TT & road races

  • Cookstown 100

    27 April 2009 by Erin Thomas

    With record spectator numbers attending the Cookstown 100; the first Road Race of the season pleased audiences who were wowed with bravado and style as the racing season kicked off in Northern Ireland today (sat 25th April). With the usual names, Farquar and Dunlop catching the headlines and setting the pace it was easy to see why so many people have a love for this sport. Darren Burns wowed the...

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  • Road Rage

    27 April 2009 by jamierob

    Road Rage

    It was the start of the silly season here in N.I. at the weekend with the first road race of the year the Cookstown 100. rossi must have flown in from Motegi for some real racing....

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  • Duke 2009 Road Race Rankings

    27 April 2009 by MCN

    Duke 2009 Road Race Rankings

    In bright, sunny and at times breezy conditions, the long awaited ‘racing between the hedges’ season finally got underway in Northern Ireland with the traditional opening event of the year, the...

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  • Cookstown 100 pics

    25 April 2009 by jamierob

    Cookstown 100 pics

    Here are some pics from todays Cookstown 100 races. The start of the silly season here in Northern Ireland. Rossi must have flown in from Motegi for some real racing.

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  • Ian Watson Spring Cup Results

    20 April 2009 by Phil Edge

    Ian Watson Spring Cup Results

    The third running of the Ian Watson Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount had two additional honours attached to the meeting. Firstly the event was the first ‘pure’ road race of the year...

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  • Joey Dunlop

    03 April 2009 by grayzx7r

    Joey Dunlop

    It was January 1997 at the MCN Road Racing and Superbike Show (at Alexander Palace, I think?) I was fortunate enough to meet one of my all time heroes, 'yer maun' together with his brother Robert.

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  • BBC SPORT confirm five year NW 200 TV deal

    06 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    BBC SPORT confirm five year NW 200 TV deal

    BBC Sport Northern Ireland has signed a new five year deal to broadcast the North-West 200. The deal will provide fans with coverage throughout the week-long event across BBC TV, radio and online.

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  • Ian Lougher’s TT plans

    17 February 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Ian Lougher’s TT plans

    Ian Lougher’s Black Horse Finance Yamaha team will be expanded to three riders at the Isle of Man TT this year. He will run Swede Mats Nilsson in the superbike and supersport races and Japanse rider...

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  • Japanese TT race still possible

    16 February 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Japanese TT race still possible

    TT star Ian Lougher reckons there’s still a possibility of a TT-style road race on Miyakejima island, a six-hour ferry ride from mainland Japan. But it’s likely to be on a two-mile time trial on...

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  • Road race rockstar Farquhar!

    12 February 2009 by suzukimad07

    Heres Ryan Farquhar winning cookstown road races 2008. He had two wins and a second, was man of the meeting, he finished the year with 600 and 1000 championship titles and won dukes rankings title for a third time!

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  • Ryan Farquhar gets Rockstar image

    11 February 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Ryan Farquhar gets Rockstar image

    Ireland’s top road racer Ryan Farquhar is running his own race team this year, backed by American energy drinks company Rockstar. Last season Farquhar won the Irish 600cc and superbike road race...

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  • Isle of Man TT gets ITV TV

    09 February 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Isle of Man TT gets ITV TV

    Race fans will be able to watch this year’s Isle of Man TT races on ITV and ITV4 thanks to a new deal struck by North One Television, who have the television production, sales and distribution rights...

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  • Ben Wylie is latest young gun TT rookie

    28 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Ben Wylie is latest young gun TT rookie

    British Supersport Championship rider Ben Wylie is the latest in a line of talented young riders set to take part in the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races. The 25-year old from Market Drayton, Shropshire,...

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  • New look Manx GP

    26 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    New look Manx GP

    The Manx Motorcycle Club has made changes to the programme for the 2009 Manx Grand Prix that they claim is going to boost interest in the event. A Post Classic Race has been introduced for the first...

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  • NW200: No SV650s at 2009 races

    26 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    NW200: No SV650s at 2009 races

    The Coleraine club, organisers of the North West 200 are looking at the possibility of adding a new class to the race programme as a replacement for the 400s – but it won’t be until 2010. As announced...

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  • Norton rotary gets North West 200 go ahead

    23 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Norton rotary gets North West 200 go ahead

    Michael Dunlop will be granted his dream ride following news that the Norton NRV588 rotary has been granted dispensation to race in the North West 200 alongside the superbike machines. Dunlop had...

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  • Rea is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

    19 January 2009 by Stephen Davison

    Rea is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

    Jonathan Rea won the Motorcyclist of the Year award at the sixth annual Irish Racer Awards on Friday night. Over 550 guests attended the event, held in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. The huge event is...

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  • Ian Lougher to ride for AIM Yamaha

    15 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Ian Lougher to ride for AIM Yamaha

    Ian Lougher will be riding the AIM Yamaha Superbike at the major international road races in 2009. The deal renews a partnership that Lougher had with team boss Alistair Flanagan in 2000 when he rode...

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  • Video: The special status of the North West 200

    09 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Back in the office after two days in Northern Ireland, primarily for Thursday’s North West 200 launch and I was trying to explain just how the race is revered in the province. The launch festivities kicked off at around 10.00am but by then there were already pictures flying through cyber-space to serve websites worldwide of bikini-clad Miss Northern Ireland, draped across a 1930s Rudge in front of...

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  • Michael Dunlop to race Norton at North West 200

    08 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Michael Dunlop to race Norton at North West 200

    The North West 200 organisers are on the verge of granting special dispensation to allow Michael Dunlop to race the rotary-engine Norton at this year’s 80th Anniversary meeting on May 16. Dunlop is to...

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  • Michael Rutter in NW200 course inspection

    08 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Michael Rutter in NW200 course inspection

    Ahead of today’s 2009 North West 200 press launch, NW200 Yamaha rider Michael Rutter met with NW200 Clerk of the Course to discuss possible safety improvements to the superfast 8.96 mile ‘Triangle’ of...

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  • Kawasaki UK back McAdoo team on roads

    06 January 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Kawasaki UK back McAdoo team on roads

    Kawasaki Motors UK has confirmed official support for the McAdoo Kawasaki racing team on the exciting and demanding pure road race level. With recent signing Conor Cummins on the team’s 2009 Kawasaki...

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  • Isle of Man TT: The roads: the line-up

    01 January 2009 by MCN Sports Desk

    Isle of Man TT: The roads: the line-up

    The 50th anniversary of Japanese giant Honda’s first Isle of Man TT in June will be celebrated with a proven winning line-up featuring 14-times TT victor John McGuinness and Steve Plater. The duo will...

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