2011

Steve Mercer signs to ride Ducati 1199 Panigale at 2012 TT

Steve Mercer signs to ride Ducati 1199 Panigale at 2012 TT

Road racer and part-time MCN road tester Steve Mercer has signed with Millsport Racing to ride a new Ducati 1199 Panigale at the Isle of Man TT in 2012. Mercer, who made his debut at the Mountain...

Video: 2011 Macau Grand Prix highlights

Video: 2011 Macau Grand Prix highlights

Ducati rider Michael Rutter became the most successful Macau Grand Prix rider in history when he took his seventh victory at the street circuit on 20th November. To claim the record Rutter had to...

Michael Rutter’s record-breaking seventh Macau GP win

Michael Rutter’s record-breaking seventh Macau GP win

Michael Rutter became the most successful rider in Macau Grand Prix history when he clinched a seventh victory on the Chinese street circuit on Sunday. In spite of holding pole position, the...

Trimby bows out of the Macau Grand Prix

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...

Friday qualifying cancelled in Macau

Friday qualifying cancelled in Macau

Bad weather continued to play havoc with the Macau Grand Prix schedule with Friday morning's qualifying session being cancelled because of rain.  The packed car racing programme of practice and...

Macau GP: Rutter fastest in first practice as tropical storm strikes

Macau GP: Rutter fastest in first practice as tropical storm strikes

Michael Rutter used all of his Macau experience to set the fastest lap in the opening practice session for Saturday's race when he will try to win a record seventh Macau Grand Prix on the...

Macau GP Preview

Macau GP Preview

Practice begins at 7.30am this morning (Thursday) for the 45th Macau Grand Prix in China.  Michael Rutter, riding his Riders Ducati in the red, white and blue Team of Paris livery will start as...

Michael Dunlop to race Sidecar TT

Michael Dunlop to race Sidecar TT

Double TT winner Michael Dunlop has announced that he intends to race in both the sidecar and solo classes at the TT next year – in an attempt to become the first winner on both two and three wheels...

Manx GP under scrutiny

Manx GP under scrutiny

The Isle of Man Department of Economic Development has launched a comprehensive consultative review to clarify the costs, benefits and future potential to exploit the Manx Grand Prix Festival. The...

Irish road racing

Irish road racing

Having been over to Ireland twice this year to watch the road racing I can say in all honesty that it is the best bike racing in the world today. The riders range from lads who live and work out of...

Klaffenbock announces TT retirement

Klaffenbock announces TT retirement

TT racer and ex-sidecar world champ Klaus Klaffenbock has announced his immediate retirement from TT racing. The three times TT winner debuted on the Isle of Man in 2004 before winning both sidecar...

Moffitt at the Manx

Moffitt at the Manx

Dave Moffit, super twins winner at the Manx GP 2011 with replica meets Stevie and Budgie.

Michael Dunlop at the Manx

Michael Dunlop at the Manx

Michael Dunlop and Budgie at the 2011 Manx GP.

McGuinness at the Manx

McGuinness at the Manx

Dave Moffet (super twins winner), John McGuinness and Budgie at the Manx GP 2011.

Meeting Guy at the TT!

Meeting Guy at the TT!

This year my Dad took me to the TT for the first time and my goal was to meet Guy Martin. I managed to achieve this goal, although it wasn't easy. I waited for Guy forfour hours but it paid...

TT 2011: What the riders really thought...

TT 2011: What the riders really thought...

In this incredible behind the scenes footage, Guy Martin, Cameron Donald, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey are caught on camera discussing the abandonment of the second Supersport race during the 2011...

Ulster GP

Ulster GP

Here is my fiancé Janine with Michael Dunlop pre-race at the Ulster GP last weekend. It was our first time to a road race and we loved every second, made even more special by the fact we covered...

Michael Dunlop’s Ulster treble

Michael Dunlop’s Ulster treble

Michael Dunlop had never won an Ulster Grand Prix going into this year’s event – but he left the Dundrod course on Saturday evening after being proclaimed the Man of the Meeting after three...

Ulster GP 2011

Ulster GP 2011

Here are some up pics from the Ulster GP which I thought was very poorly attended. Organisers take note - £25.00 plus £5.00 a programme, plus £3.00 to park a motorbike is...

Weather plays havoc with Dundrod 150

Weather plays havoc with Dundrod 150

Yesterday morning's Ulster GP practice and the afternoon's Dundrod 150 races were thrown into disarray by rain, swirling mist and crashes with the big event of the day, the Dundrod 150 superbike...

