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Admin 5th August 2019 05:01 PM

Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road race
 
The Ulster Grand Prix's record as 'the world's fastest road race' came to an end in June 2018 when Lincolnshire's Peter Hickman lapped the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course at 135.452 mph on his way to winning a dramatic and memorable Senior TT.

[IMG]https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/onesport/cps/800/cpsprodpb/11A68/production/_107869227_harryhicky.jpg[/IMG]

That compares with Yorkshireman Dean Harrison's benchmark for the Dundrod circuit of 134.614 set in 2017 on his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki.

Given favourable weather, a dry track and close racing in the Superbike class the County Antrim circuit could well regain its status as the quickest on the planet, although it is worth bearing in mind that every rider's aim is to win a race at the slowest possible speed, especially taking into account the inherent risks posed by a public roads circuit.

If the record is to be re-claimed Hickman, Harrison and perhaps Honda-mounted Manxman Conor Cummins, look the most likely suspects.

While Michael Dunlop has continued to blaze a trail at the Isle of Man TT in recent years - his victory tally now standing at 19 - the Ulster Grand Prix has not turned out to be as happy a hunting ground for the Ballymoney rider, who will be keen to put that right at this year's meeting - if he is fit enough to ride and be competitive.

The 30-year-old suffered a wrist injury in a testing crash before the North West 200, which hampered his efforts both there and at the TT.

On his return to action at the Southern 100 in July, Dunlop sustained a broken pelvis and other fractures in a big bike crash but made a stunning surprise comeback at the recent Armoy road races, taking a Superbike double just 16 days after his accident on the Isle of Man.

Last week Dunlop posted a photograph of himself emerging from hospital with a broken wrist on social media but appeared to hint that his racing season may not yet be over, despite apparent medical advice to the contrary.

Dunlop is the last Northern Ireland rider to win a Superbike race at Dundrod, having triumphed on a Honda in 2012, a year after securing his only hat-trick at the event.
Will the event be dominated by the Peter Hickman-Dean Harrison rivalry?

Smith's Racing rider Peter Hickman and Harrison will both be heavily fancied to continue the form that saw them add to their tally of TT wins in June where the former clinched a treble and the latter landed the coveted Senior TT title.

Both riders have proved themselves impressive exponents of road racing around the Dundrod circuit, Hickman boasting six Ulster Grand Prix successes to date, including a treble in 2017, with Harrison having achieved two triumphs over the 7.4-mile circuit.

Since June the English duo have continued to enjoy plenty of track time, Hickman racking up a series of impressive results in British Superbikes and Harrison securing the Southern 100 Solo Championship crown for a third consecutive year.

They will face stiff competition however from the likes of in-form Manxman Conor Cummins, a former lap record holder at Dundrod, Australian David Johnson on his Honda Racing machinery and ever-improving Yorkshireman Davey Todd, so don't expect them to have it all their own way.

Republic of Ireland riders Derek Sheils and Michael Sweeney will hope to transfer their form in the Irish national road races onto the national stage, while Jamie Coward could pose a threat, having enjoyed his most impressive season on the roads so far.
Can Lee Johnston make it a Supersport treble at the 'big three' international road races?

Lee Johnston has proved beyond doubt this season that the Supersport class is his specialist category with victories in the middleweight division at both the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT, allied with some impressive performances in the British Supersport Championship, in which he lies eighth overall.

The 30-year-old has not enjoyed similar success in the 1000cc races and even sat out the Senior TT in June, so will look for improvement in the Superbike and Superstock classes.

The Fermanagh native has thrived in the environment of having his own privateer team around him again, supported by a group of personal sponsors and technicians and more success should be on the cards at Dundrod after clinching his maiden TT triumph two months ago.

Johnston's last victories at the County Antrim course, which he names as his favourite, came in 2015, when he secured a treble - a Supersport double and a Superstock win.

NODSTER 5th August 2019 07:52 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Me thinks the weather will play against new lap records this year

belfez 5th August 2019 08:00 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
First race on Thursday night, may be best/only chance to regain "World's fastest road race" TM. , if the weather forecast is right.

SoulX 5th August 2019 08:03 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Looking forward to it,despite the forecast.

Japcati 5th August 2019 11:50 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Low pressure and alot of rain heading towards Ireland for the weekend,according to RTE and Met Eireann.

corkgsxr 6th August 2019 01:02 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Dunlop passed medical today

Admin 6th August 2019 03:17 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
ULSTER GP RACE SCHEDULE

[B]WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
[/B]
Roads closed for practice from 10am-9.30pm

[B]THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
[/B]
Roads closed for practice and racing 10am-9.30pm

Race Schedule:

Circle K Superbike Race 5 laps

Belfast International Airport Lightweight Race 4 laps

DHK Recovery Services Ultra-Lightweight Race 4 laps

Shoei Helmets Supersport Race 5 laps

Antrim Castle Mall Supertwins Race 4 laps

[B]SATURDAY, AUGUST 10[/B]

