and Carl to familiarise themselves with the Paton and the circuit and unsurprisingly it was Horst who was quickest of the three with Carl next followed by James. 

 

However in Thursday's second session it was James who improved the most, bettering his time by almost 7 seconds to move up six places and finish an impressive 8th quickest. Horst also improved his time to finish 6th fastest with Carl also going quicker and staying in 10th. 

 

The Supertwin race was last off in Thursday's race programme, and although the warm evening sunshine had kept the track temperature up, there was also some concern with the possibility of it being in the rider's eyes, particularly at Black Hill. 

 

As they completed the first of four laps, it was Saiger who emerged as the best placed Team ILR rider in 7th with Chawke one second back in 9th and  Phillips further back in 13th. 

 

On the second lap, race leader Jeremy McWilliams came off at Mather's Chicane leaving Paton mounted Italian Stefano Bonetti clear in the lead and a dramatic third lap saw Bonetti extend his lead as Derek McGee had a big moment coming into the start and finish area and immediately retired from the race. 

 

While all this was going on the Team ILR riders were making great strides in the race. James had moved ahead of Horst to slot into sixth just ahead of his team-mate, and Carl meanwhile was getting into his stride after an earlier mistake and had moved into the Top 10. 

 

Bonetti still led going into the fourth and final lap and held on for the win, but behind him Chawke was now 5th, with Saiger on his tail in 6th and Phillips 9th, and at the chequered flag James held off a determined challenge from Horst to finish a brilliant 4th on his North-West 200 debut, with fellow debutant Carl just missing out on 7th to make it three Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Patons in the Top 8. James Chawke took a superb 4th place in his first ever North-West 200.

 

If the weather during the week was sunny and warm, Saturday's unfortunately was anything but. 

 

Low cloud and heavy rain descended on the North Coast from early morning, and a red flag in opening Supersport race was an indicator of how bad things were. 

 

Conditions were showing no signs of improving and with reports coming in from riders of treacherous conditions at Black Hill, the team and sponsor Mark Coverdale decided to withdraw from any further participation at the event, with the safety of the team's riders very much at the heart of that decision.

 

Team ILR owner-manager Ian Lougher ~

"It was a definite case of last minute dotcom for us to be ready for the North West, with the bikes being picked up in France by our great sponsor Mark Coverdale as late as 3 days before practice began.

 

So it was with great delight that all three bikes completed Thursday’s practices and race without any faults or breakdowns, which is great testament to Paton and our team mechanics.

 

James had a fantastic meeting and I’m sure opened a lot of people’s eyes coming home in a fantastic 4th position beating team mate Horst to the line by half a second after a great scrap on the last lap.

 

Horst made a small mistake on the first lap but got his rhythm back quickly and was pleased with his second top ten finish of the meeting.

 

Carl was a first timer on the roads and had a really good debut and enjoyed it immensely, but he ran wide on the first lap at University and lost the tow to the others but recovered to finish in a very respectable 8th place.

 

It was a shame we couldn’t have raced on Saturday, but we had to think of the safety of all concerned " 

 

Horst Saiger ~ 

"To be honest I was a bit sceptical to jump on the Paton on a course like the NW200 without any proper testing, but the small problems we had have been no drama and Ian and Jacko gave me a very well running bike for second qualifying.

 

I was a bit on my left foot all racing week, so my riding was not 100% how it should have been.

 

To end up on P5 at the first race was a very good result after a really enjoyable fight against my team mate James Chawke, his riding was much better in some corners and so he gave me a lesson even though he was a newcomer - big congrats to him.

 

To pull the plug on Saturday's racing was a team decision and I stand fully behind it as Black Hill was just scary and unpredictable depending on the rain. Now I look forward to ride the Paton over the Snaefell Mountain Course. Many thanks to Team ILR and Mark Coverdale for this fantastic opportunity!"

 

James Chawke ~

"Had a great debut at the North West 200 on the Team ILR/Mark Coverdale Paton 650, to finish 4th in my first ever NW200 road race was a great result and achievement. I can't thank all the Team ILR team enough for all their help making it a fantastic meeting for me." 

 

Carl Phillips ~ 

"So good to finally complete my first road race race at the North West 200, it was a dream to always compete at it. I completed most laps on my own and was looking forward to Thursday evening's race, unfortunately a mistake by myself and running wide at University on the first lap caused me to loose too much time to the group in front.

 

P13 on Lap One to finish 8th in my first international road race I was pretty happy with the progress all week.

 

The weather wasn’t on our side but I was happy with the decision by the team not to compete, I already look forward to getting back. A massive thanks to the whole Team ILR and Mark Coverdale for the opportunity, it was first class."

Road Racing Daily Adam McLean pictured at the 2018 Post TT Road Races

CLOSE RACING PROMISED AT POST TT ROAD RACES

 

Since first being run in 1991, the Post TT Road Races have provided some close and exciting racing to entertain the racing fans and enthusiasts as they once again adjust to the glamour of mass-starts after the Isle of Man TT Races and the 2019 edition of the Post TT Road Races, this year headline sponsored by Colas promises to deliver more exciting racing during the three action packed races on the programme.

 

One of the busiest men in the paddock will be Jamie Coward, who is entered in all three races, starting with the 600 Prez Racing Yamaha in the CuPlas Callow 600cc Race and following that with the 650 KTS Racing Kawasaki on which he finished second in the recent North West 200 Supertwins race in the Manx Independent Carriers 650/250cc race before climbing aboard the Prez Racing 1000 Yamaha for the Colas Superbike race, a race which he took the chequered flag in 2017.

 

However, the Hebden Bridge rider won’t have an easy ride in any of the races, especially the fiercely contested eight-lap Supersport race with the likes of Michael Evans, Ryan Kneen, Rob Hodson, Nathan Harrison and Mark Goodings, to name but a few of the full grid, who will be wanting to be first to the flag ahead of their rival.

 

Four of the top six finishers in the six-lap 2018 Supertwin race, Jonathan Perry, Rob Hodson, Jamie Williams and Dave Moffitt will be all going for the top spot on the podium this year although they will have to keep a sharp eye out for the on-form Yorkshireman.

 

The feature race of the evening, the Colas Superbike race, Jamie Coward will have another previous winner in 2015, Ryan Kneen keeping him honest along with other locals, Michael Evans, Nathan Harrison, Dean Osborne and Jamie Williams and to keep the ‘pot boiling’ add in Mark Goodings, Jonathan Perry, Rob Hodson, Michael Russell and Rhys Hardisty, it will be a case of blink and you will have missed the action as they battle for the chequered cloth at the end of eight-laps some 34 miles.

 

Gilwern rider Rhys Hardisty will also be busy as he prepares his Reps Motorcycles 600 Yamaha; RH Racing 250 Yamaha and his GaterLWG 1000 BMW. Rhys finished sixth in the 1100cc race last year.

 

Over the 28-years that the Post TT Road races have been held the entry lists have included the cream of the road rac- ers including Ian Lougher with 12 wins; Joey Dunlop with 11. Jason Griffiths and Chris Palmer tie on 10. William Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar are equal on 8 and James Cowton amassed 6 victories.

 

The 2019 Colas Post TT Road Races take place on Saturday 8th June, with practice between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Races takes place between 5.00pm and 8.30pm.

 

Photo by RCphotos

Road Racing Daily Ian Hutchinson pictured at the 2019 North West 200

HONDA RACING REFLECTS ON A DIFFICULT NORTH WEST 200

The Honda Racing roads team, with Ian Hutchinson and David Johnson had a mixed experience at this year’s International North West 200 in Northern Ireland, as on the final day of the event weather conditions affected play for the final races.

With glorious conditions for practice and qualifying on Tuesday and Thursday, the team were able to put into practice all the hard work from pre-season testing with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and the CBR600RR at the 8.9-mile road circuit.

During Thursday’s final qualifying session, Johnson unfortunately had a small crash in the Supersport session, and although unhurt from the incident he was left bruised and sat out the evening’s opening Supersport and Superstock races.

Teammate Hutchinson took a sixth-place finish in the Supersport race, making his way through the pack from tenth on the grid. In the Superstock race he was making progress aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and had started chasing down third place, but during the fourth lap he was forced to retire with a small technical issue.

During Saturdays’ races, conditions were intermittent and always with a threat of rain, the schedule was disrupted throughout the day. With on-track conditions tricky, ‘Hutchy’ and ‘Davo’ sat out the morning races waiting for a dryer track. Hutchinson headed out for the Superstock race, but came in after the first lap due to the weather conditions.

With deteriorating conditions at the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, the North West 200 organisers called off the final Superbike race once the riders had carried out their sighting laps.

The Honda Racing squad will now have a quick turn-around as they set their sights on the Isle of Man TT races, which takes place ‪from Saturday 25 May until Friday 8 June‬.

The Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles team enjoyed success with the CBR600RR, as Davey Todd took his maiden international road-race victory in yesterday’s Supersport race, with teammate Conor Cummins also on the podium in third place. Cummins also scooped a second rostrum finish, claiming third in the Superbike race with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. 

Ian Hutchinson 4

Conditions yesterday were less than ideal, we made a call quite early on not to race after the Supersport sighting lap, but as the day went on it looked like the track was drying, so we changed the plan and aimed to go out in the Superstock and Superbike races. But conditions really deteriorated and the organisers cancelled the Superbike race, which was the best thing to do considering the circumstances. In terms of race weeks, it hasn’t been the best for us, missing most of the races yesterday, but we were able to get good track time earlier in the week and make sure our pre-season testing had gone in the right direction for the roads. I’m glad we don’t have to now wait long until the TT, as I’m keen to get there and just get going now. We know what areas need work and hopefully we’ll get a lot of track time over there ahead of the races.
 
David Johnson 20

It’s been an odd week with the small off on Thursday; missing those races and then with the weather yesterday – it’s not quite what I had planned coming into the week! The guys have done such a great job in the run up to the NW200 with all the bikes, and I am sorry we couldn’t reward them for all their efforts this week. I am feeling good now as we look to the TT with everything we’ve been able to get done at the North West, and I just hope the TT organisers have booked some sunshine!
 
Jonny Twelvetrees - Team Manager

The North West 200 hasn’t gone to plan for us in terms of the races, with the weather and Davo missing Thursday, but what we have come away with is knowing that all the hard work during the pre-season has paid off. When we were on-track both riders were making good progress and of course, there’s always areas where you can improve but on the whole we’re going to the TT happy with where we are, and the packages we have across Superbike, Superstock and Supersport. It’s always a hard decision for the organisers when the call is made to cancel racing, but rider safety is paramount, it’s just a shame for the teams, riders, fans and of course the event when these things have to happen. We now have a super-quick turn-around during the week to get everything unloaded, prepped and then re-loaded and off to the TT!

Road Racing Daily James Hillier storms to a Superstock victory at the North West 200 - 18th May 2019

JAMES HILLIER STORMS TO SUPERSTOCK GLORY TO CLAIM HIS MAIDEN WIN AT THE NORTH WEST 200

 

James Hillier took his maiden victory at the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils in the CP Hire Superstock Race. 

