2010

NW200 blog: Busy day despite no track action

Considering today (Friday) has been a day off at the North West 200, it’s been one hectic one, tinged with controversy. This morning the stewards met to decide the formation of the superbike grid. When Steve Plater’s crash brought out the red flag in final Superbike qualifying it meant some riders were unable to get a flying lap in to secure a leading grid slot. Protests were filed and initially...

Plater crash and controversy mar NW200 practice

Plater crash and controversy mar NW200 practice

Steve Plater’s 100mph crash that left him with a broken arm, intermittent drizzle and controversy over the qualifying times combined to mar Thursday’s final Superbike qualifying at the North West...

NW200: Plater injury update

NW200: Plater injury update

HM Plant Honda issued this press realease regarding Steve Plater’s crash in qualifying yesterday (Thursday) at the North West 200. “HM Plant Honda’s Steve Plater and John McGuinness have experienced...

Steve Plater suffers massive practice crash at NW200

Steve Plater suffers massive practice crash at NW200

Update at 16:00: Statement issued by NW200 organisers on behalf of the HM Plant Honda team: "On the final lap of the Superbike Practice session Steve Plater had a crash at the final corner.  ...

North West 200 star line-up

North West 200 star line-up

This year’s Relentless International North West 200 in association with Black Horse is set to hit the starting grid on May 15th with a six-race entry programme. The quality line-up includes John...

NW200 safety improvements

NW200 safety improvements

This year’s North West 200 on May 15 will feature two major changes to the 8.9mile road course to improve safety. Organisers of the ReIentless International North West 200 unveiled a new chicane at...

Gary Mason at NW200 on MSS Colchester Kawasaki

Gary Mason at NW200 on MSS Colchester Kawasaki

Gary Mason will replace injured Simon Andrews at this year’s NW200 on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki as Andrews is still recovering from foot and heel injuries he sustained at the WSB round in Valencia.

Ulster Grand Prix under threat

Ulster Grand Prix under threat

The Ulster Grand Prix has issued a press release this morning that this year’s race is under serious threat ‘as much needed and promised funding hasn’t materialised’. Noel Johnston, Clerk of the...

My first road race

My first road race

I attended my first ever GP in Northern Ireland at the Cookstown 100 on Saturday. Armed with a camera and step ladder I was able to climb above the crowds and get some good pcitures.

Donald back on track at Cookstown

Donald back on track at Cookstown

After a ten-month hiatus through injury, Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider Cameron Donald made a successful return to racing at Saturday’s Cookstown 100 – dispelling any doubt that the double TT winner...

Farquhar dominates Cookstown

Farquhar dominates Cookstown

The Ryan Farquhar steam-roller showed no signs of slowing down at the weekend when the KMR Kawasaki rider dominated the racing at Saturday's Cookstown 100 road races taking no less than five race...

Ulster GP honours 130mph riders

Ulster GP honours 130mph riders

The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club is to honour riders who have hit the magical 130mph lap on the famed 7.4 mile Dundrod course by presenting them with a 130 Club medal at the Ulster GP Bike...

Buckley unveils 2010 ZX-10R superbike

Buckley unveils 2010 ZX-10R superbike

Mark Buckley and his OTSS Racing team unveiled their brand new Kawasaki ZX-10R superbike at the Carole Nash, MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show held at Ingliston, Edinburgh. Loch Lomond based Buckley has a...

Farquhar aiming even higher in 2010

Farquhar aiming even higher in 2010

After his most successful season ever, Ryan Farquhar is gearing himself up for an even better year in 2010. Far from being ‘no fur-coat and no knickers’ (as Farquhar once famously said in a quip about...

Cummins happy after Castle Combe Test

Cummins happy after Castle Combe Test

McAdoo Kawasaki Racing's Conor Cummins was happy with the 2010 McAdoo Kawasaki bikes after a three-day Pirelli/Metzeler tyre test at Castle Combe. Cummins tested the 2010 spec ZX-10R superbike, ZX-6R...

2010 TT launched in style

2010 TT launched in style

Friday night’s 2010 TT launch show at the Villa Marina in Douglas would have made fantastic national TV. Even if you didn’t have a clue about bikes to start with, the show was brilliantly conceived...

Amor in TT Zero

Amor in TT Zero

Keith Amor may be struggling to come up with a range of machinery for his 2010 roads campaign after quitting the JMF Millsport Yamaha team but he does have one confirmed ride for the 2010 TT. He’s...

