The North West 200 phwoar factor
Leather-clad lads, spectacular speed and glamorous grid girls — it’s a potent cocktail which makes for an intoxicating weekend every year at the North West 200. More than 150,000 people from all corners of the globe will, by tomorrow, have converged on the picturesque North...
North West 200: Pole means nothing to Dunlop as he targets Super double
The final qualifying for tomorrow’s Relentless North West 200 came to a premature end when eight-times winner at the event Steve Plater...
North West 200: Horror crash crushes Plater's dream
Lucky to be alive Steve Plater was hailed as miracle man last night after surviving a dramatic 125mph North West crash.
North West 200: Cummins out to be the Man
McAdoo Racing’s 23-year-old road racing sensation Conor Cummins is on course to become the Isle of Man’s first North West 200 winner in over 50 years, after setting the Superstock pole time during yesterday’s final practice session on the North Coast.
North West 200: Dunlops feeling the pressure
The Dunlop brothers William and Michael will be amongst the favourites when the Relentless North West 200 in association with Blackhorse bursts into action tomorrow morning.
Relentless in her goals
An elderly car driver helped launch the racing career of Maria when he knocked her off her road bike as a teenager. It most certainly wasn’t the way she would have planned to go racing.
In Pictures: Thrills and spills at North West 200
Fast speeds and high drama marked today’s historic first daytime practice at the Relentless North West 200.
North West 200: Plater and Mac front up
With the opening salvos fired in the first qualifying session for Saturday’s Relentless North West 200, it is the HM Plant Honda duo of Steve Plater and John McGuinness who are 1-2 on the provisional grid for both Superbike races.
Darren’s the real spirit of the North West 200
Past the swanky £100,000 motorhomes of the big name teams, decked out like the Ritz, Darren Gilpin tinkers at a borrowed bike by a regulation Volkswagen van that doesn't even have his name on the side.
Motorcycle racing: An obsession that takes hold of body and soul
With the North West 200 coming up at the weekend, there are many who would ask why road racers have what appears to be a cavalier approach to the thin line between life and death.
Joey and Robert Dunlop: kings of the road
Joey and Robert Dunlop hold a special place in motorcycling folklore.
NW 200: TV tribute to Joey Dunlop
The BBC are to screen the documentary ‘Joey Dunlop — Remembered’ on Saturday to coincide with the North West 200 festival.
Joey Dunlop was just loved by everyone
The normally idyllic North Antrim coastline will resonate with the roar of highly-tuned speed machines this weekend as the starting flag is raised for Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event — the North West 200.
North West 200: Plater leads the way as Easton tops speed charts
Steve Plater, eight times a winner around the Portrush-Portstewart-Coleraine triangle, set the quickest superbike time during last...
North West 200: Donald ready to break duck
Australian Cameron Donald was visibly edgy before last night’s opening practice sessions for this year’s International North West 200, but the Relentless by TAS Suzuki pilot can be forgiven for showing some pre-event nerves.
Farquhar manages to make it snappy
Ryan Farquhar currently stands head and shoulders above his Irish road race rivals following a record-breaking 2009.
Valuable practice will be perfect for Plater
The man who has tamed the North West ‘beast’ with the fastest ever lap around the Triangle circuit won’t be taking anything for granted as this year’s event roars into life tonight.
The west is always best
If you’ve been to the first practice of NW week, always held on a Tuesday, then you’ll have seen some racers wearing bibs being led around the circuit at a rapid pace.
Election put in shade as Stormont revs up
While ‘first past the post’ is a phrase often uttered around the hallowed halls of Stormont, power of a different kind took centre stage last night.
Guy’s cross at Mather’s new look
Trying to find the balance between making road racing as safe as it possibly can be, while not taking away from the white knuckle excitement of the sport, is no easy task by any means.
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