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Plans in top gear for 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival was launched on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Alastair Seeley, Keith Farmer and Simon Reid were among the special guests.

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Bruce Anstey leads Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison and Dan Kneen in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race.

Fab five shortlisted for Race of the Year honour

A fabulous five red-hot races have been shortlisted for the coveted title of A.McLean Bookmakers Race of the Year this month at the prestigious Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in Belfast.

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Glenn Irwin says he will be forever grateful to Gearlink Kawasaki's Norma and Michael de Bidaph for granting him the opportunity to make his mark in the British championship.

MOTORCYCLING: Irwin brothers and Seeley pay tribute to 'Queen of paddock' Norma de Bidaph

Three of Northern Ireland’s top motorcycle racers have paid tribute to popular Gearlink Kawasaki team owner Norma de Bidaph, who has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer.
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Jonathan Rea has been named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year after becoming World Superbike champion for the third successive season in 2017.

Jonathan Rea named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year 2017

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been named the 2017 BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year.

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Mid and East Antrim is gearing up to support homegrown superbike hero Jonathan Reas BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award bid.

SPORTS PERSONALITY: Mid and East Antrim back Jonathan Rea’s race for award

Mid and East Antrim is gearing up to support homegrown superbike hero Jonathan Rea’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award bid.

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Alastair Seeley pictured on the North coast as it was announced Seeley will race a R6 Yamaha in EHA Racing livery at the 2018 NW200.
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NORTH WEST 200: Alastair Seeley teams up with EHA Racing for NW200

Vauxhall International North West 200 record-breaker Alastair Seeley has teamed up with British Supersport outfit EHA Racing for the famous road race next May.

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Jonathan Rea makes BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 shortlist

Three times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
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Glenn Irwin was visibly upset as he returned to the paddock following Dan Hegarty's fatal crash in the Macau Grand Prix. Picture: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker.

Macau GP: Distraught Irwin dismisses victory in Far East as 'irrelevant'

Glenn Irwin became the first rider since Phillip McCallen in 1996 to win the Macau Grand Prix but there was little cause for celebration as the race was overshadowed by a fatal crash on Saturday.
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Dan Hegarty in action at the Macau Grand Prix.

Macau GP: Dan Hegarty dies after crash

The rider killed in a crash at the Macau Grand Prix today has officially been named as English competitor Dan Hegarty.
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Glenn Irwin on a sombre podium at the Macau Grand Prix with runner-up Peter Hickman (left) and Michael Rutter.

Macau GP: Irwin wins as race marred by fatal crash

Northern Ireland’s Glenn Irwin has claimed his maiden victory in Saturday’s tragedy-hit Macau Grand Prix.
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Glenn Irwin became the first rider from Northern Ireland since Phillip McCallen in 1995 to claim pole at the Macau Grand Prix.

Macau GP: Sizzling Irwin claims pole with unofficial lap record

Glenn Irwin dipped under Scottish rider Stuart Easton’s seven-year-old lap record to claim pole position for Saturday’s 51st Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
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Announcing Vauxhall's sixth year as title sponsor of the International North West 200 are Simon Oldfield, Vauxhall's Marketing Director, Martin Jessopp, NW200 Supersport and Supertwins race winner and Event Director, Mervyn Whyte.

Vauxhall confirmed as title sponsors of North West 200 for sixth year

Vauxhall will continue as title sponsors of the North West 200 in 2018 for a sixth consecutive year.

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Glenn Irwin claimed provisional pole on the PBM Ducati during first qualifying at the Macau Grand Prix.

Macau GP: Irwin claims provisional pole to throw down gauntlet

Glenn Irwin has claimed provisional pole for the Macau Grand Prix after topping the times in the opening qualifying session.
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Glenn Irwin set the pace during opening practice at the Macau Grand Prix.

Macau GP: Irwin tops opening practice session on PBM Ducati

Glenn Irwin topped the opening practice session for the 51st Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix after knocking eight-time winner Michael Rutter off the top spot with his final flying lap.
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Andrew Irwin will ride for the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda team in the World Supersport Championship in 2018.

Andrew Irwin makes step up to World Supersport Championship for 2018

Andrew Irwin will contest the World Supersport Championship in 2018 with Simon Buckmaster’s PTR team.

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Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati on his debut at the Macau Grand Prix in 2016. Picture: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

Macau GP: Confident Irwin aiming to finish year on a high

Glenn Irwin is aiming follow up his stunning debut at last year’s Macau Grand Prix by challenging for another major victory to add to his North West 200 Superbike crown.

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Peter Hickman on the Smiths Racing BMW at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Hickman confirms BSB and roads deal with Smiths Racing for 2018

Peter Hickman is aiming to hit the ground running in 2018 after signing with the Gloucester-based Smiths Racing team for a second season.
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Jonathan Rea was fastest in free practice on Thursday in Qatar.

WSBK: World champion Rea fastest under floodlights in Qatar

Jonathan Rea began his quest to set a points record in the World Superbike Championship in fine style as the Ulster rider topped free practice in Qatar on Thursday night.
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John McGuinness in action on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2 during practice at the North West 200 in May.

NW200: McGuinness keen on Triangle return in 2018

Six-time North West 200 winner John McGuinness has confirmed he intends to return to the international road race next year.
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Jonathan Rea completed his fifth double of the season at Jerez in Spain, raising his tally of wins this year to 14.

WSBK: Imperious Rea doubles up to break Jerez duck in style

Jonathan Rea’s historic season continued apace at Jerez as the triple World Superbike champion clinched a sizzling double for his first ever wins at the Spanish circuit.
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