Motorcycle Live 2018 : Birmingham NEC

Motorcycle Live 2018
Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 ran this year from 17th – 25th November, so now that is over I can post up a few photographs along with my thoughts on the show and what I saw this year without having to issue a spoiler.

This year saw 4 halls filled with the current (and upcoming) offerings of 40 manufacturers along with a chance to test ride numerous machines both on the road and on the ever popular Adventure course where you can test on the most popular adventure bikes on a well thought indoor track.  It’s not taxing, not difficult at all, but it is fun.

The Live Arena was also present and what was previously a showcase for Arena Cross this year was taken over by Moto Cirque and what these guys can do on such a small stage really is spectacular.  If you get that the chance to see their show in full, take it.

Other than that it is all about the bikes and I have composed a gallery of over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure but first I am going to point out a few of my highlights…

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2019 Manx Grand Prix Race Programme

Press Release : Manx Grand Prix – Race Programme for 2019

Manx Grand Prix Race Programme 2019
Manx Grand Prix Race Programme 2019

Following the success of the 2018 MGP races, the organisers, The Manx Motor Cycle Club, will retain the same programme for 2019.  This will see things kick off with the Newcomers’ race on bank holiday Monday 26th August 2019.

Wednesday of race week will see the Junior MGP Race with the  first of the two Lightweight/Ultra-lightweight races in the afternoon. Friday features the second Lightweight/Ultra-lightweight races in the morning, followed by the grand finale of the Senior MGP Race bringing the event to a close in the afternoon.

Once again, the Lightweight race will feature the popular 650cc twin cylinder machines, and the Ultra-lightweight race, the 400cc, 125cc and Moto 3 bikes.

The club has decided to buck the trend and retain the class for 400 and 125cc bikes at a time when many race organisers have dropped the category.

Manx Motor Cycle Club chairman, Peter Maddocks said: ‘We felt it was appropriate for us to retain the smaller capacity class as it offers an opportunity for younger new riders to enter the event and get them interested in competing on the Mountain Course.’

Any newcomers wishing to be considered for the 2019 event should register their interest by email to heather@mgp.co.im 

Practices for the 2019 Manx Grand Prix start on Saturday, August 17th and the event finishes with the Senior race on Friday, August 30th.

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2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Confirmed

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Announced
2019 Ulster Grand Prix Dates Announced

Welcoming the announcement, star of the 2018 MCE Insurance UGP and Man of the Meeting, Peter Hickman, who romped to easy victories in both the 600 and superbike races said: “I’m already looking forward to racing back at the Ulster GP, it’s one of the best circuits on earth!”

The dates for the 2019 Ulster Grand Prix have been confirmed.  

Wednesday 7th August 2019 will get the Practice Sessions underway.

Thursday 8th August 2019 will see four race sessions – currently scheduled as Superbike, Supersport, Ultra Lightweight/Lightweight and Supertwins.

Saturday 10th August 2019 is Race Day and is currently scheduled for 7 race sessions across all classes.

Check out the Official Ulster Grand Prix Website Here : http://ulstergrandprix.net

“It’s always close racing and the track is a firm favourite among fans and riders alike, but there is so much more to enjoy during Bike Week, as it is five days packed with full of entertainment and activities for all ages.”

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2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results : Sunday 9th September 2018

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results :

Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival
Derek McGee at the 2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival

Sunday 9th August 2018 – the final race day for the Irish National Road Racing Calendar and it took us to Killalane for the 2018 East Coast Racing Festival sponsored by – strangely enough – Mrs Brown’s Boys.  Fair play though Brown’s seemed to get right into the spirit of things coming up with a funky wee logo and and even more funky bus…

It also say the return to the roads of Derek McGee who just one month ago was knocked out of action at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod…

If we remove that slight hiccup from the equation the result is Derek McGee taking 15 wins from 15 races – a phenomenal achievement and one well worthy of a round of applause – !applause!

It didn’t come easy though as throughout the final Derek Shiels was snapping at his heels on the Cookstown Burrows Engineering bike taking second place by a mere 0.185s!  The third place podium went to Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan taking fourth.

