Thursday 16th May -Alastair Seeley wins two races - Superbike Race1 and Superstock Race3 held on Thursday night, the first victory on Kawasaki since Mick Grant. Meanwhile, a clearly delighted Jeremy McWilliams wins the Supertwins Race2. Tyres played a major part in race strategy, with wet surfaces challenging those on slicks at the Magic Roundabout.
1. Alastair Seeley 2.Michael Dunlop 3. Guy Martin 4. Bruce Anstey 5. Stuart Easton
1. Jeremy McWilliams 2. James Hillier 3. Jamie Hamilton 4. Ivan Lintin 5. Lee Johnston
1. Alastair Seeley 2. Bruce Anstey 3. Gary Johnson 4. Guy Martin 5. Derek Sheils
Thursday 17th May -Alastair Seeley wins in the Superstock race held on Thursday night, the first such racing to take place in the modern era at the North West 200. Dungannon's son Ryan Farquhar then on his KMR Kawasaki in the Supertwins race.
Tuesday 15th May - Englishman Martin Jessop cracks a new top-speed record at 208+mph , registered
through the speed trap after Blackbridge from the Station to University section.
Local man , rider#34 Alaistair Seeley, seems the man to catch, attaining pole.
ONBOARD LAP OF NW200 -------------->>>> Ride a lap of the NW200 Superbike Race . Watch for the PSNI speed trap at Black Bridge straight (at 1min 22seconds in the video). Kiwi Bomber Bruce Anstey onboard GSXR1000 Suzuki at the 2009 NW200. Amazing close up racing with Anstey reaching speeds of 192 MPH on closed public roads - flies, walls, speed bumps, rev counter working overtime, competition so close you can feel the exhaust heat on yer boots - it has to be mad Irish Road Racing! Uploaded by thegaffer1 at BBC on youtube.com .
NW200.COM FACTS The circuit is 8.970 miles and has recentlyintroduced a new chicane at the Mather's Cross secion
NW 200 WINNERS Robert Dunlop 15 Joey Dunlop 13 Michael Rutter 12 Philip Mc Callen 11 (5 in one day record) Tony Rutter 9 Bruce Anstey 9 Steve Plater/Ian Lougher 8 each
LAP RECORDS: Class Rider Year Bike mph 125cc Robert Dunlop 2006 Honda 103.15 Superstock Guy Martin 2008 Honda 121.94 Supersport Steve Plater 2008 Yamaha 119.19 Superbike Steve Plater 2006 Honda 124.10
FOTO OF THE WEEK - ANSTEY LEADS SEELEY AT JUNIPER (from Kenny Gibson)
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WELCOMEtowww.NW200.com, dedicated fan site for Irish Road Racing, and the world famous North West 200 motorcycle road races. This years Irish Road Racing Championship and the Internationals at the North West, UGP and Isle of Man certainly had extreme highs and sad lows - the magnificent racing and the losses of two of Ireland's senior statesmen will forever mark 2008 indelibly on everyone's mind. The new NW200 video is awesome, but if it's the real thing you want, check back for confirmation dates for NW200 2009next May - surely the public roads that form a triangle between the beautiful Irish coastal towns of Portrush (start), Portstewart , and Coleraine will reverberate once again to the sounds of Messrs. McGuinness, Seeley, Dunlop, Lougher, Anstey, Donald, Farquhar, Cummins, Amor, Hutinson, Archibald, Martin, Johnston, ...maybe Michael Pearson...et al!
NOTHING ON EARTH MOVES FASTER than Irish Road Racing bikes at the NW200 without actually taking off and flying! Every year, the NW200 attracts the largest crowds at any outdoor sports event in Britain and Ireland, with upwards of 150,000 people from all over the world in attendance on the main Saturday race-day. It is guaranteed that after the shock of first witnessing these riders and machines flash past you at over 200mph on a road just 2 metres away from you, you will be hooked! Smell the two-stroke burning past, and experience the craic yerself !
THE TRADITION OF THE ‘NORTH WEST 200‘? In the old days, the main race of the Saturday was held over 200miles, hence the name. Nowadays, each race is between 4 to 6 laps of the 8.96 mile circuit (dependent on race stoppages). It is one of 16 Irish road races (in 2008), but by far the most significant due to the crowds, the world class riders and teams attending, and this is due to it being the last road race before the world famous Isle of Man TT (see www.islemantt.com )races held in the last week of May and first week of June, and so it is an opportunity to tune the new bikes and teams for the TT.
2010 NEWS: SUPERBIKE COMBINED QUALIFYING GRID 1st John McGuinness Honda 2nd Keith Amor BMW 3rd Conor Cummins Kawasaki 4th Stuart Easton Honda 5th Guy Martin Honda 6th Michael Rutter BMW 7th Michael Dunlop Honda 8th Alastair Seeley TAS Suzuki 9th Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki 10th Adrian Archibald Suzuki 11th Ian Hutchinson Honda 12th Cameron Donald Suzuki
SUPERSTOCK COMBINED QUALIFYING GRID
1st Conor Cummins -Kawasaki 2nd Ryan Farquhar-Kawasaki 3rd Keith Amor BMW 4th Alastair SeeleySuzuki 5th Ian Hutchinson Honda 6th Ian Lougher Kawasaki 7th Micel Dunlop Honda 8th John McGuinnessHonda 9th Michael Rutter BMW 10th Guy Martin Honda
SUPERSPORT COMBINED QUALIFYING GRID 1st Michael Dunlop -Yamaha 2nd Keith Amor-Honda 3rd Ian Hutchinson-Honda 4th John McGuinness-Honda 5th Bruce Anstey - Suzuki 6th William Dunlop-Yamaha 7th Alastair Seeley- Suzuki 8th Guy Martin -Honda 9th Ryan Farquhar-Kawasaki 10th Ian Lougher-Kawasaki 11th Cameron Donald- TAS Suzuki
Thursday Practice - Plater in high-speed NW200 Thursday Practice crash NW200 favourite Steve Plater will be a doubtful starter for Saturday's NW200 Superbike Race after crashing out at speed near Quarry approaching the finishing line. Steve was removed to hospital with a suspected broken wrist - NW200.com wish Steve well.
