2021 North West 200 Cancelled

2021 North West 200 Road Races have been cancelled.

The Coleraine and District Motor Club have confirmed via a Facebook Post that their 2021 event is now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

2021 North West 200 Cancelled
2021 North West 200 Cancelled

2021 fonaCAB Nicholl Oils North West 200 cancelled.

It is with great regret that the Coleraine and District Motor Club Ltd has to announce the cancellation of the 2021 fonaCAB Nicholl Oils North West 200.

The official advice from government and public health officials has made it clear the effects of Coronavirus will remain with us for some considerable time to come, despite the roll out of the vaccination programme. In those circumstances, and after much consideration, the Club committee feels it would be impossible to run this year’s event.

A contingency plan that involved delaying race week from May until August has been given full consideration. However, with so much time, expense and personnel involved in the planning and preparation of the NW200, the risk in pursuing such a plan is too great because of continued uncertainty around both the effects of the virus on our community and the extent of the restrictions aimed at suppressing it.

The Coleraine Club’s main priority must be to ensure the safety and wellbeing of not only those involved in the event, but also the residents of the north coast area and further afield. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the organisers to limit the number of people who travel to the area during race week which, in turn, could pose a significant risk to the local population. That is a situation that cannot be contemplated.

Although extremely disappointing, the decision to cancel the NW200 for the second year in a row is the only responsible course of action the Coleraine Club can take. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our loyal sponsors, officials and volunteers for their understanding and support.

We also apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and hope that this timely intervention can assist the teams and competitors who would normally take part in to our event in making alternative plans.

The Coleraine and District Motor Club would also like to thank everyone who has supported us by retaining their bookings through this difficult period.

Our reservations team will be in contact in the coming weeks as we now look forward to 2022 when a provisional date of May 8-14 has been allocated for what we hope will be the return of race week at Ireland’s largest motorcycle sporting event.

Until then we ask that everyone stays safe and follows the official advice in support of those in the front line of the battle against Coronavirus.

Issued by Coleraine and District Motor Club Ltd.

19/1/2021


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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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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

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 NW200 Saturday Racing… Entry Lists :

Internation North West 200 2017
Internation North West 200 2017

Entry lists can be difficult to find so if you are not in a position to buy a program let me help you out.

(However if you are in a position to buy a program, go and buy one!  Supporting the sport is what will keep it alive and to keep alive it needs money.  Buying a program is how we can all do that, so get out there and get your program bought!)

North West 200 Saturday Live Stream

Good luck and a safe event to all competitiors, spectators, officials. Everyone.

Internation North West 200 2017
Internation North West 200 2017

Read more2017 NW200 Saturday Racing… Entry Lists :

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

Read more2017 International North West 200 (NW200) Thursday 11th May 2017 Race Results

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

Guy Martin will Race at NW200 and Isle of Man TT in 2017!

After yesterday’s rumours and my theory that’d we know more by Wednesday / Thursday, guess what?  It is Wednesday and we know more!  Without further ado here is the news and it is good!  

Oh and before the internet warriors and those who specialise in the keyboard and living under bridges, a chap can change his mind and like it or lump it, this is a huge boost for the Road Racing Scene. Welcome back Guy Martin!

Looks like TT tickets may be even harder to get this year!

Taken from Guy Martin’s Official Facebook Page :

Guy Martin to ride for Honda Racing in 2017
Guy Martin to ride for Honda Racing in 2017

John McGuinness and Guy Martin complete Honda Racing dream team.

Honda Motor Europe is delighted to announce an exciting two-rider line-up for its 2017 Road Racing assault at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Superbike classes. Re-signing for the Honda Racing team is TT legend John McGuinness, who will be joined by Guy Martin on the all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

Making his return to racing after a year away, fan favourite Martin will form a formidable team with McGuinness and the brand new Fireblade SP2 on the roads. Martin has enjoyed huge success on the roads during his career securing wins at various races including the Ulster GP, Scarborough Gold Cup, Armoy, Cookstown and also the Southern 100. He has also stepped on the TT podium 15 times and will be chasing his elusive maiden TT win with the Honda Racing team.

