2017 Armoy Road Races – Race of Legends : Special Awards 2017

Full list of awards and their recipients from the 2017 Armoy Road Racing Event :

Armoy Special Awards 2017 :Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club

Man of the Meeting :

  • Sponsored by PMA Contracts
  • Derek McGee

Support Man of the Meeting :

  • Wayne Hamilton Memorial Trophy
  • Joseph Loughlin

Saltire Shield :

  • First placed 400cc Supersport in Junior Support
  • Tam Nicholl

Darren Murphy Memorial Cup :

  • Highest placed newcomer in Junior Support
  • Joseph Loughlin

Robbo’s Cup :

  • Fastest 2-stroke lap in lightweight 125cc
  • Adam McLean

Read more2017 Armoy Road Races – Race of Legends : Special Awards 2017

2017 Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ : Full Results & Timings

The 2017 Armoy Road Races took place on 28th – 29th July 2017.  Here are the full race results and timings for each race :

2017 Armoy Road Races
2017 Armoy Road Races

As a quick note Michael Dunlop took the feature race – ‘The Race of Legends’ in outstanding style by over 12 seconds – his seventh in a row at Armoy!  As I said, ‘outstanding.’

Michael Dunlop at the 2017 Armoy Road Races - Taking his seventh 'Race of Legends' in a row!
Michael Dunlop at the 2017 Armoy Road Races – Taking his seventh ‘Race of Legends’ in a row!

Read more2017 Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ : Full Results & Timings

Honda Confirm Cause of McGuiness 2017 North West 200 Crash

Honda Racing

The 2017 North West 200 was the start of the end for Honda’s Road Racing Season this year.

Things hadn’t got off to a great start anyway even after the announcement of what has to be described as a dream team of John MCGuinness and Guy Martin.  Guy crashed out of Tandragee and had a mediocre Cookstown event, however whether Honda wanted to admit it or not there was clearly an issue come the North West.

Every road racing fan knows John McGuinness just doesn’t fall off and it didn’t take long until the rumours started flowing that there was an issue with the bike and something to do with the throttle and that is what had thrown John off the bike.

Now two and a half months later, those rumours have been confirmed.

Read moreHonda Confirm Cause of McGuiness 2017 North West 200 Crash

Derek Sheils Out of 2017 Armoy Races

I’m not going to comment on this one, just the facts…

No doubt though, not having Derek Sheils is a big loss to any event, he has been ripping the tarmac to bits this year!

Statement from Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club:

“It is with much regret that the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has confirmed that Derek Sheils will not be riding in the Armoy Road Races at the weekend.

“Derek cannot attend practice on Friday due to personal commitments and the Club cannot allow someone to carry out their statutory requirement of five practice laps on Saturday between races.

“Grid positions for Saturday’s races are placed on Friday night. Some of the races are already oversubscribed and there are only 27 spaces on the grid. There will be non-qualifying races run to cater for this. Some 20 entries were also returned post the closing date for entries.

“It would be extremely unfair to other riders to try and slot in one rider. The Club is a big fan of Derek Sheils but sadly practice laps cannot take place on the Saturday.”

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FArmoyRoadRaces%2Fposts%2F10155143807333705&width=500Derek Sheils has replied himself :

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Is there still hope though?

Derek Sheils Out Of Armoy
Derek Sheils Out Of Armoy?

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Has Guy Martin Quit Road Racing? The Full Story…So Far…

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

The internet has went crazy today reporting on Guy Martin retiring from Road Racing.  As a Guy Martin fan, that is of course devastating news, and I honestly believe that most pure fans of road racing will also agree that Guy was / is good for the sport and its profile.  However following an ‘exclusive interview’ with MCN it looks like his road racing days are over…

With huge publicity surrounding the partnership of John McGuiness and Guy Martin on the new Honda FireBlade things looked perfect for the 2017 season.

Then it all started to unwind.  A poor Tandragee 100 started the season with Guy crashing out on his first lap, followed by an uneventful Cookstown 100 and North West 200 (at the same time as losing team mate John McGuinness to a horrific crash) which led us to the Isle of Man.  After the ‘box of neutrals’ incident Honda withdrew from the rest of the event.  Guy went onto a second place in the TTZero with Team Mugen, his team mate Bruce Anstey taking the win in that event.

Then the press release came that Honda and Guy would not be participating in the Ulster Grand Prix, a circuit that has brought Guy great success as well as proving almost deadly in 2015.

