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November 14th, 2014.
Year in Review 2014

BlarneyQuick racing won two more WERA Championships, bring the total to four for the past two years. This year we only raced in the Formula 1 and Superbike “A” Championships. BlarneyQuick’s sensational rider “Cassidy Heiser” won both titles in 2014. The talented young racer completed his second year with no accidents and never going down. That is a stat that will be hard for any team in the world to duplicate. Congrats to the team for all their hard work and dedication. The Heiser family was at every event and is a true racing family.

Thanks to all our sponsors – Arai, Spidi Leathers, Sidi Boots, Shark Skins, Ohlins Suspension and the RogerLyle MotorcycleXcitment Trackday and race school. Dunlop tires for their input and contingency money.

The Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was a solid performer over the last two years. Although the bike received engine up grades and top end rebuilds, it was done on a tight budget. The combination of a great rider who is smart on a race bike and who was always aware if the win wasn’t there the championship points were important. Ask any team owner what he is remembered for and the answer is always – how many championships did you win? BlarneyQuick Racing has four.

Our plans for 2015 are undecided at the moment

November 10th, 2014.
Kieron wins the 2014 Prediction Competition.  Click here for final table.

September 15th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition update, close at the top.  Click here for table.

August 14th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition update, Kieron back on top.  Click here for table.

July 24th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition update, Cassidy takes the lead.  Click here for table.

June 16th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition update.  Click here for table. 

May 27th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after WSBK.  Click here for table. 

May 6th, 2014.
Kieron Journal #33 online.  2014 Racing Season is underway.  Click here

May 14th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after WSBK.  Click here for table. 

May 6th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP & BSB.  Click here for table. 

April 30th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP, BSB & WSBK.  Click here for table. 

April 14th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP & WSBK.  Click here for table.  BSB starts this weekend!

March 24th, 2014.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here for table.  Just BSB to get going now!

February 24th, 2014.
And we're off.  The Prediction Competition after WSBK.  Click here for table.  Remember you have a few weeks to update your AMA entries.

December 30th, 2013.  We have much to be proud of, two WERA Championships and a season that will be talked about for years. Congrats to Cassidy Heiser for pure magic on the track, winning over 10 races, 2nd only twice and one third. Cassidy never went down all year long - a truly incredible feat when the rest of the competition kept going down trying to keep pace.

Thanks to the great "Heiser family" for grooming this incredible talent. Special shout out to Crew Chief Steve Heiser, Mom Kathy Heiser, Uncle Mark Heiser ( Mechanic) and all the helping hands from the rest of the family.

Thanks also go to:

Action Motorsports Sports and owner " John Yurejefcic"
MotorcycleXcitement - "Roger and Joan Lyle"
Saint Music -"Pete St John"
MotoGearu" - "Paris Tato"

Arai Helmets USA - "Brian Weston"
The Service Pavilion - "Robert and Brianna Miller"
Spidi Leathers and Gloves (Europe)
Sidi Boots Moto Nation
SharkSkins
Vortex
Dunlop Racing Tires

We look forward to 2014 - Happy Holidays

Click here for the video


December
12th, 2013.  Predict the final Top 5 positions from MotoGP, Moto2, WSB, AMA and BSB.  For every rider you have in the correct position compared to the current position you get 3 points, for a rider in the top 5 but not in the correct position you get 1 point.  Total the points up and person with most points wins BlarneyQuick goody pack.  Email your predictions to competition@blarneyquick.com

November 12th, 2013.
Nick wins The Prediction Competition.  Well done.  Click here for final table.

October 31st, 2013.
Video of Cassidy leading final race @ GNF before the GSXR1000 cried no more.  Click here

October 28th, 2013.
Cheers to a great 2013 season! No crashes, many podiums and many wins.  Championships are hard to get, but we got them both. Our 1000 had an ignition failure on Saturday for the last race, but we are blessed for all your support and will start getting ready for 2014! God speed!  Pics here

October 23rd, 2013.
Cassidy Heiser # 67 is getting ready for the GRAND NATIONAL FINAL race (GNF) show your support by leaving him comments this weekend through next week. BLARNEY QUICK racing will be battling many talented riders and see the national TITLE closer and closer ! Thanks to all our sponsors! Moto Gearu LLC, Motorcyclexcitement, Arai, Spidi, saints music, Action Motorsports

October 28th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition update after MotoGP.  Click here

October 23rd, 2013.
The Prediction Competition update, it's close at the top - NOT.  Click here

September 7th, 2013.
#67 Cassidy Heiser has claimed both Superbike classes aboard the BLARNEY QUICK RACING GSXR1000 SUPERBIKE AND THE 750 SUPERBIKE.  The hijacker has done it again.  Click here

September 4th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition update.  Click here

August 19th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition update.  Click here

August 7th, 2013.
Cassidy leads the way after VIR, report coming soon, but photos available.  Click here

July 24th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP & WSBK.  Click here

June 17th, 2013.
Kieron's Journal online.  Check Journal tab or click here

June 17th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here

June 8th, 2013.
2 thirds for Cassidy who know leads the Championships.  Click here

June 5th, 2013.
The new BlarneyQuick GSXR1000 gets some color.  Check Media tab or click here

** More pictures have been added 5th June **

June 5th, 2013.
2 more wins for Cassidy.  Click here

June 3rd, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after Mugello.  Click here

May 20th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here

May 18th, 2013.
The new BlarneyQuick GSXR1000 breakdown has started.  Check Media tab or click here

** More pictures have been added 20th May **

May 15th, 2013.
The new BlarneyQuick GSXR1000 was given a run out before being race-prepped.  Photo's available on the Media tab or click here

May 7th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here

April 29th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after WSBK.  Click here

April 26th, 2013.
BlarneyQuick Spidi leathers video available on the Media tab.

April 25th, 2013.
Cassidy hits the season running.  Click here

April 25th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here

April 15th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after WSBK.  Click here

April 8th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after Qatar MotoGP.  Click here

April 4th, 2013.
Motorcycle Xcitement owner Roger Lyle is a passionate motorcycle enthusiast and has enjoyed riding and racing motorcycles for over 40 years.  Roger has joined the BlarneyQuick family.  Check his website via logo at bottom of any page, the Sponsors page or click here

March 25th, 2013.
BlarneyQuick Store online.  Click Store at top of page.

February 25th, 2013.
The Prediction Competition after Phillip Island WSBK.  Click here

February 12th, 2013.  Sean and Nick enter the 2013 Prediction Competition.  Email your final top 10 MotoGP, Moto2 and World Superbike standings to competition@blarneyquick.com 
Click here for last years results.

January 28th, 2013.  Fancy taking on Kieron and Sean in the Prediction Competition? Email your final top 10 MotoGP, Moto2 and World Superbike standings to competition@blarneyquick.com  Click here for last years results.

December 10th, 2012. 
Cassidy's early career as told by his Dad.  Click here

December 5th, 2012. 
Cassidy's career stats on his page or click here

December 4th, 2012. 
BlarneyQuick Store now open.  Check tab along the top or click here.

December 2nd, 2012. 
BlarneyQuick Racing has signed 18 year old Cassidy Heiser.  Cassidy has won nine
national championships and we welcome him to the Blarney family. 

BlarneyQuick Racing is providing a completely rebuilt Suzuki GSX-R750 and a brand new Suzuki GSX-R1000 prepped to privateer AMA Superbike standard.

Arai is sponsoring the racer package - he will wear the Blarney Arai, Spidi will be supplying Blarney leathers and gloves, with Sidi supplying the boots. Dunlop providing support with the tires.

Stayed tuned for an exciting 2013.


November
12th, 2012.
We have a winner in the Prediction Competition!  Click here

November 7th, 2012.

Blarney Arai in Europe update.  As you may or may not be aware the Blarney Arai is available Worldwide except for Europe.  Until such a point where a European importer decides to include the Blarney in their range, you will not be able to buy direct over the counter from a dealer.  However Arai Europe have confirmed that any Arai helmet can be ordered through a dealer, their importer and then via Arai Europe.  So if you want one just tell your dealer you want a Blarney Arai, get them to forward the request to their importer and in turn get them to order via Arai Europe.  This is valid for any design you may see elsewhere in the world.

“Confirmed with sales: any importer is allowed to order any helmet directly with Arai Europe. Delivery time will be significant (three to four months) unless the desired helmet is available at our warehouse (which is rather unlikely)”

If you do try and order please let me know how you get on.  Thanks.


October 22nd, 2012.
It's close at the top of the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

September 17th, 2012.
Fancy some BlarneyQuick Racing clothing?  Check our Facebook page for details.
 

September 17th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition update.  Click here
 

August 8th, 2012.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook

 

August 8th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after WSB.  Click here
 

July 24th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP and WSB.  Click here

 

July 24th, 2012.

BlarneyQuick Racing has evolved into an American/Irish race team at the amateur level. We are trying to carry the good nature of the Irish people and the true love of Irish Road Racing to all the Irish descendents that populate the North America's. The Arai "Blarney" helmet is recognition of the Irish Motorcyclist all over the world.

The race team is all about giving riders the chance to get out to the track either at track days or racing venues. BlarneyQuick has sponsored and help several riders experience the fast side of a race motorcycle.

 

We love Irish Road Racing and the Isle of Man.

 

July 2nd, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP and WSB.  Click here
 

June 19th, 2012.

Robert Miller and Kieron took the photo below outside The Service Pavilion, this is the Blarney Vector2 with upgraded visors which people are requesting. Robert has sold thru his first shipment. The helmet is selling very well from what his sources are saying. He has ordered a second allotment. Get your Blarney Arai order in ASAP.  Sean is still trying to get the helmet in to Europe, watch this space.

 

June 12th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition updated.  Click here
 

May 29th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after Miller WSB.  Click here
 

May 28th, 2012.
Check the Media tab (pictures) for Kieron's TT Arai helmet collection.
 

May 21st, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP/WSB.  Click here

 

May 8th, 2012.
The Blarney Corsair V for the race team hits the Media (Pictures) page.
 

April 23rd, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after WSB.  Click here
 

April 12th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after MotoGP.  Click here
 

April 6th, 2012.

The Blarney Arai's are due for distributor delivery on April 12, then 7 days later they will be at www.TheServicePavilion.com and www.RamCycles.net Both dealers will ship worldwide.
 

Also we will be looking good this year - thanks Paris Tato.  Click on the picture below.

 

April 3rd, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after WSB.  Click here
 

February 27th, 2012.
The Prediction Competition after WSB.  Click here
 

February 17th, 2012. 
Fancy taking on Kieron and Sean in the Prediction Competition? Email your final top 10 MotoGP, Moto2, World Superbike and World Supersport standings to competition@blarneyquick.com  Click here for last years results.
 

