TT & road races

Joey Dunlop

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.

Passing time at the Manx GP

Passing time at the Manx GP

Me and kim passing the time between races at last year's manx gp.

At the Manx GP 2008

At the Manx GP 2008

Me and my mate mick at the 2008 manx gp. Not the best weather, but who cares on the IOM.

BBC SPORT confirm five year NW 200 TV deal

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.

Robert Dunlop died after modified brake accident

Robert Dunlop died after modified brake accident

Legendary Irish road racer Robert Dunlop died when he inadvertently hit the front brake of his Honda 250cc machine during an engine seizure at over 150mph while practicing for last year’s North West...

My son's Bruce Anstey tattoo

My son's Bruce Anstey tattoo

This is my son's tattoo of Bruce Anstey, who signed it at the TT and gave him his knee sliders. Top bloke!

Rockstar Farquhar at NW200

Ryan Farquhar at the NW200. The biggest crowd puller in road racing!

Ian Lougher’s TT plans

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...

Japanese TT race still possible

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...

Road race rockstar Farquhar!

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!

Ryan Farquhar in action

Ryan Farquhar winning one of many races in 2008!

Ryan Farquhar gets Rockstar image

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...

Isle of Man TT gets ITV TV

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...

Hutchinson and Padgett's announce 2009 road race plans

Hutchinson and Padgett's announce 2009 road race plans

Ian Hutchinson and Padgett's of Batley have today announced that they will be contesting the 2009 International road race meetings together, including the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT and...

Ben Wylie is latest young gun TT rookie

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,...

New look Manx GP

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...

NW200: No SV650s at 2009 races

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...

Norton rotary gets North West 200 go ahead

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...

Rea is Irish Motorcyclist of the Year

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...

Ian Lougher to ride for AIM Yamaha

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...

Video: The special status of the North West 200

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...

Video: North West 200 launch: Rutter and Plater interviewed

Video: North West 200 launch: Rutter and Plater interviewed

Last year’s big North West 200 winners Steve Plater and Michael Rutter are both on different bikes this year. MCN asked them about their news deals. Michael Rutter NW200 Coca Cola Zero Yamaha You had...

Michael Dunlop to race Norton at North West 200

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...

Michael Rutter in NW200 course inspection

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...

Coca Cola Zero backing announced for North West 200 and Rutter

Coca Cola Zero backing announced for North West 200 and Rutter

Coca Cola are backing motorcycle racing with the announcement that Coca Cola Zero will sponsor Michael Rutter in British Superbikes, and back the North West 200 races in May. This is the first...

Kawasaki UK back McAdoo team on roads

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...

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

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...