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Jonathan Rea named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for third year in a row

Jonathan Rea has lifted yet another trophy as he was named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at last night’s Cornmarket Bike Awards.

The three time back-to-back World Superbike Champion took home the Joey Dunlop trophy for the third time in the row, becoming only the second rider ever to do so – the other was Dunlop himself. Rea has now won the award five times having previously been given it in 2007 and 2008. It comes after he placed second in BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in December.

It was a successful night for the Reas at the annual awards – held once again at the Ramada in Belfast – as TT winner Jonathan Rea Snr was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Kawasaki stalwart and Jonny Rea Jnr’s crew chief Pere Riba was also presented with an Outstanding Achievement award.

The presentations were kicked off with a Special Recognition Award for the Enkalon Motorcycle Club – the group who originally founded the Bike Awards – who are due to step away from motorcycle racing after over 40 years of service. The club were presented their award by Eugene Laverty.

Glenn Irwin won two awards including the Greenlight TV Special Recognition Award. The BSB rider won at both the North West 200 and Macau Grand Prix in 2017 and was given the award for entertaining on the track. He also picked up the award for Race of the Year after the North West 200 Superbike race was voted the best by fans. It was a thrilling battle between Irwin, Seeley – who was also there to receive the award – and Ian Hutchinson. Graeme Irwin was also victorious as he won Off Road Rider of the Year.

2017 Irish and Ulster Supertwin, Supersport, and Superbike Champion Derek McGee picked up the award for National Road Racer of the Year after a highly successful year on the roads. Peter Hickman – whose 2017 road racing results included a hat-trick of victories at the Ulster Grand Prix – was named International Road Racer of the Year.

Philip McCallen was on hand to present his sponsored award to the Young Rider of the Year Richard Kerr. Kerr finished fourth in this year’s Motostar British Championship just six points off third place. Cornmarket’s founder Sam Geddis received the Services to Motorcycling Award.

Last year’s British Supersport champion Keith Farmer won the award for Best Rider on British Short Circuits. Jason Lynn, who was recently named Young Rider of the Year at the Masters Superbike Championship awards at the end of last year, picked up the award for Short Circuit Rider of the Year after winning the Masters Supersport championship. Tyco BMW were named Team of the Year.




16 TT wins for Ian Hutchinson following Superstock victory

Ian Hutchinson has notched up his 16th Isle of Man TT victory – and his second at this year’s event – with a win in the Superstock race.

The Tyco BMW man put in a dominating performance to finish over 20 seconds clear of Peter Hickman. It was Hickman’s third podium of the week following his top three results in the Superbike and Supersport classes. There was also a debut TT podium for local rider Dan Kneen.

Michael Rutter finished the race in fourth place ahead of Dean Harrison and the Dunlop brothers – Michael leading William. David Johnson was eighth ahead of Jamie Coward and Horst Saiger. Just narrowly outside a top ten finish was Daniel Hegarty in 11th with Martin Jessopp 12th, Sam West 13th, Brian McCormack 14th and James Cowton 15th. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Dan Stewart, Michael Sweeney, Philip Crowe, Ivan Lintin and Daniel Cooper.

Retirements from the race included James Hillier, Bruce Anstey, Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson. It was sadly confirmed later in the day that Jochem van den Hoek had passed away following an accident during the race.

Ian Hutchinson wins opening Superbike TT race

Ian Hutchinson has taken the first win of the week, beating Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

The weather has wrecked havoc with the weeks’ practice sessions but ideal conditions greeted riders for the first race of 10 this week. David Johnson led them away at 2pm for the opening Superbike race.

James Hillier took the early lead at Glen Helen, leading Harrison by just eight tenths of a second with Hutchinson third. Michael Dunlop soon got himself into contention by Ballaugh, moving into third place. He was leading the race by the Bungalow and was leading when he retired on lap two. Harrison became the new leader with Hillier second and Hutchinson third.

The first lot of pit stops took place at the end of lap two and it was the Padgetts Racing crew who completed the fastest stop – 52 seconds for Bruce Anstey. Hutchinson’s Tyco BMW crew completed their stop in 55 seconds – five seconds quicker than Harrison and Hickman who was third at the end of the second lap. The battle for the win continued between Harrison and Hutchinson before the latter took control at the Bungalow on lap four. With just seven tenths of a second his advantage over Harrison he pulled the pin and upped it to nearly ten seconds by the start of the fifth lap.