Meanwhile, McGuinness will be looking to add to his impressive tally of 23 TT wins, and riding the new Fireblade SP2, will also be aiming to recapture his lap record which was broken during last year’s race.

The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is the most successful 1000cc machine ever at the Isle of Man TT and Honda aims to add to its remarkable record with the new SP2 version, which is the ultimate expression of the Fireblade’s Next Stage Total Control concept.

The SP2 is a road legal homologation special based on the Fireblade SP that is specifically developed for racing and features a revised cylinder head with larger valve sizes and lightweight Marchesini wheels for even greater performance.

The all-new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 will make its road racing debut at the North West 200 in May.

For all the latest news and information on the Honda Racing team follow @HondaRacingCBR on Twitter.

John McGuinness:

“I’m back with Honda for another year; really I’m part of the family, and I can’t wait to see what the new Fireblade SP2 can do! I know the old model like the back of my hand and have taken a lot of my TT wins with the old girl, so I can’t wait to get out on track and try the new machine out. I have a good feeling about this year and think we have a really good package to show that we mean business. I of course would like another TT win and I would quite like my lap record back! I always say when it’s broken that the lads are just borrowing it and I hope this year that this is the case. I am sad to say bye to the old Fireblade; I have a lot of history and good memories with that bike, but testing the new model can’t come soon enough and neither can the race season. I’m excited to have Guy as my new team-mate; we’ve enjoyed many a racing battle over the years and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can both do.”

Guy Martin: 

“Neil [Tuxworth] has been talking to me for a while about joining the team, but I had a lot of thinking to do before I committed and said yes. I spent a lot of time on my push bike to and from work, thinking about what to do. I didn’t want to grow old regretting not giving the Honda a go, and the more time passes since making the decision, the more time I’ve thought it is the right decision. Honda is a great team and the Fireblade has always been a weapon on the roads, so with the new bike, I‘m keen to give it a go. We’ve got a busy testing schedule coming up and I’ve put some other stuff off to make time. John [McGuinness] is the man, I’ve got massive respect for him and I’m looking forward to racing on the Fireblade against him.”

Neil Tuxworth:

“We have two new members joining the Honda Racing team this year with Guy signing and the new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2. John is part of the furniture really, but it’s great to have him back with us for another year – it wouldn’t be the same without him! I really feel with Guy and John, and of course the new Fireblade, that we have a strong team ready to tackle the roads this year. Guy is hungry for his first TT win and John wants another and his lap record back, so this mixed with the new CBR1000RR means we should be in for some exciting racing action. The new Fireblade SP2 is so important to the team and also Honda and it’s vital we continue its legacy at the TT and add more to its 23 wins. We’re all looking forward to testing and I think everyone from the riders and the team are all excited to get on track and put the new machine through its paces.”

Photos: Honda Racing

#GuyMartin

Guy Martin to ride for Honda Racing in 2017
Guy Martin to ride for Honda Racing in 2017

14/05/2015 NW200 Thursday Night Race Night!

With Thursday now being the 1st Official Race Night of the NW200 I am happy to bring you the official results and the a nice photo gallery of some of the action from the Juniper Hill Chicane near Portstewart.  This is a decent vantage point for taking some decent photographs as the bikes are well slowed down for reaching the chicane, something the riders aren’t to fond off! Guy Martin for example started a bit of controversy for being ‘Bored to the back teeth!’

Unfortunately tonight we only got two of the three races completed, a red flag halted the 3rd race, thankfully no one was injured badly, however following consultation with the riders a low evening sun (as pictured), and time constraints meant the third and final race could not be run and was postponed until Saturday’s racing.

Read more14/05/2015 NW200 Thursday Night Race Night!