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North West 200: Irwin continues Superbike dominance as rain disrupts racing

North West 200: Irwin continues Superbike dominance as rain disrupts racing

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Carrickfergus racer Glenn Irwin won his fourth consecutive Superbike race at a rain-disrupted North West 200.

After victory in the opening ‘big bike’ race, Irwin’s chances of competing another double were dashed as the final race of the day was cancelled.

Elsewhere James Hillier claimed his first North West victory in the Superstocks while Davey Todd took his first win in the Supersport class.

The Supertwin race was won by 55-year-old veteran Jeremy McWilliams.

The opening Supersport race finally got underway at the third attempt, shortly before 15:00 BST, with a severely depleted field.

Water on the track and poor visibility caused a number of teams to withdraw their racers while three separate oil spills and a string of non-racing incidents brought delays early in the say.

The improving weather allowed for four races to take place, although the Superbikes were restricted to four laps instead of their usual seven, but the final race succumbed to the conditions as the light faded around the triangle course.


North West 200 – Junction Retail Supersport 2019 NorthWest 200 Results:

1. Davey Todd Honda Time: 29:53.797 Av speed: 107.731mph
2. Derek McGee Kawasaki 29.54.137 107.711
3. Conor Cummins Honda 29.54.137 107.694
4. Paul Jordan Yamaha 29.57.234 107.525
5. Christian Elkin Yamaha 31.13.312 103.158
6. Joseph Loughlin Kawasaki 31.31.845 102.148

Anchor Bar Superbikek 2019 NorthWest 200 Results:

1. Glenn Irwin Kawasaki Time: 19:15.350 Av speed: 111.364
2. James Hillier Kawasaki 19:15.513 111.348
3. Conor Cummins Honda 19:15.811 111.319
4. Derek Sheils Suzuki 19:25.192 110.423
5. Alastair Seeley Ducati 19:35.110 109.491
6. Richard Cooper Suzuki 19:50.552 108.071

John M Paterson Supertwink 2019 NorthWest 200 Results:

1. Jeremy McWilliams Kawasaki Time: 20:51.775 Av speed: 102.785
2. Christian Elkin Kawasaki 20:53.078 102.678
3. Micharel Rutter Kawasaki 21:18.329 100.650
4. Matthew Rees Kawasaki 21:33.972 99.433
5. Joseph Loughlin Kawasaki 21:34.420 99.399
6. Francesco Curinga Paton 21.46.008 98.517

CP Hire Superstock 2019 NorthWest 200 Results:

1. James Hillier Kawasaki Time: 29:05.081 Av speed: 110.739
2. Richard Cooper Suzuki 29:08.341 110.532
3. Davey Todd BMW 29:08.468 110.524
4. Dean Harrison Kawasaki 29:16.077 110.045
5. Lukas Maurer Kawasaki 29:56.431 107.573
6. Michael Rutter BMW 30.10.042 106.764

Source: North West 200: Irwin continues Superbike dominance as rain disrupts racing

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Enniskillen road races 28-29 June 19

Enniskillen road races 28-29 June 19


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Source: Enniskillen road races 28-29 June 19

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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.

The full list of programming can be found here.

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


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Available from retail outlets on the Isle of Man and exclusively on-line at

This year’s Official Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy programme is packed with exclusive content – revealing features and insights from the world’s leading TT riders as well as stunning rider portraits and racing photography.

Comeback King John McGuinness is the cover star and there’s also an in depth feature with the ‘Morecambe Missile’ and perennial rival Ian Hutchinson where the pair swap notes on their battle back to fitness and their ambitions for this year’s TT.

Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman reflect on their stunning final lap head to head in last year’s Senior TT Race as the pair re-visit the Mountain Course and share personal insights in a searingly frank analysis of their record breaking lap.

Dave Molyneux goes back to his old school in Kirk Michael and regales pupils with stories from his TT career, and how he is planning to return to add to his 17 race victories thirty years after his first TT race win while two riders at the opposite end of their TT career – the next generation of TT stars – Davey Todd and Derek McGee share their fledgling TT experiences to date.

This year’s programme carries interviews with two of the most popular riders in the paddock – James Hillier and Horst Saiger. James reveals what motivates him to continue competing at the front of the field with the same Bournemouth Kawasaki team that he’s represented for the last ten years while Horst talks about how he has finally found nirvana with the TT.

