2013 Irish Motorcycle Racing Season Shapes Up Mar 2013



2013 Irish Motorcycle Racing Season Shapes Up

As the long dark winter is ending and spring has sprung, this can mean only one thing; all roads now lead to the Irish motorcycle race season.

On the 16th March The Mid Antrim Motorcyle Club host the first Open Circuit round of the season at Nutts Corner. This is now the third year in a row that the race will take place at this popular venue. Then followed closely by Mondello on Sunday 24th and Bishopscourt on Saturday 30th March. 


 Warren Reeves in acton at Skerries


 The first road race of the season will take place at Cookstown on the 26th and 27th April followed by The Tandragee 100 on the 3rd and 4th May then the Northwest 200 on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May. 

The International Northwest 200 has gained a new main sponsor -Vauxhall. This year the racing format has changed once again. On Thursday race one will be a Supersport, race two Super Twins and race three a Superstock race. That leaves another six races to be held on the Saturday.


Cameron Donald keeps it low at Bishopscourt 



The Bush Road Race was to be held on the 28th and 29th June but is now cancelled due to lack of money. The Dungannon and District Club just didn’t have enough funds, mainly due to a poor performance from them last season. Sadly the ever-popular Kells Motorcycle Club has decided that they too cannot afford to run their event this season due to a lack of funding but state that they will be back “bigger and better” next year.   




Ace Ryan Farquhar after retiring last season from his much loved sport has decided to run his KMR team. His team line up so far is Jamie Hamilton, Connor Behan, James Cowton and Brian McCormack. Lee Johnston had been due to ride for Farquhar in the Supertwin class at the Northwest 200, but the deal was shelved. Jeremy McWilliams and Michael Rutter, who finished on the rostrum on Farquhar’s KMR machines in the Supertwin race at the Northwest last year, are in line to join the team again for the international meeting in May.

The retired and also very popular rider, John Burrows, has decided to enter his Cookstown/BE Engineering machines this season. It is been announced that Stephen Thompson and Nigel Moore will be aboard his bikes. 

Ace Ryan Farquhar at Cookstown 100


 Michael Dunlop at North  West 200


County Antrim brothers William and Michael Dunlop have both changed camps for this year’s racing. William has re-established his old partnership with CD Racing to contest the national road races on a 600cc Yamaha R6 and also joined Shaun Muir’s British Championship Milwaukee Yamaha team for the international race meetings. He plans to take part in the first three rounds of the British Supersport series. Michael has also signed a deal with Honda TT legends to contest the three International races - Northwest 200, Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix.

So let’s hope that health, good weather and luck is with all those who attend the racing this year.


 William Dunlop looking as smooth as ever




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