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 Week (9th- 14th August).
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course, stated: “The Ulster Grand Prix is renowned for being the world’s fastest road race. Last year, Conor Cummins shattered the record lap by over 1.5s with a record speed of 133.284mph.
“It was just phenomenal. Everyone was in awe of Conor, and Ian Hutchison and Gary Johnson were hot on his heels with laps of 133.232 and 133.129 respectively.
“The Ulster Grand Prix truly lived up to its name in 2009 as the world’s fastest road race and the Dundrod Club thought it appropriate and timely to honour those men who have achieved the elite status of the 130 Club.
“It will be incredibly exciting to see Conor return to defend his title and to see who else, if anyone, will join it.”
Cummins said, “The 130 Club is a great idea. I’m delighted to be part of it and look forward to receiving my medal with great pride. The Ulster Grand Prix is one of my favourite international road races and I was overjoyed to get a win in 2009.
“I couldn’t believe the speed on the circuit, the course is just fantastic, it has everything a road racer would want. It’s a must in anyone’s road racing calendar.
“I’m extremely proud of the title ‘the world’s fastest man in road racing’. I always like a challenge and I’m looking forward to defending it this August.”
Planning for this year’s UGP is well under way. Johnston said: “We were absolutely thrilled with 2009’s racing.
“The Club intends to build on last year’s success and make 2010’s event bigger and better.
“This is a great opportunity to see international road racing at its best. It is fast, furious, thrilling and it is really and truly ‘back by popular demand’.”
The Ulster Grand Prix 130 Club:
1 Conor Cummins 133.284 Dundrod 150 SBK 2009
2 Ian Hutchison 133.232 UGP SBK 1 2009
3 Gary Johnston 133.129 UGP SBK 1 2009
4 Guy Martin 132.725 UGP SBK 1 2009
5 Bruce Anstey 132.543 Dundrod 150 SBK 2009
6 Ryan Farquhar 132.402 Dundrod 150 SBK 2009
7 John McGuinness 131.717 Dundrod 150 SBK 2007
8 Cameron Donald 131.066 Dundrod 150 SBK 2007
9 Raymond Porter 130.510 UGP SBK 1 2006
10 Ian Lougher 130.409 Dundrod 150 SBK 2009
11 Michael Dunlop 130.343 UGP SBK 1 2009