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Exclusive: Road racing admission fees achievable, but may not be sport’s saviour

The introduction of admission charges at Irish National road races is an achievable proposition if the will exists to ‘take the bull by the horns’, it has been claimed.

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Keith Farmer.

Keith Farmer in British Supersport return

Clogher’s Keith Farmer will replace injury victim Luke Jones at the opening three rounds of the Dickies British Supersport Championship on the Team Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha.

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Guy Martin pictured testing his Honda Racing Fireblade SP2 Superstock machine at Monteblanco in Spain.

Guy Martin officially confirmed for Cookstown 100

The KDM Hire Cookstown 100 organisers have confirmed that Guy Martin will return to the Orritor course in April on his Honda Racing Superstock machine, as exclusively revealed in the News Letter on Saturday.
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Honda Racing's Guy Martin.

Guy Martin planning Tandragee and Cookstown return on TT comeback trail

Irish road racing fans are in for a treat next month with crowd-puller Guy Martin planning to compete at the Tandragee and Cookstown National meetings prior to the North West 200 in May.

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Kris Meeke

Kris Meeke wins Rally Mexico after late drama

Dungannon’s Kris Meeke won the Rally Mexico in dramatic circumstances on Sunday after he went off in the final stage and ended up in a car park.

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Former racer John Burrows, who now runs the Cookstown B.E. Racing team, says swift action must be taken to safeguard the future of Irish National road racing.

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.

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Ryan Farquhar with Cameron Dawson and his father, Ian.

Ryan Farquhar takes young gun under his wing

Ryan Farquhar will put his vast wealth of racing experience to good use this year as he takes young prospect Cameron Dawson under his wing.

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Ryan Farquhar is Ireland's most successful ever national road racer with 197 victories.

Ryan Farquhar: My fears for future of Irish national road racing

Ryan Farquhar fears it may be too late to safeguard the future of Irish national road racing, with escalating insurance costs adding to the financial strain faced by promoting clubs.

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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.

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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.

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Race winner Dan Kneen (7, Mar-Train Yamaha) gets the jump ahead of William Dunlop (6, MSS Kawasaki) and Derek Sheils (82, Burrows Suzuki) at the start of the Open race at the Tandragee 100 in April.

2017 Road Race Dates

The Tandragee 100 will host the first of eight Irish National road races scheduled in 2017.

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Ryan Farquhar is one of the most successful road racers ever to emerge from Northern Ireland.

MOTORCYCLING: Ryan Farquhar ‘at career crossroads’

Ryan Farquhar says he is at a crossroads in his storied racing career as Irish national road racing’s most successful ever rider ponders his future.

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Violet McAfee, the spectator injured in a crash at the 2015 North West 200, with Ian Crowe, Chairman of the NI Air Ambulance,  Ryan Farquhar and his wife, Karen and NW200 Event Director, Mervyn Whyte.

New helicopter will save lives, says Ryan Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar says the new Helicopter Emergency Service will undoubtedly save lives after the air ambulance visited the North West 200 circuit on Friday.

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Stewart McMullan from Coagh in action

Coagh teen wins Ulster quad biking title on debut

A Coagh teenager has clinched a prestigious quad bike title on his first ever year racing the circuit.

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Jonathan Rea showed his respect for former Northern Ireland motorcycling world champions Joey Dunlop and Brian Reid when he donned the helmets of both riders immediately after winning the World Superbike Championship in 2015.

Phillip McCallen: It’s impossible to compare Joey and Rea

Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner Phillip McCallen says it is impossible to make a comparison between World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and Ulster road racing hero Joey Dunlop.

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John Burrows' Cookstown B.E. Racing team celebrates winning the Irish Superbike and Supertwin championships at Armoy. Derek Sheils (centre) was crowned Superbike champion while Malachi Mitchell-Thomas posthumously won the Ulster Supertwins title. Malachi's father Kevin (kneeling, centre) gave his blessing to the team to continue racing following his son's death at the North West 200 in May.

John Burrows: Death of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was all-time low for our team

Cookstown B.E. Racing team owner John Burrows admits the tragic death of young prospect Malachi Mitchell-Thomas at this year’s North West 200 left him facing one of the toughest decisions of his career.

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Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea is on the cusp of retaining the World Superbike title.

Jonathan Rea ‘by far the best rider ever from Northern Ireland’

Jeremy McWilliams says Jonathan Rea stands on the brink of achieving the greatest feat in the history of Northern Ireland motorcycle racing by clinching back-to-back World Superbike titles this weekend.

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Michael Taylor, captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club, presents a cheque for �10,000 to Ian Crowe, Chairman of the Air Ambulance NI as Liam Beckett, Albert Kirk, Stephen Ferris, Mervyn Whyte and Adrian Logan look on.

NW200 celebrity golf tournament raises £10,000 for Air Ambulance NI charity

A pro-am celebrity golf tournament held at Royal Portrush Golf Club during this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200 race week in May raised £10,000 for the Air Ambulance NI charity.

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Gearlink Kawasaki rider Andrew Irwin.

Andrew Irwin eyes Supersport glory at Sunflower Trophy showpiece

Young British Supersport prospect Andrew Irwin says only a winning return to Irish championship action will suffice as he weighs up his chances at this month’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting.

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Glenn Irwin will ride the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt.

Glenn Irwin heads Sunflower Trophy line-up on PBM Ducati

British Superbike star Glenn Irwin is set to give Ulster motorcycle fans a real treat as he stakes his claim for the prestigious Sunflower Trophy silverware this month on the factory PBM Be Wiser Ducati.

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