2019 Isle of Man TT Qualifying Session 2 : 28/05/2019 : Results

Check out the Gallery from the 28/05/2019 Qualifying Session Here : http://tbni.blog/2019/06/02/2019-isle-of-man-tt-qualifying-session-2-28-05-2019-gallery/

Dean Harrison at TT Qualifying 28/05/2019
Dean Harrison at TT Qualifying 28/05/2019

After a glorious Monday morning and afternoon in the South of the Island at the Blackford’s Pre-TT Races in Billown the rain started pretty much as soon as the last sidecar got itself back to the paddock and that was that. Monday night’s TT Qualifying Session was cancelled.

And boy did it rain! The road back from Billown consisted of bikes parked under trees, riders frantically trying to get waterproofs on – anything thing that could offer some form shelter was utilised for man and machine. The funniest image I have taken away from the rain storm – as it was a rain storm – was four ‘power rangers,’ no offence ‘power rangers’ – off their bikes as they stood in a brick bus shelter, lids and all still on, just watching the rain bounce off the road and their machines. All in a perfect line looking like if a bus came along they would be happy to abandon their machines and just bus it back to Douglas.

The result was no qualifying and a statement that the Monday night Schedule would be held on Tuesday.

Remember ‘there is no such thing as bad weather only bad gear.’

* Does not apply to racing.

Tuesday came, and it was like the Isle of Man had shifted to the Med. It was a bit cool, but it was glorious wall to wall sunshine with not a cloud in the sky.

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Qualifying was ‘Go.’

On the Superbikes Dean Harrison was still showing great from form Sunday and took the fastest time, lapping at 129.531mph. Conor Cummins also showing more of the same took the second spot and James Hillier was snapping at his heels, with the riders lapping at 128.088mph and 128.075mph respectively.

Superbikes Qualifying – Fastest Laps

Superstock machines were again lead by Dean Harrison at 129.336mph on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki. David Johnson and Sam West taking the second and third spots of this session.

Superstock Qualifying – Fastest Laps

On the Supersports Peter Hickman got himself back to the top of the lists, lapping at 123.917mph on his Triumph / K2 Trooper Beer Triumph by Smiths Racing. Derek McGee brought some his of amazing Irish National talents and skills taking the second best time of the session at 122.037mph on his B & W / Diamond Edge Cuttin Kawasaki. The third fastest supersports position went to Lee Johnston on his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha with an average speed of 121.378mph

Supersports Qualifying – Fastest Laps

The last out in the session where the sidecar outfits. John Holden and Lee Cain took the fastest lap on their Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing Honda lapping at 114.988mph. Peter Founds and Jevan Walmsley took second with their Rowtec Engineering / Morris Lubricants Suzuki, Alan Founds and Jake Lowther were third fastest in their Cloud Vapers Yamaha. The times were 114.399mph and 112.352mph respectively.

Sidecars Qualifying – Fastest Laps

Check out the full detailed results here : https://www.iomttraces.com/racing/schedule/tuesday-28th-may

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2019 Isle of Man TT Qualifying Session 1 : 26/05/2019 : Results

Due to poor weather conditions across the island on Saturday 25th May 2019 Qualifying was postponed until 26th May 2019 for an early afternoon Sunday session.

Dean Harrison was fastest on the Supersports, getting 6 laps on the sheets on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, his fastest coming in at 126.094mph. Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda was second fastest with best average of 123.899mph Conor Cummins was third on the Malenco Padgetts Machine completing 4 laps, his fastest being 123.714mph.

On the Lightweights Jamie Coward continued his great form on his (takes a deep breath) SB Tuning / CMS / KW Electrical Kawasaki, his fastest lap coming in at 119.964mph. Another second spot for Michael Dunlop on his Paton / Paton SC-Project Reparto Cors lapping at 118.524mph. Paul Jordan continued with his great 2019 so far on his RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki posting a average speed of 117.455mph.

