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Irish road racing ‘in danger of disappearing for good’

Respected team owner John Burrows says he fears the unique spectacle of Irish road racing could disappear for good unless swift action is taken to safeguard the future of the sport.

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Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Aprilia.

Eugene Laverty in upbeat mood after Portimao test

Eugene Laverty is looking ahead to the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island this month with renewed optimism after making solid progress in pre-season testing.

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Eugene Laverty (left) and his Milwaukee Aprilia team-mate Lorenzo Savadori at Jerez in Spain.

WSBK: Eugene Laverty aiming to slash deficit at Jerez

World Superbike returnee Eugene Laverty is targeting a marked improvement during the second day of the official test at Jerez in Spain on Wednesday.

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Gary Dunlop pictured at the Ulster Grand Prix last year at Joey's.

Joey’s Bar MCC team put plans in place for 2017

The Joey’s Bar MCC Racing team has put its plans in place for another season of Irish road racing in 2017, with Sam Wilson and Derek McGee continuing in the 125/Moto3 class for a second season.

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Ryan Farquhar is Ireland's most successful ever national road racer with 197 victories.

Ryan Farquhar: My fears for future of Irish national road racing

Ryan Farquhar fears it may be too late to safeguard the future of Irish national road racing, with escalating insurance costs adding to the financial strain faced by promoting clubs.

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World Rally competitor Fredrik Ahlin from Sweden with co-driver Morten Erik Abrahamsen who will be competing in the new International Rally Event.

MOTORSPORT: Swedish rally star set for International Circuit Challenge

SWEDISH RALLY star, Fredrik Ahlin and former British champion David Bogie will be among the top drivers contesting the inaugural International Circuit Challenge which is expected to be a ‘spectacular’ event which can bridge the gap until the Circuit of Ireland returns in 2018.

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Alastair Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki at the North West 200 last year.

Alastair Seeley targets Supersport repeat at North West 200 on Gearlink Kawasaki

Alastair Seeley is targeting a repeat of his 2016 Supersport double at the Vauxhall International North West 200 after signing to ride for Gearlink Kawasaki once more.
Top Ulster racers (L-R) Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar with promoters Billy and Marty Nutt at the launch of the 2017 Blackhorse NI Motorrcycle Festival.

Big names turn out for launch of NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival was officially launched at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn on Thursday, where Lee Johnston, Ryan Farquhar, Alastair Seeley and Andy Reid were among the special guests.

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The future of Irish road racing is in doubt due to rising insurance costs, its been claimed this week.

EXCLUSIVE: Insurance hikes ‘could sound death knell for Irish road racing’

Irish National road racing in Ulster could go to the wall in less than three years due to the financial threat posed by rising insurance premiums and a dramatic increase in claims.

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Race winner Dan Kneen (7, Mar-Train Yamaha) gets the jump ahead of William Dunlop (6, MSS Kawasaki) and Derek Sheils (82, Burrows Suzuki) at the start of the Open race at the Tandragee 100 in April.

2017 Road Race Dates

The Tandragee 100 will host the first of eight Irish National road races scheduled in 2017.

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Chris Smiley who will drive for the new Northern Ireland owned  team in the British Touring Car Championship.

Carrick driver Smiley to lead NI racing team

A Northern Irish-owned team will enter the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the first time in 2017, following the acquisition of BTC Racing by Belfast-based private equity group, Norlin.

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Jonathan Rea’s back-to-back world title feat marked in exclusive iPlayer programme

A special programme featuring World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will be available exclusively on the BBC iPlayer from Sunday, December 11.

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Glenn Irwin only has eyes for British Superbike quest in 2017

Glenn Irwin’s rousing performance at the Macau Grand Prix only served to endorse his potential as a top-flight international road racer, but the talented Ulsterman only has eyes for the British Superbike Championship in 2017.

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Eugene Laverty testing the Milwaukee Aprilia at Jerez in Spain.

Eugene Laverty makes solid World Superbike return on Aprilia

Eugene Laverty has hailed the progress made with the Aprilia RSV4 over the past few years as the Northern Ireland rider made his World Superbike return at Jerez this week.

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William Dunlop on the MMB Yamaha R1 during practice at this year's Isle of Man TT.

William Dunlop joins Halsall Racing for 2017 roads assault

Ballymoney’s William Dunlop will spearhead former British Superbike team Halsall Racing’s maiden international road racing venture in 2017, the News Letter can reveal.

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Heavy rain turned the paddock at the Mid Antrim 150 into a quagmire in April.

Troubled Mid Antrim 150 called off for 2017

The Mid Antrim 150 will not take place in 2017 following a decision by the organisers to cancel the event.
Tyco BMW's British Superbike riders for 2017, Christian Iddon (left) and Davide Giugliano.

MOTORCYCLING: Davide Giugliano joins Christian Iddon at Tyco BMW

Former World Superbike podium contender Davide Giugliano has signed for Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team as TAS Racing aims to return to the MCE British Superbike Showdown in 2017.

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