 

The Quattro Plant / JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was imperious throughout as he led the six lap race from start to finish and romped home to a thunderous reception from the fans in attendance. 

 

Hillier opted for a wet front tyre and an intermediate rear which proved to be pivotal and at one stage he enjoyed an 18 second lead as he posted fastest lap after fastest lap. 

 

The battle for second place was thrilling as newcomer Richard Cooper, onboard the Buildbase  / Hawk Racing Suzuki, came out on top after diving with Davey Todd and Dean Harrison over the last few laps. Davey Todd rounded out the podium places to add a third place to his Supersport victory earlier in the day. 

 

James Hillier

 

“That win took a while. Ten years I think! The last few laps were so sketchy as the rain was falling it was so easy to make a mistake. My tyre choice was key and that helped massively. I couldn’t really read my pit board so I just had to keep going. Hopefully this win is the start of things to come.”

 

CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE RESULT

 

1. James Hillier

2. Richard Cooper 

3. Davey Todd

4. Dean Harrison

5. Lukas Maurer 

6. Michael Rutter

7. Matthew Rees

8. Glenn Irwin

9. Horst Saiger 

10. Chris Green

11. Vassilios Takos

12. Kris Duncan 

13. Donald MacFadyen

14. Patricia Fernandez

Road Racing Daily Jeremy McWilliams wins the North West 200 Supertwins race

JEREMY MCWILLIAMS CLAIMS VICTORY IN THE JOHN M PATTERSON SUPERTWIN RACE AT THE NORTH WEST 200

 

Jeremy McWilliams took a well deserved victory in the John M Patterson Supertwin race at the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. 

 

In trying conditions, the KMR Kawasaki rider had to fight off a charging Christian Elkin as the leading pair enjoyed a great battle over the course of the four lap race, but he eventually pulled out enough of a gap on the last lap to break free from Elkin and cross the line in first place. 

 

McWilliams now has three North West 200 wins to his name and after suffering more than a few setbacks this week today’s win must be the sweetest yet for the veteran rider.  

 

Michael Rutter rounded out the podium places on the Bathams KMR machine to take his second podium of the week. Thursday’s Supertwins race winner, Stefano Bonetti, was unseated from his Paton on the exit of York Corner on lap one which was massively disappointing for the Italian contingent in the paddock.  

 

Matthew Rees, also riding a KMR machine, was in fourth place with newcomer Joe Loughlin finishing in a superb fifth place. 

 

Jeremy McWilliams 

 

“I didn’t expect anything after the week we have had. Christian gave me a good push throughout. I’m just delighted. There’s nothing like standing on the top step of the North West 200 podium. I just couldn’t drop Christian and it was a hard fought victory but that makes it all the more sweet. I really wanted that win. Maybe I can retire now.”

 

JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE RESULT

 

1. Jeremy McWilliams

2. Christian Elkin

3. Michael Rutter

4. Matthew Rees

5. Joe Loughlin

6. Francesco Curinga

7. Marty Lennon

8. Michael Rees

9. Paul Williams

10. Bruce Birnie

11. Garth Woods 

12. Sandy Berwick

13. Mark Shields

 

Saturday 18th May - Glenn Irwin wins thrilling Superbike affair at the North West 200

GLENN IRWIN WINS ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE AT THE NORTH WEST 200

 

Glenn Irwin won the Anchor Bar Superbike race at the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils I’m trying conditions to extend his Superbike winning streak to four races. The local rider was in superb form and enjoyed a race-long duel with teammate James Hillier.  

 

From the start it was Alastair Seeley and Glenn Irwin who made the running breaking free from the chasing pack which included Derek Sheils, Michael Dunlop and James Hillier. 

 

Seeley, riding the PBM BeWiser Ducati, lead through the Ballysally Roundabout but his lead was overhauled by the Quattro Plant / JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo of James Hillier and Glenn Irwin; Hillier having opted to start on his Superstock machine. Michael Dunlop was a retirement at the end of the first lap. 

 

By lap two Hillier and Irwin had made a small break but midway through the lap Padgett’s rider Conor Cummins began to reign in the leading pair. Seeley had now dropped back to fifth position one behind Burrows Engineering RK Racing rider Derek Sheils.  

 

Midway through the race Hillier was still in the lead but Conor Cummins had posted the fastest lap of the race and had overtaken Glenn Irwin utilising the slipstream towards University only for Irwin to immediately retake second place. The positions stayed the same for the remainder of the penultimate lap. 

 

With only one lap left it was anyone’s guess who would cross the line in first place. Glenn Irwin passed his teammate only for Hillier to reclaim the lead into Metropole. With only the coast road to come Irwin got a great run out of Black Hill and was the king of the late breakers into Juniper Chicane to take the lead and hold off the charging Hillier. 

 

Conor Cummins took a well deserved third place to claim his second podium of the day. Derek Sheils finished in a stellar fourth place with Alastair Seeley in fifth. 

 

Newcomer Richard Cooper was in sixth place onboard the Hawk Racing Buildbase Suzuki with veteran rider Michael Rutter in seventh. Matthew Rees, Lukas Maurer and Tom Weeden finished in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively. 

 

Glenn Irwin:

 

“James was riding phenomenally well. I was struggling in the conditions but I knew where I was quick and waited for my chance. The team has had a difficult start to the season and this win is for them. James will win a TT this year for sure.”

 

ANCHOR SUPERBIKE RACE RESULT

 

1. Glenn Irwin

2. James Hillier

3. Conor Cummins

4. Derek Sheils

5. Alastair Seeley 

6. Richard Cooper

7. Michael Rutter 

8. Matthew Rees

9. Lukas Maurer

10. Tom Weeden

11. John McGuinness

12. Bruce Birnie

13. Kris Duncan

14. Vassilios Takos

15. Paul Gartland

16. Chris Green

17. Stephen Degnan

18. Mark Goodings

19. Patricia Fernandez

Road Racing Daily Davey Todd claims maiden international win at the North West 200

DAVEY TODD SECURES THRILLING MAIDEN NORTH WEST 200 VICTORY 

Davey Todd secured his maiden international victory today at the North West 200 in wet and tricky conditions. 

After a lengthy delay due to inclement weather, racing finally got underway at the 2019 FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils with the Junction One Retail and Leisure Park Supersport Race being the first race to go. 

It was a depleted grid with many of the top qualifiers not lining up citing the poor conditions but as racing got underway on lap one it was Derek McGee and Davey Todd who were vying for the lead with Conor Cummins stalking the leading pair back in third place. 

Davey Todd, on the Padgetts / Milenco machine was making the running over the course of the second lap as Derek McGee, Paul Jordan, and Conor Cummins were all seemingly content to bide their time waiting for the perfect opportunity to make their move. 

McGee, riding the B&W / Diamond Edge Cutting Kawasaki moved into the lead at University on lap three of six but Honda mounted Todd was undeterred as he diced with McGee for the remainder of the lap. Notably, Conor Cummins was beginning to find his way in the tricky conditions and he posted the fastest lap of the race as he crossed the line to begin lap four. 

Both McGee and Todd we’re providing the fans lining the circuit with a thrilling display of road racing and on lap four at Metropole Todd pulled off a spectacular overtaking move on McGee to take the lead once more. At the end of lap four it was McGee who posted the fastest lap but nothing was separating the leading trio on the road.  

At University on lap five, Cummins moved into the lead with Padgett’s now holding first and second places on the road. McGee was back in third with Paul Jordan closing on the leaders. 

It was Todd who crossed the line in the lead to begin the final lap and he remained in the lead, despite a final flurry from McGee and Cummins, to take his first North West 200 victory. Derek McGee was in second place with Conor Cummins rounding out the podium places.  

Davey Todd

“It’s amazing. I knew I’d be strong in wet conditions and I really enjoyed every second of that. Massive thanks to the team for preparing an unbelievable bike for me. It’s fun to have a good battle it sketchy conditions.”

THE JUNCTION RETAIL & LEISURE PARK SUPERSPORT RACE RESULT

1. Davey Todd
2. Conor Cummins
3. Derek McGee
4. Paul Jordan 
5. Christian Elkin
6. Joe Loughlin
7. Darren Cooper
8. Tom Weeden
9. Marty Lennon
10. Michael Rees
11. Alan Johnston
12. Paul Mackey
13. Francesco Curinga

Road Racing Daily Glenn Irwin pictured here after breaking the North West 200 Superbike qualifying lap record 16th May 2019

FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS SUPERBIKE RACE PREVIEW 

Tomorrow will see the first of two Superbike races take place at the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils, and after a record breaking qualifying session the competition for premier class honours is a as fierce as ever. 

Dean Harrison posted a record breaking qualifying time of 4.21.973s onboard the Silicone Racing Kawasaki Superbike on Thursday afternoon and had looked set to take pole position but was eventually overhauled by fellow Kawasaki mounted rider, and last year’s double North West 200 Superbike race winner, Glenn Irwin. 

Irwin, riding for the Quattro Plant / JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, posted a supremely quick time of 4.21.767s to take pole and give himself the best chance of reaching York Corner in first place. 

Dean Harrison will fancy his chances to break Irwin’s three-race winning streak around the Triangle but nipping at his heels in third place on the grid is the event’s all-time record holder for race wins, Alastair Seeley. 

Ducati mounted Seeley was less than a tenth of a second behind Harrison in yesterday’s qualifying session and has seemingly got the PBM machine dialled in so he will pose a serious threat. 

Michael Dunlop starts from fourth on the Tyco BMW S1000RR, over two seconds off the qualifying pace of the top three riders but few would bet against the 18-time TT winner pulling something out of the bag. 

Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston start from fifth and sixth respectively with veteran rider Michael Rutter starting in seventh place onboard the Bathams Racing Honda RCV machine. 

North West 200 newcomer Richard Cooper starts in a very respectable eighth place on the Hawk Racing Buildbase Suzuki with Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson in ninth. James Hiller rounds out the top ten qualifiers. 

NORTH WEST 200 - SUPERBIKE QUALIFYING

1 Glenn Irwin
2 Dean Harrison
3 Alastair Seeley
4 Michael Dunlop
5 Conor Cummins
6 Lee Johnston
7 Michael Rutter
8 Richard Cooper
9 Ian Hutchinson
10 James Hillier
11 Peter Hickman
12 Derek Sheils
13 David Johnson
14 Davey Todd
15 Paul Jordan
16 Jamie Coward
17 Craig Neve
18 Gary Johnson
19 Daley Mathison
20 Horst Saiger

Road Racing Daily 2019 Isle of Man ITV 4 TV schedule revealed

FULL ITV4 SCHEDULE FOR 2019 ISLE OF MAN TT RACES FUELLED BY MONSTER ENERGY REVEALED

ITV4 will again be broadcasting all of the best action and highlights from this year’s Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy.

