CLOSE BUT ‘NO CIGAR’ FOR SEELEY & EHA RACING AT THE NORTH WEST 200

Despite posting the pole position qualifying time and leading both Supersport races, the 2019 International North West 200 didn’t quite return the results both EHA Racing and rider Alastair Seeley were expecting, but as the saying goes, ‘that’s racing’. During Thursday night’s Supersport race, which was undoubtedly the race of the meeting, Alastair came unstuck on the final lap of six – less than a mile from home when he slid off in the Juniper Hill chicane – moments after taking the lead and seconds from the chequered flag. It was…

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Honda Racing raring to get roads campaign underway at the International North West 200

Honda is ready to get its 2019 road racing campaign underway as Ian Hutchinson and new recruit, David Johnson, have arrived at the International North West 200 ready to kick off proceedings tomorrow. Wrapping up pre-season testing on a high, the Honda Racing team has enjoyed vast amounts of track time across the off-season in Europe, as well as various UK circuits, including the team’s favourite; Castle Combe in Wiltshire, in preparation for the NW200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster GP. Working closely with Dunlop throughout all…

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ALASTAIR SEELEY REUNITES WITH EHA RACING FOR 2019 INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200

Alastair Seeley, the International North West 200’s most successful racer, will be reunited with the EHA Racing team as he chases his 25th victory on the North coast circuit at next year’s 90th anniversary event. After claiming a 600cc double on EHA machinery at this year’s NW200 and agreeing terms to ride for the team in the 2019 British Supersport championship, the Carrickfergus rider will race an R6 Yamaha in the team’s livery at next May’s North West 200 supported by Coleraine building suppliers, J.P Corry. ‘I bonded well with…

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Sportsnet Holidays licensed as official travel partner of the International North West 200 in Australia and New Zealand.

The International North West 200 has appointed Australian company Sportsnet Holidays with a licence as its official travel partner in Australia and New Zealand for the next three years. Established in 1998, Australian company Sportsnet Holidays has risen to be one of the leading travel agents to sporting events all over the world. Sportsnet already has a wealth of experience in providing travel to European road races, having taken thousands of road racing fans to the Isle of Man TT and Classic TT since 2011.   “We are ecstatic to…

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2019 INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 DATES ANNOUNCED

The 2019 International North West 200 race week will take place on 12th – 18th May, with the main race day on Saturday 18th. The 2019 event will be a special year for the Coleraine and District Motor Club, the event organisers, as this will be the 90th anniversary of the North Coast races. ‘We are planning some very special events for our birthday celebrations.’ Event Director, Mervyn Whyte said. ‘Over the coming months we will provide more details about how we will be marking this landmark occasion as we…

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DUNLOP OPENS INTERNATIONAL PODIUM ACCOUNT WITH TYCO BMW AT NORTH WEST 200

Michael Dunlop opened his international podium account with Tyco BMW at the North West 200 in the feature Superbike race, with an impressive second place aboard the team’s S1000RR. Having signed for Hector and Philip Neill’s official BMW Motorrad team late in the day to ride their Superbike, the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner only had three short tests and a few laps at a national road race, to prepare for battle with a number of British Superbike Championship regulars on the north coast. But tenacious as ever and…

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Team NW Racing North West Report

The North West 200 proved a great learning curve for Team NW Racing, and its rider Darren Cooper. It was Darren’s first real fast run on the BMW 1000RR, and he was delighted with its performance. Darren had a busy week, in preparation for the Isle of Man TT, taking part in the 600 and Supertwin classes, as well as the Superstock and Superbike races. The excellent weather definitely helped with practice and racing, and after qualifying, he was happy with the way all three bikes were going, and he…

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IRWIN AND SEELEY CLAIM TWO WINS EACH AT SATURDAY’S VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200

Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley dominated the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 as both riders claimed double victories. Irwin won both superbike races in perfect conditions with Seeley taking victory in the Supersport and Superstock events. The initial start of the final feature superbike event was red flagged after just one lap. Irwin seized control of the restart, blitzing the opposition from the drop of the flag to lead by 3.5 seconds after the opening circuit.   “I regrouped and made sure I hit every apex.” the PBM/Be Wiser…

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Sensational NW200 Double For Irwin

Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin swept to an emphatic double victory at the International North West 200 in Northern Ireland today when he took both Superbike races by commanding margins around the high-speed 8.9-mile circuit. Last year’s Superbike race winner, Irwin had signalled his intentions in qualifying, held in superb conditions, when he took a superb pole position on Thursday afternoon, a lap of 122.454mph on the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R giving him a slender 0.066s advantage over Kawasaki rider Dean Harrison. Conditions today were again perfect and the…

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Honda Racing back on the North West 200 podium

Honda Racing returned to the International North West 200 podium today as Lee Johnston finished the final Superbike race of the day in third place aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. In the opening Superbike race of the day Johnston narrowly missed out on the podium after crossing the line in fourth place. In a thrilling race at the 8.9-mile circuit in Northern Ireland, ‘The General’ started from tenth on the grid and soon started to gain places aboard the Fireblade. Making his way into second place in the closing…

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