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Scarborough Gold Cup: Seven wins for Farquhar19/09/2011


Farquhar holds aloft the Gold Cup, one of his seven wins this weekend

By Phil Wain
Image by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker

Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar ended his 2011 road racing season in magnificent style at the weekend when he won all seven of his races at the International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough, the highlight of which was getting his name on the feature trophy for the very first time.

It was also the first time an Irishman had won the Gold Cup in its 60-year history and Farquhar also added the David Jefferies, Darran Lindsay and Phil Mellor trophies to his haul of silverware.

Saturday’s race action around the 2.43-mile public road course saw fine, sunny conditions and, after winning his two heats, Farquhar’s first race was the opening leg of the Darran Lindsay Superbike Trophy event, reduced to four laps after an incident.

It was John McGuinness who led in the early stages but Farquhar was able to squeeze through at Mountside Hairpin on the third lap and hold on by just under a second for his first victory. Next up was the first leg of the Phil Mellor Supertwins Trophy and it was again tight as Farquhar this time had to overcome the challenge of Ivan Lintin Overtaking him at the Memorial, Farquhar began to pull away and, aided by a new lap record, he eventually took the chequered flag by 3.1s.

His final race of the day was the first leg for the David Jefferies Trophy and although he had a three-second lead by the end of lap three, regular rivals Michael and William Dunlop gradually began to reel him and the trio were soon nose to tail. However, Farquhar was able to keep them at the bay and grab the win from William by 0.838s.

Sunday saw the riders greeted by vastly different conditions, firstly fog and secondly rain, and so it was a wet race for the second leg of the Darran Lindsay Trophy. Again it was McGuinness who grabbed the holeshot and the TT legend led for three quarters of the race before Farquhar was finally able to take over at the front. He duly did so on lap six to take the win and the trophy and it was a similar outcome of the second Supertwins race although this time he led the race from start to finish.

In the feature Gold Cup race, Farquhar’s chances of becoming the first ever Irish victor had never been better but it was no foregone conclusion and it was again a two-horse race between him and McGuinness. There was little to choose between the two but, just after half race distance, Farquhar broke the tow and was able to pull away to finally add his name to the highly prestigious trophy. He completed his day with another start to finish victory in the second leg of the 600cc event to regain the David Jefferies Trophy.

Indeed, it was a successful day all round for the KMR Kawasaki team with Jamie Hamilton taking third and fourth in the two Supertwins races, which included beating Ian Lougher, the most successful man ever at Scarborough, excellent results for the 20-year old on his circuit debut.

“To have a 100% winning record this weekend is absolutely brilliant and to finally win the Gold Cup is the icing on the cake. I’ve been 2nd and 3rd in the past and it’s been the one trophy to elude me here at Oliver’s Mount but to win it at last is great and to become the first Irishman to get my name on the trophy makes it even more special. None of the races this weekend were easy though and John pushed me hard in all of the Superbike races. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen him ride round here and I really enjoyed our battles, he’s such a good rider to race with," said Farquhar.

“Sunday was especially hard with the weather conditions and it was really slippery out there, especially under the trees, but we had the right tyres in each race and it all came together perfectly. Like I say to win 7 out of 7 is superb and it really doesn’t get much better than that. I was again really pleased with the efforts of Jamie this weekend too and it’s a pleasure to have him in the team. It wasn’t the easiest weekend for a circuit newcomer but he did a great job and to get on the podium, and ahead of Ian Lougher, is no mean achievement and something to be proud of.

“It’s the end of the season for me and, overall, it’s been a good year. There’ve been a few ups and downs along the way but we’ve taken some wins and been competitive so I can’t complain so a big thank you to all my sponsors and to all the fans who’ve supported me during the year.”
 

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DUNLOPS READY FOR MACAU EXPERIENCE





WILLIAM and Michael Dunlop will retrace their father’s footsteps as they prepare to make their debut at the Macau Grand Prix in the Far East in November.

Ulster road race legend Robert Dunlop was victorious at the notorious steel barrier-lined Guia street circuit in 1989 when he defeated Phillip McCallen and Steve Hislop on a 500cc Honda.

It was an achievement Robert was extremely proud of and one that was never accomplished by his elder brother Joey.

And although William yesterday told News Letter Sport that Robert never wished for his sons to compete at Macau due to the dangers involved, the brothers have decided to travel to China to take on the unique challenges of the 3.8-mile public roads course on Saturday, November 19.

