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Enniskillen Road Races "no longer feasible"

Enniskillen Road Races “no longer feasible”

The organisers of the Enniskillen Road Races say it is “no longer feasible” to run the event in 2020.

The Irish National meeting returned to the calendar for the first time in 66 years in 2018 at the Arney circuit in Fermanagh.

However, the Enniskillen Club says a number of factors have led to the decision not to stage the race for a third consecutive year, including rising costs, a lack of financial support from fans attending the race and ongoing roadworks.

The prospect of running the event on a new course in Fermanagh in the future is now being looked into.

A statement issued on Friday morning said: “This decision has been taken solely by the club following discussions with members which have spanned over several months.

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“After many years of hard work and two successful road race events the club has decided that it is no longer feasible to carry on with the Enniskillen Road Race for 2020. We have worked hard to try and make this event work, but unfortunately due to several reasons, some beyond our control, we now feel that we are unable to run the event next year.

“The cost of running a road race is high, and despite our best efforts to try and keep costs down we have found that the excessive cost and logistics of hiring safety equipment such as the bales from other clubs, rising medical costs etc; along with a trend of spectators choosing not to contribute by buying programmes or contributing towards the event means that overall the sport in general is suffering and (is) something clubs can’t sustain in the long run.

“Our attention has been drawn to recent laying of water mains that have taken place on the circuit and heavy traffic diversions that have been put in place – our club members are concerned that this may have a negative impact on the road surface.

“The Roads Inspection team would only identify this at the beginning of 2020, which leaves little time to make any improvement and as we currently are unable to secure any commitment from the Department of Infrastructure regarding improvements, this must also a contributing factor.”


The club said it had been encouraged by the positive feedback from riders, plus offers of help and support for the future.

The statement continued: “We have had some very positive feedback from riders, and offers of help and support pending this announcement, and it has not been an easy decision considering the amount of effort it has taken to get to this point.

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“We have proven that we can run an event of this scale and we are very proud that after 66 years of an absence, the Enniskillen Road Races were once again back on the road race calendar. We will continue to actively seek an alternative circuit with lower running costs so we will not rule out the possibility of another road race in Fermanagh in the future.”


The club remains committed to running its short circuit meeting at St. Angelo next year, which has moved from its October date and will run over two days in 2020, from June 27-28.


Source: Enniskillen Road Races “no longer feasible”

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Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race 'in real and imminent danger'

Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race ‘in real and imminent danger’

The future of the Ulster Grand Prix international road race is in jeopardy because of serious financial problems.

The Dundrod and District Club explained in a statement that there is a “real and imminent danger” of the event disappearing from the racing calendar.

The club say a severe weather warning issued for Saturday race day in August led to a much reduced crowd and income.

An urgent review is being carried out to assess the viability of running the race meeting in 2020.

Professional advice has been sought by the club with respect to the future running of the event, together with the options available for dealing with the existing financial liabilities.

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“Race organisers will consider the outcome of this review and a decision will be taken in the coming weeks as to the future of the club and the Ulster Grand Prix,” read a statement from the club.
‘A major financial crisis’


The club say this year’s feature race day on 10 August “attracted perhaps the smallest crowd the event has ever witnessed”, resulting in “a huge loss of income, compounded by existing liabilities, and a major financial crisis”.

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“Over the past few months the Club has been trying to manage this difficult situation. A critical juncture has now been reached and a decision must be made as to whether or not the race will take place in 2020.”


The Ulster Grand Prix first took place in 1922 and enjoyed world championship grand prix status from 1949 to 1971.

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“The Ulster Grand Prix celebrated its 97th birthday in 2019.” Robert Graham, Chairman of the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club, said.

“The race organisers have met with local MP, Jeffrey Donaldson, alongside representatives of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council as we continue to seek a solution to the financial problems that would enable Northern Ireland’s most prestigious and historic motorcycle race to continue towards its 100th anniversary.”

“It is clear though, that in the absence of significant financial support, the Ulster Grand Prix is in real and imminent danger of disappearing from the road racing calendar, an outcome that would be a major blow for motorcycle sport in Northern Ireland.”


The 2019 Ulster Grand Prix race week saw the long-standing event reclaim its title as the “World’s Fastest Road Race” as Peter Hickman set a new lap record speed of 136.415mph.


Source: Ulster Grand Prix: Future of international road race ‘in real and imminent danger’

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Photos Big shout out to Andrei Racer

Photos Big shout out to Andrei Racer

Serious bit of kit and machine work by Andrei Racer down in Limerick.

He also does the Vector quickshifter too.


Source: Photos Big shout out to Andrei Racer

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Isle of Man pull the plug on the Zero TT for 2 years

Isle of Man pull the plug on the Zero TT for 2 years

Despite some amazing developments in electric/new energy motorsports, the Manx goberment decided to cancel the Zero race for 2020/2021. Least this allows more qualifying for both newcomers and the remaining classes :thumbsup2:

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cf…gYDqxRSj9Qm73E


Source: Isle of Man pull the plug on the Zero TT for 2 years

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Brands BSB finale: Brookes disappointed not to be wearing #1 in 2020

Brands BSB finale: Brookes disappointed not to be wearing #1 in 2020

Even though Josh Brookes missed out on the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike title by only five points, he is already turning his thoughts to next season and the challenges that lie ahead.