December 19th, 2011.

“The Blarney” Arai Vector-2 hits the stores early 2012.  Contact your local Arai dealer or come visit RamCycles.net who will have them in stock on launch day.

 

November 23rd, 2011.
"The Blarney" is available.  Coming early 2012, available to pre-order through your USA/Canada dealer on a Vector-2, click here.  Order from our friends Ram Cycles or the Service Pavilion.  If you want in Europe, please ask your dealer or importer.

 

November 8th, 2011.
Sean wins The Prediction Competition by 1 point.  Click here
 

October 24th, 2011.

R.I.P. Marco Simoncelli. A true MotoGP Racer - you will never be forgotten.

 

October 24th, 2011.
The Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

October 17th, 2011.
The Prediction Competition, WSB and WSS done, just MotoGP and Moto2 left, it's close at the top.  Click here

 

October 4th, 2011.
The Prediction Competition, all change.  Click here
 

September 22nd, 2011.
The Prediction Competition is getting close, two joint leaders, two 1 point behind.  Click here
 

September 22nd, 2011.
The Prediction Competition updated.  Click here
 

September 6th, 2011.
Ram Cycles and the Service Pavilion are taking deposits for the BlarneyQuick Shamrock Helmet. The helmet is not due until Jan of 2012, but the first wave will be hard to get.

 

September 6th, 2011.
Who leads after MotoGP/WSB?  The Prediction Competition updated.  Click here
 

August 18th, 2011.
So it’s official, the BlarneyQuick Arai is in the Arai 2012 USA range. It will be available on the Vector 2 and Corsair V.  If you want the helmet in Europe or Japan then please register your interest with your dealer/importer for the BlarneyQuick Arai from the USA. Well done to Sean for his great design and Kieron for pushing so hard to get it done.  Click below for the design.

August 2nd, 2011.
Kieron leads after Silverstone WSB.  The Prediction Competition updated.  Click here

 

July 25, 2011.
Check the table after Laguna.  The Prediction Competition.  Click here

 

July 22, 2011.
Jason still has the lead in the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

July 7, 2011.
Kieron and Jason still share the lead in the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

June 1, 2011.
Kieron's Journal 29 online.  Check Journal tab.

 

May 31, 2011.
Sean retains the lead.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

May 9, 2011.
Kieron is in Ireland at the Tandragee 100, follow him on Facebook.

 

May 9, 2011.
Sean takes the lead.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

May 7, 2011.
Jason takes the lead.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

April 17, 2011.
Exciting times as BlarneyQuick sponsor their first rider.  Check Journal tab for details.

April 17, 2011.
Kieron & Aaron share the lead.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

April 4, 2011.
Ram Cycles retains the lead.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

March 28, 2011.
Ram Cycles lead the way.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

March 24, 2011.
A few pictures from Ram Cycles Bike Night on the Media tab.

March 21, 2011.
Aaron leads the way.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

February 28, 2011.
Darcey leads the way.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here

February 27, 2011. 
Bike Night @ Ram Cycles March 16th.

February 27, 2011. 
Journal 27 from Kieron.

February 15, 2011. 
New pictures of BQ750 and Kieron in Action on the Media tab.

February 10, 2011. 
New entries in the Prediction Competition? Email your final top 10 MotoGP, World Superbike and World Supersport standings to competition@blarneyquick.com  Click here for table.

February 8th, 2011. 
Fancy taking on Kieron and Sean in the Prediction Competition? Email your final top 10 MotoGP, World Superbike and World Supersport standings to competition@blarneyquick.com

January 17th, 2011. 
We are off to the NY show next.  Come say hello this weekend.

January 16th, 2011. 
Day 3 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.

January 15th, 2011. 
Day 2 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.

January 14th, 2011. 
Day 1 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.

January 14th, 2011. 
Fancy your own BlarneyQuick Arai replica?  email Paristato@ramcyles.net for details.

January 14th, 2011. 
Check the Media tab for new pictures and video.

January 14th, 2011.  
Come see us at Washington IMS on the RaceTech booth 14th-16th Jan.

January 11th, 2011.
BlarneyQuick 750 gets a new lick of paint.  Click here or check Media tab.

January 10th, 2011.
New video online in Media Section.

January 9th, 2011.
Sean Journal update.

December 13th, 2010.
BlarneyQuick 750 gets a new lick of paint.  Click here or check Media tab.

November 11th, 2010.
Kieron wins 2010 Prediction Competition.  Click here for final table.
 

October 27th, 2010.
Guest Journal from Steve, the inside scoop from Lorenzo's Championship Winning weekend.  Click on Journals for his story.

 

September 22nd, 2010.
Make sure you follow us on Facebook.  Just click on the link at the bottom of the page.

 

September 22nd, 2010.
Still one point in it, but now the other way.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

August 10th, 2010.
One point in it.  Check out the Prediction Competition.  Click here
 

June 24th, 2010
Guest Journal from Steve, fellow Memorabilia collector.

 

June 24th, 2010
Some great Arai video's can be found here http://www.youtube.com/whyarai all about helmet maintenance, visor fitting, helmet fitting, construction and safety, pinlock fitting, etc etc. Worth a look!

 

June 24th, 2010
Sean Journal - Silverstone 2010.
 

June 14th, 2010
Happy Birthday to BlarneyQuick Founder Kieron.
 

June 13th, 2010
Kieron Journal 25 online, check the Journals tab.

 

June 8th, 2010.
It is all square in the Prediction Competition.  Click here.
 

May 20th, 2010
Kieron Journal 24 online, check the Journals tab.

 

May 4th, 2010.
It is neck and neck in the Prediction Competition.  Click here.
 

April 10th, 2010.
Sean bites back in the Prediction Competition.  Click here.
 

March 1st, 2010.
Kieron takes a healthy lead in the Prediction Competition.  Click here.
 

February 23rd, 2010

New prediction competition up-n-running.  Click here.

January 2nd, 2010

Happy New Year.  Check the Trackdays section for dates Roger Lyle's Motorcycle Xcitement Track Days and Racing School.

December 18th, 2009

BlarneyQuick.com filmed episode 3 and 4 of “Take it to the Track” on December 17 (Wednesday) and interviewed Roger Lyle from Motorcycle Xcitement. Rogers company runs motorcycle Track Days at Summit Point Race Park and New Jersey Motor sports park. Roger told BlarneyQuick they are planning on holding 18 track days between both race parks. For more information contact MotorcycleXcitement.com.

We are all about taking our sportbikes to the track. We already have a strong connection with the Kevin Schwantz  Superbike School and now feel we have a new partner with common goals in endorsing Roger Lyle’s Track Day organization. BlarneyQuick’s “Take it to the Track” will be filming at Summit Point at some of Motorcycle Xcitement Track Days early in 2010. We are looking forward to working with Roger and his crew.

December 11th, 2009
Kieron Journal 23 online, check the Journals tab.

 

December 10th, 2009.
BlarneyQuick Garage Studio just finished filming the first two episodes of "Take it to the Track".  This is a brand new Motorcycle Racing news TV Show.  This has been years in the making, so a big thanks to the production crew.  The first show will air Christmas week, stay tuned for actual launch date.  Latest episode being filmed December 16th.  For pictures click here or check the Media tab.

 

December 10th, 2009.
BlarneyQuick are off to the Kevin Schwantz School again in 2010.  The BlarneyQuick GSXR750 will be tearing up the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 2010.  All Schwantz School dates can be found on the Trackdays tab.

 

November 11th, 2009.
Sean wins the 2009 Prediction competition.  Click here for final table.

 

November 7th, 2009.
The last lap of 2009.  Click here.

 

October 27th, 2009.
Sean takes a healthy lead in the Prediction Competition.  Click here.
 

October 19th, 2009.
Kieron Journal 21 online along with loads of new pictures in the Media section.  Pictures from KSS 2009, Indianapolis MotoGP and a recent track day at Summit Point.

 

May 06, 2009. 
Young Has Portion Of Finger Amputated, Will Try To Ride At Infineon Raceway

By David Swarts, ©Copyright 2009, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc
Click here.

 

May 02, 2009. 
Updated: AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Race One At Barber Decided By 0.666 Second

 ©Copyright 2009, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc
Click here.

March 14, 2009
Spies (Yamaha) does Qatar double at Losail, Laverty takes first ever win in Supersport

World Superbike has found a new King. The America AMA Champion is proving how special his talents are. He looks very comfortable on the all new Yamaha R1. What is so impressive is Spies has never seen these tracks before and yet has taken the first two Superpoles. I have a sneaky feeling Bayliss is glad he retired, after seeing this young lions first two outings. It is a long season and much can happen. The immediate players seem to be Haga and Biaggi, also on new bikes. Biaggi looks very smooth on the all new Aprilla and Haga looks lose on the Ducati. All I know is this the series for me.

Yamaha's WSBK rookie rider Ben Spies took a spectacular double win in the second round of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The 24 year-old Texan powered to his third win in the opening four races, dominating both today's 18-lappers and twice finishing ahead of Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) and Max Biaggi (Aprilla), who were classified second and third to make up identical podiums. 

Race 1

Poleman Spies made his attack six laps from the end, and immediately pulled out a gap that allowed him to administer his lead until the flag. There was a great scrap for the runner-up slot between Haga and Biaggi, with the Japanese rider getting the nod. For Aprilia it was their first podium since returning to WSBK, and the Italian manufacturer's competitiveness was confirmed by fourth place for Shinya Nakano. Fifth went to Carlos Checa (Hannspree Ten Kate), the first Honda rider to the flag, who managed to hold off the attacks of the determined British duo of Shane Byrne (Sterilgarda Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Yamaha World Superbike). Troy Corser scored an encouraging ninth place for BMW, while Kawasaki notched up their first points in this year's championship with a 14th place for Broc Parkes. Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare) and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) had disappointing races, both riders crashing out.

Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike): "It was an extremely tough race, I had an OK start and when I got to the back of Nori and Max, we were all very strong on separate parts of the track. I was lacking a little bit off the last corner and it was very hard to make the pass, but once past, I put my head down and was able to keep it clean for the win despite a couple of mistakes."

Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox): "It was quite hard at the end, I got a good start and after a few laps I was able to pass Max on the straight. A few laps more and he passed me again and it was difficult for me to catch up. I pushed on the last lap and did it and was very happy with the result."

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing): "I tried to keep up and have a good rhythm without losing concentration. We have a new bike and every session we try to improve, but it's not easy to win right away. These guys did a great job, I rode very hard and today I was comfy, both front and rear, and looking good."