William will ride Wilson Craig’s Honda Superbike at the event, with Michael riding the works Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki ZX-10.

“We’re going together and we’ll fly into London and then make the journey over to Macau,” Dunlop said.

“I’m looking forward to getting away for a while and also seeing what it’s all about over there because I’ve heard so much about it.

“My dad was never keen on us racing at Macau to be honest but it’s one of those things – the experience will be good.

“A crash is a crash on the roads no matter where it happens, but I’m not going over there to race hard, I’m going to enjoy the whole thing.

“It’s an invitation-only race and the organisers are very choosy about who they ask to come and race, so if you don’t treat the place with respect you won’t get to race and you won’t be asked back.

“It’s happened before when they’ve told riders they won’t be asked back.”
 

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North West 200 set to include Thursday racing in 2012



Alastair Seeley won the only race to be completed at the 2011 North West 200
Organisers of the North West 200 are hoping to include racing on a Thursday for the first time.

The Coleraine Club has revealed plans for two or three races to be staged on Thursday night, with practicing during the day on Tuesday and Thursday.

Officials have secured the backing of the local council and there will now be a public consultation process in relation to the required road closures.

Under the proposals, there would still be five races staged on the Saturday.

The move to introduce Thursday competition follows the abandonment of last year's meeting after just one race, the Supersport 600cc race one.

Heavy rain, a security alert and an oil spill combined to thwart the organisers' efforts to run the event.

"We made a presentation to Coleraine Council on Tuesday night and the feedback was very positive," said Technical Director Mervyn White.

"They have given us the OK to go on to the next stage which is the consultation process.

"We want to talk to residents and stakeholders in the area and progress the road closing order to another level.

"After speaking to the teams, managers and riders and getting feedback from the public, we believe an additional set of races on Thursday evening would inject a new vibrancy.

"The new two-day format would ensure fans get the opportunity to watch a substantial number of races, even if we are unlucky enough to experience challenging conditions at any stage."

Whyte thanked residents and businesses close to the 8.9-mile circuit.

"We try to minimise inconvenience as much as possible and we do appreciate the support we receive from local people," he said.

"When Thursday daytime practice was first introduced in 2010 there were no major issues or complaints and we would continue to provide a high degree of co-operation in 2012."

The exact dates of next year's meeting have still to be agreed and are unlikely to be finalised until a provisional calendar for the British Superbike Championship is announced.

The revamped race schedule is likely to include at least one Supertwins outing, with the organisers likely to follow the example of the Isle of Man TT, who will include the class in their line-up for the first time next year.

The proposed road closures for Tuesday and Thursday practice are 0930 to 1430 BST, with roads closing again for racing between 1730 and 2100 on Thursday evening.

Northern Ireland's other international event, the Ulster Grand Prix, has included Thursday racing for a number of years in the form of the Dundrod 150.
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_54377354_laverty_466.jpg Eugene Laverty agrees to ride World Superbike Aprilia
IN ASSOCIATION WITH Eugene Laverty is third in the World Superbike Championship standings Eugene Laverty has agreed a two-year deal to ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike series in 2012 and 2013.

The Toomebridge rider had been linked with a number of World Superbike teams, and the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team, after Yamaha announced that they were withdrawing from World Superbikes.

Laverty won both races at Monza earlier this year and also secured podiums at Silverstone and Magny-Cours.

Aprilia have confirmed that Laverty will ride an 'official' RSV-4 in 2012.

He is expected to test his new machine at Portimao on Tuesday.
 

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Dominant display by KMR Kawasaki at Bishopscourt


Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team put in a dominant display at Bishopscourt on Saturday when they blitzed the opposition in the two Supertwin races at the annual Sunflower Trophy meeting. With Jeremy McWilliams and Jamie Hamilton joining Ryan on the ER6 650cc machines, the trio were never headed and completed a stunning 1-2-3 in both races as Hamilton and McWilliams took the race wins.


With mixed weather conditions at the 2.136-mile International circuit, McWilliams was having his first ever outing on the bike and having missed practice on Friday, 5 laps in morning warm-up enabled him to start the first 9-lap race from the back of the grid although he soon tore his way through the field. However, whilst he climbed his way up to third, it was Hamilton who set the pace at the head of the field and it was he who took the chequered flag by 4.4s from team owner Farquhar who once again proved he's not just a road racer and put in an accomplished short circuit performance.