The essential guide to all of the on track race action as well as the timetable for the best of the festival and entertainment programme including the ‘Monster Energy Mayhem Compound’ is captured in the full colour 104 page Official programme publication. The ‘What’s On’ section includes details of how to pick up last minute tickets for Official Experiences and Events including VIP Hospitality and Grandstand tickets as well as Comedy and Live music shows.

The accompanying, easy to carry A5 Race Guide, which features 18 time TT Race winner Michael Dunlop on the cover, exclusively carries the full entry lists for every one of the nine TT Races. The 64 page publication includes a detailed preview of every race, a guide to qualifying, racing profiles of all of the seeded riders in every race, a course map, detailed spectator guide and the current lap and race records around the Mountain Course – your essential preview to this year’s Racing.

The programme is available to order exclusively on-line at for delivery worldwide, and will be on-shelf in newsagents and other retailers island-wide from Friday 17th May priced at £18.



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Updates from Thursday practice at the North West 200

Updates from Thursday practice at the North West 200

Peter Hickman produced a sizzling lap on his Smiths BMW to take pole in the Superstock class at the North West 200

Peter Hickman takes Superstock pole after blistering lap

Peter Hickman lit up Thursday practice at the North West 200 with a scorching lap on his Smiths BMW Superstock machine.

Hickman was only one second outside the lap record as he clocked a speed of 122.502mph on the all-new S1000RR.

He bagged pole for the class by 1.6 seconds from Glenn Irwin on the Quattro Plant/Wicked Coatings Kawasaki, whose team-mate James Hillier was half-a-second further back in third.

Michael Dunlop was fourth quickest on his MD Racing BMW at 121.052mph, three seconds down on Hickman, while Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing BMW) and Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) were the top six.

The session was red-flagged with around five minutes remaining after Craig Neve was reported to have come off at Magherabuoy. However, he was said to be up and walking.

Yorkshireman Jamie Coward held onto pole in the Supertwin class as Derek McGee set the fastest time in the second practice session at the 90th anniversary North West 200.

McGee, riding the KMR Kawasaki, set the fastest lap on Thursday at 108.184mph to edge out Glenn Irwin (KTS Kawasaki) by only 0.133s.

Coward, was third quickest on his KTS Kawasaki, just 0.235s down on McGee, although he has secured pole based on his time from Tuesday. Italy’s Stefano Bonetti was the first of the Paton machines in fourth.

Michael Rutter (Bathams/KMR Kawasaki) and Horst Saiger (Paton) were next as the top six were covered by 3.9 seconds.

Jeremy McWilliams slid off at Magherabuoy chicane on the KMR Kawasaki but was up and walking afterwards.

The first Supertwin, Superstock and Supersport races take place this evening over four laps of the 8.9-mile ‘Triangle’ course.

Roads will open no later than 3pm ahead of tonight’s evening race schedule.

Kyle White

Source: Updates from Thursday practice at the North West 200

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NW200 Net & TV Coverage

NW200 Net & TV Coverage

Get your fill of the North West via the Links Below

Tuesday 14th May 2019

NW200 Practice – 09.15 – 15.00

Streaming coverage on and BBC iplayer, and live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster

22:40 – 23:10 – BBC1 NI

“Remembering William” – A tribute to Northern Ireland road racing star William Dunlop

Thursday 16th May 2019

NW200 Practice – 09.15 – 15.00

Streaming coverage on and BBC iplayer, and live commentary of BBC Radio Ulster
Evening Racing – 17.00 – 21.00

Streaming coverage on and BBC iplayer, and live commentary of BBC Radio Ulster

Friday 17th May 2019

NW200 Highlights – 21:30 – BBC1 NI

Saturday 18th May 2019

Race Day – 09.15 – 19.00

Streaming coverage on and BBC iplayer, and live commentary of BBC Radio Ulster

Sunday 19th May 2019

NW200 Highlights – 22:35 – BBC1 NI

Monday 20th May 2019

NW200 Highlights – 22:35 – BBC1 NI

Source: NW200 Net & TV Coverage

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Newcomers Patricia and Richard loving life at the North West 200

Newcomers Patricia and Richard loving life at the North West 200

Richard Cooper at Black Hill

Every year the fonaCAB International North West 200 welcomes newcomers to the 8.97-mile Triangle Circuit and they play a pivotal role in adding to the colour of the event.

