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Ian Hutchinson out to emulate super showing as Ulster Grand Prix dates revealed


Can’t wait: Ian Hutchinson is relishing next year’s UGP
Can’t wait: Ian Hutchinson is relishing next year’s UGP

Four-time winner at this year's MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix Ian Hutchinson is now looking forward to next year's event, after the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club launched their Bike Week dates for 2017.

The event will run from Monday, August 7 through to the all-important UGP race day on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The key dates are the practice sessions on Wednesday, August 9, the Dundrod 150 National Races on Thursday, August 10 and the main MCE Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday, August 12.

Hutchy, who won both Superbike races and the Superstock encounter for Tyco BMW and the second Supersport race for Came BPT Yamaha, said: "I love the Ulster Grand Prix, it's probably my favourite circuit, so I'm already looking forward to going back next year and grabbing some more wins in front of the Irish fans who are superb supporters of the event."

The 2016 meeting was hailed as one of the most thrilling the sport has seen in recent years, culminating in Hutchinson setting a new 'world's fastest road race' lap record after posting a staggering 134.087mph effort on the final lap of the second Superbike race.

Clerk of Course at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix Noel Johnston said: "I'm glad to be able to announce next year's dates earlier than ever before, after confirming with the MCE British Superbike Championship that there would be no clash.

"With some of road racing's top competitors also taking part in that championship, it's important to avoid any scheduling clashes."

Johnston added: "The feedback on the 2016 event has been phenomenal.

"Fans got to see some of the most spectacular racing ever at Dundrod, and we had a lot of spectators that were new to the sport, who I think we'll see again."

The 2017 dates are subject to formal agreement by the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI).

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