Michael Dunlop finalises his 2010 plans

Michael Dunlop finalises his 2010 plans

Michael Dunlop has finalised his superbike ride for 2010 – the Gareth Robinson-owned, Honda Fireblade with a Chris Mehew-built motor that Michael smashed the Southern 100 lap record with last year and...

Cameron Donald back in Ireland

Cameron Donald back in Ireland

Aussie road race star Cameron Donald brought the sunshine with him when he arrived back into Northern Ireland this week to begin his racing season with the Relentless Suzuki squad.  Donald...

Edmeades to debut KTM at TT

Edmeades to debut KTM at TT

KTM will be at the TT for the first time ever this year James Edmeades riding  Redline Motorcycles RC8Rs in the two superbike races and the Superstock TT. Edmeades is no stranger to the TT...

BMW make historic TT return

BMW make historic TT return

Having recently re-joined the International stage, German manufacturer BMW has wasted no time in tackling the biggest test of all with the announcement that an official manufacturer supported team...

NW200 press launch

NW200 press launch

Stuart Easton, one of the UK’s leading motorcycle riders, will be returning to this year’s Relentless International North West 200 in association with Black Horse following a three year absence from...

KTM to make their TT debut

KTM to make their TT debut

Austrian manufacturer KTM are set to increase the levels of official manufacturer participation at the 2010 Isle of Man TT Races with the news that Redline Motorcycles will run a KTM RC8R in the...

Linsdell to race FTR Moto2 bike in Senior TT

Linsdell to race FTR Moto2 bike in Senior TT

Olie Linsdell and Buckingham-based FTR Moto have joined forces to race in this year’s Senior TT. The Senior TT regulations, though dominated by superbike and superstock 1000cc machinery, have a clause...

Easton to race NW200 on Swan Honda

Easton to race NW200 on Swan Honda

Stuart Easton returns to the North West 200 following a three-year absence and will ride his BSB Honda plus a specially-prepared superstock bike for the Swan Honda team on the Irish road...

Reeves' 2010 TT appearance in doubt

Reeves' 2010 TT appearance in doubt

Sidecar ace Tim Reeves is facing an uncertain Isle of Man TT future after one of his main sponsors withdrew their support for the 2010 road racing season. The triple World Sidecar champion, who...

MotoCzysz line up for 2010 TT Zero

MotoCzysz line up for 2010 TT Zero

MotoCzysz, the motorcycle team founded by designer Michael Czysz, has confirmed that they would be returning to the Isle of Man in 2010 to participate in the ‘TT Zero’ Clean Emissions race, which is...

Guy Martin and Wilson Craig team up with Leo Vince

Guy Martin and Wilson Craig team up with Leo Vince

Guy Martin and his Wilson Craig Honda team have linked up with Italian exhaust manufacturer Leo Vince. The company worked with the Wilson Craig team during 2008 and 2009 when Scotsman Keith Amor...

No Tandragree 2010

The Tandragee 100 Road Races will not take place this year. A club statement said that the decision had been taken "due to the current economic climate and circumstances beyond our control". The statement added that the organisers, the North Armagh Club, intended to run the race again in 2011. The Tandragee event, which had been scheduled to take place on Saturday 1 May, celebrated its 50th...

Farquhar’s bikes get Magic Bullets

Farquhar’s bikes get Magic Bullets

TT winner and multiple Irish Champion Ryan Farquhar will be backed by fuel Magic Bullet this season. Magic Bullet is an advanced fuel treatment, formulated for high revving performance motorcycles,...

Cummins on his 2010 Kawasaki rides

Cummins on his 2010 Kawasaki rides

McAdoo Kawasaki Racing’s Conor Cummins is ready and raring to go in 2010 having re-signed for the Cookstown-based official Kawasaki UK road racing team. Cummins has put pen to paper on a new deal to...

Relentless back North West 200

Relentless back North West 200

Relentless Energy Drink was named today as the title sponsor of the 2010 International North West 200 road race, which takes place on Saturday, May 15 on the famed 8.9-mile course that links to the...

Carl Rennie gets Phase One roads ride

Carl Rennie will lead the Phase One Endurance Yamaha challenge for the honours at the TT and NW200 this year. Rennie, who finished fifth in last year's Senior, will compete in all the solo classes on Phase One Bikes. Rennie said: "I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity by Russell and the Phase One Yamaha Team to join them for the 2010 season. "I feel with the experience, knowledge...