Check out the full detailed results here : https://www.iomttraces.com/racing/schedule/sunday-26th-may

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Blackford Pre-TT Classic Races : Billown : 27th May 2019 Gallery

Jamie Coward storming off to his win in the 2019 Blackford's Pre-Tt Classic Superbike Race on 27th May 2019
Jamie Coward storming off to his win in the 2019 Blackford’s Pre-Tt Classic Superbike Race on 27th May 2019

I got over to the Isle of Man for the last day of the Blackford Pre-TT Classic Races in Billown, Isle of Man which takes place on the Southern 100 course.

This is a brilliant event with really good racing over small engine 250cc classes right through to Classic Superbikes and Sidecars.

If you are lucky enough to be over prior to the start of the TT it is an absolute necessary stop – three days of great multi start racing. Or even better if you are planning your trip over for the TT you really should consider factoring in an extra couple of days and take in this event.

Don’t forget the Post-TT Races – so you should maybe factor in an extra day on the end of your trip!

The gallery from this event is at the bottom of the post, be sure to click ‘Read More’ and scroll to the bottom.

Check out the Results from the 2019 Pre-TT Classic Races Here :

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Up Next : 2019 Isle of Man TT Festival : SATURDAY 25TH MAY – FRIDAY 7TH JUNE 2019 :

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DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER MOST OF PRACTICE WEEK HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND CANCELLED.

SESSIONS ARE BEING RESCHEDULED ON A LIVE BASIS BASED ON THE CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS WITH THE SAFETY OF THE RIDERS PARAMOUNT.

CHECK OUT THE BELOW LINK TO THE BLOG POST FOR FULL UP TO DATE INFORMATION AND A LIST OF LINKS TO FOLLOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS CURRENT AND VALID.

CONDITIONS AND DECISIONS ARE LITERALLY BEING MADE ON AN HOUR TO HOUR BASIS.

2019 Practice Sessions :

Qualifying runs each evening from Saturday 25th May to Friday 31st May 2019 (Excluding Sunday 26th)

2019 Race Sessions : (Subject to Change at very short notice – follow iom_tt on Twitter to stay up to update on the day).

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For full details on the Isle of Man TT Schedule click here :

http://tbni.blog/2019/01/28/2019-isle-of-man-tt-schedule-practice-and-race-programme/

2019 North West 200 : Race Results 18/05/2019

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Before you go any further check out the previous qualifying sessions :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/14/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-14-05-2019/

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-16-05-2019/

And Thursday’s Race Session (16/05/2019) :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-race-results-16-05-2019/

After glorious weather all week Saturday Race Day came and the good weather left.  From before 8:00am the rain set in and truthfully never really let up all day.

The result was – initially – red flags, delays, more delays, a helicopter taking down power lines (true story) and then eventually a great afternoon and early evening’s racing.

It was about 2:40pm by the time the supersports started for the third time that the schedule started to move.  The rain continued, but so did the motorcycles and we were really treated to some awesome races.

Thank goodness for the contingency legislation, which meant the roads could remain closed until 9pm.  Unfortunately we ran out of time and light to run the feature Superbike race, which was cancelled for safety reasons – and that although disappointing for all the super bike fans – made perfect sense and was absolutely the right call to make.

Here is how things panned out…

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(Roads Closed 9:15am - 7pm)

Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE

Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE

Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE

Race 4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE Race 4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE

Race 5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE Race 5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE

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2019 North West 200 : Race Results 16/05/2019

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Before you go any further check out the previous qualifying sessions :

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/14/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-14-05-2019/

http://tbni.blog/2019/05/16/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-16-05-2019/

Thursday night brought us the first three races of the 2019 North West 200 – and what an amazing three races they were.

The weather was glorious, the clouds had broken and the sun was setting nicely out into the Atlantic Ocean, all of which set the scene for some epic road racing along our stunning Northern Irish North Coast.  

Track temperatures were hovering close to 30 degrees celsius and the wind, although still blowing was nothing more than a gentle coastal breeze.

Perfect conditions for some Thursday night road racing and things all kicked off with the Supersport 600cc machines, followed by some big(ish) bike action of the superstockers and finishing things off with the supertwins.