Rain interrupts Ulster GP practice

Rain interrupts Ulster GP practice

Red flags for crashes in earlier practice sessions, a cow on the track, cows eating haybales and rain contrived to make a mockery of the first day of practice at the Ulster Grand Prix yesterday. And...

Ulster Grand Prix preview

Ulster Grand Prix preview

Irish road racing fans will be hoping that on-form Michael Dunlop can emulate the recent success of fellow countrymen golfer Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke to end the Irish famine of Superbike race...

Mid-Antrim Roadraces

Offers of sympathy go to the organisers, spectators and racers after the much anticipated Mid-Antrim roadraces near Ballymena, Northern Ireland had to be abandoned due to oil and diesel being split around most of the course the night before racing was due to commence. The police and organisers agree that it was malicious and done to ensure no racing could take place, despite the efforts of many to...

Dunlops Reign at Armoy

Dunlops Reign at Armoy

I was reminded of the old days of road racing on Saturday when the top riders were not in the main paddock at Armoy. They were in fact situated in a farm yard up a laneway opposite the start. Michael...

TT World Series project gathers pace

TT World Series project gathers pace

TT World Series took a step closer to reality today when the Isle of Man Government issued a press statement saying they were looking to engage a consultancy firm to investigate the viability of such...

Michael Dunlop wins Southern 100 title

Michael Dunlop wins Southern 100 title

Michael Dunlop is the new Southern 100 champion after dominating today’s big race, the nine-lap Solo Championship. The Street Sweep Kawasaki rider led from the first lap, set new lap and race records...

Martin turns tables on Dunlop at Southern 100

Martin turns tables on Dunlop at Southern 100

Guy Martin reversed the odds in the superbike class at the Southern 100 when he beat Michael Dunlop in last night's Senior race – after Dunlop had won the previous evening. But any chance of...

Michael Dunlop beats Guy Martin in Southern 100 thriller

Michael Dunlop beats Guy Martin in Southern 100 thriller

The 2011 Southern 100 in the Isle of Man could not have kicked off in a more dramatic way with Michael Dunlop winning the opening 1000cc race by 0.12s from Guy Martin. Dunlop, riding his Street...

ACU appoint new TT Clerk of the Course

ACU appoint new TT Clerk of the Course

ACU Events has issued a press statement announcing a new Clerk of the Course for the TT. The reshuffle comes after ACU Events came under fire at the TT, firstly when Clerk of the Course Eddie Nelson...

"I'd not done much wrong" says Dan Kneen of infamous Senior TT near miss

"I'd not done much wrong" says Dan Kneen of infamous Senior TT near miss

Dan Kneen - he of the TT save of the century - says he'd "Not done much wrong" to precipitate the near-catastrophe visited upon him in the 2011 Senior TT. The 23 year old's Kawasaki had been difficult...

Isle of Man TT blog: Simply wonderful

Isle of Man TT blog: Simply wonderful

After all the roller coaster of emotions of the week, the rain-delayed Senior ended the 2011 TT on a high note with John McGuinness beating Guy Martin in an epic six-lapper that will go down in...

Isle of Man TT: Senior race delayed until 5:15pm

Isle of Man TT: Senior race delayed until 5:15pm

The Senior TT race has been delayed for the second time today, with the new re-scheduled start time now 5:15pm. The seinor race was originally due to get underway at 12:15pm, but organisers decided to...

Isle of Man TT blog: Gary Johnson a worthy winner in re-scheduled Supersport race

Isle of Man TT blog: Gary Johnson a worthy winner in re-scheduled Supersport race

Gary Johnson was a worthy winner in yesterday’s re-scheduled Supersport TT on the East Coast Construction Honda. He had a great run to Glen Helen on the first lap to make up 3.2s on John McGuinness...

Isle of Man TT blog: Has the future of the TT changed?

Isle of Man TT blog: Has the future of the TT changed?

Has the future of the TT changed forever after Wednesday’s Supersport debacle? Early morning rain delayed the start of the race and there were still damp patches reported around the course when...

Isle of Man TT: McGuinness and Amor ready for Senior

Isle of Man TT: McGuinness and Amor ready for Senior

The 2011 Isle of Man TT concludes today with the Senior superbike race at 12.15pm. 16-times TT winner John McGuinness and his team mate Keith Amor have been interviewed ahead of the...

Isle of Man TT: Supersport race red-flagged

Isle of Man TT: Supersport race red-flagged

Today’s Supersport race has been red-flagged during the early stages of the second lap due to rain falling around the course. Race leader Michael Dunlop had built a 10.69s cushion over his brother...