Results: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 36'06.304 (160,93 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1.893; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 2.168; 4. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 12.061; 5. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 12.597; 6. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 12.971; 7. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 13.570; 8. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 19.306; 9. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 19.388; 10. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 20.981; 11. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 21.164; 12. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 21.994; 13. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 22.917; 14. Parkes B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 27.218; 15. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 31.602

Race 2

Spies also went on to take the win in race 2, confirming himself and his Yamaha to be the strongest combination in this early part of the season. This time the Texan had a different strategy, taking control in the early laps of the race and then gradually pulling away. Behind there was another terrific scrap for the runner-up slot between Haga and Biaggi, and once again second place went to the Japanese rider, who holds on to his points lead in the table. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Ten Kate Honda Racing) scored an excellent fourth place, but was unable to get in amongst the podium battle. Fifth place went to Sykes, while Neukirchner just got the edge over Nakano in a photo-finish. BMW made a major leap forward with Corser running fifth in the early stages, both the Australian and Xaus scoring top 10 points finishes. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) had a day to forget with a second DNF finish in two races.

Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike): "Nori set a really good pace the first few laps. We were lacking just a little in acceleration and it was hard to race with him, but I put my head down and closed up, kept the same rhythm and passed him. It was a better race for me than the first one because I could concentrate on my lines, but it's going to be hard making up points on him if he keeps finishing second. It was a perfect weekend, they're not always going to be like that but we'll take them when we can."

Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox): "I am really tired but happy for the result in race 2. When Ben passed me, I tried to stay with him but he is very fast. In one second he was going to 100 metres so I could not catch him! We made a good job, and I am leading the championship. Today, for me, Ben is ten years younger than me so that's why I lose!"

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing): "It was a great race, we confirmed our potential and the feeling we have on this track, which has always been good to me. I think the bike works well, we still have to improve but we are very pleased with the result. For sure we know these guys are a little bit quicker, they run hard and deserve what they did, but I am confident to improve during the season and get some good points."

Results: 1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 36'02.126 (161,241 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1.274; 3. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1.622; 4. Kiyonari R. (JPN) Honda CBR1000RR 1.845; 5. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 5.117; 6. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 9.512; 7. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 9.514; 8. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 12.621; 9. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 13.842; 10. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 13.884; 11. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 13.888; 12. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 14.913; 13. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 15.762; 14. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 15.920; 15. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 19.565

Points (after 2 of 14 rounds): 1. Haga 85; 2. Spies 75; 3. Neukirchner 40; 4. Biaggi 38; 5. Haslam 36; 6. Sykes 32; 7. Laconi 30; 8. Rea 30; 9. Nakano 27; 10. Kagayama 25. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 85; 2. Yamaha 81; 3. Honda 51; 4. Aprilia 41; 5. Suzuki 40; 6. BMW 27; 7. Kawasaki 2.

FIM Supersport World Championship

The second round in Qatar saw the crowning of a new talent in World Supersport. Thanks to a perfect slipstreaming dash to the line, Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) scored his first win in the category. The Irish rider held off the attacks from reigning champion Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) to take the win. Former points leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) only finished fourth after making a mistake at the final curve, which opened the door for Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha World Supersport) to gain his first WSS podium. Seven Hondas placed in the first ten positions, including the Veidec Racing and Hannspree Althea machines of Robbin Harms and Matthieu Lagrive in fifth and sixth. Garry McCoy took the ParkinGO Triumph 675 to an encouraging seventh place, while Joan Lascorz could only manage thirteenth with the Kawasaki. Massimo Roccoli (Intermoto Czech Honda), Phillip Island podium finisher Anthony West (Stiggy Racing) and Barry Veneman (Hoegee Suzuki) made up the top 10.

Results: 1. Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 37'06.285 (156,595 kph); 2. Pitt A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.063; 3. Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R6 0.625; 4. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 0.711; 5. Harms R. (DEN) Honda CBR600RR 5.200; 6. Lagrive M. (FRA) Honda CBR600RR 5.233; 7. McCoy G. (AUS) Triumph Daytona 675 9.538; 8. Roccoli M. (ITA) Honda CBR600RR 9.551

Points (after 2 of 14 rounds): 1. Pitt 40; 2. Sofuoglu 38; 3. Laverty 36; 4. Crutchlow 29; 5. West 23; 6. Lagrive 15; 7. Roccoli 15; 8. Harms 12. Manufacturers: 1. Honda 50; 2. Yamaha 29; 3. Triumph 15; 4. Kawasaki 11; 5. Suzuki 9.

Haga (Ducati) and Spies (Yamaha) kick-start new WSB careers with wins at Phillip Island

What a great Start to the World SBK 2009 season. Loads of fresh new faces, two new manufacturers and a new Superpole Qualifying System. The weather was cool and breezy at Phillip Island, but conditions remained dry for some exciting racing. BlarneyQuick webmaster Sean de Fraine picked Ben Spies to win the championship and I picked Noriyuki Haga. So a pretty solid start from the pundits. The Supersport championship saw the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s of Sofuoglu and Pitt finished one/two.


Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) took his 1098R to the win in his first race for the factory Ducati squad in the opening round of the Hannspree FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island, Australia. The Japanese rider got the better of German Max Neukirchner (Suzuki Alstare) on the final lap to score his 34th win. The second race saw a sensational maiden triumph for WSB rookie Ben Spies from Texas, who took his Yamaha R1 to the win over Haga. The Australian Round of the championship was watched by a record 69,300 spectators, 6% up on last year's figure.

Race 1

The first race, declared ‘wet', was held on a totally dry track, and all riders opted for slicks but a few drops of rain did fall in the final stages. The potential of the K9 Suzuki GSX-R was confirmed with third place for Yukio Kagayama, who finished ahead of Michel Fabrizio on the second Ducati Xerox machine. Spies, who started from pole, ended up on the gravel at the second turn, but returned to the track to finish just outside the points in sixteenth. Max Biaggi, second on the grid with the brand-new Aprilia RSV4 machine, finished in eleventh place. The other rookie manufacturer BMW, also had a positive debut after Troy Corser recovered from the fifth row to finish eighth, the Australian setting fastest lap of the race.

Race 1 :  1. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R   34'22.631 (170,677 kph); 2. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 0.032; 3. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 5.347; 4. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 6.587; 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 8.491; 6. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 8.523; 7. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098 RS 09 8.766; 8. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 11.589; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 11.721; 10 Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 11.761; 11. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 12.609; 12. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 19.096; 13. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 24.149; 14. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 27.416; 15.Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 28.173; 16. Spies B.(USA) Yamaha YZF R1 28.235

Race 2

The second encounter was all about Haga vs Spies as the Yamaha rider unleashed the R1's potential. The duel went on until a few laps from the end when the Texan pulled out a slight advantage and powered to the flag. The runner-up slot put Haga, who turns 34 tomorrow, into the lead of the championship on 45 points. Britain's Leon Haslam (Stiggy Racing Honda) had a great race for the final podium place, beating the two Ducatis of Règis Laconi (DFX) and  Fabrizio to the line. The group also included Biaggi, who ran third for much of the race; on the final lap however the Italian slid off into the gravel, recovering to finish fifteenth. However Aprilia, on their return to SBK after six years, are already looking a competitive force.

Race 2 :  1. Spies B. (USA) Yamaha YZF R1 34'20.457 (170,857 kph); 2. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1.286; 3. Haslam L. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 4.213; 4. Laconi R. (FRA) Ducati 1098 RS 09 4.490; 5. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 6.045; 6. Neukirchner M. (GER) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 9.947; 7. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 10.174; 8. Kagayama Y. (JPN) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 12.100; 9. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 12.742; 10. Sykes T. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 20.061; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 24.854; 12. Nakano S. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 25.192; 13. Checa C. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 27.162; 14. Hill T. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 29.737; 15. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 30.036; 16. Rolfo R. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 38.458 

Points (after  1 round of 14): 1. Haga (Ducati) 45; 2. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 30; 3. Haslam (Honda) 26; 4. Spies (Yamaha) 25; 5. Kagayama (Suzuki) 24; 6. Fabrizio (Ducati) 24; 7. Laconi (Ducati) 22; 8. Rea (Honda) 18; 9. Smrz (Ducati) 16; 10 Sykes (Yamaha) 12 etc. Manufacturers: 1. Ducati 45; 2. Yamaha 31; 3. Suzuki 30; 4. Honda 27; 5. Bmw 13; 6. Aprilia 9.

FIM Supersport World Championship

Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) won a superb opening World Supersport race in a three-way sprint to the line. The Turk, 2007 champion in the category, took the flag ahead of Australian riders Andrew Pitt (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and Anthony West (Stiggy Racing Honda). Honda, winners of the mid-range Supersport category for the last seven years, begin the new season with four CBR-RR machines in the top 4 places, with fourth going to Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) of Ireland. For 24 year-old Sofuoglu, the win is his eleventh in the series, while Honda celebrate their 63rd win out of 117 Supersport races. The Yamahas, which looked good in qualifying, finished fifth in the hands of Cal Crutchlow and seventh with Fabien Foret, who raced with a partially dislocated right shoulder following his crash on Saturday. Spain's Joan Lascorz made his debut for Kawasaki with an encouraging seventh place. The new Triumph 675 also had a positive start, with Gianluca Nannelli finishing tenth and Garry McCoy fourteenth.

Results : 1. Sofuoglu K. (TUR) Honda CBR600RR 33'42.156 (166,18 kph);  2. Pitt A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.060; 3. West A. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 0.153; 4. Crutchlow C. (GBR)Yamaha YZF R6 1.097; 5 Laverty E. (IRL) Honda CBR600RR 1.098;  6. Aitchison M. (AUS) Honda CBR600RR 3.631; 7. Foret F. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R6 5.023; 8. Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-6R 9.540.

Points (after  1 round of 14): 1. Sofuoglu (Honda) 25; 2. Pitt (Honda) 20; 3. West (Honda) 16; 4. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 13; 5. Laverty (Honda) 11; 6. Aitchison (Honda) 10; 7. Foret (Yamaha) 9; 8. Lascorz (Kawasaki) 8.

We would welcome any comments and let us know who your favourites are.

 

Martin Finnegan Trophy

" I am a member of the Martin Finnegan supporters club. I know how much you held Martin in your thoughts so I decided to send you this message. The club have created a trophy in Martin's memory which will be presented for the first time at the Isle of Man TT in 2009. It will go to the fastest man to lap the TT mountain circuit during race week. 
 
