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Jungle star Carl Fogarty to headline NI Motorcycle Festival

By Paul Lindsay

Racing legend and jungle celebrity Carl Fogarty will be the star attraction at this year's NI Motorcycle Festival.

The event, now in its 22nd year, and organised by former North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix Clerk of Course Billy Nutt and his son Marty, is over three days at the multi-million pound Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn from February 3-5.

Fogarty, who is also a former winner at the International North West 200, remains a hugely popular figure in Northern Ireland and will attend the festival on Saturday February 4, and Sunday February 5.

Event promoter Billy Nutt said: "We're absolutely delighted that Carl will be coming back to the festival again this year and Northern Ireland holds special memories for him," he said.

"We all remember Carl winning both Superbike races at the North West 200 in 1993 on the Moto Cinelli Ducati and we could see what it meant to him in his celebrations afterwards."

Fogarty will join 14-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson at the festival, who was the first big name to be confirmed on the guest list.

Hutchy is gearing up for another season in the British Superstock 1000 Championship in 2017 along with the international road races, when his top priority is to challenge for Superbike and Senior glory at the TT for local team Tyco BMW.

Carrick's Alastair Seeley, who became the most successful rider ever in the history of the North West 200 last year, will also be in attendance at the festival, offering fans the chance to grab an autograph or have their photo taken with the 'Wee Wizard', who extended his winning tally to 17 victories at the North West last May.

More details are available online at www.motorcyclefest.tv

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