Here is how things unfolded…

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I said earlier on today today to watch out in this class.  I said earlier on today that Lee Johnston was definitely worth watching in this session and oh my word…  Just look what happened!

Lee Johnston takes the win from Seeley who unfortunately after 6 laps of hardcore battle with General Lee Johnston fell at the last.

Importantly he was up and walked away from his off, and hopefully he is good for Saturday, but until the unfortunate incident of Alistair Seeley coming off the bike that was a true modern day motorcycling duel!

Really thrilling racing, which finished with a red flag following the spill from the Wee Wizard.

An unlucky retirement for Paul Jordan also who is having a great meeting, thankfully nothing serious for Paul, he just felt unwell.

A great start to the race session and here’s to a quick and full recovery for Alistair Seeley – we all want to see him on the Ducati on Saturday!

Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps) Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps) Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps)

Superstocks came out next and of course did not disappoint.  

Again have a look at Glen Irwin – second in this race, behind Hicky, who to be fair this week se far seems to be riding a rocket every time he gets on a bike.  

Michael Dunlop filled the 3rd spot on the podium in a race where he just seemed to bide his time and pounce in the last minute, much to the delight of the north west course as the cheers went round the circuit like a Mexican wave.

Dean Harrison came off at University, thankfully unhurt and Hutchy was having a truly great run, until having to retire.  Hutchy is definitely on the up – racing about the 6th spot until his early exit from the race.

This class and the superbikes could be very interesting come Saturday if Glenn Irwin can keep this form considering how well Hicky is preforming.  Things could get really fast, really fast.

Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps) Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps) Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps)

Supertwins – or Kawasaki v Paton.  It was definitely a Paton / Kawasaki fight tonight with the Paton taking the top spot and two Ryan Farquhar machines filling up the rostrum.

It was tight the whole race with the Italian Stefano Bonetti taking the win.  

Notably Stefano was the first Italian rider to secure a win at the North West in her 90 year history.  The Italian National Anthem brought great joy to many walking down the coast road although what I learned is road racing fans simply can not dance!

Well done Stefano Bonetti, that was a tight race for its entire duration and an exceptional well ridden race and an equally well deserved win!

Unfortunately John McGuinness never brought the 600cc Norton out to play, Derek McGee retired in the pits and Jeremy McWilliams had his second fall of the day.  Thankfully walking away from it.

Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps) Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps) Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps)

All in all a tremendous night’s racing finished up by a great Supertwin battle.

Now see you all Saturday, get there early – it’s going to be busy!

Oh and park somewhere sensible…don’t let this be you!

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2019 North West 200 : Qualifying Results 16/05/2019

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Check out the timings from Tuesday’s Qualifying Session here : http://tbni.blog/2019/05/14/2019-north-west-200-qualifying-results-14-05-2019/

The last chance saloon – Thursday qualifying.

The final opportunity for the competitors to make the last tweaks and get themselves a qualifying time towards the front row.

Four sessions in this qualifying period lets all the classes get out for one final blast around the triangle, supertwins, superstocks, supersports and superbikes.

After an amazing sun kissed Tuesday session it is a lot more overcast today, however, importantly it is dry and nice and warm.  At the start of this session track temperature was 20 degrees celsius and bit of a head wind was slowing things ever so slightly – everything is looking good and once again here is to a safe, enjoyable and fast session.

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Right at the start of the session was a little bit of drama for Jeremy McWilliams sliding off at Magherbouy Chicane.  McWilliams has registered a qualifying time, but probably won’t have completed enough laps to qualify for the racing – so it will all come down to the Clerk of the Course to use their privilege in determining whether he will be allowed to take the grid.

Derek McGee has shown his excellent form again this morning getting himself to the top of today’s session, second overall.  Looks like his form in the Nationals wants to transfer into the Internationals.

Glen Irwin also started with a what looks like a new fire in his belly.  He sounded very down on Tuesday, but has started today with a bit of venom, just over 1/10 of second off Derek McGee’s top time for the day.