Anchor presenter Matt Roberts will be joined by former racers Steve Plater and Cameron Donald. Both have enjoyed TT Mountain Course success with Steve Plater winning the 2008 Supersport and 2009 Senior TT Races while Cameron Donald was a double TT Race winner – Superbike and Superstock - in 2008.  Experienced Motorsport broadcaster Dave Moore will provide additional commentary on the race action.

ITV4’s TT coverage starts this year ‪on Monday 27th May at 9pm‬ with a look at the last lap of last year’s meeting – the final record breaking lap of the Senior TT. ‘One Three Five - Breaking The Barrier’ sees Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman look back at their epic duel on Senior Race Day and recreate how the 135mph barrier was broken.

The clock gets turned back ‪on Tuesday 28th May at 9pm‬ to what many believe was the greatest race of all time. ‘The Greatest Race - Hislop vs Fogarty’ tells the story of the 1992 Senior TT through interviews with Carl Fogarty and many others that were involved in this remarkable race.
The preview show ‪on Wednesday 29th May‬ looks at the remarkable track record of one of the most successful teams in TT history.  ‘TAS TT A Winning Formula’ looks at TAS Racing’s rise from humble origins in the Northern Ireland road racing fraternity to one of the most successful teams in TT history with 18 victories. Father and son, Hector and Philip Neill, talk through the years, from the early days of Hector Neill Racing to a top, factory supported team at the very forefront of British championship and road racing.

The ‘TT Preview Show’ ‪on Thursday 30th May‬ looks forward to this year’s meeting. The TV team catch up with Peter Hickman training in Texas and hear from last year’s fellow winners Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter. Steve Plater takes to the water with Dean Harrison and Davy Todd as they go kayaking off the coast of the Isle of Man and the Birchall brothers Ben and Tom show that they are just as competent on two wheels as they are on three, swapping their sidecar for Mountain Bikes. With visits to the Honda Racing, Norton and Milenco by Padgetts Racing work shops to eavesdrop on their pre-TT preparations the scene will definitely be set for TT 2019 race week.

The on track action highlights begin in earnest ‪on Friday 31st May‬ with the TT Qualifying Highlights show which summarises all of the best qualifying action ahead of Saturday’s first Race day. All of the racing highlights will be captured in the race shows which are broadcast every night ‪from Saturday 1st June to Saturday 8th June‬ inclusive ‪at 9pm‬, with many same day highlights shows.

Photo by RCphotos

Stefano Bonetti wins North West 200 Supertwins race 16th May 2019

STEFANO BONETTI SEALS MAIDEN WIN AT THE FONACAB NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS

Stefano Bonetti won an eventful Supertwins race at the 90th North West 200 this evening. 

Riding the VAS Engineering Paton, Bonetti was in the mix right from the start utilising his bike’s superior straight line speed to tussle with the Kawasaki machines around him. 

Veteran rider Jeremy McWilliams had looked in great form early in the race but made an uncharacteristic error riding over the grass resulting in him being dismounted from his KMR machine. 

KMR teammate Derek McGee was also vying for the lead alongside Bonetti until a mistake overrunning the same chicane saw the current Duke Rankings champion incur a time penalty dropping the Irishman out of the running. 

That left quickest man from qualifying, Jamie Coward, to take the fight to Bonetti but despite his best efforts his KTS machine couldn’t live with the outright speed of the Paton and he had to settle for second place. 

Michel Rutter rounded out the podium places. 

MCL INSURETECH SUPERTWIN RACE 1 RESULT

1. Stefano Bonetti
2. Jamie Coward
3. Michael Rutter
4. James Chawke
5. Horst Saiger
6. Francesco Curinga
7. Victor Lopez
8. Carl Phillips
9. Darren Cooper
10. Matthew Rees
11. Joe Loughlin
12. Matt Sadowski
13. Maria Costello
14. Garth Woods
15. Michel Rees
16. Bruce Birnie 
17. William Hara
18. Sandy Berwick
19. Mark Shields
20. Derek McGee
21. Daley Mathison
22. Christian Elkin
23. Paul Williams
24. Jeremy McWilliams
25. Darren James
26. Glenn Irwin
27. Marty Lennon

Road Racing Daily Peter Hickman wins the North West 200 Superstock race on Thursday evening 16th May 2019

PETER HICKMAN WINS BAYVIEW HOTEL SUPERSTOCK RACE AT NORTH WEST 200

 

Peter Hickman won Thursday evening’s Superstock race one at the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. 

 

The Smith’s Racing rider was in formidable form as he took his qualifying pace into the race itself and led virtually from the off onboard his brand new BMW S1000RR machine. 

 

Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki rider Glenn Irwin was in second place and had enjoyed a terrific duel with Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison until the Bradford man slid off at University. 

 

Michael Dunlop rounded out the podium places to make it a popular third place for the Ballymoney man at his home international event. 

 

BAYVIEW HOTEL SUPERSTOCK RACE 1 RESULTS

 

1. Peter Hickman

2. Glenn Irwin

3. Michael Dunlop

4. James Hiller

5. Lee Johnston

6. Richard Cooper

7. Jamie Coward

8. Daley Mathison

9. Derek Sheils

10. Paul Jordan

11. Erno Kostamo

12. Stefano Bonetti

13. Xavier Denis

14. Kris Duncan

15. Matt Rees

16. Lukas Maurer

17. James Chawke

18. Chris Green

19. Raul Torras Martinez

20. Donald MacFadyen

21. Mark Goodings

22. Paul Gartland

23. Stephen Degnan

24. Patricia Fernandez

25. Andy Sellars

Road Racing Daily Lee Johnston wins Supersport Race one at the North West 200

LEE JOHNSTON WINS THRILLING TIDES RESTAURANT SUPERSPORT RACE AT THE FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS 

 

Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston won a dramatic Supersport Race at the North West 200 in somewhat dramatic conditions. 

 

Fermanagh man Johnston enjoyed a race-long tussle with Alastair Seeley, James Hillier and Dean Harrison. Local rider Paul Jordan was very much a part of the leading group until his retirement midway through the race. 

 

With the lead changing throughout it was a game of cat-and-mouse as the fans watching around the circuit in glorious sunshine were treated to some truly sensational racing. 

 

It all came down to Juniper Chicane on the last lap with Johnston and Seeley dicing for the lead only for EHA Racing’s Seeley to get his braking wrong resulting in him running onto the grass and being dismounted. 

 

That left Johnston to claim the win with Silicone Racing’s Dean Harrison securing a well deserved second place. James Hillier rounded out the podium places. 

 

TIDES RESTAURANT SUPERSPORT RACE 1 RESULT

 

1. Lee Johnston

2. Dean Harrison

3. James Hillier 

4. Michael Dunlop 

5. Jamie Coward

6. Ian Hutchinson 

7. Davey Todd

8. Gary Johnson

9. Michael Sweeney 

10. Daley Mathison

Road Racing Daily Ian Hutchinson forfeits Superstock time at North West 200

STATEMENT FROM 2019 FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS

Ian Hutchinson has forfeited his Superstock time from today’s session after the Honda rider was found to have used non-compliant fuel. 

A statement was released this evening by the event organisers: 

“Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson has forfeited his times from today’s opening Superstock qualifying session after his machine was found to be using non-compliant fuel. The organisers of the 2019 fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils stipulate the use of a control fuel only in each machine.”

MCGUINESS AND RUTTER HEAD BATHAM MUGEN CHALLENGE FOR SES TT ZERO HONOURS

14th May 2019

Now in its 10th year, the TT Zero Race - zero emission racing at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy returns to the schedule for 2019.

During that 10 year history the lap record has gone from Mark Miller’s 96.82mph on the Motoczysz bike in the first year of the Zero Race to the astounding 121.824 in 2018, an improvement of over twenty-five per cent.

The race has been dominated in recent years by Mugen with John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Bruce Anstey all winning races for the Japanese based factory team.  Michael Rutter tops the overall leader board for the Class with four wins to his name – three with American based outfit MotoCzysz which included the prestigious first 100mph+ lap in 2012 and he also holds the outright lap record with a lap of 121.824 – the first 120mph+lap – which he set in winning last year’s race on the Mugen.

John McGuinness, who has missed the last two TT Race meetings through injury, will be looking to add to his two race wins this year as he returns as teammate to Rutter in the Bathams Mugen outfit.  McGuinness, who set the lap record in the 2014 (117.36mph) and 2015 (119.27mph) meetings will be looking for his first win since 2015 to add to his overall TT record of 23 Race wins.

While a fierce contest is no doubt expected between the Mugen teammates, there is also expected to be a close race for the honour of being the first University team between Nottingham, Brunel and Bath. 

Daley Matheson, riding for Nottingham University, is the undoubted favourite after splitting the two Mugen’s last year and clocking the race’s second fastest time in history – 119.294 - while Brunel University have South African racer Allan Venter and Bath have confirmed Welshman Matthew Rees to represent them.

Welsh riders Ian Lougher – a veteran with over thirty years of racing at the TT – and Alan Thomas are representing  Japanese outfit Team Mirai with ILR/ Mark Coverdale and Race and Design Engineering  respectively while Mike Norbury and Shaun Anderson are both competing for Irish outfit Duffy Motorsport.   France’s Timothee Monet completes the line up for Avon France/ TMR France.

Qualifying for the 2019 SES TT Zero Race begins on Wednesday 29th May with the race scheduled for 12.45pm on Wednesday 5th June.

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Road Racing Daily 2019 North West 200 - Tuesday Practice report 14th May 2019

FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS PRACTICE REPORT

 

The opening practice sessions of the 90th North West 200 got underway today in blistering sunshine. 

 

Dean Harrison set the pace in the Superbike class onboard the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki but it was local rider Michael Dunlop who arguably garnered the most attention in the session given the Tyco BMW rider’s lack of competitive racing. 

 

Just a half second separated the leading pair with Ducati mounted Alastair Seeley back in third place. Lee Johnston and Peter Hickman rounded out the top five. 

 

Hickman May have been off the pace in the Superbike session but the Smiths Racing rider’s disappointment was to be short lived as he stormed to a provisional pole in the day’s Superstock session. 

 

Enjoying his first outing on the team’s new BMW S1000RR machine, the Isle of Man TT outright lap record holder was in imperious form finishing almost two seconds quicker than nearest rider Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston. 

 

Michael Dunlop finished in third place with James Hillier and Michael Rutter finishing fourth and fifth respectively with Hillier the only non-BMW mounted rider in the top five.  

 

The Supersport session finished as expected with Alastair Seeley, the North West 200 record holder for race wins, finishing top of the tree onboard the EHA Racing Yamaha R6. Lee Johnston, enjoying a great day’s racing was in second place, underlining his potential for multiple podiums. 

 

James Hiller, who finished runner-up in both Supersport races twelve months ago, finished in third place with Michael Dunlop nipping at his heels in fourth. Dean Harrison finished in fifth. 

 

The Supertwin session threw up a few surprises as Englishman Jamie Coward finished on provisional pole. Michael Rutter was in second place with Christian Elkin in third place. Glenn Irwin was in fourth place with veteran Jeremy McWilliams in fifth spot.  

