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William Dunlop has died after a crash during practice for the Skerries 100 in County Dublin.
The 32-year-old rider from Ballymoney, County Antrim, was a member of the Dunlop dynasty of racing greats and a repeat winner of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix.
Last month, William missed the TT races be with his pregnant partner, Janine.
Dunlop enjoyed a distinguished career on Ireland’s national road racing scene, accumulating some 108 wins, including four victories at the North West 200 and seven at the Ulster Grand Prix since beginning his career in 2000.
A statement released by the the Skerries 100 organisers, said they “deeply regret” to announce he “passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident”.
“The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their...
Assen was the venue for a sensational battle royale as eight riders duked it out for the win in one of the most incredible MotoGp races of all time at Assen.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez emerged from the melee to take the win on premier racing's 70th visit to the track, but the headlines were stolen by the close racing as Marquez battled with Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, Suzuki's Alex Rins and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.
It was Marquez who took the holeshot from pole, with Crutchlow initially on his tail from second on the grid until Lorenzo sliced through from tenth to P2 after another awe-inspiring launch.
The Italian and Catalan GP winner didn’t wait long to strike for the lead either, attacking Marquez...
Jonny Rea claimed a double win at laguna Seca, one again showing the rest of the field that he his the benchmark by which all other riders are judged.
After qualifying third fastest in Superpole on Saturday morning, Rea spent the early laps right behind eventual race one second place rider Chaz Davies on the factory Ducati, before pouncing to lead on lap seven; Davies ran wide at the entrance to the famous Corkscrew chicane and Rea instantly took his opportunity on the inside line.
Rea built his lead from then on to ease out to an eventual clear advantage of 2.978 seconds after 25 intense laps, on a tricky track surface that rose to over 50°C under the hottest conditions of the weekend so far.
Speaking after the race, Rea said: “In the early laps I felt good behind Chaz, although...
Two weeks after his Mugello triumph, Jorge Lorenzo made it two in a row by winning the Catalan GP at the Montmeló circuit.
The rider from Mallorca, who started from pole, moved into the lead of the race onLap 2 when he passed Honda's Marc Marquez, and then firmly held onto that position right until the chequered flag, finishing more than four seconds ahead of his Honda rival.
Lorenzo has now moved up to seventh place in the overall standings on 66 points, followed by Dovizioso with the same haul, while Ducati now lie second overall in the Constructors’ championship with 132 points.
Lorenzo said: “Today’s win was really fantastic! We showed that we can win not only by entering the first turn in first place, but also by recovering and overtaking the others. It was actually a...
The first piece of the 2019 WSBK rider jigsaw has fallen into place after Kawasaki's Jonny Rea announced he will spend another two years riding for the Japanese manufacturer.
Rea’s extension with Kawasaki comes after week's of speculation that the Ulsterman was set to turn his back on the factory outfit for a ride with Suzuki in MotoGP or by switching allegiance within the WSBK series and signing for Ducati.
Choosing to stay at Kawasaki, Rea looks set to dominate the series for the immediate future on board the all-conquering ZX-10RR.
Rea said: “I am more than happy to continue in these next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team. Since the end of last season we have already started to talk about continuing our partnership, so it’s nice to finalize everything now, so that we can...
Big changes are afoot at the factory Honda squad after it has emerged that Jorge Lorenzo will replace the outgoing Dani Pedrosa, who is leaving the Repsol team after 18 years with HRC and Honda.
Lorenzo has penned a two-year deal which will see the three-time MotoGP world champion join Marc Marquez in the factory Honda team.
In a terse statement after his maiden win on the Ducati at Mugello, Lorenzo accused the Italian factory of not doing enough to give him a bike to win, publicly slating their lack of support and development.
Many paddock insiders saw this as a sign he was heading to a satellite Yamaha effort, but Lorenzo’s leftfield jump to Honda has caused shockwaves in the paddock.
The move means Honda now has its very own dream team; the two riders share a total of 11...
01) Hickman's 135mph lap was sensational, but every rider who races is a warrior and I salute every single one of them, regardless of where they finish...respect
02) Bikes are a great leveller. It doesn't matter, what your background, or your social standing, we all have something in common
03) It is possible to stab yourself in the nose and draw blood while eating a pizza, eh Yag?
