North West 200 Cancelled 2011

 

 

 

THE world-famous North West 200 event was cancelled yesterday after a bomb scare, oil on the track and heavy rain.

 

Gerald Dallat 

Riders and fans alike were devastated when the decision was made around 5.20pm after several hours of delays.

It came after a tough day for Irish road racing, which started on the back foot when the paddock woke to rain. 

Despite the downpour, the opening Supersport Race was able to get under way slightly late and it was local man Alastair Seeley who took the spoils.

The Relentless Suzuki rider’s victory came after a battle with Cameron Donald on the Wilson Craig Honda in the five-lap race.

Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson had taken the lead but lost out after a mistake on lap two.

With Seeley in front, Donald was recovering from a bad start but quickly forced his way into second.

 

Ultimately, it was the diminutive BSB star who took the win after a great last lap fight.

Supersport Race One done and dusted, the riders headed back out on to the grid for the Superbike race but drama followed.

After a delay caused by the weather, reports began to filter through of a bomb scare.

As a result, organisers called a security alert which delayed events for a further hour, with the race finally getting under way at around 1.30pm.

However, it was without the Rapid Ducati riders Michael Rutter and Martin Jessop, Relentless rider Guy Martin and a few others, who refused to go out because they felt conditions were too dangerous.

 

Ryan Farquhar 

 

 It was Michael Dunlop who got the best start from Ryan Farquhar, Bruce Anstey and Seeley, but Seeley was the man on a charge, searing past everyone to take the lead within a few minutes.

Then disaster struck as Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki let go on the exit of Church Corner, spilling fluid all the way along the coast road and bringing out the red flag.

With a massive clean-up of the track taking a couple of hours, the weather continued to deteriorate.

 

Although the race did try to get going again later in the afternoon, the wet weather combined with an area of the track which was still greasy led to further postponement.

Although some riders said they were happy to race, team managers were called to an emergency meeting.

Race director Mervyn Whyte said: “There’s not much I can say except this has been a disastrous day for the North West.

 

 

“We worked so hard to make sure everything went off perfectly.

“But unfortunately weather conditions are something you can’t help.

“We had the bomb scare earlier, which didn’t help the situation, and it went downhill from there.

“Now we need to go away, review everything and vow to come back with a bigger and better event next year.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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