By lap five Harrison had dropped down to fourth and Hutchinson was leading Hillier and Hickman. It became a two horse race on the sixth and final lap when Hickman slashed the gap to just 2.5 seconds. The gap came down to 1.6 seconds by Ramsey but it increased from there and Hutchinson had a five second advantage by the end of the race. Hickman finished in second with Harrison returning to third place. Hillier was fourth ahead of Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, and David Johnson. Josh Brookes, William Dunlop, and Martin Jessopp completed the top ten.

Horst Saiger came home to finish 11th ahead of Sam West, Anstey, Philip Crowe, Jamie Coward and Dan Stewart. Brian McCormack got a time penalty for exceeding pit lane speeds and finished 17th. Stefano Bonetti, Mark Parrett, and Michael Sweeney completed the top 20.

There were a number of retirements from the race including a very early one for Guy Martin who came off uninjured at Dorans on lap one. Michael Dunlop retired from the race lead on lap two while Derek Sheils, Dan Cooper and Ivan Lintin were retirements in the pits. Gary Johnson, Fabrice Miguet, and local favourite Conor Cummins also retired. Davey Lambert was involved in an incident and is in a critical condition in hospital.

134mph lap for Ian Hutchinson on way to  Ulster Grand Prix ‘Man of the Meeting’

134mph lap for Ian Hutchinson on way to Ulster Grand Prix ‘Man of the Meeting’

Ian Hutchinson was named Man of the Meeting at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix after four wins. He broke the lap record and in doing so became the world’s fastest road racer, beating Bruce Anstey’s six year record when he completed a 134.089mph lap.

Gary Johnson stepped in to replace injured Lee Johnston

Win number one came in the opening race of the day – Superstock – where he beat Michael Dunlop and Dan Kneen. Backmarkers came into play in the final few laps and Hutchinson crossed the line with a two tenth advantage over Dunlop. Behind Kneen was Dean Harrison who finished just ahead of Conor Cummins. Last minute Lee Johnston replacement Gary Johnson came home in sixth place with Derek Sheils seventh, Steve Mercer eighth and Jamie Coward ninth. Bruce Anstey had an understated start to the day finishing in tenth place and 42 seconds off the race winner.

Anstey took victory in the first of two Supersport races, beating Hutchinson by just eight tenths. Cummins was third – securing a podium after fourth in the first race – ahead of Harrison and Kneen. William Dunlop finished in sixth ahead of Peter Hickman – who retired from the first race – and Derek McGee. Christian Elkin was ninth and Dan Cooper was tenth. There was a brief shower before the start of the race but conditions quickly improved. Anstey pulled away at the front but was reeled in by the end.

Following their battle in Thursday’s Lightweight race, Neil Kernohan was once again victorious over Davy Morgan. The gap was 17 seconds this time after a close hundredths of a second win on Thursday. Darryl Tweed finished in third ahead of Stephen Morrison and Paul Gartland. In the Ultralightweight class Elkin took a commanding 20 seconds win over Sam Wilson, with Paul Robinson in third. Gary Dunlop finished in fourth ahead of Nigel Moore.

Hutchinson took victory in the feature Ulster Grand Prix superbike race by just two tenths of a second over Anstey. Michael Dunlop had to settle for third ahead of Cummins and Harrison. Hickman suffered another disappointment retiring from the race after running in third place.

Hutchinson took the lead when it counted

In the second Supersport race it was William Dunlop who led most of the way but lost out in the end, just before the Quarries. Hutchinson took his third win of the day by just a tenth of a second. Hickman finished in third, half a second down, ahead of Anstey, Cummins, Harrison and Johnson. Elkin was eighth, Cooper ninth and Paul Jordan. Patricia Fernandez finished in 27th place and became the fastest ever woman at a road race with a 118.261mph lap.

At the North West 200 Cooper got caught up in Ryan Farquhar’s accident, leaving him injured and not riding to his full potential at the Isle of Man TT. At the Ulster Grand Prix he finally took his first International victory, winning the Supertwins race from Sheils and James Cowton. It was another close race like at Armoy, with the top six separated by just two seconds. Jordan and Adam McLean were fourth and fifth respectively.

In the final Superbike race of the day it was once again between Hutchinson and Anstey – thrilling the fans on the RCV – with Michael Dunlop once again third. The race was red flagged following a highside by Dominic Herbertson – rider was OK – after the riders had completed six laps. Hutchinson completed a 134mph lap on his final tour, becoming the world’s fastest road racer. Cummins finished fourth ahead of Harrison, Kneen, Hickman, Johnson, Mercer and Sheils.


Ian Hutchinson wins postponed Superstock race

Ian Hutchinson wins postponed Superstock race

Ian Hutchinson was the winner of the postponed Superstock race, his first win for the Tyco BMW team.