The trophy weight 3 stone and is a full replica of Martins famous flame helmet cast in bronze. I attach some photos for you to see and other information can be got from our website www.finn45supportersclub.com
 
I thank you for the kind words you printed about our hero on your site and wish you all well in the future. 
 
Regards 
Colm.  "





Vito Racing
- BlarneyQuick KSSS friend Vito Candela returns to racing.  Click here for Vito's story.
 

Pete St John - one of Ireland's greatest song writers is pictured with Mrs Finnegan by her favourite photo of her son. The photo was taken just before Martin Finnegan's tragic accident.  Pete St john presented the Finnegan family with a song to honour Martin.  We at BlarneyQuick would like to thank Pete for this gracious gesture and hope that the memory of Martin will always be remembered in this song.



 


June 11, Sammy Miller TT Parade lap

Former trials master and road racer goes in a wee bit deep on the Ducati Parade lap on the Island last Friday...in true trials fashion - no feet down.

Click here for pictures.
 


June 8, Isle of Man TT updates

SUZUKI DOMINATE SUPERBIKE TT

Team Suzuki Press Office - June It was an all Suzuki podium in the TT Superbike race on the Isle of Man with Aussie Cameron Donald taking his first ever Mountain Circuit victory, his Relentless Suzuki team mate Bruce Anstey following him home in second place and former TAS Suzuki pilot Adrian Archibald in third - a clean sweep for the K8 TAS Performance-prepared GSX-R1000s.

This also maintains TAS Racing's 100% record at the TT with every rider on their books, since Norman Brown, making a trip to the top step on Glencrutchery Road.

Guy Martin was the early race leader but Donald was relentless in his pursuit of the Lincolnshire rider, taking over at the front on lap four when Martin retired at Sulby. Both Relentless Suzuki riders circulated together from as early as lap three and when they eventually crossed the line at the end of six laps and 226 miles of racing, they were only separated by 10 seconds at the head of the field.

Donald also recorded his fastest ever lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Circuit on lap six with a time of 17 minutes 30.84 seconds at 129.256mph. In pursuit of Donald, Bruce Anstey also recorded a sub 18-minute lap with a speed of 129.207mph.

Cameron Donald:

"It just hasn't sunk in yet but it's great to have won my first TT - all thanks must go to Philip, Hector and the whole Relentless Suzuki team for the big effort. I'd also like to thank James Thompson from Moto Direct who did a great job with my AGV helmets today. When John McGuinness dropped out, I thought, 'there goes the first Fireblade - this is my big chance.' I could see Bruce at the end of the straights then I got to follow him out after the first pit stop. I sat behind him then got past at Cronk Y Voddy. On my second stop the boys told me I was leading and to keep it smooth. I kept getting P1 +10, P1 +10 so I didn't need to drop the hammer. Bruce came back past at Ballygarey on the last lap and really went for it but I hung in through Glen Helen. He put his foot out to me just before the 11th Milestone to come past and lift the pace. I was coming over the Mountain on the last lap thinking, I wish my dad was here to see this, and I was also thinking about big Martin Finnegan - I was tearing up in the helmet. My Relentless Suzuki was superb today and the Pirelli tyres were faultless - I'm just rapt."


It was a good day for Suzuki at the Isle of Man, as the GSX-R1000 swept the Dainese Superbike TT podium. The Australian-born Cameron Donald was the Superbike victor, claiming his first career TT win. Joining the TAS Suzuki rider on the box was teammate Bruce Anstey in second, with Adrian Archibald finishing third. The two riders expected to duel for the TT win, Honda's John McGuinness and Guy Martin, had to settle for DNFs, retiring from the races due to mechanical issues.

Martin, who is still yet to score a TT victory in his career, got his race started with a scorching 129.103 mph lap on his Hydrex Bike Animal Honda. As for McGuinness, the 13-time TT winner only turned one lap before his CBR1000RR pulled up lame. With his lead rival out of contention, Martin but his head down and turned the fastest lap of the race at 129.54 mph on Lap 2.

Everything was going good for the Englishman until Lap 4 of the 6-lap contest, when he also pulled in with tech problems. A third front-running contender, Yamaha's Ian Hutchison, also was forced in with mechanical issues.

The dwindling field left things wide open for the TAS Suzukis, who were both blistering fast with a pair of 129 mph laps on the day. Anstey did his best to catch his Aussie teammate, but Donald would have none of it and managed to keep teammate in second.

Anstey may have had to settle for second but feels confident for Friday's Senior TT.

"I didn't have a great first lap, then when Cameron came past me I knew it would be difficult to make any time back up," said Anstey. "The bike worked well and I had no issues with the Pirelli tires - everything worked superbly. I had a bit of a go on the last lap and I could see where Cameron was strong, but to finish second in a one-two for Relentless Suzuki in a Superbike TT is really good. I'm confident of a good run in the Senior next Friday."

As for the third-place rider, Adrian Archibald, the AMA Racing Team Suzuki rider managed to dice his way up from ninth to fourth by Lap 3 and held his position behind Anstey all the way to the end.

Robinson Concrete Honda's Gary Johnson ended up being the highest finishing CBR in fourth. Meanwhile, easily marking his 100th career 120-mph TT lap, Ian Lougher was the fastest Yamaha in fifth, one position ahead of Kawasaki's Ryan Farquhar.

Honda riders Keith Armor and Daniel Stewart took up the seventh- and eighth-place positions. Suzuki's Carl Rennie was ninth, with AIM Yamaha's Steve Plater rounding out the top 10.

In the second race of the day, Honda's Nick Crowe and Mark Cox took the Sidecar TT win. The winning duo took the checkers over the Suzuki-equipped John Holden and Andrew Wrinkle, with newcomers Tim Reeves and Patrick Farrance surprising all by taking the final spot of the rostrum.

Other Sidecar surprises, much like the Superbike TT, included who didn't finish the race. One of the perennial sidecar favorites, Dave Molyneux and Daniel Sail retired after stumbling off the start line with mechanical problems. Also fighting with technical gremlins, Klaus Klaffenbock and Christian Parzer gathered a DNF.

The TT schedule now takes a day off, with the Scottish Life International TT Superstock Race taking place on June 2. The second Superbike contest will run June 6 in the Dainese Senior TT Race, where the front-runners will try and break the 130 mph mark.
 
Bruce Anstey:

"I didn't have a great first lap, then when Cameron came past me I knew it would be difficult to make any time back up. The bike worked well and I had no issues with the Pirelli tyres - everything worked superbly. I had a bit of a go on the last lap and I could see where Cameron was strong, but to finish second in a one-two for Relentless Suzuki in a Superbike TT is really good. I'm confident of a good run in the Senior next Friday."

Philip Neill - Team Principal:

"To have three TAS Performance-prepared bikes on the podium is a phenomenal achievement for my father and myself, and more importantly for every member of the team, from the lorry drivers to the engine builders. I'd like to offer a big thank you to Suzuki and Relentless, and of course our loyal sponsors, Putoline Oil, Beacon Security and Pirelli. They've been with us for seven years and we have also added the likes of Leo Vince from Italy who are over the moon with this result. I'd also like to thank Johnny Towers from Moto Direct who has kitted our riders out with the best safety equipment available in Arlen Ness and AGV for this season.

"What can I say about Cameron? He continues to astound us with his results and we must remember - he was not expected to win here this week. He was unlucky not to pick up his first win at the North West 200, but to put his name on a famous TT trophy in only his second year on a Superbike is astounding. He has stuck to the plan we set for him over the winter and it has paid dividends.

"Bruce has recorded another phenomenal result and it's great to see him back on a Superbike TT podium. He is one of the best riders around at the TT and it would be nice to see him fulfill his ultimate ambition of a Superbike win. I'm also very pleased to see Archie back where he belongs as he's been part of the furniture at TAS since 2003. He may be running his own team this year but we are as much behind him as we ever were and everyone in the team is delighted for him."

2008 Dainese Superbike TT Results:
1 Cameron Donald (Suzuki) 01 47 05.89 126.826
2 Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 01 47 16.66 126.614
3 Adrian Archibald (Suzuki) 01 48 37.97 125.034
4 Gary Johnson (Honda) 01 49 12.67 124.372
5 Ian Lougher (Yamaha) 01 49 31.38 124.018
6 Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 01 49 35.70 123.936
7 Keith Amor (Honda) 01 50 34.50 122.838
8 Daniel Stewart (Honda) 01 50 35.73 122.815
9 Carl Rennie (Suzuki) 01 50 57.00 122.423
10 Steve Plater (Yamaha) 01 51 07.34 122.233

2008 Sure Mobile Sidecar TT Results:
1 Nick Crowe/Mark Cox (Honda) 59 22.80 114.372
2 John Holden/Andrew Winkle (Suzuki) 59 42.24 113.751
3 Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance* (Suzuki) 01 01 07.84 111.096
4 Phil Dongworth/Stuart Castles (Honda) 01 01 10.68 111.011
5 Nigel Connole/Dipash Chauhan (Honda) 01 01 46.90 109.926
6 Douglas Wright/Stuart Bond (Honda) 01 01 50.57 109.817
7 Gary Bryan/Robert Bell (Yamaha) 01 02 36.68 108.469
8 Tony Elmer/Darren Marshall (Yamaha) 01 02 40.93 108.347
9 Roy Hanks/Dave Wells (Suzuki) 01 02 48.08 108.141
10 Greg Lambert/Sally Wilson (Honda) 01 02 54.60 107.954
 
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SUPERSPORT TT

Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey, who is suffering with flu symptoms and was forced to retire from this morning Superstock race, has taken this afternoon Junior Supersport race one win in fine style leading on time and on the road - and broke Guy Martin's lap record putting in a 125.372mph on his second circuit.

Relative rookie Steve Plater had a storming last lap to take second place away from John McGuinness whose steering damper broke early on and he struggled to make the bike turn and keep a line.

Plater made most of his time up over the Mountain section, taking third from Keith Amor between the Grandstand and Glen Helen on lap four. He then set about chasing down McGuinness and went into second at the Bungalow and held it to the line, putting in a 124mph lap in the process.

Anstey, who has given Relentless Suzuki its third win from three starts, said: "I wasn't even going to go out on the 600 after this morning, but I was given the fast bike so I had to. I just went out, got my head down and really enjoyed myself."

His win means the southern hemisphere has taken all three wins so far this year.

Guy Martin had his second mechanical fault of this year's festival, breaking down at the Highlander on lap one. Conor Cummins broke down at Windy Corner.

ANSTEY DISQUALIFIED !

