Category : Racing and Trackdays
2020 Kells Road Races cancelled
2020 Kells Road Races cancelled
Next month’s Cookstown 100 has been postponed because of an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the village.
The event had previously been scheduled for 24 and 25 April but new provisional dates of September 11 and 12 have been tentatively penciled in, following the taking ill of up to 4,200 residents in what authorities are describing as the ‘inadvertent spreading of a deadly virus’ by the towns infamous dancing priest who had just returned from Italy.
Fr. Liam Finnegan had posted thousands of biologically contaminated ‘message of the eucharist’ leaflets into mainly protestant areas for up to 2-weeks following his return from official duties in the Vatican State, before authorities were alerted to a sudden surge in affected cases.
While detained by Police for questioning under section 23 of the offences against the state act, Fr. Finnegan made the following statement through his solicitor ;
“On behalf of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic church founded by Jesus Christ, and his successor to Saint Peter upon whom primacy was conferred upon me, his apostle and messenger of God by the lord Jesus Christ himself, I apologise profusely for any inconvenience caused as a result of this diocesan decision to maintain an ecumenical presence in our hostile regions and neighbourhoods in order to deliver an outreach program for disaffected youths and return them back to the ways of God, and do hope that everyone affected understands that this is the will of our creator and we offer up free scones and confessions for the next 2 weeks of congregation and mass service as repentance and ask forgiveness from he, from whom all good things come.”
“We must not lose sight of his grand plan and beg forgiveness for the wicked sins of the world and offer up ourselves through prayer and donations to the Pope Francis who is losing his shirt right now thru a series of bad investments in property deals and a run on the Holy See’s Vatican Bank that was founded by his predecessor Pope Pius XII in 1942 and recently been heavily exposed to the commodities market through Oil and Gold, We must pray for him, Did you know that if the Supreme Pontiff sneezes ; there is nobody on this planet in a high enough position of power to even bless him ? We must also prey on all gods children for it is the message of the lord”
The Vatican were unavailable for comment other than a standard default response to media queries ;
‘The killing fields of Gods love knows no boundaries and helps bring our communities closer together and afford the undead a period of sadness to reflect upon the inner joys of life and rejoice in the deeds, conveyances and legal covenants of the dearly departed ‘
Local undertaker Mark Calaway was at the scene ;
“I’ve been in business in Cookstown with that man for over 25yrs and I’ll tell you this, there’s not a mean bone in his body and he’s thrown a tonne of work my way, yes, I believe him when he says the buck stops with God for all of this and that he’s done nothing wrong here and will be acquitted of all charges in due course”
“Lissen we are, where we are and that’s it, there’s no point in casting aspersions and blaming every tom, dick and harry! We must deal with the problem now, so moving forward the last thing we want is to have people hanging around in living rooms and sheds exasperating the situation even further, so I have taken precautionary measures and reactive solutions following meaningful dialogue and consultations with the chief constable, and with the support of local government cash for ash initiatives and UK emergency slush funding, we are providing a support network and hotline for all prospective clients in the region, in order to fast track a 15 minute one-stop-shop CoronaCrem(c) solution towards dealing with this problem head-on and in a sensitive and hygienic manner before our doctors and hospitals are overwhelmed by the sheer volume and numbers we anticipate”
“Think of it as a Norse funeral, only 5 at a time and without the boats, water and whimpering people standing around catching even more cold’s, This is a Stage III environmental disaster right now and we’re also working on a webcam solution where the family can virtually moan and watch the progress in real-time and in slow motion with instant replays, complemented by a complete selection of different soundtracks ranging from celtic tunes to an orange march, to the beating drums of the congo depending on your religious denomination, and which will be available by our tech support team to download on the app store for just £5 shortly ”
Meanwhile Michael Dunlop was said to have cleared a restaurant in Ballymoney following an overtly aggressive ‘cough’ during the week, as Derek Shiels declared ;
“If Dunlop is within an asses roar of that Cookstown, I’ll be up there, hail, rain or snow, doesn’t matter if it’s just the two of us in a pediatrics ward like hans zimmerman in the wheelchair during Days of Thunder, Corona Virus or not – I’ll be racing Sham ”
Organisers have said the new dates will be subject to approval from the relevant authorities and updates will be issued in due course.
Cookstown spokesperson Baylon McCaughey ;
It’s important that we don’t get caught up in the hype and hysteria surrounding these doomsday scenarios, people need to remain calm and in their homes at all times and to stock up on guns and improvised weapons for any ( pardon the pun ) coldcallers, and to only trust respected media outlets to stay informed such as irish race photography and biker.ie, as there are a lot fake news websites and russian bots spreading all manner of disinformation and fake news around the internet.
Kennedy pleased with pace on return to BSB in 2020
Kennedy defended his Supersport crown last season, before coming back to the blue riband grid for with the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team alongside Dan Linfoot.
The team completed two tests at Monteblanco and Jerez before heading home in preparation for the next official test at Silverstone, with less than a month to wait until the opening round of the season at Easter.
“The bike has to be ridden totally differently and so I have had to change my riding style after being in Supersport for so long, so that I can get the best out of the bike without hurting the tyre too much at the same time.
“It did take a bit of getting used to with the new team, but there is a great atmosphere in the garage and there is no pressure – only the pressure I put on myself to do well! It is nice to get on with the job and that is what we did in Spain.
