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Wednesday 20 August 2014

North West 200: Race schedule and classes

PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/05/12: Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin crashes just before Black Hill during the first Supersport race at today's North West 200
Giant Ride Out...Motorcyclists make their way off Stena Lines Superfast ferry during the Giant Ride Out in aid of Action Medical Reseach. Top motorbike road racers Jeremy McWilliams and Josh Brookes kick started the Giant Ride Out, as they led the cavalcade of bikers off the ferry in Belfast.The Giant Ride Out saw the motorbike riders travelling on the Stena Line Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and onto The Paddock at The Relentless International North West 200. The bikers stopped off enroute where they had the chance to break, refuel and chat with Jeremy and Josh ahead of the weekends competition.
Ian Johnston, Ciaran Tottan and Phil Logan in the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line

CLASSES IN NORTH WEST 200SUPERSTOCK RACE

AS the name Superstock suggests, this class is for ‘stock’ road-going production motorcycles which feature only minor modifications, including the removal of all stock road equipment such as lights and mirrors. The rear shock can be replaced and front fork internals can be modified. The exhaust system can be replaced and the fitment of a power commander is also allowed.

Despite the Superstock bikes being very close to standard, a 1000cc machine still produces in excess of 180bhp and can lap most circuits only a few seconds off full Superbike specification machines.

The class is a breeding ground for up and coming racing talent and provides riders with a great chance to showcase their talent without spending big money.

Past winners have included Alastair Seeley, Bruce Anstey and Keith Amor.

SUPERBIKE RACE

SUPERBIKES competing in this class are race machines developed from production road-going, litre-class sportsbikes of between 1000-1200cc. Stripped of lights and road-bodywork, the machines are lightened significantly and fitted with up-rated suspension, chassis, engine parts and full race exhaust systems.

The result is a machine that produces in excess of 200bhp and is capable of speeds of 200mph.

In 2012 Martin Jessop was clocked

through the speed trap at 208mph, the current record.

The NW200 features two Superbike races on race day and these races are seen by the fans as the main events.

Past winners have included Joey and Robert Dunlop, Phillip McCallen, Carl Fogarty and, of course, the likes of Michael Rutter and John McGuinness.|SUPERTWIN RACE

SUPERTWINS are four stroke twin cylinder machines originally sold for road use with a water cooled engine of up to 650cc. A number of changes and modifications are permitted to the frame, swing arm, suspension, exhaust, brakes etc as deemed in the regulations.

This class was first introduced to the North West at the 2012 event and proved extremely popular as it gained a very strong entry.

The KMR Team proudly claimed the top three positions on the podium, Ryan Farquhar in first, Michael Rutter in second and newcomer Jeremy McWilliams in third.

For 2013, two Supertwin races are scheduled, the first on Thursday evening and second during Saturday race day.

SUPERSPORT RACE

SUPERSPORT class features road-going, production-based ‘showroom look-a-like’ machines, although changes are permitted to exhausts, suspension internals and also tyres.

They are powered by engines over 400cc and up to 600cc four stroke four cylinder: 600cc up to 675cc four stroke, three cylinder with minimum weights of 161kg for all configurations.

This popular class has seen some of the most exciting races ever at the NW200, with past winners Alastair Seeley, Ian Hutchinson and Steve Plater.

 

SCHEDULE

Tuesday

Practice session 1

(Roads close 9.30am to 2.30pm)

Thursday

Practice session

(Roads close 9.30am to 2.30pm)

Racing

(Roads close 5.15pm to 9pm)

Supersport race 1: Sponsored by Ballymoney Borough Council

Supertwin race 2: Vauxhall

Superstock race 3: LiveWire AV Ltd

Saturday

Vauxhall International 2013 Race Day

(Roads close 10am to 6.30pm)

Supersport race 4: McKendry Fabrications fm Ltd

Superbike race 5: EventServ

Supertwin race 6: Anchor Complex, Portstewart

Superstock race 7: CP Hire

NW200 Superbike race 8: Vauxhall

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