Less than 3 hours after finishing what he thought was in an excellent second place, Lincolnshire's Steve Plater was awarded the win in the first Relentless Supersport race after original race winner Bruce Anstey was sensationally disqualified from the race results. Anstey had dominated proceedings on his Relentless by TAS Suzuki to 'win' by over 20 seconds but the exhaust cam measurement was found to be illegal to that what was homologated and, in scenes reminiscent of 2006 when Ian Hutchinson was excluded from the runners up spot, the Kiwi was taken off the results sheet and the win awarded to Plater.

Thus, the AIM Racing Yamaha rider, the best newcomer of 2007, took a fairytale first ever TT win by 3.39 seconds with John McGuinness and Keith Amor giving Honda second and third spot on the podium.

With the morning mist having cleared, conditions were perfect for racing but there was drama almost as soon as the race had begun with Guy Martin again out of luck, the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider reported as having pulled in at the Highlander. This mattered little to Anstey though and at Glen Helen he was 1.7seconds to the good with Ian Hutchinson going well in second ahead of McGuinness, Ryan Farquhar, Amor and Ian Lougher. Morning race winner Cameron Donald was down the order in 12th but Anstey was charging ahead and he ended the lap a stunning 12 seconds clear. A flying Amor relegated McGuinness to third with Farquhar, Hutchinson and Lougher filling the top six places.

Anstey was in a class of his own at the front of the field and it showed on the 2nd lap as he broke Martin's year old lap record with a speed of 125.372mph to extend his lead even further. Ahead of McGuinness on the road, the 38-year old had the race sewn up and he duly completed the 4 laps for what he though was his 7th TT win. All eyes subsequently fell on the battle for second with Amor and McGuinness exchanging places on a number of occasions before the 13-times winner edged ahead.

However, the Morecambe man was suffering from a broken steering damper and no sooner had he seen off the challenge of Amor, then he had to keep an eye on Plater. With oil on his visor and screen, McGuinness was almost powerless to respond and Plater, seventh on the first lap, turned a 10 second deficit into a 3.39 second advantage at the chequered flag. Teammate Hutchinson's bad luck continued with a 2nd lap retirement whilst there was also disappointment once more for Conor Cummins who retired at Windy Corner on the third lap whilst in seventh.

Plater was delighted with second but this later became a win at just his second attempt at the TT and everyone else was shuffled up the order as a consequence of Anstey's dramatic exclusion. Scotland's Amor dropped back on the final lap for fourth but this became third for his first ever podium although events meant he didn't get the opportunity to take his place on the rostrum. Ryan Farquhar and Ian Lougher weren't too far behind in fourth and fifth whilst Gary Johnson had another strong ride into 6th ahead of Mark Parrett, Mats Nilsson, a somewhat lowly Donald, Michael Dunlop, Chris Palmer and Adrian Archibald.

James Hillier and Jamie Robinson had great debuts finishing 19th and 20th respectively, both lapping above 118mph, whilst fellow newcomer Alessio Corradi also rode well into 37th.

Roger Maher was reported as OK after an incident at Governors Bridge.

 

May 20, NW200 results

An emotional Michael Dunlop claimed victory in the 250 race in Saturday's North West 200, just two days after the death of his father Robert. "I had to do it for him - I hope my dad's proud of me," said Michael, who secured his first North West success.

Steve Plater claimed a treble (feature race and both Supersport 600s) while Michael Rutter took a Superbike win.

Alastair Seeley (Superstock), Michael Wilcox (125) and Oliver Linsdell (400) also enjoyed victories.

Michael Dunlop edged out Christain Elkin and John McGuinness after making a late decision to race. His brother William failed to make the grid for the same race because of mechanical problems with his bike.

Plater clinched the NW 200 feature race victory for the third straight year after a superb overtaking move on the last lap saw him finish ahead of Cameron Donald and Rutter. Guy Martin was comfortable in the lead before being forced out in the third lap. English rider Rutter went from third to first in a blistering move on the final lap to secure his 12th North West victory ahead of Martin and McGuinness earlier in the day.
"I got in the slipstream, put my head down and went for it," said Rutter. "It's just awesome, fanstastic. To win it meant a lot to me and it was a great race."

Lougher clocked a new fastest lap of 118.416 mph in the first Supersport 600 race before Plater went better with 119.197 in the final lap - Seeley was second with Lougher third.

Plater, from England, completed his hat-trick with a second Supersport 600 win from Seeley in second and Lougher again in third. "Everyone has done a fantastic job and I'm already looking forward to next year," said a delighted Plater.

Wilcox, after four runner-up finishes at the North West, finally secured a win from Chris Palmer in second while James Ford came in third.

Northern Ireland competitor Seeley came through on the final corner to pip Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald in the Superstock class while Martin ran a new fastest lap of 121:949.

Robert Dunlop's funeral will be held on Sunday.

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North West 200 results:

250

1. Michael Dunlop (Honda) 109.516 mph (average lap speed)
2. Christian Elkin (Honda) 109.420
3. John McGuinness (Honda) 109.352
4. Paul Robinson (Honda) 107.437
5. Andrew Neill (Honda) 107.274

Superbike (1)

1. Michael Rutter (Ducati) 122.609
2. Guy Martin (Honda) 122.534
3. John McGuinness (Honda) 122.520
4. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 122.498
5. Gary Johnson (Honda) 121.658

Supersport 600 (1)

1. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 117.723
2. Alastair Seeley (Yamaha) 117.466
3. Ian Lougher (Yamaha) 117.402
4. Ian Hutchinson (Yamaha) 117.364
5. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki) 117.340

125

1. Michael Wilcox (Honda) 101.225
2. Chris Palmer (Honda) 101.211
3. James Ford (Honda) 100.473
4. Mark Lunney (Honda) 100.236
5. Marl Curtain (Honda) 100.192

400

1. Oliver Linsdell (Yamaha) 103.803
2. Paul Dobbs (Yamaha) 101.791
3. Les Shand (Kawasaki) 101.733
4. Joe Phillips (Kawasaki) 101.720
5. John Barton (Kawasaki) 101.633

Superstock

1. Alastair Seeley (Yamaha) 121.072
2. Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 121.023
3. Cameron Donald (Suzuki) 121.003
4. Guy Martin (Honda) 120.953
5. Keith Amor (Honda) 120.941

NW 200 Superbike (2)

1. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 122.475
2. Cameron Donald (Suzuki) 122.429
3. Michael Rutter (Ducati) 122.371
4. Bruce Anstey (Suzuki) 122.355
5. John McGuinness (Honda) 122.338

Supersport 600 (2)

1. Steve Plater (Yamaha) 118.188
2. Alastair Seeley (Yamaha) 118.176
3. Ian Lougher (Yamaha) 118.018
4. Steve Brogan (Honda) 117.718
5. Keith Amor (Honda) 117.709
 


May 17, 2008

Racing news

BlarneyQuick Racing passes on our best wishes to Robert Dunlop's family and friends following his tragic death in practice for this years NW200.  Robert will be sadly missed, rest in peace.  Click here for RTE Sports tribute.



May 7, 2008
Racing news

BlarneyQuick Racing is sad to report the tragic death of Martin Finnegan one of Ireland’s greatest motorcycle racers. Martin was competing in the Tandragee 100 in Northern Ireland on May 3 when he lost control of his JMF Millsport 600 Supersport Yamaha. Martin had just won the Open Race earlier in the day and was looking forward to the Supersport race. Fellow competitor Ryan Farquhar reported that he noticed oil present on Martin’s back tire during the race. The accident also caused injury to three spectators, one, a women sustained a head injury, but not life threatening. It is believed they will all make a complete recovery.

As the founder of BlarneyQuick Racing, a U.S.A. company that has strong connections to Ireland, we of course were huge fans of Irish Road racing and the Isle of Mann TT. I was introduced to Martin thru Myles Lalley, who was friends with Eamon Carr. Eamon Carr is good friends with my father Pete St John, and one day while they were talking; my dad mentioned something about my new motorcycle web site to Eamon. Eamon then told Pete about Myles and the next day I was talking to Martin on his cell phone in Spain while he was testing his new bikes out for the season. I hope that story of how we hooked up wasn’t too complicated. I was lucky to be well connected and when I mentioned to Myles that we were looking to sponsor an Irish rider he didn’t hesitate one second before he brought up Martin’s name. He called Martin and as I said we started talking in the next couple of days. Martin was a great guy to talk to on the phone and he agreed to give me updates for our site on his racing results. We were trying to come to agreement on financial sponsorship for later in the season and possibly bring him here in the future, for a few races in the States. He mentioned to me that he would love to race at Daytona and a few other tracks, especially in the Supersport class. We were just starting to form a relationship and get things going. Martin touched a lot of people in the motorcycling world and will not easily be forgotten. He handled a race motorcycle with grace and thrilled spectators with his riding style. We have never seen a rider wheelie a bike higher, jump further or brake harder than Martin Finnegan – he was a true master of the roads.

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My dad Pete St John represented BlarneyQuick at the funeral and spent time with Martin’s family at the viewing, which was held at his parents’ house in Lusk, which is located in north Dublin. My father is a very famous writer in Ireland and well know for writing such classic songs as “ Fields of Athenry ”was very moved by the out pouring of support from the Motorcycle world and his home town of Lusk. Although Pete was recognized by many in attendance, he wanted everyone to know he was there as a fan and to pay his respects to the family. I have seen many video’s today of Martin’s final trip to his parents house. The hurse was followed by over 1500 motorcycles from all over the world. The streets were closed off in Lusk as thousands lined the paths to watch the procession drive by. My father said he had never seen so many people emotionally distraught, this was a great loss of a national hero – and Martin was a hero. He was a great husband and father and just looking forward to his new found success with his new team . Our condolences go out to his entire family and friends. Number #45 will always be remembered.


Jim Finnegans Closing tribute from Martin's Funeral today.

"My Mother used to say "that what you give away comes back to you on the treble", well what Martin gave in terms of the respect he commanded and doing us proud has come back to us a thousand fold over the last few days.
 
Today is a very special, but very tragic day, for me Martin's Da and his Mother Margaret, and all our family, but  especially his darling wife Brenda and precious daughter Rachel.
 
Today he has brought the village of Lusk to a standstill, - not his usual style or habit to hold up traffic.
 
Martin was born in October '79, and as the youngest of 2 girls and 5 lads he was of course spoiled, - a point he always denied!. He had to fight his corner to make his mark, and  some would say - "what's in the cat is in the kitten", I was the youngest of 11!  Martin became competitive at a very early age.
 
