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WORLD SUPERBIKES: Jonathan Rea rues tyre issue as reigning champion finishes fifth at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea contemplated pulling out of the opening World Superbike race at Phillip Island in Australia on Saturday as the reigning champion battled a rear tyre problem.

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Eugene Laverty

WORLD SUPERBIKES: Eugene Laverty faster than Jonathan Rea in practice

Jonathan Rea was fifth fastest in free practice in Phillip Island as he began his challenge for a fourth successive World Superbike title.

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea during the final test at Phillip Island in Australia.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea set for World Superbike opener at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea is paying little attention to his rivals as the Ulster rider prepares to open the defence of his World Superbike crown this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.

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Alastair Seeley will ride for the Tyco BMW team in the Superbike and Superstock races at the North West 200 in May.

NW200: Alastair Seeley and Tyco BMW renew ties for Triangle showpiece

Alastair Seeley has struck a deal with Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team for this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200.

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Michael Dunlop won both Supersport races at the Isle of Man TT in 2013 after linking up with PTR to ride a Honda.

PTR announce Supersport link with Michael Dunlop for 2018

World Supersport outfit PTR announced on Sunday that they are set to link up with MMichael Dunlop for the international road races in 2018.
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Gary Dunlop won his maiden road race last year at Killalane.

Gary Dunlop decides to sit out 2018 season

Gary Dunlop has confirmed he won’t race this season with the Ballymoney man instead focusing on running the Joey’s Bar MCC team.
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Jonathan Rea became the first rider ever to win the World Superbike Championship in three successive seasons in 2017.

Jonathan Rea relishing prospect of racing in Northern Ireland World Superbike round

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he is ‘so excited’ by the news that Northern Ireland will host a round of the series from as early as 2019.

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Three-time champion Jonathan Rea could soon be racing in a World Superbike round on his home patch in Northern Ireland.

Three-year deal signed to bring World Superbikes to Northern Ireland

A three-year deal has been reached between World Superbike Championship organisers Dorna and Manna Developments to host a round of the series at the £30m Lake Torrent Circuit in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
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Triple world Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea is congratulated on winning the Cornmarket/ Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year by his mother Clare

MOTORBIKES: Emulating Joey Dunlop ‘special’ for Jonathan Rea

World Superbike king Jonathan Rea saluted fellow Ulster great Joey Dunlop as he lifted the Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year trophy in Belfast on Friday night.

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Triple world Superbike champion, Jonathan Rea celebrates winning the Cornmarket/ Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at the awards in Belfast. Rea was presented with a new trophy as well as the Joey Dunlop award to mark his three world titles.

MOTORBIKES: ‘Rider of Year’ treble for world champion Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea received a standing ovation as the triple World Superbike champion was named Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for the third successive time on Friday night in Belfast.

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Michael Dunlop pictured before he took to the track at Sepang in Malaysia on the Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP machine.

Michael Dunlop makes MotoGP debut on Suzuki at Sepang

Michael Dunlop has completed a private test on the factory Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP bike at Sepang in Malaysia.
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Michael Dunlop won the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.

Michael Dunlop confirms Suzuki MotoGP test

Michael Dunlop will travel to Malaysia to test the factory Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP bike at Sepang this week.
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Former Vauxhall International North West 200 race winner, Jeremy McWilliams joins Event Director, Mervyn Whyte and Air Ambulance NI Chairman, Ian Crowe to announce the  selection of AANI as the race festival's chosen charity for 2018. Also included are pilot, Richard Steele and Paramedic, Stuart Stevenson.

Air Ambulance NI is official NW200 charity in 2018

The Air Ambulance NI (AANI) has been confirmed as the official charity of the Vauxhall International North West 200 once again in 2018.

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Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival organiser Billy Nutt pictured with (from left) Simon Reid, Keith Farmer and Alastair Seeley at the launch of the event on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre.

Plans in top gear for 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2018 Blackhorse NI Motorcycle Festival was launched on Thursday at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, where Alastair Seeley, Keith Farmer and Simon Reid were among the special guests.

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Jonathan Rea has been named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year after becoming World Superbike champion for the third successive season in 2017.

Jonathan Rea named BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year 2017

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been named the 2017 BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year.

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Adam McLean pictured with the new IMR/quinnstheprinters.com BMW S1000RR he will race on the roads in 2018. Looking on are team sponsor Peter Bradley, MD of quinnstheprinters.com with Ian Moffit, team principal of Team IMR.

MOTORCYCLING: Adam McLean joins Team IMR for 2018 road races

Exciting road racing prospect Adam McLean has signed a new deal for 2018 to ride for quinnstheprinters.com by Team IMR.
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Mid and East Antrim is gearing up to support homegrown superbike hero Jonathan Reas BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award bid.

SPORTS PERSONALITY: Mid and East Antrim back Jonathan Rea’s race for award

Mid and East Antrim is gearing up to support homegrown superbike hero Jonathan Rea’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award bid.

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The Cookstown 100 will be the first Irish National road race in 2018.

Irish road race dates confirmed for 2018

The Cookstown 100 will kick-start the Irish National road racing season next year following confirmation of the 2018 schedule at the MCUI Inter Centre Conference over the weekend.

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Ian Hutchinson with joint TAS Racing team owner Hector Neill at the Isle of Man TT this year.

Ian Hutchinson edges closer to Honda Racing move

Sixteen-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson is on the verge of a sensational move to Honda Racing.
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Dan Kneen will ride for Northern Ireland's Tyco BMW team at the international road races in 2018.

Kneen fired up to grasp his chance with Tyco BMW

Manx ace Dan Kneen has vowed to ‘give it everything’ next season after signing for Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team.

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