The second 9-lap race later in the day saw the three riders run in flying team formation in the leading three positions with former GP winner McWilliams, getting more and more used to the bike with each and every lap, and Hamilton exchanging the lead on numerous occasions. Farquhar sat behind in third, just a couple of seconds adrift, as the leading duo broke and re-broke the lap record and it was McWilliams who ultimately got the verdict, taking the win over Hamilton by just 0.7s third. Farquhar took a comfortable third as McWilliams had the honour of setting a new lap record at 1m30.138s.


Hamilton also rode the team's ZX-10R Superstock bike to 4th in the opening Superbike race and 8th in the feature Sunflower Trophy event.


Speaking afterwards, a delighted Farquhar said: "It's been a superb day for the team and to take a 1-2-3 in each of the Supertwins races was simply superb and a terrific way for us to end the season. It's a huge achievement to get all 3 bikes in the top 3, not once but twice so it really couldn't have gone any better. I'd spoken to Jeremy back in January when we were riding in the Classic Festival in Australia and he said he'd like to have a go on one of the Supertwins so when the opportunity arose to ride at the Sunflower he took it. He had to miss the practice on Friday due to other commitments but the 5 laps in the morning meant he could start the races and he showed his class with two great rides, including the win and the lap record. He can still ride a bike that's for sure and there's a good possibility that he'll be out on the bike again sometime in the future. Jamie again showed how good he is and I'm really looking forward to working with him on a more regular basis in 2012. The Supertwin bike really suits him but he impressed on the big bike too. It was his first time on the bike and we were testing a few bits and pieces but he showed what he can do with a good 4th in the first race and 8th in the Sunflower was no mean feat given he'd started from the back row of the grid. Overall, I'm simply delighted with how the day went and I'd just like to thank everyone in the team for making it all happen and also Jeremy and Jamie for being a pleasure to work with."



Words: Phil Wain - Freelance PR
 

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New Dunlop tribute plan
New Dunlop tribute plan



Robert Dunlop wins his last North West 200 race in 2006



A permanent memorial could be erected in memory of North West 200 star Robert Dunlop at the notorious corner that claimed his life in 2008.

The Ballymoney road racing legend was tragically killed during practice for the 250cc class at Mather’s Cross, a fearsome right-hander where Mervyn Robinson was also involved in a fatal accident in 1980 and more recently Mark Young, who succumbed to his injuries after a spill in the 250cc race in 2009.

Last year, the organisers introduced a permanent chicane at the accident blackspot to reduce the number of serious incidents.

Following the completion of the Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden in his home town earlier this year, it is understood a small memorial could be put in place at Mather’s Cross as a tribute to Dunlop, who remains the most successful rider ever in the history of the North West with 15 victories to his credit.

Liam Beckett, who led the successful fundraising effort to raise the finances necessary to commission a sculpture of the Ulster racer - unveiled in March - said the idea had been suggested by Robert’s brother Jim.

“From what I understand there already is a small memorial at Mather’s Cross in tribute to a road traffic accident victim and Jim had suggested that it would be fitting to have something permanent in place there for Robert,” he said.

“Robert’s mum May was due to go and see the people in Aghadowey who made Robert’s headstone to see if they would be able to produce a small memorial.

“Ideally she would like it placed on the side of the road where Robert was killed, but it will have to be located in such a way that it doesn’t pose a risk when the races are under way.

“Hopefully it will be in place before the North West 200 next year and it would be a nice tribute.”




Robert Dunlop wins his last North West 200 race in 2006



A permanent memorial could be erected in memory of North West 200 star Robert Dunlop at the notorious corner that claimed his life in 2008.

The Ballymoney road racing legend was tragically killed during practice for the 250cc class at Mather’s Cross, a fearsome right-hander where Mervyn Robinson was also involved in a fatal accident in 1980 and more recently Mark Young, who succumbed to his injuries after a spill in the 250cc race in 2009.

Last year, the organisers introduced a permanent chicane at the accident blackspot to reduce the number of serious incidents.

Following the completion of the Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden in his home town earlier this year, it is understood a small memorial could be put in place at Mather’s Cross as a tribute to Dunlop, who remains the most successful rider ever in the history of the North West with 15 victories to his credit.

Liam Beckett, who led the successful fundraising effort to raise the finances necessary to commission a sculpture of the Ulster racer - unveiled in March - said the idea had been suggested by Robert’s brother Jim.