As a youngster he played football for Round Towers, was part of 153rd Lusk troupe, went to Judo with Jack Dennis another Lusk world champion, and went swimming every Thurs night.   He was a creature of habit always in bed before 10 and up at dawn, much to the annoyance of Brenda who hasn't had a decent lie-on since they met!
 
Biking was to become a passion when he got his first bike at seven, - a YZ80 to ride on grass from a friend Fran McGuinness.  From this through his involvement with his brother-in-law Alan Sweetman, he progressed to Moto-X where he honed his competitive skills achieving success in winning championships.  Now enter Tony Carton – who became Martin's mentor, supporter, sponsor, boss and a best friend.
 
Our first knowledge of Martin's road racing intention was when his Ma accidentally found his Mondello lap times and licence in a jeans pocket.
 
His first road race was at Killalane, from then on, supported by his family, friends and sponsors, he continued with local national and international events.  Every week-end of the racing season was always a mad panic to get the bikes together, to load the truck with a weeks grocery shopping,, and head off  to the four corners of the country.  Our house for a couple of hours every week became a "call-centre" as arrangements were made for the week-end's racing.  Inevitably, the old reliables, Uncle Pat & co, were on hand to pack up.   During this time Margaret & I really should have invested in Eircom shares!
 
As Martin progressed and was getting more experienced at road racing, he convinced me, (after he knocked down the old one) that we needed a bigger garage  – We obliged, but it ended up being just more space for Martin to leave his tools lying about.  He could build and re-build an engine with no bits out of place and none left over, but he could never manage to get all the tools back into the box they came out of, much to the annoyance of his brothers and me!
 
Martin's lorry was always a place where you were guaranteed a welcome and the craic was always good, friendly banter was the order of the day.  Round Tower Racing became synonymous with the number 45;  Martin Finnegan;  Ger; family; and friends. It was a team where hospitality was in abundance, and the kettle was always on.  However,  if Martin was content to have his dinner as a milk-shake from a drinks bottle, the rest of the crew were not – real food was their thing – one glance at the lads would verify this!
 
It was appropriate that Martin's number be 45  - four and five – because as a youngster he would not count past the number 5.  He had a number book were he would count to 5, but refused to count the 6 dolls on page 6.  He hated anything to do with girls then, a trait which was to quickly disappear.
 
Other traits like perfection, diligence, loyalty, confidence and competitevness developed, he was only ever satisfied when he was challenged and had completed a task to perfection. He could turn his hand to anything except gardening – this job he always delegated – usually to me!
 
Martin trained in CIE and spent many years under JCBs in Tony Cartons, and more recently he enjoyed success with his partner when they opened Xtreme45.  He was a genius when it came to learning new skills and in the last few weeks did a lot of work for his brother.
 
They say you are only as great as your friends – that said, then Martin  was fantastic, he has a number of  terrific, close, best friends, salt of the earth lads, who he treasured dearly and whose company he always enjoyed but even with these he had to win whether it was squash, cycling or even just jogging at a training session! 
 
Martin was the baby in our house and always got what he wanted, and so entered Brenda and their beautiful daughter Rachel.  Martin was the super Dad, he took to changing nappies, baby-sitting and domestic life with no bother – though it did help that he lived in a cul-de-sac full of other Finnegans!
 
Martin was always very proud of and loved Lusk and the  Round Tower, but he loved the Isle of Man – the mountains, the long stretches and of course the challenge to set goals and targets and to achieve success.  He even named his house "Rhencullen".
 
Even though many of you here today know Martin the number 45 racer, most of us know him as plain old – "Marty" – while you may think he's near perfect and got no bad habits Brenda would confirm he had a few.  He always set goals and aims and many he achieved, though he rarely got a proper aim at the wash basket!
 
Over the last few days we've heard many stories of Martin's antics, some we had heard before and some are new to us, but whatever memories we have, and you have, they are yours and ours, to keep forever.
 
We can't stress enough how grateful we are to the Supporters Club for the terrific tribute they have paid to Martin in organising so many bikes to bring him home and today for organising the guard of honour.  This means so much to us.
 
Brenda, Rachel and all of us  Finnegans would like to thank everyone associated with today, Fr. Joe Mullan PP, Monsg. Dan O'Connor, Cannon Fitzgibbon, and Martins cousin Fr. Gerard, everyone in the parish of Lusk, the Community, the ICA, the Round Towers GAA, The Scouts, Masterphoto,  our neighbours, our countless friends, the Supporters Club, Round Tower Racing, the Fans, the Competitors, the Photographers, the Marshals, the Medical Crews and all those associated with the Tandragee 100. the PSNI, the Gardai  and all who've travelled the length and breath of the country to be with us – THANK YOU.
 
They say that children are the product of their parents and that is true – little Rachel will always know how special she was to Martin and how proud he was of her Mother – Brenda his beautiful wife.  His last words to his girls were – "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH" –
 
MARTY WE LOVE YOU TOO – RIDE ON ."



Finnegan death stuns motorcycling

Tributes have been paid to motorcyclist Martin Finnegan after the Dublin rider's death in a crash at the Tandragee 100 event on Saturday.

The rider's manager Barry Symmons spoke of his shock at the tragedy.

"He was a really nice guy who was well-respected by his peers and someone with a true talent for road racing," said Mr Symmons.

The rider's wife Brenda and his father were present at Saturday's meeting organised by the North Armagh Club.

"This year he was really looking forward to being on top and riding winning bikes," added Mr Symmons.

"He was was doing what he loved and he was doing it very well.

"He rode the MV (Agusta) for us last year and at some considerable personal cost (as well).

"It is tragic that this has happened."

Before the accident, Finnegan had claimed an impressive win in the open race at Tandragee.

"That was his first win on a Yamaha for quite a long time. He was really on top of things and looking forward to the rest of the day," recalled Symmons.

Finnegan's fellow-competitor Ryan Farquhar said after the accident that oil had been coming out of the Dubliner's bike.

"His back tyre was covered in oil," added Farquhar.

The Motorcycle Union of Ireland chairman Alan Drysdale described Finnegan as "one of the star riders of recent years".

"It is a tragedy that this has happened," added the MCUI official.

"It is impossible to make it (the sport) totally safe.

"A lot of effort went in from the North Armagh Club.

"The incident that Martin had will be investigated to see if any lessons can be learned."

Another rider, John Donnan, was killed in last year's Tandragee event but Drysdale said that it was "too early" to say if the future of the meeting could now be in doubt.

Former competitor Phillip McCallen said he knew Finnegan very well and added that "he was really looking forward to this season".

"I spoke to him a week ago and this season, for the first time in a few years, he felt he had really competitive machinery.

"The Tandragee course is near to my home and I know the club have worked hard to make the circuit as safe as possible.

"Maybe they need to limit the capacity to 600cc for the public roads, but we are still seeing a record number of newcomers taking up the sport and it is still popular with the public.

"Martin's passing is a terrible, terrible loss to the sport and it is a dangerous sport, there is no getting away from that."

In Saturday's accident, three spectators were also injured, two males and one female.

The woman was taken to hospital with head injuries but none of the injuries suffered by the spectators are thought to be life-threatening. The meeting was abandoned after the accident.

Married father-of-one Finnegan was competing this year for the JMF Millsport Yamaha team.

All at BlarneyQuick pass their condolences and best wishes to Martin's family, friends and colleagues.  Kieron had spoken to Martin only days ago as part of BlarneyQuick's sponsorship with Martyn.  He will be sadly missed by all.



Cookstown 100

Ryan Farquhar won the feature race and the Open event at Saturday's Cookstown 100 road race to be man of the meeting.

Farquhar edged the main race by 0.9 seconds from Martin Finnegan with third placed Keith Amor setting a lap record.

The top three order was the same in the Open race but Amor won the 600cc event from Farquhar and Finnegan.

Michael Dunlop won the 250cc race ahead of Darren Burns and Adrian McFarland and Robert Dunlop took the 125cc class from son Michael and Nigel Moore.

Gary Johnson and William Dunlop were fourth and fifth in the day's main race with Johnson also fourth in the Open race after leading in the early stages.

Adrian Archibald, who had set the fastest time in practice, crashed out unhurt in the Open class.

Michael Dunlop and Johnson occupied fourth and fifth in the Supersport 600 and Curtin was fourth in the 125cc. Robert Dunlop won that race on corrected time after coming through from the second group of riders following mechanical problems in practice. Robert secured his second victory of the day later on by winning the 250 'B' event on his return to that class.

Michael Dunlop set a new lap record for the Orritor circuit in winning the 250cc category.

A rider was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and a spectator with a leg injury after an incident in a Support race.
 
 
Amor sets Cookstown alight with performance on a 600 !

Falkirk's Keith Amor set the Cookstown 100 road races alight on Saturday with some scintillating performances on his 600cc Wilson Craig Honda around the 2.1-mile Orritor circuit.
 
Race day saw ideal conditions for the traditional curtain raiser to the Irish road race season and despite only having the use of his 600cc Honda, Amor opened his account with 3rd place in the Open 1000cc race. When the Supersport 600cc race came to the line though, it was a different matter and the Scotsman put in a brilliant performance to not only lead the race from start to finish but also to better the old class lap record by over 2 seconds. Even more remarkably, he also bettered the outright lap record for the circuit, going quicker than the times set by the Superbike machine of Cameron Donald in 2007.
 
Keith took the chequered flag at the end of the ten laps to win by a comfortable 3.848seconds and he came to the line for the feature Cookstown 100 Open race in confident mood. Fifth at the end of the opening lap, he soon began to move forward and by half race distance he was up to third and just a few tenths behind Ryan Farquhar and Martin Finnegan. Try as he might though, the Superbikes continued to hold sway with the extra speed along the straights proving crucial and Keith crossed the line in 3rd place, albeit just 2.34seconds adrift. However, a lap of 1m24.927s on the 8th lap meant he did have the consolation of leaving with the outright lap record
 
Speaking after his day's work, Keith commented:
 
'It's been a good day and to win the 600cc race and take the outright lap record is obviously a great way to start the road race season. I'm really happy with the times I was doing on the 600cc bike but I can't help feel a little bit frustrated as I'm sure that if I'd have been on the Superbike it would have been a different story in the Open races. We tested it a couple of days prior to the race but it developed a problem and we had to make do with the smaller bike.'
 
'The boys have done a great job with the 600 though and with some new tyres from Dunlop, that were simply awesome, I was able to be right at the sharp end. The 600cc race went perfectly and once I settled into my rhythm and relaxed, I was able to pull away steadily. I was getting unbelievable grip all day and it was only on straight line speed where Ryan and Martin had an advantage in the Superbike races but I'm happy enough with a win and two third places. Hopefully, the Superbike will be ready for next week and we'll be even stronger.'
 