Jamie Coward finished third for the day but took the overall top spot.

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Again right the start of this session we had a rider off, thankfully Dominic Herbertson just seemed to slide onto the grass at University.

Peter Hickman was simply on fire in this session lapping at an amazing 4:23:604 – 0.9 seconds off the super stock lap record and further reinforcing his position as the fastest man on the roads.

Peter Hickman’s superstock qualifying lap time at 2019 NW200

 

Glen Irwin kept on top of his new good form, taking the second spot in the session on his Kawasaki, his team mate James Hillier a fraction of a second behind in third.  This new frame of mind that Glen apparently woke up with this morning is working beautifully for him.

Unfortunately a red finished the session when Craig Neve came off at a chicane knocking some bales out onto the circuit.  This was just as Michael Dunlop was about to take himself out for a final flyer – he finished up fourth in this session.

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These 600cc motorcycles go flat out – with a huge grid that will be separated over two waves of machines.

Remember in this class the first machine across the line may not be the winner.  The second wave starts 10 seconds after the first – so in theory the winner of the second wave could be the fastest man on the road and ultimate win the race.

This is the class that most pundits have Alistair Seeley already on the trophy – he is dominant, but I think Lee Johnston will be snapping hard at his heels this year, and don’t forget Hicky – you can’t forget Hicky – he is flying this year.

The start of this third session also seen the third incident.  Steve Horne (85) came off at the Link Road after University resulting in a red flag.

After a short delay the session resumed and Lee Johnston, Hicky, James Hillier and Dean Harrison all bounced about taking fastest laps and fastest sections from each other and this is how the session finished off, albeit prematurely following a red flag following an off for Davo Johnston, who thankfully has not suffered any serious injuries. 

On a positive note though Lee Johnston, Dean Harrison and James Hillier all broke the lap record – although it is unofficial when it is done in qualifying.  It does set the scene for a great Supersport contest! 

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The man of the moment now has to be Glenn Irwin!  After Tuesday and seeming to have the entire universe on his shoulders today it has just clicked and he took the superbike session in some style.  Team mate Dean Harrison was snapping away in second place and the Wee Wizard Alistair Seeley taking third.

I would expect nothing other than a fantastic Superbike race and it really is shaping up that way.

Excuse the rushed summary on this race, but I have to get a move on, it’s racing at 5pm!

See you there, and well done once again Glenn Irwin, you have nailed it!  (It looks like my tweet worked ;-p    )

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So a short break until Thursday evening – just enough time to get an ice cream and a burger and at 5pm the roads close and we go racing for the first race session of the 90th Anniversary of the International North West 200…

Here’s to a good one!

2019 North West 200 Thursday Race Schedule :

(Roads closed 5pm – 9pm): 

Race 1 – Tides Restaurant Supersport Race (6 laps)

Race 2 – Bayview Hotel Superstock Race (6 laps)

Race 3 – MCL InsureTech Supertwin Race (4 laps)

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Metzeler Tourance : Long Term Review

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When I got my 2010 BWM R1200GS Adventure (in September 2016) it came with the stock tyres (I believe they were an optional extra – but they were fitted by BMW Motorrad) – a pair of Continental TKC80. Basically they are ‘knobblies.’

That’s fine, ‘knobblies’ have a very real purpose, but let’s be honest most R1200GSA riders don’t need them – note I said most. If we are being even more honest I also think it is safe to presume that most customers who put these on their R1200GSA are doing so cosmetically – they look cool. Again, note I said most.

I hated them.

They were noisy, bumpy and (for me) I felt they really lacked grip which meant I lacked confidence on the tarmac. I have no doubt if you were on something a little less solid than road worthy tarmac then they would excel, but for mainly road use – they simply were not for me.

I concede that they look cool, but I am well past the stage of wanting a tyre that looks cool – I just want it to stick really nicely to what is underneath that tyre – for me that is 95% tarmac.

So the first thing I did was change them and I opted for a set of Metzeler Tourance.