04) The scones at the Ballacregga Corn Mill are smaller and drier than previous years...disappointing
05) There's nothing better than being told by a copper to 'go for it' from the Creg because he likes the look of the Tuono and he'd like to hear the V4 'given some'
06) Speaking of which, the Tuono 1100 APRC may just be the best bike ever...comfortable, fast, nimble and THAT noise...stunning. Race mode has...
It's been confirmed local rider Dan Kneen has died following a crash in Wednesday evening's TT practice session.
The 30-year-old was involved in an incident at the Churchtown area of the course, which resulted in a tree catching fire and the session being red flagged.
Kneen had been in promising form in previous practices; not least on Tuesday evening when he was almost 2mph up on his previous best.
That came back in the 2017 Superstock race where he registered the one and only podium finish of his TT career.
He was third quickest on his Tyco BMW on Tuesday night with a 132.26mph lap.
The rest of Wednesday's action was called off following the incident at Churchtown on Wednesday, with police later confirming the competitor involved was Kneen.
A statement from TT organisers read:...
The Mountain Course; legendary, iconic and one of the ultimate challenges in motorsports. 37 and a half miles of everyday street tarmac that snakes through stone-wall lined country lanes, along tree tunneled straights, through usually sleepy towns and over the foreboding mountain roads of the Isle of Man at full throttle. A rugged, windswept island setting that sits in the middle of the Irish Sea which, for over 110 years, has been the greatest test of rider and machine at the annual TT races.
To complete the TT course is special, to win is to join a small group of motorcycle racing’s revered stars. With 23 TT victories in his career to date, John McGuinness is a legend; the King of the Mountain who has re-written the record books and stood on more TT podiums than any rider in...
So, the silly season is well and truly underway in MotoGP, with many top riders facing the real risk of being left out in the cold for the 2019 season.
With Marc Marquez extending his stay with the Repsol Honda team, Andrea Dovizioso doing the same with Ducati, Alex Rins committing to Suzuki and the KTM and Yamaha factories already agreeing contracts for the rider line-up for next season, there is the real possibility that some of the best riders in the series won 't be lining up on the grid in the future.
Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo is arguably the rider who dictates what will happen to the others. With his time at Ducati punctuated by a large number of poor performances, team bosses are becoming increasingly frustrated with Lorenzo's lack of result, especially considering his large...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took a record-breaking victory at the Grand Prix de France, which sees the reigning world champion equal Casey Stoner’s 38 premier class wins – and surpass Mike Hailwood's win record.
Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci was a superb second to take his first podium of the season – and from the front row – with Valentino Rossi on the factory Yamaha returning to the rostrum in third place.
Sadly, however, the French fairytale wasn't to be for Tech 3's Johann Zarco as the home hero crashed out at Turn 8 on lap eight after re-passing Marquez for second in the fight at the front.
Suzuki's Andrea Iannone was another rider to crash, falling out of contention on lap one at la Chapelle after making a good start. In yet more drama for the standings, championship...
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow has been declared fit to race after suffering a vicious high side crash during Saturday's qualifying 1 session at the Grand Prix of France in Le Mans.
Exiting Turn Nine while on a fast lap, the British rider was thrown over the top of the bike, before then being hit again by the bike as it slid along the asphalt behind him.
Crutchlow was attended to immediately by the marshals and medical staff at the side of the track, where it became clear that he had not lost consciousness at any moment, but he was complaining of pain in his hip region.
Crutchlow was stretchered off before being transferred to the circuit's medical centre where he was checked over by medical staff. He was then taken to the hospital Le Mans for further examinations, and he was declared...
Tech 3's Johann Zarco stormed to a history-making pole position at the Grand Prix de France, smashing the pole record to become the first Frenchman to secure pole on home soil since Christian Sarron at Paul Ricard in 1988.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez threatened to spoil the party on his final lap as the reigning champion honed in, but it wasn’t enough and the championship leader starts P2.
Q1 graduate Danilo Petrucci, meanwhile, made his presence felt in Q2 on the Pramac Ducati and will start tomorrow’s race third on the grid.
It was an incredibly tense Q2 session in Le Mans, with all eyes on the number five. The Frenchman, straight out the blocks, didn’t disappoint and topped the timesheets after his first flying lap. But Marquez – as ever – was quick to reply. The reigning...