“From what I understand there already is a small memorial at Mather’s Cross in tribute to a road traffic accident victim and Jim had suggested that it would be fitting to have something permanent in place there for Robert,” he said.

“Robert’s mum May was due to go and see the people in Aghadowey who made Robert’s headstone to see if they would be able to produce a small memorial.

“Ideally she would like it placed on the side of the road where Robert was killed, but it will have to be located in such a way that it doesn’t pose a risk when the races are under way.

“Hopefully it will be in place before the North West 200 next year and it would be a nice tribute.”
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Michael Dunlop set to race in sidecar class at IOM TT



Michael Dunlop (centre) celebrates after winning the Superstock TT in June Michael Dunlop is set to make a sensational debut in the sidecar class at next year's Isle of Man TT races.

The Ballymoney man undertook a successful test in a sidecar machine at the Jurby race circuit on the Isle of Man on Wednesday.

Dunlop had experienced Manx sidecar competitor Dan Sayle as his passenger and set a series of fast times.

Dunlop has won two TT solo races but this will be his first foray into three-wheel motorsport competition.

The younger of the Dunlop racing brothers won a Supersport TT race in 2009 and followed that up with a victory in the Superstock class this year.

He has yet to confirm his plans for solo racing next year, but news that he will compete in the two sidecar races at the biggest road racing event of the year will come as a major surprise.

Sayle has partnered Austrian Klaus Klaffenbock to three TT wins in recent years, and would be Dunlop's likely passenger.

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Joey Dunlop

New DVD a must for Joey fans

New documentary boasts unseen material of TT legend


A fascinating new documentary about Ulster motorcycle icon Joey Dunlop is set to be released on DVD in time for Christmas.

Produced by leading Northern Ireland film production company Waldovision Ltd, which brought fans two critically acclaimed BBC documentaries featuring the 26 times Isle of Man TT legend – 'Joey Dunlop – Remembered' and 'How The North West Was Won' – the new film includes unseen material and additional footage that was cut from the previous television programmes.

The exciting release, entitled 'No Ordinary Joe', includes tributes from Joey's wife Linda and family members plus John McGuinness, Steve Parrish, commentator Richard Nichols, Phillip McCallen, Eddie Laycock, Hector Neill, Barry Symmons and Brian Reid.

Never-before-published pictures of the Ballymoney hero, provided from his family's private collection, have also been included in the documentary, which runs for almost 90 minutes.

Directed and produced by brothers Alwyn and Colin James of Waldovision Ltd, 'No Ordinary Joe' also includes archive footage of Joey – who was tragically killed at Tallinn in Estonia in 2000 – competing at the North West 200, UlsterGrand Prix and national road races in the Republic of Ireland.

Insightful interviews with Joey, which have never been broadcast before, plus footage of a trip to the Kushitani factory in Japan – where Joey's leather designs are still retained – make this DVD a must-have for all fans of one of Northern Ireland's most popular and celebrated sportsmen.

"Also among the new material is exclusive footage from the Thanksgiving service held in Joey's memory at Garryduff Presbyterian Church," Alwyn Jones toldCrash.net, "plus personal photographs taken by former Motorcycle News photographer Derek McIntyre of Joey on the continent at work and play."

Presented and narrated by the BBC's Stephen Watson and endorsed by the Dunlop family as the only official DVD of Joey's life, the documentary will be on sale from mid-December from Duke Marketing and the Official Joey Dunlop website.
 

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6476395451_f5b2a7e172_b.jpg All-time record holder for the most road race victories ever and double Isle of Man TT winner, Ryan Farquhar has thrown his hat into the ring quite literally to help people with Down syndrome in the 32 counties of Ireland.

Farquhar originally from Dungannon in Northern Ireland, has commissioned a replica pin of his iconic orange & black Shark helmet which is now on sale with all proceeds being divided equally between Down Syndrome Ireland (Southern Ireland) and the Down’s Syndrome Association of Northern Ireland.

Ryan Farquhar: “I am delighted to be able to assist two such worthy organisations and the great work they do on behalf of their members. Hopefully, and with the backing of the public North and South, we will sell lots of pins and raise much needed funds for both organisations, times are tough for all but now, more than ever, causes like these need our backing.”

Pat Clarke, Down Syndrome Ireland: “Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) feel privileged to have someone as well-known and respected as Ryan in our corner. The motorcycling community in Ireland have been very good to DSI over the past number of years and with Ryan’s backing we hope this will continue for many more years to come.”

