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New look for Padgetts' Honda as Valvoline join team

Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey will have an eyecatching new livery on his Padgett’s Hondas as he chases down his tenth win at the Vauxhall North West 200 in May. The Batley based squad have announced a new sponsorship deal with oil giant Valvoline for 2014. Veteran Anstey will ride a full line-up of Hondas in the new colours at the ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 09 April 2014

Milwaukee and Pirtek join NW200 as sponsors

The Vauxhall International North West 200 has been given a huge boost this week with the announcement that the event is to have two new race sponsors for 2014. Milwaukee Power Tools, the company that currently sponsors the SMR Yamaha team of top road race stars, Ian Hutchinson and Josh Brookes, is to become the new sponsor of the Supersport ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 26 February 2014

NW200: Seeley in second group start

A steward’s meeting at the Vauxhall International North West 200 has decided that Alastair Seeley will start on the 4th row of Group B in the Supersport races and on the 2nd row of Group B in the Superbike races at this year’s event. The decision was made after Seeley failed to qualify during Tuesday’s dry practice after he struck ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 16 May 2013

NW200: Dunlop fastest again in wet Thursday practice

Michael Dunlop continued to dominate the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today with fastest times in every category except the Supertwins during a very wet session this morning. The damp conditions meant that the times set on Tuesday will determine the grid positions for this evening’s three races and the five events on Saturday.  Nevertheless the Ballymoney man ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 16 May 2013

HM Plant and Padgett's Honda merge for 2013 NW200 and TT

Two of the most iconic race teams- and colour schemes- in British bike racing have merged at this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200. HM Plant Honda has joined forces with Clive Padgett’s mega successful race team for both the North West and the TT.  Bruce Anstey and 19 times TT winner John McGuinness will race the black and orange ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 14 May 2013

Seeley and Easton go head to head at NW200

The first International road race of 2013, the Vauxhall North West 200 on May 18, promises to be the scene of a series of fascinating duels between the heavyweights of the pure road racing world. Milwaukee Yamaha mounted William Dunlop will be locked in sibling rivalry with his younger brother Michael for the first time in their now factory supported ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 08 May 2013

Michael Dunlop wins at Tandragee 100

Michael Dunlop continued his blisteringly successful start to the Irish road racing season with a double Superbike race triumph at Saturday's Tandragee 100 in Co Armagh. The Ballymoney man had been testing his Honda TT Legends Fireblade that he will race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT race during the week at Castle ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 06 May 2013

Stuart Easton returns to the North West 200 in 2013

There will be a huge Irish welcome waiting for Scottish rider Stuart Easton when practice begins at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on May 14. Just two years after suffering serious injuries in a practice crash at Portstewart the Hawick rider will return to race on the North coast circuit for the Northern Ireland based Mar-Train Yamaha squad. ‘I ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 27 February 2013

Portuguese rider fatally injured in Macau GP qualifying

A day of carnage and tragedy marred the opening practice session of the 2012 Macau Grand Prix. After a series of rare crashes earlier in the day Portuguese rider Luis Carreira lost his life in a crash on the third lap of the afternoon qualifying session. 35 year old Carreira, who finished fourth in Macau in 2008, died soon after ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • TT & road races
  • 15 November 2012

Trimby bows out of the Macau Grand Prix

Macau Grand Prix riders were stunned to receive a personal letter from Mike Trimby on their arrival in the Chinese city informing them that he is quitting as race co-ordinator after 34 years in charge. Although Trimby would not comment himself when approached by MCN his letter cites 'problems with a certain member of the Macau Grand Prix organisation who ...

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  • TT & road races
  • 18 November 2011

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