 

Superbike top ten:

 

1 Dean Harrison

2 Michael Dunlop 

3 Alastair Seeley

4 Lee Johnston

5 Peter Hickman 

6 James Hillier 

7 Glenn Irwin 

8 Ian Hutchinson

9 Michael Rutter 

10 Conor Cummins

 

Superstock top ten: 

 

1 Peter Hickman 

2 Lee Johnston 

3 Michael Dunlop 

4 James Hillier 

5 Michael Rutter

6 Glenn Irwin

7 Richard Cooper

8 Dean Harrison 

9 Davey Todd

10 Paul Jordan

 

Supersport top ten. 

 

1 Alastair Seeley 

2 Lee Johnston

3 James Hillier 

4 Michael Dunlop 

5 Dean Harrison

6 Peter Hickman 

7 Paul Jordan

8 Davey Todd

9 Ian Hutchinson 

10 Gary Johnson

 

Supertwins top ten. 

 

1 Jamie Coward 

2 Michael Rutter

3 Christian Elkin

4 Glenn Irwin

5 Jeremy McWilliams

6 Stefano Bonetti

7 Derek McGee

8 Horst Saiger

9 Michael Sweeney

10 Carl Phillips

Road Racing Daily Michael Rutter to ride Honda RCV at 90th North West 200 - 13th May 2019

MICHAEL RUTTER TO RACE WITH NUMBER 90 PLATE AT NORTH WEST 200 - 13th May 2019

Michael Rutter will race with number 90 plate at this year’s FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. 

The event’s longest serving competitor first lined up on the grid in 1992 and since then has went on to amass 14 wins en route to becoming the third most successful rider at the North West 200 behind Robert Dunlop and Alastair Seeley. 

This year Rutter rider will run a Bathams/Aspire-Ho RCV213S Honda in both superbike races and a Bathams/ Aspire-HO BMW S1000RR in both Superstock events. The Englishman will also have at his disposal a KMR Kawasaki ER6 for both Supertwins races.

Michael Rutter:

“‘It feels like I have been coming to the North West for 90 years! It is a great honour to be running the number 90 plate and brilliant for the event that we will be racing the RCV. 

‘The RCV is the best bike that I have ever ridden.’ Rutter said after testing the V4 at the recent Oulton Park BSB. It is completely unlike anything else I’ve ever raced and I think it will have a real chance against all those other great bikes at the North West. Plus it will be great for the fans to see it in action because it has a unique look and sound.’

‘There is no doubt that the North West is more competitive than ever and this promises to be a very interesting year.’

‘I would love to get another win to add to my North West tally and winning the feature race on the RCV would be a dream come true but we will have to wait and see what happens.’

Road Racing Daily Jay Lawrence gets Carl Cox Support with Isle of Man TT Buildbase Suzuki deal

CARL COX MOTORSPORT SUPPORTS NEW ZEALAND RACER JAY LAWRENCE'S TT RACES DEBUT WITH BUILDBASE SUZUKI

Kiwi newcomer Jay Lawrence will be making his debut at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy under the Buildbase Suzuki banner, with Carl Cox Motorsport support. Jay joins an eclectic group of supported riders for this year’s races, where Carl will also bring the event to a close with a special show in the paddock after the Dunlop Senior TT Race.

After his introduction to the Isle of Man course at the Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts last year, Wellington rider Jay Lawrence is making the step up to the prestigious main event; riding Suzuki GSX-R1000 machinery in the Superbike and Superstock classes.

The link with Suzuki is strong for Jay, having won the legendary Cemetery Circuit races in New Zealand on a GSX-R and riding a Suzuki Katana prepared by Team Classic Suzuki at last year’s Classic TT. After only a few laps of practice, the Kiwi rider logged 21st in the RST Classic TT Superbike Race. As big fans of the competitive classic racing scene, Carl Cox Motorsport have also supported riders and teams at the Philip Island Classic for several years with a special XR69.

With the partnership with Bennetts Suzuki announced today, at the start of the North West 200 International, Jay and Carl Cox Motorsport Manager Gavin Sokolich have travelled over to get to know the renowned squad before testing ahead of the TT.

Carl Cox Motorsport have a strong stable of supported riders lined up for this year’s Road Racing season, supporting Michael Dunlop and his MD Racing effort, the Milenco Padgetts team of Conor Cummins and Davey Todd, sidecar legend David Molyneux and Harry Payne, plus fellow sidecar competitors Greg Lambert and Ben McBride.

Carl Cox continues to express his love for all things TT related, being in attendance at the event throughout race week before closing this year’s event, alongside Gavin Sokolich ‪on Friday 7th June‬ in a sold out show in the VIP hospitality unit in the TT paddock.

Jay Lawrence explained, “It was great to get those first laps at the Island under my belt with Team Classic Suzuki but now it’s the real deal. I have to thank Carl Cox again for supporting me and the fantastic opportunity we have with Buildbase Suzuki / Hawk Racing who have such a strong TT pedigree. I’m looking forward to getting to know them better and spin some laps, before we head across to the Island in a few weeks time.

I’ve always loved street courses like the Cemetery Circuit back in NZ but of course the TT is the absolute pinnacle for me and many road racers. I’m under no illusion as to the size of the learning curve needed and the strength of the competition… but we have to start somewhere!”
Steve Hicken, Buildbase Suzuki team manager added, “It’s a different approach to the TT for us this year, but something we’re looking forward to all the same. Jay’s got an impressive CV, Suzuki GSX-R1000R experience, and has already completed laps of the TT course so we’re not starting from scratch. He’s going to be coming in with his own goals, and if we can help him have a safe couple of weeks and improve his pace every time he goes out, it’ll be a successful couple of weeks.”

Carl Cox commented, “We are big fans of the TT and the warriors that take it on every year, so it’s great to be able to support Jay, who we’ve enjoyed working with for many years in New Zealand. He has put in his homework and had a first run out at last year’s Classic TT but this will be a very different proposition and we thank Buildbase Suzuki / Hawk Racing for this opportunity.”

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2019 North West 200 practice and race schedule - 13th May 2019

FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS PRACTICE AND RACE SCHEDULE - 13th May 2019

The first practice session for the 90th North West 200 gets underway tomorrow, Tuesday 14th May, and with good weather being forecast expectations are high that we will be treated to some top quality road racing action. 

The full qualifying and racing schedule is listed below:

Tuesday 14th May:

Official Practice Roads closed - 9.15am-3pm
Running order TBC

Thursday 16th May:

Official practice roads closed - 9.15am-3pm 
Running order TBC

NW200 Evening races roads closed - 5pm-9pm

Race order:

Supersport Race 1 - 6 Laps
Superstock Race 1 - 6 Laps
Supertwins Race 1 - 4 Laps

Saturday 18th May:

NW200 race day - roads closed - 9.15am-7pm

Race order:

Supersport Race 2 - 6 Laps
Superbike Race 1 - 7 Laps
Supertwins Race 2 - 4 Laps
Superstock Race 2 - 6 Laps
North West 200 Superbike race - 7 Laps

Road Racing Daily Honda Racing set for 2019 North West 200 - 13th May 2019

HONDA RACING SET TO GET ROADS CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY AT THE INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200

 

Honda is ready to get its 2019 road racing campaign underway as Ian Hutchinson and new recruit, David Johnson, have arrived at the International North West 200 ready to kick off proceedings tomorrow.

 

Wrapping up pre-season testing on a high, the Honda Racing team has enjoyed vast amounts of track time across the off-season in Europe, as well as various UK circuits, including the team’s favourite; Castle Combe in Wiltshire, in preparation for the NW200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP.

 

Working closely with Dunlop throughout all tests both Hutchinson and Johnson have been testing different tyre compounds, as well as working with new suspension partner K-Tech, to fine-tune settings ready for the start of the road-race season.

 

At the NW200 Honda’s road racing experts will contest the Superbike and Superstock races aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, as well as the Supersport races on CBR600RR machinery at the 8.970-mile road circuit.

 

Ian Hutchinson 4

 

It has been a really good off-season and we’ve managed to get a lot of track time with a road bike and also for official team tests. I gave the lads a bit of stick over the winter, but they have pulled out all the stops and all the bikes have been absolutely brilliant! Everything is working really well and I can see the effort they have all put in, so I can’t thank them enough. Everything has gone in the right direction during testing and I really feel ready for the North West 200 with all three bikes. Personally I am in a totally different place coming into the races than I was last year, so I’m more excited than ever heading into the season

 

David Johnson 9

I'm really happy with how pre-season testing has gone. I'm with a new team with Honda this year, but everything is working really well and I definitely feel ready to go racing now! In all honestly, I felt ready even after the first test, but we have had the odd day here and there in-between and everything is working so well. I'm looking forward to the North West 200, it's our first race of the year and it's a great one to kick start the season off with. It's always close racing and I think this year with the team I'm in the best position I've been in a long time to really get things off the ground.

 

Jonny Twelvetrees

Team Manager

I think we’re in a really good position heading into the NW200 and then shortly after the TT. We have a great team who have been pulling out all the stops for both Ian and Davo to make sure they have everything they need, and also that they’re happy with the machines. It’s going to be busy for us this year as we have six bikes in total for both of the guys in Superbike, Superstock and Supersport, but all the feedback from the tests have been positive and we have two very happy riders

Road Racing Daily 2019 North West 200 preview - 12th May 2019

2019 FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS PREVIEW

 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the International North West 200 and it promises to be one of the most hotly contested and thrilling year’s of competition in recent memory. The fastest racers in the world will descend upon the picturesque north coast of Northern Ireland as they vie for victory around the 8.9 mile triangle.

 

Last year’s double superbike race winner Glenn Irwin returns to the event with a new team and the 28 year-old has outlined an audacious plan to win six races. Irwin rides for Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki for both the Superbike and Superstock classes and the Carrickfergus rider will also have at his disposal a ER6 Kawasaki for the CMS/KW Electrical team as he aims to take victory in the two Supertwins races.

 

Intending to call a halt to Irwin’s three race superbike winning streak is Alastair Seeley, who holds the outright record for race wins at 24. 

 

The 39 year-old is a master around the triangle and this year his chief aim will be to recapture the superbike crown. Mounted on the PBM/Be Wiser Ducati V4RR for this year’s Superbike races, Seeley will be confident of reclaiming the premier class crown. The ‘Wee Wizard’ will also ride an EHA Yamaha R6 in both Supersport races, a class he dominated at last year’s event, but notably this year he will sit out both Superstock races. 

 

Lining up to mount the chief challenge to our local riders is Smith’s Racing rider Peter Hickman. The Englishman has matured into one of the finest exponents of the sport and last year took his first win at the North West in a thrilling Superstock encounter. This year Hickman returns with the same team and a bolstered aura of invincibility following his record breaking exploits at last year’s Isle of Man TT. Now officially the world’s fastest road racer, ‘Hicky’ will take some beating when racing commences. 

 

Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki rider Dean Harrison is another rider who, like Hickman, has stamped his authority on the sport in recent times. Now enjoying the factory backing of Kawasaki, the Englishman must be considered a favourite for honours.