Donna Lynch, Down’s Syndrome Association NI: “It is truly great to have people of Ryan’s standing publicising and backing the two organisations, especially in these tough economic times. We at DSA NI are very grateful for Ryan’s generosity.”

Pins are available to purchase by contacting Aidan in DSI at [email protected] or by calling 00353 (0)1 4266500 and cost €5/£5 each plus p&p.

I can take payment online through http://www.mycharity...har_pins_aidan/

Or if you would rather pay by cheque/postal order etc, please post them to me at : Aidan Lynam, Down Syndrome Ireland, Citylink Business Park, Old Nass Road, Dublin 12.

Please make all cheques/drafts/postal orders etc: out to Down Syndrome Ireland and pop a note in the envelope marked "Farquhar pins FTAO Aidan" and include your full name and address.
 

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Race Dates

March
17 Mid Antrim Short Circuit, Open Nutts Corner
24 MCRRCI Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Bishopscourt

April
1 Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Mondello
6 MCRRCI / Killinchy Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
7 MCRRCI / Killinchy Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
9 Belfast & District Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Kirkistown
14 Mid Antrim Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Nutts Corner
21 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters Mondello
22 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters Mondello
27 Cookstown Cookstown “100” Road Races Practice Orritor, Cookstown
28 Cookstown Cookstown “100” Road Races Irish Championship Orritor, Cookstown

May
4 North Armagh Tandragee “100” Road Races Practice Tandragee
5 North Armagh Tandragee “100” Road Races Irish Championship Tandragee
7 Bishopscourt Short Circuit, Open Bishopscourt
15 Coleraine International North West “200”Road Races Practice Portstewart
17 Coleraine International North West “200”Road Races Practice Portstewart
19 Coleraine International North West “200”Road Races Portstewart
26 Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Mondello
27 Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Mondello

June
2 Belfast & District Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Kirkistown
9 MCRRCI / Killinchy Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
15 Mid Antrim Mid Antrim “150” Road Races Practice Clough, Ballymena
16 Mid Antrim Mid Antrim “150” Road Races Irish Championship Clough, Ballymena
22 Dungannon Bush Road Races Practice Bush, Dungannon
23 Dungannon Bush Road Races Irish Championship Bush, Dungannon
23 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters Mondello
24 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters Mondello
30 Kells Kells International Road Races Practice Kells

July
1 Kells Kells International Road Races Irish Championship Kells
6 Loughshinny Skerries Road Races Practice Milverton, Skerries
7 Loughshinny Skerries Road Races, Irish Championship Milverton Skerries
8 Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Mondello
13 MCRRCI / Killinchy Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Kirkistown
14 MCRRCI / Killinchy Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Kirkistown
14 Fore M C R C Walderstown Road Races Practice Walderstown
15 Fore M C R C Walderstown Road Races Irish Championship Walderstown
21 Temple Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Bishopscourt
21 Munster Road Races Practice
22 Munster Road Races Irish Championship
27 Armoy Armoy Road Races, Practice Armoy
28 Armoy Armoy Road Races Irish Championship Armoy

August
3 Hillsborough Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
4 Hillsborough Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
4 Athea Athea Road Races Practice Athea
5 Athea Athea Road Races Irish Championship Athea
5 Short Circuit, Open Mondello
8 Dundrod Dundrod “150” / UGP Road Races Practice Dundrod, Lisburn
9 Dundrod Dundrod “150” Road Races Dundrod, Lisburn
11 Dundrod Ulster Grand Prix International Road Races Dundrod, Lisburn
18 Bishopscourt Short Circuit, Open Bishopscourt
25 East Cork Road Races Practice
26 East Cork Road Races Irish Championships

September
1 Belfast & District Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Kirkistown
2 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters Mondello
8 Loughshinny Killalane Road Races Practice Milverton, Skerries
9 Loughshinny Killalane Road Races Irish Championship Milverton, Skerries
16 Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Mondello
22 MCRRCI Short Circuit, Irish Superbikes (ISB) Championship Bishopscourt
29 MCRRCI Short Circuit, Irish Clubmans Championship Nutts Corner

October
6 Short Circuit, Mondello Masters / Irish Superbikes Mondello
7 (ISB) Championship Mondello
 

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View attachment 33720 Eugene Laverty agrees to ride World Superbike Aprilia
IN ASSOCIATION WITH Eugene Laverty is third in the World Superbike Championship standings Eugene Laverty has agreed a two-year deal to ride for Aprilia in the World Superbike series in 2012 and 2013.

