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Dunlop exhibition wows fans at Swiss Motorcycle Show in Zurich

A major exhibition showcasing the story of Northern Ireland’s legendary Dunlop family is taking place this weekend at the Swiss Motorcycle Show in Zurich.

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Former racer John Burrows, who now runs the Cookstown B.E. Racing team, says swift action must be taken to safeguard the future of Irish National road racing.

Irish road racing ‘in danger of disappearing for good’

Respected team owner John Burrows says he fears the unique spectacle of Irish road racing could disappear for good unless swift action is taken to safeguard the future of the sport.

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Michael Dunlop will run young prospect Carl Phillips in his MD Racing team in the British Superstock 1000 Championship in 2017.

Michael Dunlop signs Carl Phillips for Superstock 1000 venture

Michael Dunlop has taken promising Ulster rider Carl Phillips under his wing to contest the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2017.

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Michael Dunlop at full stretch during the Road Racers v Short Circuit Racers charity match at Seaview.

Racers’ charity football match raises £10,000 for Children’s Cancer Unit at RVH

A charity football match between many of the country’s top road racers and short circuit riders has raised an incredible £10,000 for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson went head-to-head at the international road races throughout 2016.

Dunlop versus Hutchinson for International Road Racer of Year title

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast will host the biggest night in Irish motorcycling on Friday night with the Cornmarket Motorbike Awards.

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Michael Dunlop will be a star attraction at the Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival in February.

Michael Dunlop in rally mode for NI Motorcycle Festival

Michael Dunlop is set to wow fans once again at the Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival in February in his Ford Escort MK2 rally car.

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Gary Dunlop in action at last year's Ulster Grand Prix. Photo by Rod Neill

Plans put in place for 2017

The Joey’s Bar MCC Racing team has put its plans in place for another season of Irish road racing in 2017, with Sam Wilson and Derek McGee continuing in the 125/Moto3 class for a second year.

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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 12/1/2016: Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereigh, Cllr Brian Bloomfield and Cllr Uel Mackin pictured with top Ulster motorcycle racers Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar, promoters Billy and Marty Nutt and Black Horse girls Victoria Robb and Anoushka Black at the launch of the 2017 N.I. Motorcycle Festival which takes place in the Eikon centre on Feb 3-5.
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Showtime for 2017 Motorcycle Festival

The 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival was officially launched last week at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Lee Johnston, Ryan Farquhar, Alastair Seeley and Andy Reid were among the special guests.

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Gary Dunlop pictured at the Ulster Grand Prix last year at Joey's.

Joey’s Bar MCC team put plans in place for 2017

The Joey’s Bar MCC Racing team has put its plans in place for another season of Irish road racing in 2017, with Sam Wilson and Derek McGee continuing in the 125/Moto3 class for a second season.

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Ryan Farquhar is Ireland's most successful ever national road racer with 197 victories.

Ryan Farquhar: My fears for future of Irish national road racing

Ryan Farquhar fears it may be too late to safeguard the future of Irish national road racing, with escalating insurance costs adding to the financial strain faced by promoting clubs.

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Alastair Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki at the North West 200 last year.

Alastair Seeley targets Supersport repeat at North West 200 on Gearlink Kawasaki

Alastair Seeley is targeting a repeat of his 2016 Supersport double at the Vauxhall International North West 200 after signing to ride for Gearlink Kawasaki once more.
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Top Ulster racers (L-R) Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar with promoters Billy and Marty Nutt at the launch of the 2017 Blackhorse NI Motorrcycle Festival.

Big names turn out for launch of NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival was officially launched at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn on Thursday, where Lee Johnston, Ryan Farquhar, Alastair Seeley and Andy Reid were among the special guests.

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The future of Irish road racing is in doubt due to rising insurance costs, its been claimed this week.

EXCLUSIVE: Insurance hikes ‘could sound death knell for Irish road racing’

Irish National road racing in Ulster could go to the wall in less than three years due to the financial threat posed by rising insurance premiums and a dramatic increase in claims.

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Alastair Seeley pictured at a special preview of the documentary 'Alastair Seeley- My NW200 Wins' by Colin Thompson in Helen's Bay with Mervyn Whyte, Vauxhall International NW200 Event Director, Gordon Hannen, Vauxhall and Paul McLean of Bet McLean, race sponsor.
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New DVD lauds Seeley’s wins

A new documentary telling the story of how Alastair Seeley became the Vauxhall International North West 200’s most successful racer is set to be released on DVD.

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Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was killed at the North West 200 in May.

NW 200 tragedy ruled an accident by coroner

A talented motorcycle racer died of “unsurvivable” chest injuries when he came off his bike in a 100mph crash at the North West 200 in May, a coroner has said.

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Gary Dunlop in action on the Joey's Bar 125cc Honda at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Road racers v short circuit riders in charity football match

Some of the country’s top Irish road racers and short circuit riders will go head-to-head in a charity football match at Seaview next month to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

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Race winner Dan Kneen (7, Mar-Train Yamaha) gets the jump ahead of William Dunlop (6, MSS Kawasaki) and Derek Sheils (82, Burrows Suzuki) at the start of the Open race at the Tandragee 100 in April.

2017 Road Race Dates

The Tandragee 100 will host the first of eight Irish National road races scheduled in 2017.

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Michael Dunlop will make his debut at the famous Cemetery Circuit in New Zealand on Boxing Day.

Michael Dunlop set for Cemetery Circuit debut on Boxing Day

Michael Dunlop is preparing to make his debut at the infamous Cemetery Circuit on Boxing Day at Wanganui in New Zealand.

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NW200: Vauxhall remain as title sponsors for 2017

NW200: Vauxhall remain as title sponsors for 2017

Vauxhall Motors Ltd will again back the North West 200 in 2017 as the company enters its fifth successive year as the overall title sponsor of the race.

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