In taking his first double race win of the season at Imola Jonny Rea made WSBK history by equalling the all-time record of 59 career race wins.
The Ulsterman now shares that honour with WSBK royalty Carl Fogarty.
After a masterful race one win for Rea from pole position on Saturday, Sunday’s 19-lap race delivered a victory of a different kind. Starting from ninth, and not getting away as cleanly, Rea had to put in several passes before getting into the slipstream of early leader Chaz Davies.
Rea was in second place after four laps, and sat behind Davies for much of the race before deciding to make a final pass into the Variante Alta, on Lap 13.
Rea then put in two blistering laps with a clear track ahead of him and eventually won by a margin of 4.019 seconds.
He has now won...
It was a good day at Imola for Kawasaki as riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes scored first and second places respectively in race one at the fifth round of the WSBK Championship in Italy.
In warm and sticky conditions Rea started the first 19-lap race of the WSBK race weekend from pole position, having secured his 16th career Superpole just a couple of hours before the 1pm race start.
The Ulsterman led from flag-to-flag with only his own team-mate Sykes for company in the first few laps, before Rea’s pace took him to an eventual margin of victory of 3.755 seconds. His latest win was his fourth of the season, all of them coming at different circuits.
Rea’s fourth success of the year was the 58th of his career and takes him to within one victory of sharing the all-time record for...
A war of words has broken out between the Honda and Ducati factory riders following the dramatic racing incident at Jerez which saw Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso crash out while fighting for second.
The drama unfolded on Lap 18, when Dovizioso, clearly frustrated at running behind a sower Lorenzo, attempted to pass his team-mate on the brakes but ran wide at Turn 6, sucking team-mate Lorenzo with him. Pedrosa, saw his opportunity, and carried a smooth line into the corner, and as Lorenzo attempted to sweep back inside he made contact with the Honda rider, causing the diminutive Pedrosa to have a massive high side. Pedrosa’s bike then caused Lorenzo to sit up and take avoiding action, leading him to Dovizioso and all three riders hit the dirt.
A clearly angry...
LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow smashed the previous pole lap record at the newly-resurfaced Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, taking pole position for the first time since the 2016 British GP at Silverstone in some style as he topped the session and then went even faster.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa – the winner at Jerez in 2017 – also dug deep to put in another stunner to take second despite his ongoing recovery from a broken wrist sustained in Argentina, with Tech 3's Johann Zarco qualifying in third to make it eight times in a row the Frenchman will be starting the race from the front row.
It was a tense final shootout at the end of the session, and many eyes were on Marquez as the number 93 pushed and consistently lit up the first sectors red – and then just lost out before the line....
One of the biggest dominoes of the 2018 MotoGP Silly Season has just fallen into place with the announcement thatJohann Zarco has signed a two-year contract to race for KTM.
The move will see the in demand Frenchman switch to the orange machines for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, joining Pol Espargaro who has just announced a contract extension.
Zarco’s performances on the Tech 3 satellite Yamaha has seen his stock rise since he made his debut in the premier class last year, with many paddock insiders having him as a shoe-in to replace Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda.
The choice essentially boiled down to this – trying to beat Marc Marquez on a bike designed for Marc Marquez, or developing the KTM into a weapon capable of beating the reigning champion.
It seems Zarco has favoured rising...
01) The Diversion 600F is tiny, really tiny for my 6’2in frame
02) OEM tyres from 2011 don’t age well…
03) The state of the roads in Lincolnshire is shocking – potholes everywhere
04) The standard of drivers isn’t much better; everyone seems glued to their phone or sat nav…the telltale weave is a giveaway
05) The temperature may be warm during the day right now but at twilight it’s still too early in the year for vented leathers and boots
06) The bugs are much bigger riding after 8pm too
07) The engine may be small, but it’s still lively and has enough poke to put a smile on your face
08) It’s crying out for an aftermarket can though…sounds like a washing machine
09) It begins to weave once you get it singing
10) The 600F may just be the perfect post-test bike to cut your teeth on
Suzuka ’91: Four title contenders enter the final lap mere feet apart. An all out battle, passes under braking so late you can not bear to look and the lead will change hands again and again. An inside line appears, barely an opening at all and the number 34 Suzuki dives in and makes the pass stick. When the checkered flag is waved the top four is decided by .556 of one second and Kevin Schwantz is victorious with a final lap battle that is cemented in MotoGP history.