Keith's next outing will be at the Tandragee 100 road races which take place on Saturday May 3rd.
 

 

Robert Dunlop

BALLYMONEY road race veteran Robert Dunlop has lost none of his desire for success as he prepares to embark on his 29th season between the hedges.
It's been almost 30 years since the Co Antrim rider made his debut on the roads at the now defunct Temple 100 in 1979, but the wily Dunlop – who holds the record for the most victories at the North West 200 with 15 wins – reveals he still has a burning passion to succeed in the sport that almost cost him his life 14 years ago.

As a result of the serious injuries he sustained following his freak accident exiting Ballaugh village on the Medd Honda RC45 at the Isle of Man TT in 1994, Robert has been largely confined to the 125cc class.

However, with the passage of time he feels he is now strong enough to ride a larger 250 two-stroke machine competitively and plans to take advantage of next Saturday's Cookstown 100 to familiarise himself with Roy Hanna's 250cc Honda ahead of the Kennedy International North West 200 on May 17.

"I think I'm strong enough to handle a 250 again and Roy (Hanna) always provides good machines," he told the News Letter.

"The organisers at the North West made a good decision to bring the 250 race back on its own and it was too good an opportunity to pass up."

Robert's last victory at the Triangle race meeting on the north coast was achieved in dramatic style when he overhauled Michael Wilcox at the final chicane to the delight of the ecstatic home fans.

"Prior to 2006, my boys had started racing and to be the best, you've got to be mentally very strong, very committed and passionate.

"When they began racing I was worried about them and I was trying to help them with their careers while I was still racing myself but I was almost racing on a part-time basis and I wasn't devoting all my attention to my own career. I'm a perfectionist and I like things to be absolutely right and this is even reflected in my riding style," he added.

"I make sure everything is tucked in on the straights at the North West 200 and I think in detail about every move I make, right down to the timing of my gear changes, to make sure that I get every ounce of speed out of the
bike on the straights.
To a degree, I lost some of that attention to detail and perfection when my boys started racing. I was paying more attention to what they were doing and I was neglecting my own racing.

"At the time I didn't realise that I wasn't putting the same amount effort into my own career that I should have been. In 2006, I was selfish because I wanted to win another North West and it paid off."

Robert's single-mindedness has formed the basis of his outstanding success in the past and as another season dawns, the 'Mighty Micro' is as determined as ever and has no immediate plans to hang up his leathers for good.

"I'm not getting any younger and the clock doesn't stop for nobody, I know that, but I've still got the hunger and the desire to win and the North West and Isle of Man TT are top of my agenda again this year. I'm not ready to throw the towel in just yet."



Star Studded Line up for this years Isle Of Man TT in June

Star-studded line up promises scintillating racing at the 2008 TT, which is now fewer than six weeks away.

All of the leading names from the Centenary TT return, and will be joined by exciting newcomers and a host of world class teams.

There are World, European, British, Irish and American champions in both the solo and sidecar classes and the strength in depth is, quite simply, superb.

There are eight former solo winners with 39 TT wins between them. A staggering 38 riders from the entry have already lapped at more than 120mph.

Heading the list once again is the current 'King of the Mountain' John McGuinness and, for the third year in a row, the 13-times TT winner and current outright lap record holder, will carry the number 3 plate in all five of his races.

The Padgett's Manx Gas Honda man will certainly be the one the rest of the field have to beat.

However, the top dozen is packed with potential race winners and, arguably, the greatest challenge will come from Guy Martin, who will start at number 1 for 2008.


The Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider came couldn't have been closer to his maiden victory last year, and many have tipped him for at least one victory this year.

Manx hero Conor Cummins will start 10 seconds behind him at number two. Cameron Donald at number six and Ian Hutchinson, who scored his maiden TT victory in 2007, at number eight are also fancied for podium finishes.

Centenary Superstock winner Bruce Anstey will again have the number five on the front of his Relentless by TAS Suzuki and when you add Martin Finnegan at four, Adrian Archibald at seven, Ian Lougher at nine and Ryan Farquhar at 11 to the equation, it's a mouth watering prospect.

Lougher will be going for his 100th lap over 120mph as he's currently recorded 97.

Meanwhile, two of the sensational newcomers from 2007, Steve Plater and Keith Amor, will start at numbers 10 and 12, with the Scotsman slotting in at number four for the Relentless Supersport races, having set the fifth fastest time ever in the 600cc class 12 months ago.

Farquhar also moves in to the top 10 for the middleweight class, with Finnegan and Archibald dropping down the order slightly.

Other rider of note in the Dainese Superbike and Scottish Life International Superstock events include James McBride, Gary Johnson, Rob Frost, Jimmy Moore, Carl Rennie, Ian Armstrong, Dan Stewart, Ian Pattinson, Paul Hunt, Gary Carswell, Mark Parrett, Davy Morgan, Mark Miller, Les Shand, Chris Palmer, Mark Buckley and William Dunlop.

Encouragingly, 10 of last year's newcomers are back for more, and three will start inside the top 20 in 2008.

A number of riders also move up from the Manx Grand Prix, including Swede Mats Nilsson, double race winner Olie Linsdell, Michael Charnock and Stephen McKnight.

Also on the newcomer front, Jamie Robinson slots in to number 33 for the two Supersport races, with James Hillier at 68 and Alessio Corradi at 75, although the latter two drop down the order slightly for the 1000cc events.

It's a similar picture for the Sure Mobile Sidecar Races, with three former winners on the grid sharing 17 TT wins between them. The races will arguably be the best three-wheeled events in the world, with two World Champions, including the current title holder, on the grid.

The 110mph barrier has already been broken by 10 drivers, and there are many others hot on their heels back for another attempt.

Like its solo counterpart, the sidecar top 10 again sees a formidable array of talent, with the top three crews of last year occupying the first three slots on the entry – Dave Molyneux at one, Nick Crowe at two and John Holden at three.

Former World Champion Klaus Klaffenböck is one spot further back, with regular podium man Steve Norbury dropping down slightly to number five. The top 10 is completed by regular stars, and 110mph+ men, Simon Neary, Nigel Connole, Andy Laidlow and Conrad Harrison.

Dougie Wright is rewarded for his sensational debut 12 months ago with the number 19 plate and German GP ace Mike Roscher also returns and will start at number 35.

Nowhere is the rider recruitment programme more evident than in the sidecar class, and the two races will see the eagerly anticipated debut of triple World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves.

The 35-year-old clinched his first world title in 2005, going on to take the crown three years in succession and is, without doubt, the undisputed number one in the sport. His preparations have been first class and he could really spring a surprise from his starting number of 17.

Meanwhile, the re-introduced Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight classes have attracted full grids.

The Lightweight TT has a superb line up, with current stars Guy Martin, Ian Lougher, Ryan Farquhar and Chris Palmer leading the way. Three of the Dunlop clan – William, Michael and Samuel – will also be in action.

Barry Davidson, a winner at the 2006 MGP, is joined by a number of his countrymen including Davy Morgan, Darren Burns, John Burrows and Andrew Neill. Other names to look out for include Roy Richardson, Paul Owen, Paul Shoesmith, David O'Leary, Phil Harvey, Daniel Sayle and Tony Cawte.

It's a similar story in the Ultra Lightweight class, where Lougher, Palmer and the Dunlops lead the way, plus there's the notable inclusion of Robert Dunlop to spice things up.

Leading British Championship rider James Ford, who has started the short circuit season in superb fashion, makes his TT debut, as does female star Jenny Tinmouth, and Jon Vincent returns to the Island for the first time since 2004.

Northern Ireland again has a strong presence with Burns, Davidson, Neill and Nigel Moore set to star and there is further strength in depth from Sayle, Owen, Knight, Cawte, Pete Wakefield, Chris McGahan and Ellie Forrest. There are also entries from former leading MGP riders Mick Charnock and Kieran Hankin, making their 125cc debuts at Billown.

Commenting on the line up for the 2008 TT Races, Tourism and Leisure Minister Adrian Earnshaw said:

'The racing at the TT is clearly on the up-stroke at present, and every year the entry seems to get stronger and stronger and it is encouraging to see so many of the star names returning.'
'Fans can look forward to an amazing sporting spectacle at the TT in 2008 with more racing and more star riders taking part than ever.'Latest TT News 
 
Superbike Top 12 starters at 10 sec intervals
1 Guy Martin
2 Conor Cummins
3 John McGuinness
4 Martin Finnegan
5 Bruce Anstey
6 Cameron Donald
7 Adrian Archibald
8 Ian Hutchinson
9 Ian Lougher
10 Steve Plater
11 Ryan Farquhar
12 Keith Amor
 

NW200 coming soon, can Steve Plater Win The North West 200 Again ?

AIM Yamaha star Steve Plater makes no secret of his love for racing at the Kennedy International North West 200.
The 35-year-old has wrestled the mantle of Superbike king at the Triangle meeting on the north coast from the clutches of 11 times winner Michael Rutter in recent years and his all-action style has endeared him to the event's fervent supporters.

Plater's aggressiveness on the race track is a far cry from his easy-going and affable persona off it and the man with one of the broadest grins in racing singles out the unique atmosphere that gives the North West 200 such a special flavour as the reason why Ireland's most prestigious road race is the highlight of his racing season.

"Obviously we are going back to the North West with the same team on the R1 Yamaha. We know the bike well on the roads and the short circuits and the bike will be even faster than last year for sure, but it needs to be because everyone is better this year," said Plater.

"There's a new Honda that McGuinness will be riding and Michael (Rutter) will be there on his Ducati and he'll be strong as usual and others will be going well too, like Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald and Guy Martin.

"It's going to be a great event this year, it really is, especially for the spectators."

The new road race season commences at Cookstown on April 26 and is swiftly followed by the Tandragee meeting as the countdown to the North West on May 17 gathers momentum.

Plater has established himself as the man to beat in the Superbike class and his stunning double victory on the HM Plant Honda in 200
6 announced his arrival of one of road racing's most glamorous stages in the most dramatic fashion.

A winner of the feature Superbike race last year, few are more serious about racing – and more importantly, winning – than Plater, but it is the family-orientated social aspect of the North West and the professionalism of the race organisers that the AIM hot-shot holds most dear.

"As far as a rider coming to the North West, there's a really good atmosphere for a racing paddock but the racing is very serious and obviously the guys that are riding want to win but it's still a relaxed atmosphere as soon as you get off the bike and the social side of the event during the week as well is very easy-going.

"Nothing is a big issue and the Irish are very helpful and the organisers are excellent.