The Toomebridge rider had been linked with a number of World Superbike teams, and the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team, after Yamaha announced that they were withdrawing from World Superbikes.

Laverty won both races at Monza earlier this year and also secured podiums at Silverstone and Magny-Cours.

Aprilia have confirmed that Laverty will ride an 'official' RSV-4 in 2012.

He is expected to test his new machine at Portimao on Tuesday.
Laverty is a hell of a rider.
 

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1058597370-1.jpg BURROWS UPBEAT ON ROADS PLANS



Dungannon's John Burrows



JOHN Burrows has no intention of relinquishing his status as one of road racing’s usual suspects in 2012.

The consistent Dungannon man has become a permanent fixture at the national meetings and remains one of the key threats to the established top three of Ryan Farquhar and Michael and William Dunlop on the domestic front.

And although he has flirted with the notion of retirement in recent years, Burrows has committed to another full schedule of racing this season, including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix and the Irish national events.

He has recently purchased the TAS Racing Suzuki on which Bruce Anstey set the outright lap record at Dundrod on his way to winning the second Superbike race at the UGP in 2010.

“Basically the bike is the same specification as Guy Martin’s, except that it doesn’t have any of the fancy electronics,” Burrows said.

“Bruce Anstey set the lap record on it at Dundrod and it’s been sitting around, so I had the chance to buy it from TAS.

“The big bike is the main one for me and it’s the bike I enjoy riding most; I’m kind of putting all my eggs in one basket with it this year and hopefully I can get a few decent results.

“I surprised myself last season to be honest because I was right in the battle with Michael and William Dunlop at Athea and finished third in the Grand Final.

“Then at Killalane I finished as the runner-up to Ryan Farquhar in the Open race by just 0.8 seconds and I think that was as hard a race as I’ve ever given Ryan, so it was nice to know I could still run at that pace because I thought those days were over if I’m honest,” he added.

“I also finished third in the Grand Final at Killalane behind Michael and Ryan and lapped faster than Ryan did, so Killalane was a good meeting for me at the end of the season.”

Burrows’ focus may be on the Superbike class this year but he will continue to ride in the 650 Supertwins series as he bids to win the Irish title for the third year in succession.

He also has the offer of a Supersport machine but is mulling over the option before making a final commitment.

“I’ve the chance to ride a 600 for a group of guys and I think the ride is mine to turn down, but if you’re going to ride a bike for someone else you always need to think it through carefully beforehand and I’ll make a decision on it soon,” he said.

“I’ll ride the wee twin again and although I’ve won the Irish title twice it was never really a class I set out to win in and the big bike is my main priority.

“The Supertwins will now have a race at the North West 200 and TT this year and I suppose it gives guys like myself a chance to get a decent finish and some prize money, because I doubt if the likes of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey and the other top names will ride in those races.

“At the TT I’ll be riding in the electric race again for Lightning Motorcycles and I’m due to go over to the USA at the end of February or beginning or March to test the bike for Richard Hatfield.

“The bike was badly under-developed last year but apparently it’s had a lot of work done to it since and it will be nice to have the chance to go to America for three days of testing to see how much it’s improved.”

Burrows rarely misses a national road race and he intends to compete at most of the smaller meetings this year, although the Isle of Man TT is the event that takes top billing on his fixture list.

“The TT is always the big one for me and I can’t wait to go back there again,” he said.

“Last year wasn’t a great year for me because the weather wasn’t great during practice week and I had a few mechanical problems in the races.

“When I started out in road racing it was never about money, it was always to enjoy myself and that’s still why I do it; if I get some prize money along the way then it’s a bonus.”
 

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McWilliams to race at the 2012 Northwest 200?19/01/2012


McWilliams pictured in his Proton/KR3 days

g mc w.jpg by KR Racing

Rumours currently circulating in the Irish racing paddocks have Jeremy McWilliams making a return to racing in 2012 and he will apparently take part in the inaugural Northwest 200 Supertwins race in May.

McWilliams, who is almost always at a circuit somewhere, is said to be part of Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team and will campaign a bright orange ER-6f in the new class. It is thought Farquar himself is to ride alongside the veteran Ulsterman along with youngster Jamie Hamilton.
 
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