2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results
2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results

Read on for the full results from every one of the day’s races…

Read more2018 Mrs Brown’s Boys East Coast Racing Festival Results : Sunday 9th September 2018

2018 Manx GP & Classic TT Qualifying and Race Schedule : 18th – 31 August 2018

2018 Manx GP & Classic TT Schedule

Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling 2018

The Manx GP and Classic TT are next on the 2018 Road Racing Calendar, and it can all get a little hectic and confusing to keep up with what session is running for what race competition.

Hopefully this guide to the fortnight’s events will keep you on track and up to date with all that is happening.

Of course this is subject to change so keep an eye on Twitter for any last minute changes to the plan!

Qualifying & Race Week Schedule 2018
Qualifying & Race Week Schedule 2018
Race Week Schedule 2018
Race Week Schedule 2018
2018 Manx GP & Classic TT Contingency Plans

2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Saturday 11th August 2018

2018 Ulster Grand Prix
2018 Ulster Grand Prix

It’s the final day of the Northern Irish Road Racing Calendar, and it’s one of the biggest – The 2018 Ulster Grand Prix Saturday Race Day. 

This article is being written real time during the event, in a new approach for me, it may work it may not.  So I welcome your comments and input either way.  That should explain why things may bounce about a little, but if it works I may use it in the future as a sort of live blog…

The day got off to an absolutely flying start with Peter Hickman showing once again that he is the fastest road racer on the planet and had his eyes firmly fixed on breaking more records – breaching 200 mph at the Flying Kilo speedtrap…

The previous best was held by William Dunlop #6 (RIP) at a still whopping 200.4 mph. 

Read on for the results and a brief summary of the day’s racing.

Read more2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Saturday 11th August 2018

2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Thursday 9th August 2018

Ulster Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix

The last road race meeting in Northern Ireland for the year is underway at Dundrod in the form of the Ulster Grand Prix and as usual we have all the results from every race right here for you.

Unfortunately during Thursday’s session we lost Derek McGee and Seamus Elliot (who have both suffered suspected broken bones) Derek McGee was flying through the last couple of meetings – at Fuagheen he had recently made it 14 out of 14!

A few more riders suffered spills but most importantly none suffered any serious injuries.David Murphy came off at Dawson’s, Davo Johnston at the hairpin, a red flag halted the action in the first 600 race due to rain and Joey Thompson suffered a high side.

On a much more positive note Conor Cummins took the Supersport race in outstanding style and Adam McLean dedicated his Supertwin win to James Cowton.  Neil Kernohan and Christian Elkin took the honours in the hotly contested lightweight categories.

Full results below : 

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2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Results

Armoy takes up back up towards the North Coast of Northern Ireland, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Race of Legends.’

Run over two days the Armoy races consists of a Friday Practice Day (with 2 races at the end of the day) and then Saturday Race Day which was scheduled for 11 Races.  

Unfortunately that was not to be.  

The Saturday Racing was abandoned due to truly atrocious weather.

Read more2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Results

2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Road Closure Details

2018 Armoy Races Road Closing Timings :

2018 Armoy Races Road Closures :

Roads close on Friday 27th from 12.30pm to 9.30pm

Practice & Supersport (1) and Senior Support (1) Races

Roads close Saturday 28th from 10.00am to 7.30pm

Full 9 race programme culminating with the feature superbike race – the Bayview Hotel ‘Race of Legends’

Read more2018 Armoy Road Races – ‘The Race of Legends’ : Road Closure Details

2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races Results

Faugheen 50 Road Races
Faugheen 50 Road Races

This weekend saw the road racing schedule return to the Republic of Ireland for the Faugheen 50 Road Races.

As you will see from the results below Derek McGee remains the man to beat with 14 wins, from his last 14 entries.  Impressive!  This weekend’s stats are simply 5 entries – 5 wins!

Derek McGee makes it 14 out of 14 and 5 out of 5 at the 2018 Faugheen 50

Read on for the results of the 2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races :

Read more2018 Faugheen 50 Road Races Results