The race was put second on Saturday’s schedule having been called off on Thursday evening. It was initially delayed because of a security alert at Ballysally Roundabout and then red flagged on the second lap. The red flag was because James Hillier had come off his bike at University Corner. He was checked over by medical staff and was ruled out of the remainder of the day’s running due to taking a bang to the head.

After a brief delay the grid was reset and the race was run over five laps instead of the planned six. It was a close fought affair with any one of seven riders having the possibility of taking the win. Alistair Seeley was just one of a number of leaders with others including Michael Rutter, Michael Dunlop and eventual winner Hutchinson.

Michael Rutter on track 
The long run to University from Station Corner lends itself to a lot of slip-streaming, and no rider was able to make a break. At one stage Dunlop lifted his hand to wave at Rutter as he passed him, while the pair sat at 200mph enjoying their close battle.

Eventually Hutchinson crossed the line to win the race breaking the lap record on the way. He capitalised when Seeley ran wide into Metropole.  The top six were separated by just over three seconds with the seventh rider in the mix – Gary Johnson – dropping off. After a third place in the second Supersport race, Hickman took another podium – this time finishing second. Seeley rounded out the podium finishers in third with Rutter fourth and Dunlop fifth. Lee Johnston finished in sixth place ahead of Johnson, Jeremy McWilliams, Horst Saiger and David Johnson.

There were a number of non finishers in the race including Paul Gartland who came off at University. While he initially returned to the paddock he has since been admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he is said to be in a stable condition.



TT Superbike start numbers revealed

The start numbers for the Superbike and Senior TT races at this year’s Isle of Man TT have been revealed.

John McGuinness will once again lead the riders away. Last year he raced to victory in the Senior TT as well as setting a new outright lap record of 132.701mph. He will be followed by Bruce Anstey, who has previously started at number 5 for a number of years.

The top twenty riders are as follows:

  1. John McGuinness
  2. Bruce Anstey
  3. James Hillier
  4. Ian Hutchinson
  5. Peter Hickman
  6. Michael Dunlop
  7. Gary Johnson
  8. William Dunlop
  9. Michael Rutter
  10. Conor Cummins
  11. Cameron Donald
  12. Dean Harrison
  13. Lee Johnston
  14. Dan Kneen
  15. David Johnson
  16. Ryan Farquhar
  17. Dan Stewart
  18. Martin Jessopp
  19. Steve Mercer
  20. Ivan Lintin

Last year’s three time winner Ian Hutchinson will ride for Tyco BMW this year and get away fourth in the order. This is the number from which he started in 2010 when he took five race victories.



Peter Hickman – the fastest ever newcomer when he made his debut in 2014 –¬†will be hoping to take his first TT victory as he moves up to start fifth, having started from number 17¬†last year. He will be just ahead of Michael Dunlop.

Gary Johnson leaves from number seven ahead of William Dunlop, Michael Rutter and Conor Cummins. A return to Wilson Craig Racing sees Cameron Donald start from number 11, with the competitive trio of Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston and Dan Kneen starting 12, 13 and 14 respectively. David Johnson rounds out the top 15 starters with Ryan Farquhar leaving from number 16 on the second Tyco BMW. The top 20 starters will be completed by Dan Stewart, Martin Jessopp, and Ivan Lintin.

There are also a number of impressive riders just outside the top twenty including Alan Bonner, Dan Cooper and Horst Saiger. Last year’s best newcomer Derek McGee is also back along with Jamie Coward, James Cowton and Stefano Bonetti. Eight newcomers will make their debut at this year’s event including Ben Wilson, Victor Cox and Seamus Elliott. They will be joined by Michael Booth, Alessandro Polita, Andres Pires, Forest Dunn, and Jochem van den Hoek.





Ryan Farquhar to ride Tyco BMW Superbike at TT

Ryan Farquhar will ride the Tyco BMW Superbike at this year’s Isle of Man TT it has been confirmed.

The Northern Irish rider will join Ian Hutchinson at the team for the Superbike and Senior TT races at this years event. Farquhar has three Isle of Man TT victories to his name already along with ten further podiums. His addition to the squad means that Tyco will have two representatives at the event following Guy Martin’s decision to take part in a cycling race in America at the same time.

Farquhar will continue to run his own KMR Kawasakis in the Supertwin class at this year’s road races as well as racing a BMW Superstock.

He recently confirmed that he would start his season at the returning Mid-Antrim 150 as well as taking part in the Tandragee 100. The Mid-Antrim has taken over from Cookstown as the opening race of the Irish road racing season and will take place on the 1st and 2nd of April.