 

Michael Dunlop will line-up for Tyco BMW in the two Superbike races and will pilot his own machinery, under the MD Racing banner, in both the Supersport and Superstock classes. Dunlop finished second to Glenn Irwin in last year’s blue riband North West 200 Superbike race and will be keen to go one better this time around as he makes his 2019 roads bow at the North West 200. 

 

BSB rider Richard Cooper makes his road racing debut at the North West 200 onboard Buildbase Suzuki machinery and will feature in both the Superbike and Superstock classes. It will certainly be insteresting to see how Cooper fairs amongst the more seasoned roads competitors. 

 

Norton has a presence at this year’s event in the form of six-time North West winner John McGuinness. McGuinness returns to the North West for the first time since his crash at Primrose Hill in 2017 and will race the SG8 Norton and the new 650cc Superlight bike. 

 

James Hillier will line-up with the Quattro Plant / JG Speedfit Kawasaki team. Hillier finished second in both of last year’s Supersport races so he will be fancied by many to at least repeat that performance. 

 

Conor Cummins enjoyed a great season on the roads in 2018. With a superb third place in last year’s record breaking Isle of Man TT senior race, and a stunning Supersport win at the Ulster Grand Prix, the Manx rider is on the top of his game. Cummins will turn out for the Padgett’s team and must be considered as a serious threat. 

 

Honda Racing’s duo of David Johnson and Ian Hutchinson are also set for the North West 200. The Japanese marque has suffered a few torrid seasons on the roads but with the always quick Johnson, and the now seemingly fully fit Hutchinson, this could well be the year that sees Honda mount a serous challenge for podium places. 

 

Lee Johnston, a six-time International race winner has joined forces with Ashcourt Racing this season. The Fermanagh man has been very impressive so far this season showing real pace in the British Supersport Championship. Now riding a Yamaha R6 machine, he is more than capable of mounting a serious challenge in the middleweight class. Johnston will also feature in the Superbike and Superstock classes onboard BMW S1000RR machinery. 

 

Multiple North West 200 winner Jeremy McWilliams will ride for KMR Kawasaki in the Supertwins where he will be joined fellow Kawasaki mounted riders Matthew Rees, Derek McGee, Darren James, Michael Rutter and Ryan Gibson. Paton is represented in the class by Team ILR / Mark Coverdale backed riders Ian Lougher, Horst Saiger, Carl Phillips, and James Chawke. Italian Stefano Bonetti will be one to watch onboard the VAS Engine Racing Paton and Maria Costello MBE also lines up on the Supertwins grid on a Mark Coverdale backed Paton. 

 

Having started this season so impressively, current Duke Road Race Rankings Championship Derek McGee will be fancied by many to feature in the running for honours with the Mullingar Man entered across all classes. Local outfit Burrows Engineering / RK Racing returns to the North West with Derek Sheils and Tom Weeden riding for the team and it will be interesting to see how the always expertly prepared John Burrows machinery fairs around the triangle. 

 

Michael Rutter, a 14-time North West 200 winner, will be present this year lining up for the Batham’s Team. Rutter finished on the podium in last year’s Anchor Bar Superbike race and the veteran rider also secured a hard earned fourth place in the Bayview Hotel Superstock race. He is a rider who cannot be discounted when considering race winners. 

 

Davey Todd, last year’s fastest newcomer at the North West 200, returns to this year’s event with new team Penz13 and teammates Daley Mathison and Erno Kostamo. All three will ride S1000RR BMWs in the Superstock and Superbike races. Davey is in good form having won two races in the IRRC Championship and will be expected to feature strongly when racing begins this week.  

 

2019 North West 200 12th – 18th May 2019. Road closure times are listed below:

 

Tuesday 14th May

 

Official Practice Roads closed - 9.15am-3pm

 

Thursday 16th May

 

Official practice roads closed - 9.15am-3pm 

NW200 Evening races roads closed - 5pm-9pm

 

Saturday 18th May

 

NW200 race day - roads closed - 9.15am-9pm

Road Racing Daily Line-up confirmed for Monster Energy Supersport TT races - 11th May 2019

LINE UP CONFIRMED FOR MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT TT RACES

 

11th May 2019

 

The four-lap Monster Energy Supersport Races at the Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy are always two of the most fiercely fought contests, and 2019 will be no exception with a stunning line up assembled.

 

All of last year’s leading protagonists, including 2018 Supersport Race winners Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison, are back for more. Given their performances last year, these two are arguably the men to beat.

 

The duo went head to head in both encounters last year, Dunlop coming home ahead of Harrison on his MD Honda in Race One when he set a new lap record at an average speed of 129.197mph.

 

Harrison took the victory later in the week when the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider also lapped in excess of 129mph on his way to his second TT victory. He starts at number two this year with Dunlop setting off at his regular number six.

 

The two other riders to finish on the Supersport podium in 2018 were Peter Hickman and James Hillier. Hickman, who starts at number ten on the Trooper Beer Triumph by Smiths Racing, has increased support from the British manufacturer this time around which he hopes will help him secure his first 600cc win.

 

Hillier, the sixth fastest rider ever in the Supersport class, is looking to do the same on the Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki. The Hampshire rider will start at number five, behind Ian Hutchinson at number four.

 

Hutchinson and Dunlop have both seen great success in the class previously. Since 2013, the duo have taken nine wins – five to Dunlop and four to Hutchinson – and only Harrison last year and Gary Johnson, in 2014, have managed to break their stranglehold.

 

Hutchinson took four successive wins in 2015 and 2016 when riding a Yamaha but, now back to full fitness after a difficult year in 2018, he lines up on a Honda CBR600RR for the factory Honda Racing team. He has had previous success on the bike, taking wins in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and will be confident of getting back on to the top step this year after plenty of testing and a run out in the British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park.

 

John McGuinness, a Supersport race winner in both 2004 and 2006, is due to start at number three but he has yet to be confirm what machine he will ride.

 

As he will do for the 1000cc races, Conor Cummins leads the field away at number one on his Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda. Having taken fourth and fifth last year, he’ll be pushing for his first Supersport podium since 2009. 

 

Davey Todd, one of the brightest young prospects in Road Racing, joins Cummins in the Padgetts team and sets off from number 8. He had been due to start ahead of another rising star, with Adam McLean starting at number 9 on the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki. However, McLean has been forced to withdraw from this year’s event due to injuries sustained in a crash at the Tandragee 100 at the beginning of May.

 

Hoping to join the battle for top honours are Lee Johnston and Gary Johnson. Johnston posted a new personal best lap time in the class last year, at an average speed in excess of 127mph when he rode for the Padgetts Honda team. Starting at number 11, he has switched to Yamaha with the Ashcourt Racing set-up in the hope it will propel him back onto the podium.

 

Johnson, who won in 2011 and in 2014, continues in the red, white and blue colours of the RAF Regular & Reserve team with his usual number seven and the same Triumph 675 machine he used last year.

 

Derek McGee starts at number 12 and will campaign the Kawasaki ZX-6R that Ben Currie took to second in last year’s British Supersport Championship. With this proven machine and the form McGee has found at the start of the 2019 season, he will be challenging for top six positions.

 

Sam West (PRL Yamaha) will again take the number 13 plate with regular top ten contender Dan Cooper starting ten seconds after him on the KW Electrical/CMS Honda. Jamie Coward (15) will also be hoping for top ten finishes on the Prez Racing Yamaha.

 

Former Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Evans is rewarded for some strong rides in 2018 by becoming a seeded rider for the first time at number 16 on the Wilcock Consulting Honda. Paul Jordan, a former 125cc British Championship race winner, goes at number 17 on the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki.

 

The top twenty seeds are completed by Michael Sweeney (EM Building Yamaha), Daley Mathison (WH Racing Yamaha) and Dominic Herbertson (Davies Motorsport Kawasaki).

 

Honda Racing’s David Johnson was a late entry to the class and, despite not starting from the top 20, cannot be discounted as a front runner on the 600.

 

All of the seeded riders have already lapped at more than 123mph in the Supersport category, and the quality stretches even further down the field. Craig Neve, Horst Saiger, Tom Weeden, Julian Trummer, Derek Sheils and last year’s Junior Manx Grand Prix winner James Chawke all have the speed and experience to challenge for the top 20.

 

New Zealand rider Jay Lawrence will also be in action on the Carl Cox Motorsport Honda and he’ll be joined by fellow countryman and newcomer Daniel Mettam. Raymond Casey, Jonathan Goetschy and David Datzer also set to get their first taste of race action around the Mountain Course.

 

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERSPORT LINE-UP

 

1. Conor Cummins

2. Dean Harrison

3. John McGuinness 

4. Ian Hutchinson 

5. James Hillier

6. Michael Dunlop 

7. Gary Johnson

8. Davey Todd

9. Adam McLean (withdrawn)

10. Peter Hickman 

11. Lee Johnston 

12. Derek McGee 

13. Sam West

14. Dan Cooper

15. Jamie Coward

16. Michael Evans

17. Paul Jordan

18. Michael Sweeney

19. Daley Mathison

20. Dominic Herbertson

 

Photo: RCphotos

Road Racing Daily Munster 100 Road Races gets title sponsor

TITLE SPONSOR NAMED FOR THE MUNSTER 100 ROAD RACES

 

The Munster 100 Road Races has announced that Keohane Citymix will be the title sponsor for this year’s meeting which takes place on the 3rd & 4th August - Glanmire - Co. Cork.

 

“The Keohane Family has always been a generous supporter of motorsport in Cork and It’s a pleasure to welcome them onboard.”

 

This year marks the return to the road racing calendar of racing at Glanmire and the club is putting in the hard work behind the scenes to ensure that the event is a success.

 

There is however an opportunity for fans to show their support as the club is currently hosting a superb draw with a holiday voucher worth €1500 being the chief prize. 

 

Tickets are only €20 each. All entries will go into one draw to be held over the race weekend 4th August.

 

Click the link below for more details:

 

https://cmrvc.ie/munster-100/munster-100-super-draw

Road Racing Daily Seeded riders named for2019 Bennetts Lightweight TT on the Isle Of Man

TOP 20 START LIST REVEALED FOR BENNETS LIGHTWEIGHT TT RACE

The 2019 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy gets underway later this month and ahead of the commencement of racing the seeded riders list for the Bennets Lightweight TT Race has been revealed. 

Now in its eighth year, the Lightweight race is quickly becoming one of the most hotly contested classes with the two dominant forces, Kawasaki and Paton, now facing strong competition in the form of the Norton Superlight machine. 

Last year the Bennetts Lightweight TT was won by Paton mounted Michael Dunlop. The Ballymoney rider secured victory following an action packed race and in doing so set a new lap record at an average speed of 122.750mph. 

This year the 18-time TT winner will once more be onboard a SC Project Reparto Corse Paton and will start off at number 6 on the road. 

Last year’s runner up, Derek McGee, will lead off the pack at number 1 onboard a KMR Kawasaki. McGee, who took his first TT podium in last year’s Lightweight Race, has been in scintillating form so far this season and will be fancied by many to be the man who takes the charge to Dunlop. 

