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…

Read moreMotorcycle Live 2018 : Birmingham NEC

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 : 

Read more2018 Ulster Grand Prix : Results – Thursday 9th August 2018

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

2018 Walderstown ‘Race of the South’ Results :

The 2018 Walderstown Road Races were held on 14th – 15th July.

The races, thankfully, passed off without major incident and Derek McGee surged to 4 victories including the feature superbike race.

Read on for the full results of what I believe to have been the first proper wet session of the Irish calendar – I remember Cookstown getting the odd shower but after Ireland being being baked in a recent heatwave it had to break and Walderstown was the first session where wet tyres were the only option – all day!

Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races
Derek McGee took four great wins at the 2018 Walstown ‘Race of the South’ Road Races

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2018 Isle of Man Southern 100 Results

Southern 100 Logo
Southern 100 Logo

The 2018 Isle of Man Southern 100 ran from Monday 9th July 2018 – Thursday 12 July 2018.

The official website can be found here : https://southern100.com

Full timings from the practice sessions are available on the Official Website

Monday 9th July 2018 was an open practice session running from approximately 6:05pm – 9:30pm

Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1A” :

2018 Southern 100Results : Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1A”
2018 Southern 100Results : Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1A”

Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1B” :

Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1B”
Corlett’s Trophies Senior Solo Founders 600cc/1000cc Race “1B”
 

Station Garage Junior Solo Founders 125cc/400cc/Moto 3 :

Station Garage Junior Solo Founders 125cc/400cc/Moto 3
Station Garage Junior Solo Founders 125cc/400cc/Moto 3
 

Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race :

Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race
Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race

Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating 250cc/650cc twins Race “1” :

Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating 250cc/650cc twins Race “1”
Mike Kerruish Plumbing & Heating 250cc/650cc twins Race “1”

Radcliffe Butchers 600 Race :

Radcliffe Butchers 600 Race
Radcliffe Butchers 600 Race

Ace Hire & Sales Formula Two Sidecar Race :

Ace Hire & Sales Formula Two Sidecar Race
Ace Hire & Sales Formula Two Sidecar Race

 

S & S Motors 600cc Race :

S & S Motors 600cc Race
S & S Motors 600cc Race

 

Pole Position Travel 600cc “B” Race :

 

Southern 100 Circuit Map