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.

Charley Irwin starred at Belfast Arenacross.

Irwin hits the heights

Ballyclare’s Charley Irwin was the toast of the SSE Arena at the weekend as he raced his Discount Beds KTM to two brilliant podiums in the 65cc class over two nights of spectacular racing in rounds four and five of the 2017 Arenacross championship.

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.
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.

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.

Andrew Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki.

Andrew Irwin eyes British Supersport title charge in 2017

Andrew Irwin has set his sights on challenging for the Dickies British Supersport Championship in 2017 after signing with Gearlink Kawasaki.

Glenn Irwin only has eyes for British Superbike quest in 2017

Glenn Irwin’s rousing performance at the Macau Grand Prix only served to endorse his potential as a top-flight international road racer, but the talented Ulsterman only has eyes for the British Superbike Championship in 2017.

Graeme Irwin with his Buildbase Honda team.

MOTORSPORT: Irwin targets British title

Carrick MX star Graeme Irwin has resigned for Buildbase Honda for 2017 to again challenge for the Maxxis British Championship, the Pirelli Masters and a few GPs on the all-new CRF450RW Honda.

Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.

MOTORCYCLING: Glenn Irwin 'gutted' after technical issue thwarts Macau GP podium bid

Northern Ireland’s Glenn Irwin says he was ‘gutted’ to miss out on the chance to seal a sensational podium in his debut at the 50th Suncity Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati during qualifying for the Macau Grand Prix.

MOTORCYCLING: Glenn Irwin in podium mix at Macau Grand Prix

Glenn Irwin’s ambition of following up his podium heroics at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix with another rostrum on his debut at Macau is not be such an unlikely goal after all.
Jonathan Rea

MOTORBIKES: Jonathan Rea retained Superbike World Championship

Jonathan Rea wrapped up a second consecutive Superbike World Championship title with a second-place finish in race one in Qatar.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea pictured with Sam Geddis, Managing Director of Cornmarket Insurance Services and Stephen Watson, awards organiser.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea launches Cornmarket Motorbike Awards

Jonathan Rea is poised to return to the glittering Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in January as a two-time World Superbike champion.

Alan Irwin celebrates his son Glenns victory in the Sunflower Trophy race on Saturday at Bishopscourt.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Proud dad Alan Irwin all smiles on famous day at Bishopscourt

It was a real family affair at Bishopscourt in Co Down on Saturday, where former Sunflower Trophy winner Alan Irwin was on hand to witness his son Glenn winning the famous accolade for the first time.

Andrew Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) leads the opening Supersport race from David Allingham (EHA Yamaha) and Carl Phillips (Gearlink Kawasaki) at Bishopscourt in Co Down on Saturday.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Fantastic five for Irwin boys at Bishopscourt

Saturday’s Sunflower Trophy meeting brought the Irish short circuit season to a close with a fitting finale at Bishopscourt in Co Down, where the Irwin brothers chalked up five wins between them.

Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser/PBM Ducati) celebrates his victory in the feature race at the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt with runner up Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) and Danny Buchan (MSS Kawasaki).

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: That’s the one I really wanted, says Glenn Irwin

Imperious Glenn Irwin turned on the style as he dominated Saturday’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting with a sublime treble on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati.

British Superbike star Glenn Irwin won the Sunflower Trophy for the first time on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Imperious Glenn Irwin bags treble at Bishopscourt

Carrick’s Glenn Irwin clinched the coveted Sunflower Trophy for the first time at Bishopscourt in Co Down, where he stole the show with a Superbike hat-trick.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati during qualifying at Bishopscourt.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Glenn Irwin under lap record at Bishopscourt

Glenn Irwin put down a marker as the British Superbike rider produced a scorching 100mph lap to seal pole at the JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting.

David Allingham on the EHA Racing Yamaha.

MOTORCYCLING: David Allingham and EHA Racing confirmed for Sunflower

Rising British Supersport prospect David Allingham has entered the fray for this weekend’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

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