Tuesday Practice - Plater looks for win #9 / Stuart Easton sets new fastest speed at 204mph! * HM Plant's Steve Plater is looking for his ninth NW200 win, after setting the pace in Superbike practice on Tuesday night with a time of 118.45mph. John McGuinness was next best on 117.42, followed by an incredible new fastest speed trap time touching 204mph from Scotsman Stuart Easton on the Swan Honda at the Black Bridge to University Corner section. Plater stated afterwards he is delighted as the weather is not good for the Thursday Practice session.
* Bruce Anstey was fastest Supersport rider, and William Dunlop fastest in the 125 cc practice. uperstock practice was called off due to oil on the track delays near Station Corner.
Superbike Tuesday practice time results 1 Steve Plater (#1 HM Plant Honda) 118.45 2 John McGuinness (#4 HM Plant Honda) 117.42 3 Stuart Easton (#3 Swan Honda) 117.09 4 Michael Dunlop (#26 Streetsweep Robinson Concrete Honda) 116.87 5 Conor Cummins (#12 McAdoo Kawasaki) 116.39 6 Ryan Farquhar (#77 MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 116.09 8 Adrian Archibald (#13 Suzuki AMA Racing) 115.73 9 Alastair Seeley (#34 Suzuki Relentless by TAS) 115.56 10Keith Amor (#37 BMW KBMG ) 115.46 Cameron Donald, Ian Hutchison, Guy Martin, Gary Johnson, Bruce Ansty, Ian Lougher, Denver Robb, William Dunlop, James Mc Bride, Derek Brien, and Stephen Thompson followed to 20th place.
Supersport Tuesday practice time results 1 Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 114.00 2 William Dunlop (Yamaha) 113.76 3 Keith Amor (Honda) 113.36 4 Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 113.32 5 Guy Martin (Honda) 113.18 6 Michael Dunlop (Yamaha) 113.06
125cc Tuesday practice time results 1 William Dunlop (Honda) 96.73 2 Chris Palmer (Honda) 95.31 3 Renzo van der Donckt (Honda) 94.34
* NW200 Programmes - £15 / €18 from official road-side sellers approaching the NW200 course. www.NW200.com appeal to all race fans to please support the Coleraine Club staging this years NW200 by purchasing a Programme in support of Ireland's biggest outdoor sports event.
♣GETTING THERE - From Belfast take M2 Northwards. Leave M2 at junction 1, take A26 to Coleraine. Start line is on the north most sector between Portrush and Portstewart. Racing proceeds west to York Corner and then south past Station, Cromore Road/Black Bridge, and to University and Ballysally roundabout. Racing then proceeds north past Mather's Cross, Magherabuoy to Metropole, then west to Blackhill along coast to finish.
Anstey leads Seeley at Juniper chicane - from Kenny Gibson
NW200 2009 NEWS: * 2009 RACE DAY - Race day was dominated by many events outside the control of the organisers. Only 5 of the 7 races were run, with 2 races reaching the chequered flag, and the remaining 3 races red-flagged. The last two cancelled races were the feature NW200 race, and the seventh/last race the 600cc Supersport Race2 - this was due to a combination of time constraints and the inclement weather left many wondering about the safety of running machines on soft-compound wet tyres but on roads that were wet in places / drying fast after heavy showers.
The opening 250cc race saw one of Ireland's best-known motorcyclists, Mark Young (22) from Cookstown, come off at Mather's Cross. After initial treatment, he was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he subsequently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mark's many friends and family at this difficult time. In another unrelated incident, a Welsh man died following a motorcycle crash in Portrush after racing. Christian Elkin sustained a broken leg in an incident, and Antrim man John Anderton remains critical after injuries sustained at the Tuesday practice.
* Weather Fri15th - Previous raceday rain forecasts have been withdrawn, with everyone hopeful of a dry, sunny and safe day! * Thursday Practice 14th May - Called off after one race due to rain and fading light. * Tuesday Practice 12th May - Great evening's practice with the local Irish, a Scot and two OZ/NZ'S showing the way. Kiwi Bruce Anstey set the pace in the Superbike practice with a blistering 121.6 mph lap, followed by John McGuinness, Keith Amor and Steve Plater.Alistair Seeley took his Suzuki to pole position in the Superstocks, closely followed by Cameron Donald, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar. In the Supersport600cc it was local hero Michael Dunlop riding Gary Ryan's Street Sweep Yammie, followed by Steve Plater, Keith Amor and Anstey. Micheal also has taken second on the grid on the 250cc grid, and will be looking to repeat his epic win from the 2008 race. * Lap record - Steve Plater holds the lap record of 124.11mph set in 2006 when he wore the HM Plant Honda team leathers. See picture above of team mate Michael Rutter who registered a world record 201+mph straight line speed at Black Bridge (between Station and University) in the same race. The NW200 is Ireland's largest outdoor sports event with annual Saturday raceday crowds of over 150,000 crowding the 8.998 mile course. * IOM TT - MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will visit the Isle of Man TT this year for his first visit, and will do a parade lap. Michael Dunlop interview after winning his first IOM TT title from our friends at the BBC Sports department: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/8093367.stm . Send your favourite moments to firstname.lastname@example.org .