Three other riders will also have KMR backed machinery at their disposal in the form of Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston, and former Lightweight TT winner Michael Rutter. Gary Johnson will start at number 7, with Rutter going off at number 8. Lee Johnston is a late entry and therefore has a high entry number of 51.  

The Norton Superlight has been the source of much interest since it was unveiled last year and that interest piqued when it was announced that Norton would field a three rider line-up at this year’s TT. 

23-time TT winner John McGuinness will be joined by outright lap record holder Peter Hickman, and last year’s fastest newcomer Davey Todd. Hickman starts at number 10 with Todd and McGuinness starting at number 2 and 3 respectively.

Stefano Bonetti will go off at number 4 onboard the Paton SC Project Reparto Corse and he will be followed on the road by Dan Cooper at number 5 on the KW Electrical / CMS / SB Tuning Kawasaki. 

Adam McLean, already an International Lightweight class winner, was due to start at number 9 but has been ruled out after sustaining injuries following a crash at Tandragee. 

Ten-time TT Ian Lougher sets off at number 11 onboard a Paton and his two teammates, Horst Saiger and James Chawke go off at number 14 and 18 respectively. 

Paul Jordan starts at number 12 and will be followed ten seconds down the road by Ireland’s Michael Sweeney at number 13. The seeded riders list is completed by Jamie Coward 15, Michael Evans 16, John Barton 17, Daley Mathison 19 and Dominic Herbertson 20.

BENNETTS LIGHTWEIGHT TT SEEDED RIDERS

1. Derek McGee - KMR Kawasaki
2. Davey Todd - Norton Motorcycles
3. John McGuinness - Norton Motorcycles
4. Stefano Bonetti - Paton SC Project Reparto Corse
5. Daniel Cooper - KW Electrical / CMS / SB Tuning
6. Michael Dunlop - Paton SC Project Reparto Corse
7. Gary Johnson - KMR Kawasaki
8. Michael Rutter - Bathams KMR Kawasaki
9. Adam McLean - McAdoo Racing - WITHDRAWN
10. Peter Hickman - Norton Motorcycles
11. Ian Lougher - Team ILR / Mark Coverdale
12. Paul Jordan - RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing
13. Michael Sweeney - Kiely Heating
14. Horst Saiger - Team ILR / Mark Coverdale
15. Jamie Coward - KW Electrical / CMW / SB Tuning
16. Michael Evans - Michael Evans Racing
17. John Barton - Wemoto.com
18. James Chawke - Team ILR / Mark Coverdale
19. Daley Mathison - WH Racing in Partnership with Dynobike
20. Dominic Herbertson - Cowton Racing

Photo: RCphotos

Road Racing Daily TV coverage confirmed for Enniskillen Road Races in 2019

TV coverage confirmed for Enniskillen Road Races in 2019

 

Organisers have confirmed that Highlights of the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Sponsored Enniskillen Road Races will be broadcast on BBC NI.

 

Greenlight TV will provide coverage of the Irish national road race, which is going to hold full championship status in its second year, which is promoted by the Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club (Road Racing) Ltd.

 

Rodney Shaw, Club Chairman said: “We are delighted to confirm that Greenlight TV on board for 2019 with a highlights programme to be aired on BBC NI as well as across the globe. We are delighted to have BBC Sport NI on board, and we look forward to show casing our area.

 

“We appeal for everyone to support the Enniskillen Road Races by purchasing a programme as this is one of the main revenue streams for the event and/or make a donation in the bucket with the programme sellers.”

 

The Enniskillen Road Races will take place on 28/29 June 2019. The Event Launch will take place tonight in Enniskillen Castle from 7pm featuring Rider interviews and Guest Speakers.

AIR AMBULANCE CHAT SHOW THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT ARMAGH CITY HOTEL

Armagh City Hotel is the venue ‪this Friday evening‬ ( ‪10th May @ 7.00pm‬)for a Fund Raising event for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

In conjunction with Dungannon Firm, Greiner Packaging, this Fund Raising evening will consist of a Chat Show with some of Northern Irelands  top Motor Cycle competitors including former Grand Prix star, Jeremy McWilliams, North West 200 Superbike winner, Glenn Irwin, IOM TT winner and former works Honda Rider, Philip McCallen, with former works Suzuki rider and close friend to the late Barry Sheene, now a leading TV pundit, Steve “Stavros” Parrish acting as compere for the evening.Unfortunately, Adam McLean is unable to participate in this event,and we wish Adam well in his recovery.

Speaking on behalf of Greiner Packagings fundraising efforts, Ruth Spence, part of the Charity committee for Greiner Packaging said: 

“We are delighted to be supporting AANI this year
The Air Ambulance provides vital assistance in life threatening situations across Northern Ireland, and I think most people will have seen it in the sky in recent months. We are very much looking forward to this event and will continue to raise awareness and funds in a number of planned events throughout this year”

Tickets, payable at the door, £10.00.
To find out more about Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and how you can support the charity, visit Air Ambulance Northern Irelands Facebook page, or call ‪028 9262 2677‬

John McGuinness to race for Norton at the 90th North West 200

JOHN MCGUINNESS AND NORTON TO RACE AT 2019 fonaCAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS

 

The ‘will they or won’t they’ saga surrounding John McGuinness racing the Norton at the 2019 fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils has ended with the British manufacturer announcing the six times North West winner will compete in this year’s races.

 

McGuinness will ride the SG8 superbike in what will be the Norton’s first appearance in Ireland. The 47 year old will also race the new 650cc Superlight bike in both Supertwins events on May 12-18.

 

Norton had hoped to run their new V4 engine 1200cc engine in the SG8 superbike at the NW200 and TT but the regulations prohibit machines of more than 1000cc capacity. The British manufacturer has now returned to the 1000cc V4 Aprilia motor which had been used previously.

 

‘It has taken a lot of sorting out but it has all come together at the 11th hour.’ McGuinness smiled as he returns to the venue where he broke his leg in a 2017 practice crash. The injury has seen him miss the NW200 for the last two seasons.

 

The Morecambe racer has been intensively testing the Norton over the past couple of months.

 

‘I was at Rockingham last week and I have been banging in the miles at Bruntingthorpe, Anglesey, Cadwell, Croft, Castle Combe and Oulton.’ McGuinness explained.

 

‘I’ve had to be patient and it has been a long wait but now I can’t wait to get stuck in at the North West.’

 

McGuinness says he is happy with the performance of the Norton superbike after over a decade of racing Hondas.

 

‘I matched the times I did on the Honda when we tested at Castle Combe so the bike isn’t a million miles away.’ he said.

 

‘The engine is more powerful and the bike has lots of speed and stability. The team is good, the tyres are good and we have been doing the work. I haven’t raced at the North West since I snapped my leg in half two years ago but I am going into the event with an open mind and I am optimistic we can do OK.’

 

McGuinness admitted to having some nerves about making his UK road racing comeback.

‘I am excited but I will be nervous as well, especially going into Primrose where it nearly all ended two years ago.’ he said. ‘I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t.’

 

McGuinness also has entries for both the Supersport and Superstock races at the NW200 but doesn’t have machinery available at this stage.

 

‘We are delighted to have John, one of the North West’s longest serving riders, back racing with us in the 90th anniversary year.’ Event Director, Mervyn Whyte, MBE, said.

 

‘The Norton will also be a huge attraction for local road racing fans who will have the chance to see and hear the superbike on the famous Triangle circuit. John will debut the Superlight Norton racer in the Supertwin races which adds even more interest to a class that already enjoys a very impressive line-up for 2019.’

 

NORTON BOSS DELIGHTED WITH NW200 RETURN AFTER THREE DECADE ABSENCE

 

Norton boss Stuart Garner is delighted the factory team is returning to the North West for the first time since the glory years of the early 1990s when Robert Dunlop and Trevor Nation dominated the superbike races at the event on the black and gold JPS rotary engined machines.

 

‘It is great to take the Norton brand back racing there and to draw a line under what has been a dark chapter in John’s career.’ Garner said.

‘If we can get a respectable result as well we will be over the moon. A podium or a top ten finish would be great.’

 

MCGUINNESS TO RACE SUPERLIGHT NORTON IN NW200 SUPERTWIN RACES

 

Alongside competing on the SG8 superbike at the North West 200, John McGuinness will make his road racing debut on the 650cc Norton Superlight machine in both Supertwin races at Portrush.

McGuinness will be the British manufacturer’s sole representative on the new twin with his Norton teammates in the class, Peter Hickman and Davey Todd, sitting out the North West races.

‘It has all been a bit last minute and working with one rider is enough for us to deal with.’ Norton boss, Stuart Garner explained.

 

‘We don’t have time to put together three bikes and we don’t want to dilute our effort with John and the new bike.’

 

McGuinness has been testing the 650 alongside the superbike in recent tests.

 

‘I have ridden the twin at Rockingham and did 20 laps at Anglesey plus a few at Croft.’ McGuinness explained.

 

‘I am still trying to understand the bike as it is new territory for me. I’ve ridden 125s, 250s, electric bikes, all kinds during my career, but this is my first time on one of these.’

 

With Glenn Irwin, Michael Rutter, Dan Cooper, Jeremy McWilliams, Derek McGee and Stefano Bonetti lining up on the North West grid aboard an array of well sorted Paton and Kawasaki machinery, it will be a stern test for the new Norton in this ultra competitive class.

 

Photo: RCphotos

ADRIAN KERSHAW PROMOTES SOUTHERN 100 IN JAPAN

Adrian Kershaw, double winner of the Supersport 400cc races at the 2018 Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 International Road Races spent a few days in Japan promoting both the Southern 100 and the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Races.

Stockport man Adrian was invited by Japanese company CSA, who sponsored special winners and podium awards at all three road races on the Colas Billown Course last year, also took the opportunity to visit Triumph Tokyo.

Whilst at the Triumph Tokyo Headquarters at Ogano Town, Chichibu, Adrian accepted an invitation to test ride the Triumph Speed Twin and the Street Triple on a 3-kilometre course around the Gakkaku Dam, in the company of Mr Nakazato, Sales Promotion and Senior Advisor to the company.

The double winner from 2018 then took four Japanese riders on twins and triples on several laps of the ‘Japanese Billown Course’ showing how to improve their riding skills and safety and helping them discover the joys and fun of riding motorcycles.

After experiencing some Japanese culture courtesy of his hosts, Adrian then gave them an insight into the Pre-TT Classic Races and the Southern 100 leaving them with a wish to travel over to the Isle of Man to watch the ‘Friendly Races’, as the event is known to all who have visited and watched the races since 1955 on the Colas Billown Course. 

Photos courtesy of Midori Hasegawa

Road Racing Daily Road Racing highlights and live coverage schedule

ROAD RACING HIGHLIGHTS AND LIVE COVERAGE SCHEDULE

With the road racing season now in full swing, here is how you can watch the highlights and live coverage of all the action. 

BBC Sport NI will screen highlights from the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100, live coverage and highlights from the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils, and a special programme dedicated to William Dunlop. 