"They put in a lot of effort to make the event as safe and easy-going as they possibly can."
 

Here's a few links to the updated NW200 site, there's some great Clips from last years event and some brilliant other clips featuring Top Photographer Stephen Davison and a recent visit of the riders for the preview of this years event.
 
Wait till you see the On board montage of various clips from last years bikes .
 
John Mc Guinness first win from last year.
 
On board montage 2007 , hang on to your seat !
 
Top Tog Stephen Davison,
 
Safety with Riders visit
 
The North West 200 site

 


New Look Governors Bridge

After recent road improvements in the Isle of Man that last year included the new look Brandish Corner, the famous TT circuit will have another modification for this years races for the riders to acclimatise themselves to.  The local Council have decided that the junction of the Glencutchery road and the last corner on the TT circuit required remodelling and have included a roundabout, this was due to the increased traffic requirements and has nothing to do with the TT races .
 
Below is a shot of the new modification and widening to the Famous and Iconic Governors Bridge.


Guy Martin Brands Hatch Press Release

Snow points for Martin at Brands
 
Kirmington's Guy Martin was left to wonder what might have been today as heavy snow resulted in the cancellation of the opening British Superbike Championship round at Brands Hatch. With conditions gradually worsening over the weekend, the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda rider awoke to leaden skies and the ensuing snow fall got worse and worse, eventually leading to the cancellation of the day's events.
 
Despite having experienced a lack of pre-season testing, Guy was in solid form during practice at the 2.3-mile GP circuit and was inside the top ten in all 3 practice sessions thus confidence was high heading into qualifying. However, the weather again played its part and a heavy rain shower came with six minutes of the 50-minute session left to run, thus preventing Guy from putting in any quick laps. Consequently, his time of 1m28.873s left him down in 14th place, certainly not a true reflection of how he had been riding over the course of the weekend.
 
However, it was all to no avail as almost 4 inches of snow fell and covered the circuit so at 11.15am on Sunday morning the races were cancelled.
 
Speaking about the weekend, Guy commented:
 
"Like everyone else, I'm disappointed but there was just no way we could race. It's not a great start to the season but as we saw at the recent Snetterton test you just never know what the British weather is going to do so we'll come back another day and try again."
 
"Practice had gone reasonably well and I'm getting used to the Pirelli tyres all the time so we're getting there and there's definitely plenty more to come. Although it's a great shame that today was cancelled, it gives the whole team a lot more time to work on the bikes so when we get to Thruxton we'll be fully up to speed - hopefully, the the sun will be shining as well!"
 
The opening round of the British Superbike Championship will now take place at Thruxton, Hampshire on Sunday April 20th.
 
Phil Wain
Freelance PR

 

Anstey has an off day

Here's a few of TT supremo Bruce Anstey having an uncharastic slip off at the first big Short circuit of the year in NI.
 
This was during practice , he was OK and came out later and won the 600 and S/bike races beating fellow Tas Suzuki teamate Cameron Donald and fellow road racer Ryan Farquhar.
 

 

Press Release relating to the Tandragee 100 National Motorcycle Race in May.

NORTH ARMAGH MOTORCYCLE & CAR CLUB LTD (Motorcycle Section)
2008 - TANDRAGEE 100  

Press Release No. 2
26th March 2008 

The Club are delighted to announce that Trevor and Sharon Dalzell of DALZELL’S OF MARKETHILL have once again agreed to be the main sponsors of this year’s TANDRAGEE 100 to be held over the weekend of Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May. 

This is the 3rd year that DALZELL’S OF MARKETHILL have provided the main sponsorship, and like their business, they continue to support local events, like this, which can attract in excess of 10,000 people over the weekend. 

Further information about DALZELL’S OF MARKETHILL and their business, our PRESS LAUNCH date and information on Rider’s who have signed up, will be available on our website (www.tandragee100.com) and in further Press Releases over the next couple of weeks.  

I would also remind potential entrants that the closing date to have your completed forms back with our Race Secretary is Friday 11th April 2008. If you have not already received an Entry Form and Regulations and wish to do so, they can be downloaded from our website. 

Ian Barnett - P. R. O. / Webmaster

 

Kieron's new BlarneyQuick race suit.
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Kieron and Sean's 2008 racing predictions (7th Feb 2008)
Kieron and Sean have both put forward their top 5 in MotoGP, WSB, AMA and BSB with the top 2 in the Senior Isle of Man TT.  They are going to have a little competition to see who knows best come the end of the season.  1 point for the correct rider in the top 5, 3 points for correct rider in the correct position.  May the best man win!  Keep checking back to see how they are doing using the link at the top of the page or here.


Myles Lally update (January 26th, 2008)

I'm from Skerries the home of the oldest and best Road Race in Ireland , although I'm not as involved with the Loughshinny Motor cycle club that run it I'm still involved in my own way within the road race community here in Dublin as I'm the original founder of the Irish TT Supporters club and we get together most first Wednesdays in the month with a gang from Skerries to discuss the ins and outs of the road racing scene.

 
I've taken photos for many years and have also had articles published in the likes of Road Racing Ireland Magazine http://www.roadracingireland.com/ and The TTSC world wide magazine http://www.ttsupportersclub.com/  
 
Irish Racer is another great publication which is also on line for information.  http://www.irishracer.com/
 
I also attend all Irish road races during the year and have been attending the TT in the Isle Of Man since '74  ! Last year the TT celebrated its 100 year centenary as the oldest motorcycle race in the world and a great celebration was had by thousands from all over the world (5 years in the planning ) including Kevin Schwantz who was a special guest of Suzuki's.
 
I'm also a regular contributor to the following sites
 
 
 
 
 
None of the above require membership , just a valid email address to join up .
 
Realroadracing.com is probably the most prestigious site as its the official press release site for most of the Riders Teams and clubs associated within the racing community, its the only one that requires membership to see some of the up to date areas/ gallery's and live up dates from the racing as it happens during the season .
 
 
All of the above have great forums that discuss every aspect of the Irish racing scene and other championships such as the Short circuits and British superbikes, World superbikes and of course Moto GP.
 
I'm also a personal friend of Martin Finnegan who at the moment is one of the leading lights within the Irish & TT racing , Martin has been Irish National Superbike champion for the past no of years and a regular podium finisher at the TT and fastest Irish rider there for many years.
 
Last years Irish champion was a Manx Fellow Called Conor Cummins from the Isle of man and won both 600 and Open (1000cc) Titles on the Irish roads and for this year  (08) has gone back to British Superbikes .
 
Martin has now signed for this team JMF Yamaha for next year and is looking to win both Irish titles back and also climb to the top step at the TT races in June.
 
I could go on forever and keep you up all night with all that goes on here but I think your going to have to get over for a few road races this year to see what makes it so special , in fact I'll attach a few shots for you to see and pop on your site to let them all see in the states what way we race our motor cycles here in Ireland its unique !

 

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Kieron's TT, Irish racing Arai collcetion

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Prediction Competition 2012
BlarneyQuick Arai gets the green light
Kieron - Journal 29 - Catch-up
Kieron - Journal 28 - Dylan Scott Sponsorship
Ram Cycles Bike Night
Prediction Competition Update
Bike Night @ Ram Cycles
Kieron - Journal 27 - New Racing Season
New pictures on the Media tab
Anyone for the Competition?
We are off to NY
Day 3 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.
Day 2 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.
Day 1 pictures from IMS on the Media tab.
Fancy your own BlarneyQuick Arai replica?
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Washington IMS on the RaceTech booth
BQ750 gets new paint part 2
New video online in Media Section.
Sean Journal Update
BQ750 gets new paint
Kieron wins Prediction Competition. 
Guest Journal from Steve - Malaysian MotoGP
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition update. 
Guest Journal from Steve - Collector
Arai video's
Sean - Silverstone 2010
Happy Birthday Kieron
Kieron - Journal 25 - TT 2010
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition update. 
Kieron - Journal 24 - Trackdays 2010
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition update. 
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition 2010
Trackdays - Dates from Roger Lyle available on Trackdays tab
Racing News - Take it to theTrack epsiode 3 & 4
Kieron - Journal 23 - Filming has started
Filming for "Take it to the Track" underway
BlarneyQuick off to Indy with Schwantz School in 2010
Sean wins the 2009 Prediction competition.
The last lap of 2009.
Kieron Racing News update
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition update. 
Kieron - Journal 21 - Summit Point Ram Cycles track day
KSS 2009, Indy MotoGP and Summit Point Trackday pics online in the Media
Kieron/Sean Prediction competition update. 
Kieron - Barber/Indy GP experience August 2009
Kieron - Pictures from his trip to Kevin Schwantz School
Sean's video from Kevin Schwantz School online in the Media section.
BlarneyQuick hits Facebook
Sean -  Kevin Schwantz School GPing Experience 2009
Kieron - Journal 18 - Irish Road Racing
Kieron - Journal 17 - Setup
Kieron - Journal 16 - Schwantz
Check News for a World Superbike round-up from Kieron.
A few pictures of Sean's Arai collection can be found on his Journal page.
Kieron - Journal 15 - Hard Times
Check News for Martin Finnegan Trophy update.
Check News for Vito's Racing story.
Sean - Journal - Top 20 riders
Kieron - Journal 14 - Top 20 riders
Kieron - Journal 13 - The Service Pavilion
Kieron - Journal 12 - Kevin Schwantz School 2008
Kieron - Journal 11 - Racing News
Check Pictures pages for details of Webmaster Sean's new GSXR600.
Sean pips Kieron by 1 point in the Prediction Competition.
Ram Cycle's opening video available in the Media Section
Loads more pictures online & Kieron's KSSS video too, check the Media section.
Sean - Trip to Arai Europe
Check News for Martin Finnegan tribute.
Kieron - Trackday
Check News for Sammy Miller TT Parade Lap pictures.
BlarneyQuick tribute to Martin Finnegan
NW200 Results/Pictures via News
Finnegan death stuns motorcycling
Robert Dunlop dies following practice for this years NW200. 
Cookstown 100 report and pictures in News
Star Studded Line up for this years Isle Of Man TT in June
NW200 coming soon, can Steve Plater Win The North West 200 Again?
Check out the Media page for pictures of BlarneyQuick Kieron's Mom aboard the GSXR.
New Look Governors Bridge
Guy Martin's Brands Hatch Press Release available in News.
Bruce Anstey has a bad day at the office.
Check out the Media page for Vito Candela's Ducati Hypermotard.  The first racing version in the world!
Press Release relating to the Tandragee 100 National Motorcycle Race
Kieron - Vintage Photograph
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Myles Lally update
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