There has been no official announcement from the Paul Bird team that Brookes will be staying for 2020 but the smart money is going on his retention by the Cumbrian chicken magnate.

The Australian did everything he could at the last round, winning all three races at Brands Hatch but he didn’t catch any breaks and Scott Redding just edged him at the end.

“I came here with the objective of winning all three races and that’s exactly what I’ve done so I can’t not be happy with how this weekend has gone, it’s ultimately elsewhere where I’ve lost out on the championship,” said Brookes.

“A championship is judged on the whole year, not just one weekend and there are opportunities at every round to get points.

There hasn’t been any time this year though where I don’t think I could have done better but I can’t deny the fact I’m disappointed not to be returning in 2020 with the number one plate.

“I’m looking forward to next season and although Scott won’t be figuring, there’ll always be someone to step up and there’ll be plenty more challenges ahead.”

It must be tough, though, for the Australian, as he was taken out of the Silverstone points by technical problems which were the only bike-based non-finishes for the team all year.


Source: Brands BSB finale: Brookes disappointed not to be wearing #1 in 2020

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WSBK…Rea.s pride gets the better of the group..

WSBK…Rea.s pride gets the better of the group..

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Jonathan Rea finished as the runner-up on his Kawasaki in the opening race at the San Juan circuit in Argentina on Saturday.

Jonathan Rea clinched second place in a drama-hit opening World Superbike race in Argentina, which saw only 12 riders take their place on the grid.

Concerns over slippery track conditions at the San Juan circuit led to a rider strike but the organisers pressed ahead with the opening race, which was won by Spain’s Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Ducati).

Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty did not take part on his Team Go Eleven Ducati and the Toome man was joined on the sidelines by Bautista’s team-mate, Chaz Davies, plus Leon Camier, Marco Melandri, Sandro Cortese and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Rea, who qualified third fastest on the front row, battled with Bautista throughout the first half of the race before the Ducati rider broke clear, eventually going on to seal his 16th win of the season by 1.5 seconds on his debut at the track.

Five-time champion Rea clinched second place on his Kawasaki ahead of the late-charging Toprak Razgatlioglu (Puccetti Kawasaki), with Michael van der Mark coming home a lonely fourth.

Alex Lowes, who will join Rea at Kawasaki in 2020, finished fifth on the Pata Yamaha ahead of Leon Haslam, who will leave Kawasaki at the end of the season.

Argentina is hosting the penultimate round of the championship, with the finale taking place in Qatar from October 24-26.

The Superpole race at San Juan is scheduled for 17:00 BST on Sunday followed by race two at 20:00 BST

Should be interesting to hear today what he says to Laverty about switching sides ….


Source: WSBK…Rea.s pride gets the better of the group..

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Superstock Mackenzie replaces Glenn Irwin at Tyco BMW for penultimate BSB

Superstock Mackenzie replaces Glenn Irwin at Tyco BMW for penultimate BSB

Scotland’s Taylor Mackenzie will join Christian Iddon in the Tyco BMW team for the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Donington Park this weekend.

Mackenzie has been competing in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship this season riding for Michael Rutter’s Bathams BMW team.

The 26-year-old has been granted the opportunity with TAS Racing after Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin’s shock split from the team last week.

Irwin, who began the year with British champions Quattro Plant/JG Speedfit Kawasaki, had joined the Moneymore team as a replacement for the injured Keith Farmer until the end of the season, but the 29-year-old parted company from Philip and Hector Neill’s team in an unexpected development after only four rounds.

Phillip Neil commented ;

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“Glen didn’t align with our companies objectives to incubate intuitive interventions that seamlessly synergise an instant response to our competitors dynamic systems and assertively maintain a robust and transitional intermandated organic approach for a strategic vision-led performance on the global circuit and offer up fluid realtime scenarios towards working within the constricts of a factory supported team to help deliver a collaborative transitional direction for malleable scale in helping to mitigate against weaker areas under development and curate a more visceral response towards deploying interactive vertical data driven solutions that provide more focus on positive results for the team which is essential for the collective morale going forward “


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” Think I bent too many bikes “


Mackenzie, who rode for TAS Racing previously in the Supersport class in 2013 and 2014, said he was relishing the chance to step up to BSB at the final two rounds of the 2019 championship.

“I’d like to thank TAS Racing, BMW, and obviously my Bathams Racing team for allowing me to take up this opportunity,” said Mackenzie, who won the Superstock 1000 title in 2016.

“Donington is only ten minutes from my house and a track I love racing at, so it couldn’t have come at a better time and a better place to jump back on a Superbike. The all-new Tyco BMW S1000RR is similar in many areas to my Superstock bike, including the K-Tech Suspension, so that’s a good starting point.

“I’m really looking forward to being back with the TAS guys, as quite a lot of the personnel are the same as when I last rode for them. It should be good fun.”


Source: Superstock Mackenzie replaces Glenn Irwin at Tyco BMW for penultimate BSB