TV highlights:

May 7th - 10.40pm  Cookstown 100
May 13th - 10.40pm Tandragee 100 
May 14th - 10.40pm Remembering William 
May 17th  - 9.30pm  North West 200
May 19th - 10.30pm North West 200
May 20th - 10.40pm North West 200

There will also be live qualifying and racing coverage of the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils: 

North West 200 live coverage via the:

BBC Sport website
BBC app
Radio Ulster

Practice coverage:
Tuesday 14th May beginning at 9.30am 

Practice / Racing coverage:
Thursday 16th May beginning at 9.30am

Racing coverage:
Saturday 18th May beginning at 9.30am

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee named Man of the Meeting at Tandragee 100

MAN OF THE MEETING AWARD FOR MCGEE AT TANDRAGEE

Derek McGee was named Man of the Meeting award following his stand-out performances at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100. 

McGee secured four victories and a second placed finish to cap off a remarkable weekend for the reigning Duke Rankings Champion. 

In the Rapid International Supersport 600 race, McGee has a terrific battle with McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean as the two rivals jostled for the lead throughout the 6 laps. McGee’s B&W ZX6R seemed to have the outright speed advantage over fellow Kawasaki rider McLean, but it was still nip and tuck as the two entered the final lap with McGee running out the eventual winner by a fine margin. 

The ‘Mullingar Missile’ had to settle for second place in the McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race as Burrows Engineering / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils earned a hard fought win following a race long battle which saw the lead change numerous times. 

McGee grabbed his second victory of the day in the Tayto N.I. Supertwin race. In the City Autos Lightweight 125/Moto3 race, McGee romped home by a huge margin on board the Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine to take his third win of the day. 

The Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 grand final was the last race of the day and it certainly lived up to expectations as both McGee and Sheils produced a stellar display of road racing with McGee crossing the line to take his fourth win of the day.

Road Racing Daily 2019 Around A Pound Tandragee 100 race day review

AROUND A POUND TANDRAGEE 100 RACE DAY REVIEW

 

The North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club played host to the 59th running of the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 today in what proved to be perfect racing conditions. 

 

The first race of the day was the Rapid International Supersport 600 and that produced a thrilling battle between Derek McGee and Adam McLean. McGee, on the B&W Kawasaki ZX-6R, eventually edged out McAdoo Racing’s McLean by a mere 0.3s but it was nip-and-tuck throughout the entire race. 

 

Derek Sheils finished in third with Michael Sweeney in fourth place. Michael Browne kept the first four finishers very honest as he crossed the line in an impressive fifth place. 

 

Principal Insurance Junior Support honours went to Kevin Baker who finished two seconds clear of Eoin O’Siochru with Vinny Brennan back in third place. 

 

As the conditions remained perfect around the County Armagh course, next up on the schedule was the 6 lap McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race and once more the bumper crowd in attendance was treated to a real scorcher. 

 

Derek McGee started on pole and led for the majority of the race. Notably however, he was being stalked by Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider Derek Sheils, who was going for a third successive Tandragee open win. He wasn’t to be foiled as the Irishman made his move and crossed the line a whisker ahead of McGee to take a hard fought victory. 

 

Adam McLean finished in third place and scored the fastest lap of the race; a sign of the young rider’s growing pedigree in the premier class. 

 

Senior classic spoils went to Guy Martin in the C1000 class and Dean Stimpson in the C500 class. Barry Davidson headed the C350 class with 250 honours going to Brian Mateer. 

 

The Tayto N.I. Supertwin Race was won by Derek McGee on board the KMR Kawasaki. In the early stages of the race McGee was enjoying a close battle with Adam McLean but the race was red flagged following an incident on the circuit and a result was declared with McGee running out the winner.  Adam McLean finished in second place with Michael Sweeney in third. Neil Kernohan, on board the the McCloy Home Imorovments machine finished in fourth place. 

 

Derek McGee made it a hat trick of wins as he finished first in the City Autos Lightweight 125/Moto3 Race on board the much admired Faraldo Racing machine. McGee finished ahead of second placed man, Joey’s Bar rider Gary Dunlop, with Kevin Fitzpatrick back in third. 

 

Gareth Keys and Barry Davidson were the first Forgotten Era and Supersport 300 machines home respectively. 

 

Andy McAllister won the Tandragee Supervalu Senior Support race ahead of Darren Keys I’m second place, and Darryl Anderson in third. 

 

That just left the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 to be decided and it proved to be a very fitting way to end a great day’s action. 

 

Derek McGee started on pole and the Mullingar rider was forced to work hard in the early stages as he battled with BE Racing / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils in a repeat of the day’s earlier big bike encounter. 

 

McGee made a good getaway but Sheils was hot on his heels; both riders showcasing serious road racing skills around the hills of the County Armagh circuit. Michael Sweeney was close behind in third place. 

 

That formation followed for the early laps, Sheils seemingly content to allow McGee to lead before making his move. By lap 5 McGee had indeed lost the lead and it looked as though Sheils, having made his move, would be difficult to pass. 

 

Not to be outdone, McGee was to retake the lead and claim grand final glory by a mere 0.195s. Michael Sweeney finished in third with Thomas Maxwell in fourth place. North Armagh club member Shaun Anderson finished in fifth place. 

 

That capped off a tremendous day of racing and huge thanks must go to Anne Forsythe and her team for all their hard work. The same can be said of the riders who put on a superb spectacle for the thousands of fans lining the circuit. Thanks also to the medics, marshals and volunteers.

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee wins the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 grand final

DEREK MCGEE STORMS TO GRAND FINAL WIN AT TANDRAGEE

Derek McGee took a sensational grand final win at Tandragee today in the Around-A-Pound feature race. 

The Mullingar rider was forced to work hard for the victory as he battled with BE Racing / RK Racing’s Derek Sheils throughout the entire 6 lap race, eventually winning by a mere 0.195s. 

McGee, starting on pole, made a good getaway but Sheils was hot on his heels; both riders showcasing serious road racing skills around the hills of the County Armagh circuit. Michael Sweeney was close behind in third place. 

That formation followed for the early laps, Sheils seemingly content to allow McGee to lead before making his move. By lap 5 McGee had indeed lost the lead and it looked as though Sheils, having made his move, would be difficult to pass. 

Not to be outdone, McGee was to retake the lead and claim grand final glory in perfect racing conditions to take his fourth victory of the day. 

Michael Sweeney finished in third with Thomas Maxwell in fourth place. North Armagh club member Shaun Anderson finished in fifth place. 

Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100  

1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Thomas Maxwell
5 Shaun Anderson
6 James Chawke
7 Mike Browne 
8 Paul Williams
9 Steven Procter
10 Neil Kernohan
11 Forest Dunn
12 Davy Morgan
13 Darryl Tweed
14 Mike Norbury 
15 Stephen McKnight 
16 Tom Weeden
17 Damian Horan
18 Alan Connor
19 Paul Gartland
20 David Murphy 
21 Kris Duncan 
22 Lloyd Collins 
23 Alan Johnson
24 Michal Dokoupil
25 Emmet Burke 
26 Darren Cooper
27 Paul Cranston

Road Racing Daily Derek Sheils takes Open Superbike victory at Tandragee

DEREK SHEILS SECURES A STUNNING OPEN WIN AT TANDRAGEE 

 

Derek Sheils won the open superbike encounter of the day at Tandragee in what proved to be an absolute thriller. 

 

The 6 lap McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race began with Derek McGee on pole position and it was McGee who made the early running, Sheils stalking the Mullingar rider all the way. 

 

Burrows Engineering / RK Racing’s Sheils looked poised to make a move as he continually lined up his Suzuki machine ready to pounce, and on the sixth and final lap he did just that. McGee has no answer and Sheils crosses the line to take his third successive open race victory at Tandragee in as many years. 

 

McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean kept the two leaders very honest throughout and it was the young Tobermore rider who not only rounded out the podium places, but also captured the fastest lap of the race with a quite stunning time of 2 mins 58.886s.

 

Martin Jones Racing’s Michael Sweeney was in fourth place with Shaun Anderson in fifth. 

 

McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race  

 

1 Derek Sheils

2 Derek McGee

3 Adam McLean

4 Michael Sweeney

5 Shaun Anderson

6 Thomas Maxwell

7 James Chawke

8 Mike Browne 

9 Steven Procter

10 Paul Williams

11 Forest Dunn

12 Neil Kernohan

13 Davy Morgan

14 Stephen McKnight 

15 Damian Horan

16 Darryl Tweed

17 Mike Norbury

18 Tom Weeden

19 Paul Gartland 

20 Alan Connor

21 David Murphy 

22 Stephen Tobin

23 Alan Johnson

24 Anthony McColgan

25 Dennis Booth

26 Emmet Burke

27 Kris Duncan

28 Lloyd Collins 

29 Donald MacFadyen

30 Jonathan Gormley

Road Racing Daily Derek McGee secures three pole positions at the Tandragee 100

DEREK MCGEE ON SONG AT TANDRAGEE

 

Derek McGee stole the show during qualifying at the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 today. 

 

The ‘Mullingar Missile’ secured pole position across three classes and a second place in what proved to be perfect racing conditions around the County Armagh circuit. 

 

In the Superbike qualifying session McGee posted his best time of 3:00:149s which was two seconds quicker than his closet rival, Burrows Engineering / RK Racing rider, Derek Sheils. Michael Sweeney starts in third with McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean in fourth place. 

 

Pole in the Supersport class was secured by McGee with a time of 3:02:854s. Derek Sheils was in second place with Adam McLean in third swapping places this time with Michael Sweeney who finished in fourth place. 

 

Adam McLean saw off the in-form McGee to claim Supertwin pole position. Michael Sweeney, enjoying a great day’s racing, was in third place. 

 

In the 125/Moto3 session McGee once more headed the field to put the Faraldo Racing Moto3 machine on pole ahead of Gary Dunlop with Nigel Moore in third place. 

 

Junior Support pole went to Vinny Brennan who was two seconds quicker than Kevin Baker. Eoin O’Siochru was in third place. Senior support pole went to Andy McAllister who was six seconds clear of Kevin Baker in second spot. 

 

Gareth Keys was the pole sitter in the Forgotten Era class and Barry Davidson was the quickest SS300 rider. 

 

Richard Ford was the fastest C1000 rider, almost three seconds clear of Guy Martin. Barry Davidson secured C359 pole. John Pemberton is on pole in the C500 class and the fastest C250 time of the day went to Brian Mateer. 

 

Lightweight 400 pole went to Darryl Anderson.

