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MOTOGP: Marc Marquez equals Stoner’s record

Marc Marquez took the Repsol Honda to a record-breaking victory at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France equalling Casey Stoner’s 38 premier class wins, and extending his lead in the championship to 36 points over Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales as he cruised to victory over Danilo Petrucci and Valentino Rossi. Marquez, the only rider to use the hard rear Michelin tyre, made the best start from the lights but it was Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo who powered into the lead at turn one. Behind the Spaniard, Andrea Dovizioso and Johann Zarco were having a great battle before the Ducati title contender crashed out on lap five. The Honda man took an advantage of a rare mistake by Zarco on lap six when he ran wide on the Tech3 Yamaha but in true Zarco style he fought back and retook Marquez two corners later.

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Richard Bird leads MX1 Michelin  Experts Championship.

MOTOCROSS: Richard Bird takes the overall lead

Lisburn’s Richard Bird leads the 2018 MX1 Michelin Experts Nationals British Championship after four straight victories at Preston Docks at the weekend.

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Keith Farmer on the Tyco BMW at Oulton Park.

Keith Farmer wins Superstock 1000 race at Oulton Park

Keith Farmer clinched his maiden victory on the Tyco BMW as the Northern Ireland rider won the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Oulton Park.

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Michael Dunlop will compete in the Superbike class for the Tyco BMW team in 2018.

Dunlop set for Tyco BMW debut

Michael Dunlop is due to make his debut on the Tyco BMW Superbike at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 this month.

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Peter Hickman at Ballaugh Bridge on the KMR/IEG Kawasaki in the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.

TT 2018: John McGuinness set for Lightweight debut on Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki

Ulster team owner Ryan Farquhar has struck a deal with Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness to ride for his KMR/IEG Kawasaki team in the Bennetts Lightweight TT.

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Derek Sheils is an early entry for the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki.

Derek Sheils and Davey Todd among early entries for Cookstown 100

The countdown is on to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 in April with Derek Sheils among the early entries on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki.

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Jonathan Rea became the first rider ever to win the World Superbike Championship in three successive seasons in 2017.

Jonathan Rea relishing prospect of racing in Northern Ireland World Superbike round

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is ‘so excited’ by the news that Northern Ireland will host a round of the series from as early as 2019.

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Three-time champion Jonathan Rea could soon be racing in a World Superbike round on his home patch in Northern Ireland.

Three-year deal signed to bring World Superbikes to Northern Ireland

A three-year deal has been reached between World Superbike Championship organisers Dorna and Manna Developments to host a round of the series at the £30m Lake Torrent Circuit in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
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Gary McCoy receives the David Wood Scholarship award from Lee Wood.

Newcomer Gary McCoy ‘honoured’ by Davy Wood recognition

Promising young short circuit rider Gary McCoy has won the prestigious Davy Wood Scholarship.

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MOTORSPORT: Kris Meeke to drive with Citroen in 2018 World Rally Championship

Dungannon driver Kris Meeke has been retained by Citroen for the 2018 World Rally Championship season.

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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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The Cookstown 100 will be the first Irish National road race in 2018.

Irish road race dates confirmed for 2018

The Cookstown 100 will kick-start the Irish National road racing season next year following confirmation of the 2018 schedule at the MCUI Inter Centre Conference over the weekend.

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Ian Hutchinson with joint TAS Racing team owner Hector Neill at the Isle of Man TT this year.

Ian Hutchinson edges closer to Honda Racing move

Sixteen-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson is on the verge of a sensational move to Honda Racing.
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Dan Kneen will ride for Northern Ireland's Tyco BMW team at the international road races in 2018.

Kneen fired up to grasp his chance with Tyco BMW

Manx ace Dan Kneen has vowed to ‘give it everything’ next season after signing for Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team.

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Jonathan Rea

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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Derek McGee will compete in the Supertwin class in 2018 for Ryan Farquhar's celebrated KMR Kawasaki team.

Farquhar confirms Derek McGee as first signing for 2018

Ryan Farquhar has signed multiple Irish road racing champion Derek McGee to contest the Supertwin class in 2018.

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Dan Kneen at the Ulster Grand Prix last year with Tyco BMW team principal Philip Neill (left) and Hector Neill (right).

Dan Kneen confirmed at Tyco BMW but question mark over Hutchy

Manx rider Dan Kneen has joined Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team for 2018, although a question mark hangs over Ian Hutchinson’s plans next season.
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Keith Farmer will ride for the Tyco BMW team in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2018.

Farmer targets Superstock title as springboard to BSB ride in 2019

Keith Farmer says he will use the added incentive of a British Superbike ride in 2019 to fire him to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 title next year after joining the Tyco BMW team.

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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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