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Friday 19 September 2014

In Pictures: North West 200 - schedule, events and results

Brilliantly Dun: double winner Michael Dunlop claimed Man of the Meeting honour, named in memory of his dad Robert
Brilliantly Dun: double winner Michael Dunlop claimed Man of the Meeting honour, named in memory of his dad Robert
Wheel to wheel: William Dunlop (right) comes under pressure fromTyco Suzuki partner Guy Martin
Wheel to wheel: William Dunlop (right) comes under pressure from Tyco Suzuki partner Guy Martin
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Vauxhall International North West 200 2014
James Hillier (Quattro Plant/muc-off Kawasaki) crashes at Ballysally during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
James Hillier (Quattro Plant/muc-off Kawasaki) crashes at Ballysally during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

The biggest motorcycling show in the country, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators every year, is in full swing. Send us your pictures and we will add them to our gallery above.

Schedule for North West 200

Roads will close on Tuesday, May 13 at 9.15 am with five practice sessions scheduled before re-opening at 2.45pm.

Each session will last 45 minutes and first on to the road will be the Newcomers at 9.45am, followed by Supersport, Superbike, Supertwin and finally Superstock machines at 1.30pm.

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Roads will again close at 9.15 am on Thursday, May 15 with the four practice sessions lasting 5 minutes longer than Tuesday’s, beginning with the 650cc Supertwins at 10 am. Superstock and Supersport machines will follow before the all important final Superbike session brings the two days of practice to an end at 2.15 pm.

Thursday evening will see the beginning of competitive action at the 2014 North West with roads closing at 5.15pm and the flag dropping on the opening Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport event at 6pm. The Vauxhall Supertwin race will follow an hour later and the evening’s proceedings will be drawn to a close at 8pm with the Superstock race sponsored by newcomer, Pirtek.  Roads are scheduled to re-open at 9pm.

Roads will close on the morning of the main race day, Saturday, May 17 at 9.30am and another new North West sponsor, Milwaukee Power Tools, will back the opening Supersport race.  The first of Saturday’s two superbike races is the second race on the day’s programme, supported by Event Serv. Popular Portstewart watering hole, the Anchor Bar and Restaurant Complex, will sponsor the Supertwin event and another local company, CP Hire, will continue their long term backing of the Superstock race. The feature race of the day, the Vauxhall North West 200 Superbike race, will bring the curtain down on the 2014 races.

Competitors should also note that there are important changes to the scrutineering schedule for 2014, with each class being allocated a specific time for machine inspection on all three days of action.

NW200 top practice times

Superbike

Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad) 122.275

Michael Rutter (BMW - Bathams) 121.834

Alastair Seeley (Mar-Train Racing Kawasaki) 121.606

Supersport

Alastair Seeley (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) 117.16mph

Michael Rutter (Smiths Triumph) 116.88

Lee Johnston (East Coast/Pirtek Honda) 116.59

Supertwins

Lee Johnston (ECC Kawasaki) 107.85

Keith Amor (KMR Kawasaki) 107.35

Ivan Lintin (McKinstry Kawasaki) 107.25

Superstock

Michael Dunlop (BMW - MD Racing) 120.09

Alastair Seeley (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) 120.03

Michael Rutter (BMW - Bathams) 119.78

And there are plenty of things to do off-road

Tuesday 13th

9am-5pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

9am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area

9.15am-2.45pm ROADS CLOSE FOR OFFICIAL PRACTICE

10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display Portstewart Town Hall. Admission £3, OAP £1.50, no charge for children accompanied by adult.

8pm Miss North West 200 Contest, Hospitality Marquee, sponsored by Morelli’s of Portstewart and hosted by Brian Moore & Adrian Logan. Followed by The Untouchables. Admission £5.

Wednesday 14th May

9am-5pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

9am-4pm Celebrity Golf Fourball, Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course)

10am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area

10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display see Tuesday

12noon-5pm Family Entertainment in the paddock

4pm-6pm Paddock Walkabout. £5 admission

6.30pm-8pm Family Motor Fest, a free spectacular at East Strand , Portrush

    The Adrenaline Tour – High ramp FMX and quads • Family entertainment

    Chesca Miles – UK’s top female stunt rider • Mini moto racing

7.30pm NW200 Chat Show at the Hospitality Marquee with Adrian Logan followed by Chrissy & the Crew

8.00pm Nathan Carter live outdoor concert at Ramore Recreation Grounds, Portrush

Thursday 15th May

9am-5pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

9.15am-2.45pm ROADS CLOSE FOR OFFICIAL PRACTICE

9am-9pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area

10am-10pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display Portstewart Town Hall. Admission £3, OAP £1.50, no charge for children accompanied by adult.

5.15pm-9pm ROADS CLOSE FOR RACING (Supersport, Supertwin, Superstock)

9pm-ate The Clubsound Show at the Hospitality Marquee

Friday 16th May

9am-4.30pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

10am-6pm BikeSafe NI Free rider assessment at the start area

10.30am-12noon Chesca Miles stunt rider show at the finish line

10am-3pm Vintage & Classic Bike Display see Tuesday

12noon-5pm Family Entertainment in the paddock

1pm-3pm Meet the Riders, Coleraine Town Centre. Interviews, autographs and photos

4pm NW Vintage Motorcycle Club Display at Paddock (Cavalcade leaving at 7pm) Music by Harpur’s Hill Steel Band

8pm-late Dave Taylor & the Soulshakers at the hospitality marquee

8.30pm Matchstick Men - Free outdoor concert at the Crescent, Portstewart. (Status Quo tribute)

10.30pm Huge fi reworks display at the Crescent, Portstewart

Saturday 17th May

9am-5pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

9am-6pm BikeSafe NI at the start area

9.30am-7pm ROADS CLOSED (RACING FROM 10.30AM)

7pm-late NW200 Wrap Party with Klass at the hospitality marquee

Sunday 18th May

1pm-5pm Up to Speed – NW200 Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum. Admission free.

From 11am “Speed Sunday” Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly. Speed trials and displays

Dunlop Memorial Gardens & Ballymoney Museum (7 miles from Coleraine)

The beautiful Dunlop Memorial Gardens commemorate the achievements of the late road racing legends, Joey Dunlop ‘The King of the Roads’ and his brother Robert Dunlop ‘The Mighty Micro’. Open every day; admission free. After a visit walk up Main Street to the Museum.

 

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