2017 Southern 100 Road Races - Photos by RC Photos
2017 SOUTHERN 100 ROAD RACES - RESULTS
We were treated to some record breaking and enthralling racing this week at Billown.
For a full listing of results from all of the action at Billown this week, please visit this page by clicking the link provided.
Thank you so much to the organising club, riders, marshals, medics and countless volunteers who made this all possible.
Here’s to next year!
Photo by RC Photos
RECE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER
The solo championship superbike race at Billown will live long in the memory.
Fans were treated to a titanic tussle for glory between Dean Harrison, Michael Dunlop and Dan Kneen. I’m a race that will go down as one of the best ever at the event, the lead switched hands tone after time with spectators mystified at just what was unfolding before their eyes.
First Dunlop broke out in front, then midway through the race Harrison took up the mantle before Dan Kneen joined the party as he reeled in the two leaders.
By the last lap the lead Kneen had taken the lead before Harrsion snatched it back going into the lap nine.
It was wheel-to-wheel action quite literally to the line as there was just 0.6s covering the top three. Harrsion was declared the victor ahead of Kneen with Dunlop in third.
Dunlop however could console himself having set a new outright lap record with a time of 2:12.231s / 115.707 mph.
1 2 Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 20:09.203 113.877 2:12.468 115.500
2 4 Dan Kneen 1000 DTR B.M.W. 20:09.334 113.864 2:12.335 115.616
3 3 Michael Dunlop 1000 Suzuki 20:09.718 113.828 2:12.231 115.707
DEAN HARRISON TAKES SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP AS MICHAEL DUNLOP GOES ON A RECORD BREAKING RUN.
Real road racing fans were treated to some of the best racing in years on Southern 100 championship day at Billown.
Jack Fowler won the opening 6 lap Race 7c earlier in the day on board his Triumph 675. In second place was Tommy Henry and third Mark Pattinson.
Tommy Henry's second place was a sign of good things to come as the day was marked by a string of unbelievable performances from the Irish contingent on the island.
In race 7b, Davy Morgan was the victor on board his Yamaha R6. The road racing stalwart's win was greeted with huge celebrations and had to be one of the most popular wins at the Southern for a number of years. Davy was followed home by Stephen Parsons and Stephen Smith.
In the 125/400cc race, Darryl Tweed beat out Seamus Elliot by just over five seconds for the win. Paul Gartland finished in third spot to make it another huge Irish success story.
Dean Harrison continued his winning ways in the Supersport A class as he snatched victory and a race record time ahead of Michael Dunlop and James Cowton. Despite Harrison winning the race it was Michael Dunlop that broke the lap record.
New Supersport lap record: 2:17:423
New Supersport race record: 109.460mph
Ivan Lintin made it two from two in the Supertwin class and underlined his pedigree once again as the man to beat on a 650 machine. He pipped McAdoo Racing's James Cowton who finished second and Rob Hodson in third.
The first big bike race of the day was won by Michael Dunlop on board his Bennett's Suzuki. The Ballymoney man made it three big bike wins from three starts and beat out Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward. Dunlop once again broke the lap and race records on his way to victory.
New Lap record: 2:12:735
New Race record: 113.626
Dunlop wasn't to have it all his own way in the premier class as Dean Harrison upstaged the 2017 Senior Isle Of Man TT winner in the Solo Championship race.
The Silicone Engineering rider stalked Dunlop for the first few laps of the race before making his move. He then battled with Manx rider Dan Kneen for the victory as Dunlop eventually finished third. This was Dean Harrison's first championship at the Southern 100 and a title he has long sought after.
Fans were treated to some of the most competitive and close racing Billown has seen for years and a huge thanks must go to the organising club, marshals, medics and all who made the event possible.
The next meeting is the Faugheen 50 which takes place on the 22nd and 23rd of July.
Photo credit: Ryan Crawley RCphotos
DUNLOP WINS THRILLING SUPERBIKE RACE AT BILLOWN
Michael Dunlop piloted his Bennett's Suzuki GSXR 1000 to win the opening superbike race at the Southern 100 by 0.15 seconds ahead of penz13.com rider, Dan Kneen in second, and Silicone Engineering's, Dean Harrison who rounded out the podium places.
It was a thrilling race and the win means that Dunlop's record at the Southern 100 now stands at 18 wins overall and he has won the superbike race six times in in seven years.
"I felt a bit rusty as I haven't raced since the TT so it's good to be on a bike again. The bike wasn't running 100% but we'll get it sorted."
Surely an ominous sign ahead of championship day.
In the 600cc class it was Joe Thompson who came out on top ahead of Brendan Fargher in second and Darryl Tweed back in third place.
Tweed was to take victory ahead of Seamus Elliot in the 125/400cc class.
Photo by RC Photos
RISING ROADS STAR JOEY THOMPSON WILL CONTEST THE 2017 SOUTHERN 100 AS FORMER CHAMP GUY MARTIN WITHDRAWS
Joey Thompson will ride at the upcoming Southern 100 road races on the Isle Of Man.
The Isle Of Man TT debutant will also compete at Armoy for the first time at the 'Race of Legends'.
GUY MARTIN A CONFIRMED NON-STARTER FOR THE SOUTHERN 100.
Three time Southern 100 champion, Guy Martin, will not be taking part at Billown in 2017.
Organisers confirmed that although the popular Lincolnshire had intimated his desire to compete, further testing needs to be carried out on his Honda machine.
Photo by Graham Stephenson
FULL GRIDS FOR SOUTHERN 100
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races takes place this year on the 10th - 13th July at the world famous Billown circuit.
With nearly 300 Solo entries accepted, the organisers Southern 100 Racing , have added two extra races to accommodate the riders who want to compete at the friendly races, making a total of 14, plus the two popular Sidecar races, which also have full grids of 20.
Monday evening commences with the compulsory Sighting Lap for all Newcomers and is followed by nine Practice sessions.Tuesday evening also starts with a further Newcomers sighting lap and the final three practice sessions.
Then the ‘real action’ gets underway with three solo races.
Wednesday has four races in the schedule, including the first of the Sidecar races over six laps. Championship Day, Thursday morning will see four solo races take place before a short lunch break.The afternoon session will see the final five races run, including the feature Solo and Sidecar Championship Races. The Solo Championship is over nine laps and the Sidecar Championship over eight.
Once the final chequered flag has fallen, there is time to relax and reflect on the 16 races, before heading to the Open Air Prize Presentation in Castletown Square, which commences at 8.30pm.
A fitting way to show your appreciation to all the riders who have entertained the crowds around the 4.25-mile Billown Course during the Isle of Man Steam Packet Southern 100 International Road Races 2017.