Roads closed 9.30am-8.30pm

Superstock Race 6 laps

Centra Whitemountain Service Station Supersport Race 6 laps

Chimney Corner Hotel Lightweight Race 5 laps

Plant Lubrication (NI) Ultra Lightweight Race 5 laps

MMB Surfacing UGP Superbike Race 7 laps

Maxwell Freight Services Supertwin Race 5 laps

Skegness Raceview Supersport Race 6 laps

Around A Pound Superbike Race 6 laps

PJ 6th August 2019 03:27 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=corkgsxr;3577475]Dunlop passed medical today[/quote]

McGee sitting out the rest of the year.

vroombandit 7th August 2019 02:37 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=belfez;3577402]First race on Thursday night, may be best/only chance to regain "World's fastest road race" TM. , if the weather forecast is right.[/quote]

What time does racing start on Thursday evening ??

featherduster 7th August 2019 07:35 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=PJ;3577496]McGee sitting out the rest of the year.[/quote]

what a shame only ulster, Killalane, manx left
any idea why ?
pity about that he went so well at Armoy

vroombandit 8th August 2019 11:15 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=vroombandit;3577594]What time does racing start on Thursday evening ??[/quote]

I was there today for practice followed by racing. Cracking day for it. Hickman had no equal there today. Top man!

NODSTER 9th August 2019 01:00 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Hickman blasted the new outright Ulster GP lap record to 136.415 mph :woots:

fatbast 9th August 2019 02:18 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Was up there for thursday races, great weather excellent racing, Hickman got a rousing reception after that new record was set. He had a great race with Lee Johnson in the supersport class too.
[url=https://postimg.cc/YvjNqHGj][img]https://i.postimg.cc/YvjNqHGj/20190808-171130.jpg[/img][/url]

black pudding 9th August 2019 10:03 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Sure he will do a 137 lap next year in the man and bring it back to the island����

PJ 9th August 2019 11:17 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=black pudding;3577700]Sure he will do a 137 lap next year in the man and bring it back to the island����[/quote]

Some bonus paycheck if he or Michael do that.
Don't think we will see anything near 136 over the weekend.
Rain is going to make a balls of things.

SoulX 9th August 2019 01:00 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Wind and rain last night was unreal.Hopefully it'll stay away tomorrow,not looking good though

HIGHSIDER 9th August 2019 01:40 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Showers.........fingers crossed.

sidegrinder 9th August 2019 02:24 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
that supersport race sounded excellent , neck and neck with lee j looking forward to seeing it tonight on the bbc.

PJ 9th August 2019 02:51 PM

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[quote=sidegrinder;3577712]looking forward to seeing it tonight on the bbc.[/quote]

What time is it on Ted?

sidegrinder 9th August 2019 03:11 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=PJ;3577714]What time is it on Ted?[/quote]

10:35 pm bbc1

PJ 9th August 2019 03:40 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=sidegrinder;3577716]10:35 pm bbc1[/quote]

Sound, heading out later so I'll set record.

black pudding 9th August 2019 10:05 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=PJ;3577701]Some bonus paycheck if he or Michael do that.
Don't think we will see anything near 136 over the weekend.
Rain is going to make a balls of things.[/quote]

Yeah weather will make a huge difference now alright but i think hickman has that bit extra in him to come

SoulX 10th August 2019 09:20 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
What was looking like a shite day turned out brilliant in the end.
Savage racing in the supertwins and SS.

sidegrinder 11th August 2019 12:41 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
[quote=SoulX;3577792]What was looking like a shite day turned out brilliant in the end.
Savage racing in the supertwins and SS.[/quote]

my thoughts exactly,
just when you thought elkin has it from loughlin up comes a backmarker to add a bit of drama. Supersport class never fails..Hickman is a class act tho..

NODSTER 11th August 2019 02:25 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
That Elkin/Loughlin dice was a cracker, the wiser head won on the day, but crazy Joe will win an International soon. As for Hickman, he's on a higher level this season track & roads

HIGHSIDER 11th August 2019 11:30 AM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Just a treat seeing Gary spin out on his Da's RC45 along with the V&M R1....20 years ago.....good lordy....seems like yesterday.

SoulX 11th August 2019 12:21 PM

Re: Ulster Grand Prix - four big talking points surrounding the international road ra
 
Sam West's Beemer looking a bit worse for wear after Thursday's off
[url]https://imgur.com/a/MmGfVS9[/url]

mpp 11th August 2019 05:40 PM

[quote=SoulX;3577792]What was looking like a shite day turned out brilliant in the end.
Savage racing in the supertwins and SS.[/quote]
Totally agree, considering the weather in the morning it's unbelievable that we got to see the full race card , except for the red flag in the lightweights. We watched the first 4 races at pullits gate, where it was wet . Some guys near us who had a speed gun clocked Hickman at 172mph in the superbikes race !!


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