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Carl Fogarty to be big draw at Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival

By Roy Harris

Published 15/01/2016

Show time: Bike racers Glenn Irwin, Andy Reid and David McKee are joined by Meagan Green and promoter, Marty Nutt at the launch of the 2016 Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival
Show time: Bike racers Glenn Irwin, Andy Reid and David McKee are joined by Meagan Green and promoter, Marty Nutt at the launch of the 2016 Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival

The 2016 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival moves to a new venue at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park (The Maze), Lisburn and yesterday organiser Billy Nutt announced that four-time World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty will make a special appearance at the show on Saturday, February 6.

Fogarty, of course, is no stranger to Northern Ireland, renowned for his racing exploits at the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix before becoming the most successful World Superbike rider of all time.

Recently his profile has gone through the roof becoming King of the Jungle in the hugely popular TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and Nutt said: "It's a feather in our cap to have someone of the stature of Carl attend the festival and I have no doubt that he will receive a very warm welcome next month."

The festival - from February 5-7 - will feature everything for the motorcycling enthusiast and all fans of motorsport.

Guests at yesterday's launch included Glenn Irwin, who will compete for PBM Be Wiser Ducati in the British Superbike Championship for the first time, Andy Reid, chasing the British Supersport Championship in 2016 for his new team Quattro Plant Kawasaki, and William Dunlop, who takes up a new challenge in 2016 riding for long-time backer Chris Dowd on a Yamaha YZF-R1, a Yamaha R6 in Supersport and a Nick Morgan prepared MSS Kawasaki ZX-10R in Superstock.

All three will be in attendance at the show where they will be joined by Fogarty, new Tyco BMW signing Ian Hutchinson and Fermanagh man Lee Johnston with further names to be announced in the coming weeks.

Nutt added: "Everything is in place for a really fantastic show and we are sure fans will be impressed by our new venue, For those travelling by train there will be a free bus transfer from Lisburn Railway Station."

The 2016 Monster Energy Arenacross Tour is fast-tracking to the SSE Arena, Belfast this weekend for the only Friday and Saturday evening, double-header of the series.

The first three rounds of the Arenacross Tour have seen a different Pro racer on the podium at each event.

The Tour is about far more than flat-out racing. Hugely popular with the Belfast fans is the Freestyle Motocross element with three performances each evening will have the crowd on their feet cheering for more.

Doors open from 6pm, with shows from 7pm tonight and tomorrow.

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