No one typifies the all-or-nothing, knife-edge, racing of the era like Kevin Schantz. Hailing from Houston, Texas, a background in motocross gave him the skills to battle shoulder to shoulder in the tight chicanes and historic corners of grand prix road racing with unique style.
In 1993 he became World Champion wearing...
I bought this lid last year online after my trusty Dainese helmet finally gave up the ghost, and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. It initially felt tight, really tight, when I first tried it on in the shop, but the sales rep convinced me it would bed in, and I’m pleased I took his advice – after some six months of wear it now fits me like a dream; snug without being uncomfortable.
The longest I’ve worn this in one hit is eight hours, and I still felt fresh; no headaches, no pressure points. I’ve worn this exclusively for recreational rides and it works well in all weathers – the lining is comfortable, the vents are powerful and work, and the Pinlock does a decent job of ensuring the visor stays mist free.
Another great thing about this ‘budget’ Arai is the wide visor aperture which...
Assen proved to be a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki as Tom Sykes and Jonny Rea secured a Team Green 1-2.
The Race Two victory was the first win for Sykes since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, while championship leader Rea finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday.
Sykes, who stated on pole, looked unbeatable on Sunday, running clear of his early rivals and maintaining a remarkably consistent high pace throughout.
Rea found the going tougher – the three-time champions was fourth after Lap One, then third after four laps, before taking second place on Lap Six.
By that stage Sykes had already opened up a gap of 3.5 seconds, which grew as Rea had to defend his position.
Maintaining his own...
It’s closer than ever as the flag falls at the end of the Americas GP, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez taking the win and Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso taking the Championship lead.
The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.
It was also Iannone who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but Marquez also got a flyer from Row 2 – slotting into second and on the chase behind the ‘Maniac’. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, #93 started to pull a gap – but Iannone wasn’t done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning champion. Running a bit wide on...
Things got pretty hot in Texas in qualifying for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, with drama first striking as reigning champion Marc Marquez took a tumble on his Repsol Honda at Turn 13.
With the other riders closing in on his time as he made his way back to the Honda garage on a scooter, Marquez was able to get back out, and set a sixth pole position at the Circuit of the Americas – closely followed by a resurgent Maverick Viñales on the Yamaha.
However, that wasn’t the end of the tale, and Marquez found his riding under the spotlight again – Viñales, after an impressive show of race pace earlier in the day in FP4, came across a slower-moving Marquez on his first flyer on his second run and was forced to abandon the lap.
A visibly angry Viñales gesticulated wildly as the...
Kawasaki rider Jonny Rea won his 12th WSBK race at Assen, extending his championship lead and closing in on the all-time win total by taking his 57th career victory.
In uncharacteristically warm and dry conditions, Rea showed his affinity with the historic Assen circuit by leading across the line in Race One for all but two laps.
He won the race by an eventual 0.981 seconds from local hero Michael van der Mark, who led for two laps on his Yamaha. But while Van der Mark was fast, he was also ragged, allowing Rea to control the race.
Rea’s third race victory of the year came after some good work in practice and qualifying, and being able to improve the pace in warm conditions, making a gap that he could control in the final few laps of the 4.542km long circuit.
Rea said: “I enjoyed...
Three different winners have already celebrated victory in the opening four races of the 2018 BSB championship as defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and fierce title rival Leon Haslam shared the wins in a hectic second round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent.
Home hero Byrne had been gunning to return to the top step after 20-year-old Bradley Ray completed a double victory at the season opener. The Be Wiser Ducati rider started alongside him on the grid, and the six-time champion became embroiled in a race-long battle with his local rival in the opening clash of the day.
Ray had produced a lightning start off the line to lead Byrne and Haslam on the opening lap as the Buildbase Suzuki rider led the freight train of riders. The leading pair was soon edging ahead at the...
After finishing on the podium with a second place in Race One, Chaz Davies took a stunning win in Race Two at Aragon.
Starting from third row, Davies bided his time early on, then took the lead with five laps to go and never looked back.
Kawasaki's Jonny Rea pushed Davies all the way, running wide into the entry of the chicane at turn 12 and losing his chance to attack Davies on the long final corner. Rea was just 1.184 seconds back at the flag, for his fourth podium finish of the 2018 season.