I feel like we have found a good base setting with the bike. There is so much you can change on the Superbike compared to the Supersport bike and I thought we might end up chasing our tails a bit, but we didn’t and that was positive.
“The team have quite a few things to change on the bike now they are home to get me feeling a little bit more comfortable with seat position and a few bits and pieces like that, so I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with to get me even more comfortable.
“I am nearly there, maybe 95 per cent, and I think that last little bit will make it even better over race distance. In Jerez that was something we really worked on as it is no good just being there for a couple of laps and we had pretty good pace on used tyres.
“I can’t wait to get out now in the UK as that will be the real test of true pace for myself and everyone else. I feel like we are doing a good job and getting going with some good, strong finishes and being as consistent as possible.”
Kirkistown Track Days 2020
DATES FOR 2020 :-
July 4th (Saturday)
Same timings as last year and still only 3 groups price remains at £80.
Further info available via face book and the website , Kirkistown Track Days.
Sheils and Burrows part ways !
Together with John Burrows’ independent team, Sheils posted a fourth-place finish in the Superbike race at May’s North West 200.
The Dubliner also won the Ulster and Irish Superbike titles last season.
Sheils’ last race with the team was at November’s Macau Grand Prix, where the 37-year-old crashed out unhurt after a multi-bike pile-up.
Going up against the impressive Derek McGee, Sheils and Burrows proved to be a strong combination on the Irish national road race scene with over 30 victories in their time together.
Team owner Burrows told the News Letter the split was ‘completely amicable’ and said he wished Sheils the best of luck for the future.
“There is no ill-feeling whatsoever and Derek and myself remain good friends, so I wish him all the best for the future,” Burrows told the Newsletter.
“It was a difficult decision as we did enjoy much success together and drank a lot of champagne and flowered him with attention and redbulls, but I cant help but feel used and abused now after being discarded like a spent henry winterman cigarillo”
The 37-year-old chalked up almost 30 victories, predominantly in the Superbike class, although Sheils finally broke his Supersport duck last year, edging out fellow Republic of Ireland rider Michael Sweeney to win at his home race at the Skerries 100 on the Roadhouse Macau Yamaha
Burrows said he was disappointed the partnership had come to an end but refused to rule out the possibility of working with Sheils again in the future.
It almost feels like a part of me will never be the same again, separation is hard but when you find out your partner has been playing the field it can be even more emotionally draining and I almost felt like posting a shitty remark on his facebook but now realise that would make me look even more stupid, I guess we all must come to terms with moving on and when life throws you a curveball you just port and polish a little more and hope to pay them back down the main start-finish straight at cookstown.’
Reflecting on some of his best results, Sheils said a fourth place finish in the Superbike race at the North West 200 in 2019 was among his personal highlights.
‘They were a good team to be a part of and there were no issues along the way. I want to thank John Burrows for his support over these last four years and all the lads in the team. We had a good run together and I enjoyed it.’
‘We had a lot of good races at the nationals as well and some brilliant races at the Tandragee 100 over the past two years, with myself, Derek McGee and Michael Sweeney having a great race last year and also in 2018, when we had a great battle with Dan Kneen.
‘Those were fantastic races to be a part of and Tandragee is an old school road race, so that made it even more special. I also did my fastest ever lap at 132.041mph at the ‘Ulster’ in 2017, so there’s a been a lot of good moments and it’s been a good four years with John and the lads, so we’ll see what happens for 2020 but I’m thinking dressed up as a flamingo at the Samba Parade is the main priority right now’
McGuinness to ride Kawasaki at NW200 and TT
McGuinness, a 23-time TT winner, will ride the team’s bikes in the Superbike and Superstock classes at both events.
The Morecambe rider suffered extensive injuries in a crash at the North West in 2017 but rode for Norton last year.
Alastair Seeley will be McGuinness’s team-mate at the NW200, having signed for the team in November.
McGuinness, who boasts six NW200 successes and 21 podiums over the Triangle circuit, will celebrate his 30th year of racing in 2020.
The 47-year-old was the outright lap record holder around the 37.73-mile TT Mountain Course from 2004-2013, regaining the accolade in 2015 when he lapped at a personal best speed of 132.701mph.
His tally of TT wins stands three behind the record held by the late Joey Dunlop, while his tally of 47 podiums is the highest figure of all time.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki are concentrating solely on the roads in 2019, having previously competed successfully in the British Superbike Championship, a series they won with Leon Haslam in 2017.
The team, run by Pete Extance, recently announced that they were parting company with their regular roads racer James Hillier after a 10-year partnership.
“I’m delighted to announce my plans for the 2020 international road racing season and equally delighted to be riding for Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki,” said McGuinness.
“Their record on the roads with James Hillier, in terms of both results and reliability, along with their reputation within the bike industry, speak for themselves and with it being such a family-orientated team, it’s the perfect fit for me.
“It’s a highly reputable, professional team who have achieved great things on both the roads and the circuits and, for me, they tick all the boxes.”
“After my performances at Macau, I really got my mojo back and, with my leg now 100%, I feel like I’m as riding as well as ever. Joining Kawasaki and Pete’s team and riding the Ninja ZX-10RR is a new chapter for me, one I’m excited about and really looking forward to.”