At this point I think most of us thought the writing on the wall was now here.

Guy Martin’s Road Racing days are over.

Explaining his decision to call it a day in an exclusive interview with MCN’s Matt Wildee, Guy said: “Racing’s been good to me, but I’m bored of it. You spend the early part of the year preparing for the season – testing, racing, talking about it, and then doing it all over again. It’s like Groundhog Day. It’s time to stop.” 

Or are they?

Read moreHas Guy Martin Quit Road Racing? The Full Story…So Far…

Faugheen 50 : Sunday 23rd July 2017 Race Results & Timings

2017 Faugheen 50

The Sunday Race Schedule for the 2017 Faugheen 50 is certainly a full one :

2017 Faugheen 50 Sunday Race Schedule
2017 Faugheen 50 Sunday Race Schedule

And here is how the days events panned out :

Click ‘Read More’ for all the results of every race including the break down by class, but if you can’t wait that long then the top three of the Grand Final (the winner being almost 16 seconds ahead of the second placed rider and over a full 24 seconds ahead of 4th place) were…

No sorry I can’t do it, there are no spoilers here… Read on for the full results and timing breakdowns :

Read moreFaugheen 50 : Sunday 23rd July 2017 Race Results & Timings

Faugheen 50 : Saturday 22nd July 2017 Practice Timings

2017 Faugheen 50

Today’s session consisted of free practice session then a qualifying timed practice session.  Keep reading for the results of the time practice sessions.

However in the meantime check this out!

Joey Dunlop’s Honda RC45
Joey Dunlop’s Honda RC45

Press Release 2017 : (From https://www.facebook.com/faugheen.rrclub/)

Read moreFaugheen 50 : Saturday 22nd July 2017 Practice Timings

Bruce Anstey Set for Dundrod and the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix on a 250cc Two Stroke

Some great news coming out of the UGP Paddock today, my personal favourite Kiwi Sporting beard wearing motorcycle road racer is heading back to Northern Ireland for the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix… on a 250 Two Stroke!

Don’t panic though the RC213V-S is coming along too.

Bruce Anstey heading back to Northern IReland for 2017 UGP
Bruce Anstey heading back to Northern IReland for 2017 UGP

Read moreBruce Anstey Set for Dundrod and the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix on a 250cc Two Stroke

Has Guy Martin Finished with Honda?

Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade - Practice Session 30th May 2017 - Isle of Man TT Races
Guy Martin looking focused on the 2017 Honda Fireblade – Practice Session 30th May 2017 – Isle of Man TT Races

This is being reported across all main road racing networks today…

Reports indicate that Guy Martin and marque Honda will not contest Armoy or the Ulster Grand Prix; an inauspicious and anticlimactic end to a very arduous season in 2017.

After so many years of success, Honda has endured, along with its riders, a highly tumultuous year already and one wonders how they will come back from the apparent brink.

Sad end to the year for Guy and for Honda if this is the case.

To be brutally honest after the 2017 Honda has found itself nursing I can’t fault any outcome like this, whether it is Guy Martin finishing with Honda, or vice versa, or Honda pulling out of these events of its own volition I think the final outcome is the right one.

What I do hope is that their R&D Teams get any remaining bugs ironed out and make a great comeback in 2018.  I would be really surprised to see them fielding a team with a diferent rider(s) this season.

What I also hope is that this doesn’t end Guy Martin with road racing, the simple facts are, Guy is quick and skilled, you don’t get into the 132mph TT Club by accident or happy chance.  He is popular and this fame brings people (and money) to these events.  No doubt it helps with the following, contraversial maybe?  True definitely.  And finally I think he has unfinished buisness – he wants that TT win, and to be honest I want him to get it.  Maybe Wilson Craig Racing could see him on a bike to see out the season, who knows?

Anyway here’s to fast and sucessful return to Road Racing, in the very near future to Honda Racing and Guy Martin.

Mayweather v McGregor UK PPV Price Runours : 

The latest rumours on the Mayweather v McGregor UK Pay Per View prices are as follows : (prepare to be shocked!)

If you have a full Sky Sports Subscription it will cost you a whopping £89.99. 

If you are not the holder of a full Sky Sports Subscription you’ll need to part with a hard earned £129.99! 

Hopefully a local pub will be showing it otherwise I’ll be relying on the highlight reel!