Davies took the 7th win of his career at Aragon and second of the season.
Davies said: "I had to really work hard for this win, coming from 8th place on the grid. I knew we could pull through, but in the first few laps I didn't have the feeling I was hoping for. We opted for a softer rear...
Home contender Bradley Ray stormed to pole position in qualifying ahead of the second round of the BSB championship at Brands Hatch with a margin of 0.097s over reigning champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.
A rapid qualifying session saw Ray and Byrne duel for the pole position ahead of tomorrow’s opening race, but the 20-year-old hotshot had the edge in the closing minutes to snatch the lead position from his Be Wiser Ducati rival.
Ray said: "To be honest, coming off what we did yesterday in free practice I was a little bit conscious of coming into today being 17th and quite far down. I got a bit worried overnight, we were chasing our tail a bit looking through data and I was getting a bit annoyed to see myself down in 17th and I didn’t know why.
"We found something this morning in free...
Kawasaki’s Jonny Rea had mixed feelings about his bike throughout Friday and the Saturday Superpole, but in Race One of the third WSBK round of the season he put to bed any worries he or his team may have had with a dominant performance at MotorLand Aragon.
The reigning champion increases his lead to 14 points now, after Ducati’s Marco Melandri could only come in fourth.
The race was red flagged after three laps, after a horrible collision involving Leon Camier (Red Bull Honda), Jordi Torres (MV Agusta) and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia). The Honda rider appeared to slip on Turn 10, with the other two riders just behind and unable to avoid contact. The Brit was immediately taken to the medical centre for evaluation, while Torres and Savadori exited the track on their own feet,...
Roads racing ace John McGuinness has revealed that he has had a set-back in his recovery from the broken leg he sustained in an accident at last year’s North West 200.
The 23-time TT winner, who recently signed for Norton after years of racing for Honda, broke his right tibia and fibular last year when he was thrown from his Honda Fireblade at the North West 200 course following a problem with the machine’s ECU.
He had been making good progress in his recovery and was hoping to get his first ride on the Norton SG7 V4-RR this month, but he has revealed he’s suffered a ‘set-back’ – on Twitter he posted: “Not sure what to say, unfortunately my leg has had a bit of a set-back. Sorry I’ve not said sooner, I’ve just been trying to get my head around it all first. To say I’m gutted is an...
Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa has undergone surgery to his right to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.
The Spaniard crashed out of the postponed race before the end of the first lap when he was pushed off the dry line following a move by Johann Zarco – violently highsiding as he tapped on the throttle on the wet asphalt.
A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.
An operation in Barcelona saw a fracture reduction and internal fixation with a titanium screw carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir and his team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Dexeus Hospital.
The result of the operation was satisfactory, and Pedrosa will undergo an...
Bruce Anstey is set to miss the 2018 road racing season as he battles illness, his partner has revealed.
The 48-year-old has ‘multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine’ as well as a blood clot on the lung, meaning he is highly unlikely to take part in any form of racing this season as he focuses on recovery, but his long-term partner Anny Ramsey refuses to rule the flying Kiwi out of racing in 2018 altogether.
“Unfortunately, Brucey has become ill,” Ramsey posted on her Facebook page. “He has multiple tumours in his lungs, a tumour on his spine, and a blood clot on the lung just to kick him while he’s down.
“I doubt very much Bruce will see any racing this year, but we won’t rule that out lol! He is waiting for a treatment plan and should be starting it very soon. I...
The biggest rivalry in MotoGP has been reignited following an incident packed Argentina MotoGP race.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was at the centre of the controversy – the Spaniard dominated the post-race headlines for all the wrong reasons – stalling on the grid, riding the wrong way through the grid to reclaim his starting position, riding into Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and then forcing Yamaha's Valentino off track while battling for sixth.
Rossi remounted his Yamaha to finish 19th and although Marquez finished in fifth, he was bumped down the pecking order to 18th after being slapped with a 30-second penalty. It was the Honda pilot’s third penalty of the day – he was handed a ride through penalty in the early stages of the race after stalling his bike on the grid and then riding...
LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow produced a stunning ride to emerge victorious in an action-packed Argentina Grand Prix.
Mixed wet conditions, a delayed start, penalties and crashes ensured it was a wild race at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, but Crutchlow held his nerve superbly to see off the challenge of Johann Zarco to clinch his third career MotoGP win and the 750th for Honda in the premier class.
