2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Session

2019 Tandragee 100

Friday’s qualifying session is over (03/05/2019) and we really were treated to a great start to the 2019 Tandragee 100.  Maybe a little bit chilly, but other than that it was dry, bright and just a little breezy. 

A full evening of 8 practice and qualifying sessions has laid out what is bound to be a great Race Day tomorrow.  Derek McGee showing his class again with three pole positions lined up for tomorrow and don’t forget Derek Shiels, Adam McLean and Michael Sweeney who have all showed their intentions are are snapping at McGee’s heels!

Another great and welcome surprise was that of Guy Martin and his 750 Custom BSA, which will be running in the Classics.  Guy has always said he loved Tandragee and he has shown that love with an appearance at this year’s event and looking at the times he has been laying down he wants on that podium and is about 3 seconds off the top spot on it!

2019 Tandragee 100 : Guy Martin's Custom 750 BSA Classic 2019 Tandragee 100 : Guy Martin’s Custom 750 BSA Classic

When things got running after the roads closed they never stopped.  A full Practice and Qualifying Session ran pretty much seamlessly with one one race incident in which Robert McCrum came off his Monosport in the evening’s final qualifying session.  lick edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

2019 Tandragee 100 : Davy Morgan 71 2019 Tandragee 100 : Davy Morgan 71

2019 Tandragee 100 : The pack chasing Indy

2019 Tandragee 100 : Derek McGee aiming for a second Man of the Meeting this year? 2019 Tandragee 100 : Derek McGee aiming for a second Man of the Meeting this year?

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice

By Class :

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Newcomers Free Practice

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Junior Support Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Junior Support Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Junior Support Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supersport Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supersport Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supersport Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifyiing

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2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Classic Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Superbike Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Superbike Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Superbike Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying

By Class : 

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Moto 3 / SS300 / Lightweight Supersport / Forgotten Era Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Senior Support Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Senior Support Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Senior Support Qualifying

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying

By Class : 

2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying 2019 Tandragee 100 Practice Sessions : Supertwin / Supermono / 250GP Qualifying

So the scene is set for a brilliant Saturday Race Day!  See you there, buy a program, bring a coat – it is going to be chilly – but bring suncream cos the sun is coming – it is going to be a glorious day!

2019 Tandragee 100 Weather Outlook 2019 Tandragee 100 Weather Outlook

Guy Martin is Set for the 2019 Cookstown 100

GUY MARTIN ENTERS 2019 KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 :

Guy Martin has entered this year’s KDM Hire Cookstown 100 which is running on the 26th and 27th April 2019.

The Grimsby rider was set to compete at the 2018 event before mechanical issues with his BSA Rocket unfortunately sidelined him.  Back then he promised to return and this year will uphold that promise and is set to contest this year’s classic race on that same machine.

Guy Martin is set to race Cookstown in 2019 on his BSA Rocket
Guy Martin is set to race Cookstown in 2019 on his BSA Rocket

Guy Martin : ‘I’ve not given up on racing or road racing, there’s unfinished business and I want to race classics and odd ball stuff.’

Guy Martin has had previous success at Cookstown, taking his Tyco BMW Superbike to the win in 2015 and his attendance in 2019 will certainly attract his fans to the Cookstown event.

KDM HIRE COOKSTOWN 100 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS :

Thursday 4th April 2019 – Press Launch Royal Hotel from 7.30pm‬

‪Thursday 11th April 2019 – Liaison Night, Royal Hotel 7.30 pm‬

Sunday 14thApril 2019 – Annual Bikers Service Orritor Presbyterian Church ‪3.30pm‬

Thursday 25th April 2019 – Annual Classic Bike Run Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Rd, Car Park, leaving at 7.15pm‬

‪Friday 26th April 2019 – KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Practice Day – Roads Close at 12 Noon‬

Saturday 27th April 2019 – KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Race Day – Roads Close at 10.00am‬

Stay up to date with all the important dates and times for the Road Racing Season with the TBNI Road Racing Calendar.

Guy Martin to Return to Road Racing in 2018

Great news for the Northern Irish Road Racing Scene in the form of Guy Martin returning for 2 confirmed events!

Guy Martin to race on the 2018 N.Irish Roads!
Guy Martin to race on the 2018 N.Irish Roads!

Guy Martin will be returning to the Northern Irish Road Races this year with his first stop being the Cookstown 100 on 27th and 28th April 2018.  Guy will be riding his own 750 BSA in the Yesteryear Classic Race.

Then it’s off to one of Guy’s favourite courses – Tandragee – for the Tandragee 100 where he will again pilot his BSA in the Forgotten Era and Classic Races.  The Tandragee 100 runs on 4th and 5th May 2018 .

