Road Racing Daily - North West 200

Road Racing Daily 2019 North West 200 full results - 18th May 2019

FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS RESULTS

THURSDAY 16TH MAY

TIDES RESTAURANT SUPERSPORT RACE 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
11. Christian Elkin
12. Horst Saiger
13. Nathan Harrison
14. Pierre Yves Bian
15. Xavier Denis
16. Joe Loughlin
17. Dominic Herbertson
18. Tom Weeden
19. Victor Lopez Santos
20. Darren Cooper
21. Matt Rees
22. Francesco Curinga
23. Kris Duncan
24. Darryl Tweed
25. Marty Lennon
26. Paul Williams
27. Ryan Gibson
28. Michael Rees
29. Alan Johnston
30. David Murphy
31. Stephen Degnan
32. Paul Mackey
33. Ramon Basomba

BAYVIEW HOTEL SUPERSTOCK RACE RESULT

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

MCL INSURETECH SUPERTWINS RACE 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

SATURDAY 18TH MAY 

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

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

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

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 James Hillier takes his maiden win at the North West 200

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

 

Road Racing Daily Glenn Irwin wins thrilling Anchor Bar Superbike race at the 2019 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 secures maiden victory at the 2019 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 after breaking the North West 200 Superbike qualifying lap record

17th 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 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

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 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 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 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

Alastair Seeley 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.’

Road Racing Daily Dates announced for the 2019 North West 200

NORTH WEST 200 MARKS ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019

 

The Vauxhall International North West 200 will mark its 90TH anniversary next year where there will be a special programme of events to help celebrate the special landmark. 

 

Race week will be held on the 12th-18th May 2019. 

 

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