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2017 North West 200

Post by Andy » 1 year ago

The North West 200 along the north coast of Northern Ireland has started with practice session on the 8.97 mile (14.4 km) long triangle circuit today. The NW200 usually acts as a final warm up towards the Isle of Man TT, starting later this month. The lap record is at 123.207 mph (198.282 Km/h) set by Michael Dunlop on the BMW Superbike last year. The speed trap record is held by Martin Jessop with some stunning 208 mph (335 km/h) in the speed trap shortly before University corner. This said, the triangle circuit is slipstream capital. Often 4 to 5 riders go alongside down towards University with one or two from behind catapulting ahead. Great fun to watch!
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Todays Practice Results:

Superbikes
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW. 4min 25.1 secs 121.811mph
Michael Rutter, Bathams/SMT BMW. 4 min 26.670 sec 121.093mph
Michael Dunlop, Bennetts Suzuki 4mi 27.639sec 120.655mph
Ian Hutchinson, Tyco BMW. 4min 29.782 sec 119.697mph
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser PBM Ducati, 4 min 30.030sec 199.587mph

Superstock
Michael Rutter, Bathams/SMT BMW 4min 24.634 sec, 122.025mph
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW. 4min 24.775secs, 121.960mph
Lee Johnston, East Coast Construction BMW, 4 min 25.173 sec, 121.777mph
Ian Hutchinson, Tyco BMW. 4min 26.265 sec 121.278mph
Dean Harrison, Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, 4min.28.977 sec, 120.055mph

Supersport
Alastair Seeley. Gearlink Kawasaki. 4 min 41.480 sec. 114.722 mph
Dean Harrison Silicone Engineering Kawasaki 4 min 42.975sec 114.116mph
Lee Johnston Jackson Racing Honda 4 min 43.968sec 113.717mph
Martin Jessop Riders Motorcycles Triumph 4 min 45.063sec 113.280mph
John McGuinness Jackson Racing/ Bet Victor Honda 4 min 45.893 sec 112.951mph

Supertwins
Martin Jessop Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki 4 min 56.494 sec 108.913mph
Michael Rutter KMR/IEG Kawasaki 4min 58.171sec 108.300 mph
Ivan Lintin Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki Racing 4min 59.330sec 107.881mph
Lee Johnston KMR/NI Air Ambulance Kawasaki 4 min 59.671 sec 107.758mph
5 Dan Cooper KW Electrical Kawasaki 5min 02.880 sec 106.616mph

Full results at : http://www.northwest200.org/2017-results/

The BBC Northern Ireland online service covers the meeting completely unrestricted with live video and live audio, too. Here are the broadcasting times from their website at http://www.northwest200.org/nw200-racin ... listening/
NW200 Racing
Watching and Listening

Tv – BBC One NI Network Highlights
Date Time
Friday 12th May 9.30pm*
Sunday 14th May 10.30pm*
Monday 15th May 10.40pm *
Sunday 21st May 1pm - 2pm*

BBC Radio Ulster 92-95 FM /1341MW
Date and Time Event
Tuesday 9th May from 10.30am*

Thursday 11th May from 10.00am*

Michael McNamee and Joel Taggart will present live coverage of the first and second practice sessions.
Thursday 11th May from 5.30pm*

Joel and Michael will have live coverage of the first three races at this year’s North West 200.
Saturday 13th May from 10.00am* Joel and Michael are back for coverage of the day’s five races
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To end this first race week post, here are a couple impressions from todays sessions
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 year ago

Thanks for a great preview to a must follow event. :thumbsup:

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Post by Cheeveer » 1 year ago

Great post! Will follow as much as possible.
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Post by Andy » 1 year ago

During yesterdays Supersport practice, English rider Chris Dixon had a nasty off at Black Hill. The session was red flagged immediatly.
Chris Dixon suffered leg fractures but otherwise, thankfully, non life threatening injuries.
Source : http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motor ... -1-7953710

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Post by kals » 1 year ago

Oh my! I'm glad the injuries were minor. Thanks for the information Andy.

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Post by strad » 1 year ago

Ditto...That was scary.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 year ago

That could have easily been so much worse. Speedy and full recovery to Chris Dixon.

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Post by Cheeveer » 1 year ago

John McGuinness not so lucky. He fell in Superbike practice and broke his leg. :(
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Post by Cheeveer » 1 year ago

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Post by Cheeveer » 1 year ago

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Post by erwin greven » 1 year ago

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Post by Andy » 1 year ago

Pretty interesting races last night. I hoped for Michael Rutter keeping the pressure on Alistair Seeley in the Stockers race though. I'm really glad for Martin Jessopp, now that he finally broke his duck at the NW200
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 year ago

Presumably the accident and injury to John McGuinness, given the closeness timewise, will impact on his participation at the TT, unless it is a very simple break. I understand he underwent surgery to have a plate fixed to his tibula/fibula. I know these guys are superhuman and anything is possible, so all the best top John for a speedy recovery. :dunno:

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Post by Andy » 1 year ago

My undoubtedly wild guess is, that he'll turn up at the TT and gives it a try at least. Which side did he crack again ?
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