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It’s sure to be Fogarty at Ulster Grand Prix

Carl Fogarty MBE, a legend in the world of motorcycle racing, will be the Dundrod Club’s guest of honour for tomorrow’s Stoneyford Concrete Ulster Grand Prix.

Fogarty, the TT F1 world champion in 1988, ’89 and ’90, went on to take the world superbike championship by storm, clinching the title on four occasions between 1994 and 1999, and was one of the most successful superbike riders ever before injury forced his retirement from competitive racing.

Foggy, as he is affectionately known, then became team owner of the Foggy Petronas world superbike team until 2006 when he decided to focus on other ventures.

His huge loyal band of supporters worshipped his aggression on a motorcycle and his win at all costs determination which meant the Blackburn man was never far from controversy. He always spoke his mind, something he still does today, with his forthright views on the current racing scene and the riders involved.

Carl said of his visit to Dundrod: “The course is a road racer’s dream and is a real test of today’s men and machines such are its demands.

“I had some great battles around this circuit with the likes of Steve Hislop, Steven Cull, Joey and Robert Dunlop.”

Fogarty was a two-time winner around the Dundrod Circuit in the 1988 F1 race on his way to clinching his first world championship and then a year later he won the ‘King of the Roads’ Senior race setting a new lap record in the process, a speed of 121.629mph

Eric Oliver, Chairman of the organising club, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Carl’s stature as our guest here this weekend.”

Fogarty will conduct a lap of the circuit tomorrow, riding one of his beloved Ducati machines.

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