Starting from the fourth row, Crutchlow moved through the field and took advantage of a start penalty that was handed to a charging Marc Marquez. Moving past Zarco and Alex Rins to claim second, the Briton hit the front seven laps from the end when leader and polesitter Jack Miller went wide at a corner.
Crutchlow managed the closing stages expertly, keeping Zarco at bay to seal a...
Jack Miller has lashed out at race organisers after shambolic scenes at yesterday’s Argentina GP round saw the race delayed as confusion reigned supreme.
The slick shod Australian poleman was the only rider on the grid as the rest of the field left the starting line-up seconds before the race was due to start to switch from wets to slicks.
Chaos endured as the entire field, Miller aside, entered pitlane to change tyres, and race control decided to restart the race due to serious safety concerns, leaving the Pramac rider, who was still on the grid, angry and frustrated.
Speaking after the race he said: “We went to the grid, and I felt it wasn't going to rain anymore and stayed out there on slicks. The others didn't feel that way, I guess – and they all peeled back into the pitlane...
Pramac Racing's Jack Miller’s huge gamble to switch to slicks on a drying track for the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina paid dividends, with the Australian snatching a jawdropping maiden MotoGP pole position off Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa on his final lap. In doing so, Miller became the first ever Ducati satellite rider to secure pole position.
It was a gritty and spectacular performance by Miller, who dug deep as his bike bucked, slipped and slid beneath him, especially in Turns 7 and 8 where the slicks struggled to find grip on the proper wet asphalt. Miller said: “When you go from wets to slicks they are a lot heavier to turn, so you've got to get the timing right to stay in that wheel width of dry line. So just to get that flow, you've got to go out there and...
20-year-old Bradley Ray celebrated his first race win in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the opening race of the season at Donington Park today, holding off the last lap challenge from defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and James Ellison.
On the opening lap of the race home hero Leon Haslam had initially grabbed the advantage on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki after Byrne had a disastrous start off the line and dropped down the order dramatically.
Ellison was instantly on the attack and took the lead on the opening lap for the local Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team with Ray holding third place with Jason O'Halloran and Danny Buchan in close contention.
Ray was piling the pressure on Haslam though and he made a move on lap three to move into second place and ready to target...
The RST Race Department has been busy throughout the year developing its new Pro Series CPX-C II suit.
Inspired by the upcoming football world cup, the leather one-piece suit has been designed using feedback from elite riders like Alex Lowes in WSB and MotoGP, Richard Cooper in BSB and Ian Hutchinson at the TT, and as a result there are substantial upgrades to the fit and ergonomics of the Pro-Series CPX-C II and added removable elbow sliders.
The suit features extensive CE-approved armour throughout, while the enlarged stretch panels and more aggressively cut legs and arms make it easier than ever to move around on the bike.
The suits are available in the colours of the 32 countries taking part in this year's tournament. Priced from £659.99.
Michael Dunlop has signed a deal with Tyco BMW to ride one of the team's Superbikes at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
Dunlop's decision means he will be a team-mate of fellow Northern Irishman Alastair Seeley at the North West 200 in May.
Confirming the news, Dunlop admitted his relationship with the Tyco team has not always been cordial.
"Everything has been hot headed and hasn't been plain sailing," he said.
"Local lads, local team and it's very easy to be seen as feisty the last few years between me and the team.
"Tyco BMW and I have spoken many times but nothing ever came of it, but this year everything fell into place. At the end of the day I want to do a job, they want a job done so it's very very simple. I think it’s a good time for us both to...
Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty has had a lucky escape after being run over by Jordi Torres during Lap 5 of Race Two from Thailand.
The Irishman sustained a broken pubic ramus in the racing incident. He was taken to Buriram Hospital where scans have revealed a small pelvis fracture which is not weight-bearing when standing.The news means the rider does not require surgery.
Speaking about the incident, Mv Agusta’s Torres said: “On turn six, I saw Eugene crash and unfortunately, instead of sliding to the outside, the bike came back on the track and I found Laverty right on my line. I was unable to do anything to avoid him, since he was just a few centimetres away.”
Laverty is expected to return to action soon, but he is likely to miss the next WSBK round at Aragon on April 14-15.
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