Continental TKC80 v Metzeler Tourence on a BMW R1200GSA
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2019 North West 200 : Qualifying Results 14/05/2019

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The first International Road Race is here and it is the 90th Anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Largest Sporting Event – The 2019 International North West 200!

The weather is looking glorious for the week ahead and this morning into the afternoon brought us the first of two practice sessions.  

Everything from the newcomers to the Superbikes was catered for and here is how things sit after the first qualifying session.

Times will quicken as the teams do a bit of chopping and changing, maybe a little tinkering and tweaking, but things will get quicker and with the sun shining here’s to a massive 90th Anniversary and to a safe and enjoyable event for all riders, teams, marshal, spectators, me and you!

North West 200 : 14th May 2019 Qualifying / Practice Results :

You’ll recognise these guys because for today and Thursday’s Practice Sessions they will be wearing orange bibs.  Keep an eye on them them, stars of the future are in here!

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Alistair Seeley takes the top spot in the first session – Lee Johnston not too far behind – and I reckon will do big things in this class this year…watch and see…

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You are not going to have too much change out of £150,000 for the cheapest superbike.  

You’ll probably need about £200,000 for a race ready Ducati, and a cool quarter of a million for the RCV Honda (about the current price of a 2 bedroom apartment on the course!)

It was great to see John McGuinness back out on the Triangle Circuit after his horrific off in 2017 and as he said himself, in that silver suit and on the Norton he was definitely on the best looking machine on the course – the bike is hand build too!

Michael Dunlop has really put his stall out too.  After a week of, ‘Will he?  Won’t he? He has parted from Tyco?  He isn’t happy.  He is injured.’ He is half a second of the top spot and watching him, he looked good – there is definitely more to give…

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It was great to see John McGuinness back out on the Triangle Circuit after his horrific off in 2017 and as he said himself, in that silver suit and on the Norton he was definitely on the best looking machine on the course – the bike is hand build too!

The Supertwins… love them or hate them they are the class that is becoming the controversial one.

What started as a class that was meant to be a starting point to road racing and affordable you now need big money to make your stock 650cc machine competitive.  Some estimates out there are in the region of needing £100,000 to have a machine capable enough to get you on the rostrum.  That £100,000 will turn your 60bhp machine to close to 100bhp.

Then there is the Paton machine – say no more – the supertwin purists don’t like it / those making super twins don’t like it, but the fans – they love it!

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The Paton machine proved itself in 2018 – Ridden by Joey Thompson, who almost – almost – won the class (and unfortunately failed to secure a ride / team for this year – and has subsequently retired from racing).  Two fan favourites, Horst Saiger and Maria Costello MBE will be on a Paton, so keep your eyes peeled.

On the other side of the fence is the Kawasaki 650cc – Ryan Farquhar has six machines on the track and wants to fill the podium.

John McGuinness will be out on another incredible looking Norton – the haters don’t like it either – something to do with the units produced to fit the class.  But as I said – it is incredible looking.  So far though it has not shown itself to be the fastest machine – but it is its first year here…

 

Probably the class favoured most by riders, a fraction less power than the Superbike makes them just that little bit more manageable than their bigger, more powerful siblings.

However as you will see by the end of the week the difference in timings will minimal.

Superstock machines are easily identified as a ‘Superstock’ as they bare the red number plate – you might even see a few out during the superbike sessions.

A really full line-up for the Superstock grid, but one noticeable absence is Alistair Seeley – who has opted out of the class to the concentrate on the Ducati Superbike.  

Michael Dunlop will be out on his own MD Racing / Carl Cox Motorsport Superstocker – let’s not forget MD likes to build bikes too – and as you can see from the results a big final push put him third in this session, about 6/100 off 2nd.

Personally I think this will be a great race.

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So there we have it – the conclusion of day 1 and what a great incident free session that was.

Some teams will be thinking – ‘It’s working, let’s not break it.’  Some will be thinking, ‘Break it, start fresh!’

Whichever though it this Tuesday session has led brilliantly towards Thursday’s qualifying and race night sessions – see you there for hopefully more of the same!

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