2020 North West 200 Cancelled

2020 North West 200 Cancelled : 

2020 North West 200 Cancelled
2020 North West 200 Cancelled

Initially the organisers of the 2020 North West 200 had only postponed the event. However today it has unfortunately been confirmed via an early morning press release that the event has now been cancelled.


2020 FONACAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200 CANCELLED.

On March 17, Coleraine and District Motor Club announced the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200, scheduled for May 10-16, would be postponed following the government’s introduction of restrictions to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Since March the organisers of the NW200 have been in consultation with all of the relevant agencies to explore the possibility of running the event at a later date during 2020. We have corresponded with officials from the N.I. Executive as well as Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council plus all of the NW200’s stakeholders, considering every option available to us should there be a suitable window of opportunity.

Despite these efforts, it is now obvious the disruption and uncertainty the virus will continue to place on all of our lives and activities in the coming months will make it impossible to deliver the extensive planning required to run an event on the scale of the North West 200. That being the case, Coleraine and District Motor Club have taken the unfortunate but responsible and necessary decision to cancel the 2020 races. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause for our competitors, volunteers and race fans.

A provisional date for the 2021 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils NW200 Race Week Festival has already been set for 9th to 15th May. We hope everyone stays safe and well so we can return to an even bigger and better North West 200 12 months from now. fonaCAB Nicholl Fuel Oils Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Causeway Coast & Glens Events #NW200 #Northwest200.


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2020 North West 200 Postponed

2020 North West 200 Postponed
2020 North West 200 Postponed

2020 North West 200 Postponed : Official Statement :

STATEMENT RE THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE 2020 FONACAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200

Given the current concerns and restrictions around the Coronavirus public health crisis, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 will postpone the May 10-16 Race Week.
Over the past two weeks we have been in constant contact with government and public health officials, representatives of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and the sport’s governing body, the MCUI (UC).
Today’s decision has been based upon the advice and guidance received. Our paramount desire is to act responsibly and do all we can to protect everyone from the threat posed by the virus.
We enjoy the full support of loyal sponsors and stakeholders in making this decision but apologise for any inconvenience it has caused to them, our competitors, volunteers and race fans.


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The Future of Irish Road Racing is in the Balance

This post is now even more poignant given the postponements and cancellation of many 2020 events due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Please take the time to read and digest…

I am going to ‘Stickie’ this post until around the start of the Season because I think all road racing fans need to read and share it. The future of Irish Road Racing is in the balance and that balance is slowing tipping the wrong way!

It is relatively bleak reading, but it raises some very valid points. In 2020 we have definitely lost the Enniskillen Road Races with that event opting to relocate to a circuit. Also the Ulster Grand Prix looks very like it will not have a 2020 event – its future beyond that looks grim if the rumoured figures of debt are even remotely true and Cookstown have went on record saying that another bad year or two will put their event in real jeopardy.

Does motorcycle road racing on public roads in Ireland have a future?

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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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2019 North West 200 Saturday 18/05/2019 Race Schedule & Entry List

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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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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.

2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying 2019 NW200 Superstock First Qualifying

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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2019 North West 200 : 12th – 18th May 2019

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2019 North West 200 Saturday 18/05/2019 Race Schedule :

(Roads closed 9.15pm – 7pm): 

Race 1 – The Junction Retail & Leisure Park SUPERSPORT RACE

Race 2 – ANCHOR BAR SUPERBIKE RACE

Race 3 – JOHN M PATERSON SUPERTWIN RACE

Race4  – CP HIRE SUPERSTOCK RACE

Race5 – MERROW HOTEL & SPA NW200 SUPERBIKE RACE

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