Road Racing Daily Gary Dunlop pictured at the Tandragee 100

AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 PRACTICE RESULTS

Superbike

1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Michael Sweeney 
4 Adam McLeam
5 Thomas Maxwell
6 Shaun Anderson
7 Mike Browne
8 Stephen McKnight
9 James Chawke
10 Steven Procter
11 Paul Williams
12 Davy Morgan
13 Neil Kernohan 
14 Damian Horan
15 Darren Cooper
16 Forest Dunn
17 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
18 Mike Norbury
19 Paul Cranston
20 Tom Weeden
21 Alan Connor
22 Paul Gartland
23 Michal Dokoupil
24 Kris Duncan 
25 Dennis Booth
26 David Murphy 
27 Alan Johnston
28 Anthony McColgan
29 Stephen Tobin
30 Liam Chawke
31 Emmet Burke
32 Lloyd Collins
33 Lee Hembury
34 Jonathan Gormley
35 Donald McFadyen

Supersport

1 Derek McGee
2 Derek Sheils
3 Adam McLean 
4 Michael Sweeney 
5 Mike Browne
6 Kevin Fitzpatrick 
7 Davy Morgan
8 Neil Kernohan 
9 Darryl Tweed
10 Steven Procter
11 James Chawke
12 Forest Dunn
13 Darren Cooper
14 Tom Weeden
15 Mike Norbury
16 Dennis Booth
17 Michal Dokoupil
18 Kris Duncan
19 Stephen Tobin
20 David Howard 
21 Alan Johnston 
22 Emmett Burke 
23 David Murphy 
24 Liam Chawke 
25 Lloyd Collins
26 Anthony McColgan 
27 Lee Hembury 

Supertwin

1 Adam McLean
2 Derek McGee 
3 Michael Sweeney
4 Stephen McKnight  
5 Neil Kernohan 
6 Paul Williams
7 Darren Cooper
8 Shaun Anderson
9 Paul Gartland
10 Kevin Baker
11 William Hara
12 Tommy Henry
13 Eoin O’Siochru
14 Anthony McColgan
15 Vinny Brennan
16 Noel Smith
17 Mark Kirby
18 Brian Loughlin
19 Robert Cairns
20 Dominic Cottrell
21 Darryl Tweed
22 John Ella
23 Tim Stephenson
24 James Cottrell
25 Nigel Colgan
26 Mark Johnson
27 Ben Plant
28 Nigel McAuley
29 Davy Graham
30 RJ Woolsey
31 Oliver Dean

Junior Support

1 Vinny Brennan
2 Kevin Baker
3 Eoin O’Siochru
4 Dominic Cottrell
5 Alastair Haworth 
6 John Ella
7 Noel Smith
8 Robert Cairns
9 RJ Woolsey
10 Shaun Wynne
11 Dave Walsh
12 Phill Archer
13 John Cahill
14 James Cottrell
15 Mark Johnson
16 Nigel Colgan
17 Mark Kirby
18 Nigel McAuley
19 Michael Hoey
20 Stephen Carr
21 Darren Duncan
22 Davy Graham
23 Chris Meyer
24 Aidan Cleary
25 Adrian Heraty
26 Oliver Dean

Senior Support

1 Andy McAllister
2 Kevin Baker 
3 Darryl Anderson
4 Tommy Henry
5 Ben Plant
6 Darren Keys 
7 Wayne Pither
8 Dermot Cleary
9 Stuart McCann
10 George Scott

Senior Classic 500cc 1000cc 
Junior Classic 250cc 350cc 

1 John Leigh Pemberton
2 Mark Parrett
3 Richard Ford
4 Dean Stimpson
5 Barry Davidson
6 Keith Clarke
7 Brian Mateer
8 Guy Martin
9 Ken Parkes
10 Mark Johnson
11 Nigel Moore
12 Ian Thompson
13 Tim Stephenson
14 Freddie Stewart
15 George Stinson
16 Philip Shaw
17 Billy Lyle
18 Andy Kildea
19 Linton Irwin
20 Mick Brady
21 Sam Kinkead
22 Gary Hutton
23 Jonathan Doran
24 Andrew Jackson
25 Gavan Duffy
26 RJ Woolsey
27 Kyle Parkes
28 Ed Manly
29 Roger Skipp
30 Thomas Craig
31 Trevor Stewart
32 Allen Gibson

Supersport 300
1 Barry Davidson
2 Roger Chen

125/Moto 3

1 Derek McGee
2 Gary Dunlop
3 Nigel Moore
4 Kevin Fitzpatrick
5 Wayne Kennedy
6 Andrew Jackson
7 Sam Grief
8 Melissa Kennedy
9 Ronnie Scott
10 Dean Stimpson
11 Chris Meyer

Forgotten Era 
1 Gareth Keys
2 Robert McCrum
3 Des Butler
4 Richard Ford

Lightweight 400 

1 Darryl Anderson
2 Paul Williams
3 David Howard
4 Alistair Haworth
5 Kris Duncan
6 Stephen Morrison
7 Stephen McKeown
8 Alan Johnston
9 Dave Walsh
10 Jordan McFerran
11 Paul Gartland
12 Brian Loughlin
13 Aaron Boyd
14 Michael Hoey
15 RJ Woolsey
16 Yvonne Montgomery
17 Lloyd Collins

250

1 Chris Meyer

Road Racing Daily William Dunlop tribute television programme to air on BBC One

TRIBUTE PROGRAMME REMEMBERING WILLIAM DUNLOP TO BE SCREENED DURING NORTH WEST 200 WEEK

 

A special tribute programme to William Dunlop is to be screened on BBC 1 NI on Tuesday, May 14th, at 10:40pm. 

 

It will be hosted by Stephen Watson; ‘Remembering William’ will honour the life of one of road racing’s most successful and popular riders. 

Adam McLean at Tandragee riding for McAdoo Racing Kawasaki

STAGE IS SET FOR THRILLING AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 
 
The Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 has received a bumper entry this year ahead of the event getting underway on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. 
 
The North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club will play host to almost 300 entrants and our homegrown talent will be on show alongside some top class international road racers.  
 
Derek Sheils, fresh from a stunning Superbike victory last week at Cookstown, returns to Tandragee with the new look Burrows Engineering / RK Racing team where he will be partnered by former Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Tom Weeden. 
 
2019 triple roads champion Derek McGee will also be in attendance to tackle the challenging County Armagh course and he will be joined by Michael Sweeney, Adam McLean, Davy Morgan, Nigel Moore and Barry Davidson. 

McGee enjoyed a superb start to the 2019 national season taking three wins at Cookstown on his way to securing the ‘Man of the Meeting’ crown. With rides coming in the Superbike, Supersport, Supertwins and 125/Moto3 classes, McGee will be favoured to repeat last weekend’s success. 

McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean will lineup at Tandragee in a rich vein of form having secured victory in the Supersport race at Cookstown last weekend. The Tobermore rider will be fancied by many to be right amongst the contenders for honours when racing commences on Saturday. 

Paul Jordan will be a notable exception to this year’s events as the Dafabet Racing rider is set to contest the Oulton Park round of the BSB championship. Local rider and North Armagh club member Shaun Anderson gets his roads season underway at Tandragee riding for new team, Noel Williamson Racing.  

International participants at Tandragee include the popular Czech duo of Michal ‘Indi’ Dokoupil and Veronika Hankocyova, and Dutch rider Nadieh Schoots. They will be joined by German rider Chris Meyer, Italy’s Enrico Rocchi and fan favourite Roger Chen from Taiwan. 
 
Over half of this year’s competitors hail from outside of Northern Ireland helping to serve as a reminder that road racing in County Armagh is as popular as ever. 
 
The club has a prize fund of £11,000 on offer this year and all races, with the exception of the Forgotten Era and Supermono classes, will be classed as Irish/Ulster Championships Races. 
 
The club asks that fans support the Around A Pound Tandragee 100 by purchasing a programme as this is one of the main revenue streams for the event, and/or make a donation in the bucket with the programme sellers.

Roads close 3pm-9pm Friday and 10am-7pm Saturday. 

Practice order - Friday 3rd May 2019
 
All sessions over 5 laps
 
Session 1 - Newcomers 
Session 2 - Junior Support  
Session 3 - Supersport 
Session 4 - Classic 
Session 5 - 1st Open / Tandragee Grand Final 
Session 6 - Lightweight 125/Moto3/400/F Era
Session 7 - Senior Support 
Session 8 - Supertwins / Mono / 250 
 
Race Order - Saturday 4th May 2019
 
Race 1:
Rapid International Supersport 600 - 6 laps

Race 2:
Principal Insurance Junior Support - 5 laps 
 
Race 3:
McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race - 6 laps 
 
Race 4:
Phillips Riddell Memorial Classic - 5 laps 
 
Race 5:
Tayto N.I. Supertwin - 5 laps
 
Race 6:
City Autos Lightweight 125/Moto3 - 5 laps 
 
Race 7:
Tandragee Supervalu Senior Support - 5 laps
 
Race 8:
Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 - 7 laps

Road Racing Daily 2019 Around A Pound Tandragee 100 practice and race schedule

AROUND-A-POUND TANDRAGEE 100 PRACTICE AND RACE SCHEDULE

 

Practice order - Friday 3rd May 2019

 

All sessions over 5 laps

 

Session 1 - Newcomers 

Session 2 - Junior Support  

Session 3 - Supersport 

Session 4 - Classic 

Session 5 - 1st Open / Tandragee Grand Final 

Session 6 - Lightweight 125/Moto3/400/F Era

Session 7 - Senior Support 

Session 8 - Supertwins / Mono / 250 

 

Race Order - Saturday 4th May 2019

 

Race 1

Rapid International Supersport 600 - 6 laps

 

Race 2

Principal Insurance Junior Support - 5 laps 

 

Race 3

McCrum’s Motorcycles Aprilia Open Race - 6 laps 

 

Race 4

Phillips Riddell Memorial Classic - 5 laps 

 

Race 5

Tayto N.I. Supertwin - 5 laps

 

Race 6

City Autos Lightweight 125/Moto3 - 5 laps 

 

Race 7

Tandragee Supervalu Senior Support - 5 laps

 

Race 8

Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 - 7 laps

Road Racing Daily Alastair Seeley pictured on board the EHA Racing Yamaha R6 at the 2018 North West 200

RECORD HOLDER SEELEY AIMING TO ADD TO RECORD TALLY

Alastair Seeley will be aiming to add to his record tally of wins at this year’s 90th running of the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. 

With a record 24 wins to his name, the Carrickfergus rider is looking to reach a personal milestone of his own by securing a 25th victory around the 8.9 triangle circuit. 

The ‘Wee Wizard’ will enjoy the services of the PBM Be Wiser Ducati V4RR for this year’s Superbike races and the EHA Yamaha R6 for both Supersport races. 

The 39 year old will only have four chances to add to his tally of wins this year as he isn’t competing in either of the event’s Superstock races. Seeley secured a win last year in Saturday’s Superstock race following an enthralling battle with Peter Hickman but this year Paul Bird’s Ducati Team cannot supply a stock spec machine. 

Alastair Seeley, speaking to the North West 200 had this to say:

‘When I rode for Tyco BMW the team had bikes available for the superbike and stock races but I would have to ride for three different teams this year and that would mean too much jumping about.’

‘I would have three different teams to work with, three different debriefs to attend and three different bikes to set up. Plus three sets of leathers to be constantly changing.’

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