As he prepares for the final two-day World Superbike test in Jerez prior to the winter break, surely the furthest thing from successive five-time World Champion Jonathan Rea's mind is his omission from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year final six nominations.
It's all change for record 24-time North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley after the Carrickfergus rider announced that he will contest the 2020 fonaCAB & Nicholl Oils-sponsored north coast event with Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki between May 10-16.
Honda Racing has announced a formidable rider line-up as they prepare for a fresh 2020 campaign in British Superbike and Superstock championships and on the roads at the International North West 200 and Isle of Man TT with the Irwin brothers from Carrickfergus playing major roles - Glenn in BSB and roads including a debut at the Isle of Man TT while Andrew and Glenn lead Honda's attack on the BSB championship.
Peter Hickman started this morning's Macau Grand Prix from pole position on his MGM by Bathams BMW although it was a close run thing as his team-mate Michael Rutter - on the MGM by Bathams Honda RC213V - was just 0.282 seconds behind after the second qualifying session.
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course of the Ulster Grand Prix for the last 18 years, has issued a statement regarding the uncertain future of the event after last week's revelations that the promoting Dundrod and District Club are facing debts of upwards of £250,000.
Eugene Laverty made his first appearance in BMW colours during the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan yesterday when, alongside team-mate Tom Sykes, he presented the new-look BMW S1000RR that will spearhead their attack on the 2020 World Superbike Championship.
It proved to be a breathtaking weekend of two-wheel action as Jonathan Rea took a clean sweep of World Superbike victories in the final round in Qatar, Christian Iddon sealed his first Sunflower Trophy win at Bishopscourt on his farewell ride for Tyco BMW, and Eunan McGlinchey stamped his authority as a star of the future.
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