William Dunlop : Re-live William Dunlop’s NW200 Superbike win in 2014

Re-live William Dunlop’s thrilling North West 200 Superbike win for the Tyco TAS Racing team in 2014

In memory of William Dunlop the BBC website have brought to the limelight one of his epic battles with his brother Michael during the 2014 North West 200.

It is important to remember the good, especially when things are bad.  Thanks for the memories William.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/44757191

William Dunlop and Michael Dunlop Duel at the 2014 North West 200
William Dunlop and Michael Dunlop Duel at the 2014 North West 200

2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

For the full results of Saturday’s racing (19/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/20/2018-vauxhall-international-race-day-results-timings-saturday-19th-may-2018/

After a glorious and incident free Thursday night Saturday Race Day had a lot to live up to!

It did live up to it and then some!

With a reported 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland’s North Coast the sun came, it was scorching – the crowds came – they were loving it – and the racing came – with the world’s best road racers putting on a show the like the North West hadn’t seen for years.

It was a true spectacle, road racing at its finest and – incident free.  Only one red flag, new comer Nadieh Schoots came off at University and thankfully only suffered a badly bruised leg.

This was exactly what the NW200 needed after a few less that perfect years and was a real testament to everyone involved coupled with a little luck (weather) – but we all need a little luck sometimes!

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Check out my full gallery of all the action from Thursday (17/05/2018) evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

(For info these photos were taken on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart – just up from Tides Restaurant on the opposite side of the road).

Enjoy…

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : http://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

Remember use them, don’t steal them!

Joey Thomspon and Ian Hutchinson battling it out in the Supersport Race – at the 2018 NW2018 (19/05/2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday Race Day Gallery (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

For the full results of Thursday’s racing (17/05/2018) click here : http://tbni.blog/2018/05/18/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-results-timings-thursday-17th-may-2018/

Thursday night’s racing was sun-kissed, fast, contested and incident free.  A superb night on Northern Ireland’s North Coast and I am happy to bring you a full gallery covering all the action from the evening’s three races.  It was the perfect set up for the 2018 NW200 Race Day Saturday…

Enjoy!

(For info these photographs were taken on the Portrush side of the Juniper Hill Chicane – about 300m before the chicane.)

As always please feel free to use my photographs for your own personal use, if you want to use any of them commercially then please contact me here : http://tbni.blog/reviews-and-contact-info/.

Remember use them, don’t steal them!

Paul Jordan on his Supersport bike at the 2018 NW2018 (17/05/2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Gallery (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Saturday Race Day – the big day for the annual NW200 and what a day it was.  The weather forecast had promised to be a scorcher and guess what – even for Northern Ireland it delivered!

Thursday’s racing had already been a massive success with no major incidents and all three races running their full distance with real world class racing on display.  Saturday promised another 5 races but could it deliver on what Thursday had already given us?

Well the short answer is yes!  The weather was glorious, a bit breezy, but all that really did was hide the sunburn!  The racing was outstanding and with only one red flag on the first lap of the final race – of which those involved are fine.

The standing of racing was fantastic and the (reported) crowds of 120,000 people loved it!

Glen Irwin was dishing out the lessons on how to ride a superbike, taking 2 wins in the class, meaning he had 3 in a row at the NW200, remembering he took the 2017 Feature Race in fantastic style.  Joey Thompson – a new crowd favourite missed out on taking a Supertwin win being piped at the final Juniper Hill Chicane, it was breath taking stuff and an amazing example of how good the NW200 can be if blessed with a little bit of good fortune and weather.  Really well done to all those involved.

If you missed it the BBC still have the entire day available for viewing – but I don’t know how long it will be available for – find it here :  https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/northern-ireland/43801720

And let’s not forget Jonathan Rea popped along for a private lap, evening stopping to say hello a few times!

Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200
Jonathan Rea on his Parade Lap of the 2018 North West 200

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the day’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/04/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-200-saturday-race-day-gallery-saturday-19th-may-2018/

Without further delay here are the results of an amazing day’s racing at Northern Ireland’s North Coast :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International Race Day Results & Timings (Saturday 19th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Thursday Race night at the 2018 International North West 200 wasn’t far away from perfect, with only one 30 minute delay, due to a oil spill, there were no other incidents to report, no other race delays, no red flags and a little bit of hazy cloud meant the lowering sun didn’t effect the racing as in previous years.

The result was a full night’s racing, with all 3 races running the distance.

Check out my full gallery of all the action from the evening’s racing here : http://tbni.blog/2018/06/03/2018-vauxhall-international-north-west-thursday-race-night-gallery-thursday-17th-may-2018/

The results of which follow below :

A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200
A little hazy cloud helps ensure the full race programme goes ahead on Thursday Race Night at the 2018 North West 200

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Thursday Race Night Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

After a rather miserable Tuesday session thanks to the Northern Irish weather (which to be fair can be much worse) Thursday’s session was – sun kissed.  Glorious uninterrupted sunshine showered the North Coast in all it’s glory and gave the riders and teams a good chance to get some qualifying times on the board and get tweaking before the racing started on Thursday evening and then in to Saturday Race Day.

The Clerk of the Course even tried to get a double superbike session in after Tuesday’s session being cut so short, however like all best laid plans all you need is an oil spill to ruin them.

However a good session led us into Thursday night…

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

Read on for a full detailed listing of Thursday’s Qualifying Session Results :

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Thursday 17th May 2018)

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Lee Johnston uses every inch of the North Coast Roads

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

I generally see the Tuesday session as more of a warmup than an actual qualifying session. The results you are seeing here will in no way reflect what we see on Thursday and Saturday, today’s timings are even more hampered by the greasy track from the on off rain. It is what it is, but here are the results from today’s Qualifying (“warmup”) sessions…

2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)
2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

Read more2018 Vauxhall International North West Qualifying / Practice Results & Timings (Tuesday 15th May 2018)

2018 North West 200 : Tuesday Practice / Qualifying Sessions LIVE!

Live North West 200 Practice / Qualifying Session : (15/05/2018 – 10:15 – 15:00)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/northern-ireland/43798025

#NW200 #NorthWest200 #2018 #2018NW200 #2018NorthWest200 #Live #RoadRacing #NorthernIreland #Motorbikes #Motorcycles Live North West 200 Practice / Qualifying Session : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/northern-ireland/43798025

2018 North West 200
2018 North West 200

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

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…