Some of these fledglings may take flight and become stars of the future and ambassadors for the event.

Indeed, many of the big names at this year’s 90th Anniversary meeting all came through the newcomer’s route.

The likes of Alastair Seeley, Peter Hickman, Glenn Irwin, Dean Harrison, Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston are household names now, but it took a little while for them to settle into the style of racing encountered at Portrush.

In fact, on Hutchy’s first appearance at the North West in 2004, during a restarted Supersport practice session he pulled a massive wheelie off the line and threw the machine up the road towards Millbank Avenue, breaking his leg!

One of this year’s debutants is American rider Patricia Fernandez from Tulsa in Oklahoma.

She has raced in Moto America and several series around the world and is no stranger to road racing here in Northern Ireland having made her mark by becoming the fastest female around the 7.4-mile Dundrod Circuit with a speed of 121.130mph on her Kawasaki in the 2018 UGP Superstock race.

She is sponsored by Magic Bullet lubricants, manufactured and produced by Global Lubricants in Lisburn, and completed her first amateur season in 2011.

Her first Pro-Race in America was in 2013 and she is only one of three female riders in history to qualify, compete and score points throughout a full season.

“I can remember my first club race — I was scared and I cried, but I was also determined to do it. I was addicted from my first lap,” admitted Fernandez.

She is enjoying the opportunity to compete alongside the superheroes of road racing and is fulfilling one of her career ambitions by riding at the North West.

“Wow, it’s fast,” she said after her first laps around the track.

“There are parts you are pinned in sixth gear, but for me the Coast Road is the most fun.

“It’s quite technical and I’m struggling with the chicanes, trying to remember which ones are tight and which ones open out.

“A lot of the corners have camber changes halfway through them and I was just getting my braking points sorted on the first night. Once comfortable, I’ll start pushing a bit more.”

She was round at over 103mph on Tuesday night on her Superstock Kawasaki, but will be looking to improve today.

This year, the leading newcomer would appear to be British Superstock 1000cc challenger Richard Cooper, riding for the Buildbase Suzuki team, and he showed his class by being the seventh fastest in the opening Superstock qualifying on Tuesday.

“Not too bad for never having ridden around here before,” the 36-year-old Nottingham man grinned. “I’m learning every lap and got behind my ex-team-mate Michael Dunlop for a lap, so that helped. Yes, you could say I’m pleased with how things went.”

Cooper has had a varied career in motorcycle racing on various types of bikes around the world, from a 90cc step-through Honda in an eight-hour race at Mallory Park recently to World Superbike, European Superstock 1000, BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup, Honda Hornets, British Junior Superstock and Superbikes, Daytona 200, Yamaha R1 Cup, and KTM 990cc Dukes series to name but a few.

He was 2011 British Superstock 1000cc champion and won the last BSB race of 2018 at Brands Hatch before returning to challenge for this year’s Superstock 1000cc Championship.

However, this is his first road race, and prior to the event the diminutive Cooper said: “Riders say road racing is like a drug, but I don’t want to take their word for it, I want to try it myself to see if I will be addicted.

“I am old enough and wise enough to approach racing on the roads in the right way and I believe in my own ability. I’m also a racer and won’t just be riding around for fun, but I also won’t be breaking any records.”

The North West 200 attracts riders from around the world nowadays and among the newcomers this year are Lukas Maurer from Switzerland, who was ninth in the International Road Race Championship last year and fifth in Supersport, Erno Kostamo from Finland, the third-place finisher in the IRRC Superbike series behind Danny Webb and Didier Grams, Vassilios Takos from Germany and Francesco Curinga from Italy.

Among the local newcomers is Carl Phillips, the leader of the AJ Plumbing Ulster Superbike series who rides a Team ILR/Mark Cloverdale Paton that was second fastest through the speed trap on Tuesday.

Last year’s third-place finisher in the same series, Ryan Gibson, goes in the Supertwin race on one of six KMR Kawasakis, and in the Superstock races are Alan Johnston, Joseph Loughlin, William Hara and 2018 Manx Grand Prix winner James Chawke.

It is always interesting to watch the newcomers and see how they progress throughout the week

Roy Harris

Source: Newcomers Patricia and Richard loving life at the North West 200