Make sure to subscribe to our absolutely free Road Racing Calendar to stay up to date with all the dates and events so you’ll never miss a thing!  More Details Here.

For more information on the Cookstown 100 check out the official site here.

For more information on the Tandragee 100 check out the official site here.

And when you go remember to support the sport and buy a programme – that’s the best way to ensure the survival of the great spectacle on the planet!

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…

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.

Isle of Man TT : SES TT Zero 2017 Press Conference – Guy Matin, Bruce Anstey and Daley Mathison

Guy Martin picked up his 17th podium at yesterday’s TTZero on top of the Mugen – I think it is suffice to say he enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it too, and hopefully this is a class that develops more and more, Bruce Anstey – what a guy – hopefully he gets a seat on the Mugen again next year, he wants that 120mph lap.

Oh and for all the haters that say he ‘isn’t a real TT Racer’ – read this again – 17 podiums.

Guy Martin’s Lucky Escape – Isle of Man TT

During the Isle of Man TT 2017, RST Superbike race, Honda Racing’s Guy Martin unfortunately crashed at Doran’s bend on his first lap. Guy reported that he hit a “box of neutrals” which caused him to berm the kerb and take a tumble.

With Guy Martin pulling out of the Pokerstars Senior TT earlier today rumours have been rife as to why.

Personally I think he knew (and Honda did too) that the bike was  not ready to be competitive, but more importantly they have to be 100% sure that everything about the bike is race ready and safe.  This was not worth risking.

A lot of work still needed to be done in getting the bike ready and with the massive amount of track time lost to the weather this year it was in my opinion the right call to forget about this one race, and hopefully, focus on the bigger long term picture.

Guy has hinted that he will be at the Isle of Man Southern 100 next month, and I have my fingers crossed he will make a couple more appearances back in Northern Ireland at Armoy and the Ulster GP.

You can see from this interview though that after his spill Guy was visibly shook up.

However Guy did race on finals day and earned himself a 2nd place finish on the Mugen Shinden Roku with his teammate Bruce Anstey taking the win.  All 8 TTZero bikes finished this race for the first time and although this class gets an awful lot of abuse, and at the risk of being contraversial – I like it, but they I am a tech guy – it’s going to appeal to me as a default.

2017 TT Zero Podium
2017 TT Zero Podium

2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!

Internation North West 200 2017
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!
Glen Irwin on the Be Wiser Ducati takes the 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race in an outstanding feature race!

With five races scheduled for the Saturday event the usual happened and the weather closed in.  After 2 glorious weeks that covered Northern Ireland in sunshine by the time Saturday Race Day had arrived so too had the rain.  That meant delays… by well after lunch time only one race had been run and the question was will just one more race be even possible?

Well it was, the weather broke just enough to get a full schedule completed and WOW what a Race Day it was!  Every race was outstanding, there was only one red flag and that was for rain and safety reasons rather than crashes or injuries.  William Dunlop found himself back on the podium again after an outstanding run on the Supertwin machine, then a few moments of drama when rain closed in on a race and the riders wanted the race stopped raised the temperature of the event.  Tempers rose to the point of breaking – all of which accumulated itself in the feature race – The 2017 Vauxhall NW200 Superbike Race.  It was one of the great spectacles this event has had in years and talking about it isn’t enough, you have to watch it and see the ride that Glen Irwin put in on his Ducati, breath taking doesn’t cover it!  Irwin wanted it, Seeley wanted it, Hutchy wanted it, Rutter wanted it.  They all wanted it so badly – Hutchy was riding his bike more like a Subaru WRC powersliding it round the place, Seeley almost ended up sliding down the road after cutting a bit of the roadside grass for The Causeway Coast Council, and Glen Irwin was poetic coming out of every corner.  It was a truly outstanding race.

Make sure you catch the highlight shows on the BBC – I have no idea how they could cut that race down to ‘highlights’ the whole race was a highlight!

Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Saturday 13th May 2017 Race Results – SPOILER ALERT!

2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Race Results

Internation North West 200 2017
International North West 200 2017

Thursday Night traditionally brings 3 races to open the events actual racing.  It is a pleasure to say this year the Thursday Night passed without incident, all 3 races getting off on time, to their full duration and a cracking evenings racing, marred only by the crash involving John McGuinnes earlier in the days Superbike Session.

Here are the results of the first three races of the 2017 International North West 200!

Internation North West 200 2017
International North West 200 2017

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2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Qualifying / Practice Results

Internation North West 200 2017
International North West 200 2017

Another glorious day at the North Coast and another early morning into afternoon qualifying session, then it all got underway with the Thursday night Race Session.

So without further a do here is how the qualifying went :

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Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Qualifying / Practice Results