David Johnson wins Classic TT Superbike as Michael Dunlop Retires

David Johnson wins Classic TT Superbike as Michael Dunlop Retires


Michael Dunlop was cruelly denied his fourth victory in the Superbike Classic TT on Monday after retiring a few miles from the finish on the last lap.


Dunlop was holding a comfortable lead of 12 seconds over Australian rider David Johnson when he failed to arrive at Cronk-ny-Mona on the fourth and final lap.


It later emerged that he stopped at Hillberry on the 1100cc Team Classic Suzuki, gifting Johnson his first Classic TT victory.


The 37-year-old, who edged out Dunlop for third place to earn his first TT rostrum in the Superstock race in June, wrapped up victory by 41.2 seconds on the Alasdair Cowan Racing Kawasaki, with Dublin’s Derek Sheils sealing his first ever podium around the Mountain Course in second place.


Sheils pipped James Hillier for the runner-up spot by 1.5 seconds on the Greenall Racing Kawasaki, overhauling the Oxford Products Ducati rider on the short run from Cronk-ny-Mona to the Grandstand.


Manxman Conor Cummins was fourth on the Milenco by Padgett’s Yamaha YZR500, with the top six completed by Ryan Kneen (Herheim Kawasaki) and Michael Sweeney (Mistral Racing Kawasaki).


The four-lap race was pushed back to a 5.15pm start after mist in the morning resulted in a delay to the race schedule.


Earlier, Fermanagh’s Lee Johnston retired from the lead of the Locate.im Junior Classic race on the Davies Motorsport Honda.


Yorkshire’s Jamie Coward clinched an emotional victory after finishing on the podium at the event five times over the past six years.


Coward, riding the Ted Woof/Craven Honda, finished 37.9 seconds ahead of Michael Rutter (Ripley Land Honda), with last year’s winner Dominic Herbertson sealing third on the Davies Motorsport Honda.


Source: David Johnson wins Classic TT Superbike as Michael Dunlop Retires

Michael Dunlop arrives on Isle of Man ahead of Classic TT

Michael Dunlop arrives on Isle of Man ahead of Classic TT

Michael Dunlop is set to complete his first laps at this year’s weather-hit Classic TT on Thursday.

Dunlop only arrived on the Isle of Man yesterday but the 30-year-old has not missed out on much track action, with poor weather reducing practice so far to a handful of laps on Monday evening.


The Ballymoney man is battling injury following a crash last month at the Southern 100.


Dunlop suffered a reported broken pelvis and hip join but made a successful return two weeks later at his home meeting at Armoy, where he won both Superbike races on the Tyco BMW.


The 19-time Isle of Man winner cleared a medical to race at the Ulster Grand Prix, however Dunlop only competed in the Superstock race – finishing eighth – which was the opening event of the programme on the main Saturday race day.


Dunlop withdrew from all three Superbike races after pulling out of the Supersport class prior to the event.


He is set to ride a Team Classic Suzuki XR69 for Steve Wheatman in Monday’s feature Superbike race, which he has won three times before in 2013, 2015 and 2016.


He missed the event last summer but should prove to be Dean Harrison’s biggest rival. Harrison has won the race for the past two seasons on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki ZXR750 and set the fastest lap on Monday at 123.42mph from a standing start.


The organisers of the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix will be aiming to make up for lost time today after practice was cancelled for a second consecutive evening due to poor weather.


Heavy rain and poor visibility on the Isle of Man left Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson with no option other than to call off qualifying.


The decision was announced at 3pm prior to the roads closing order coming into place.


It is now hoped to utilise an emergency daytime session today in addition to the scheduled evening session in a bid to remain on track for Saturday’s opening race day.


Roads are due to close at 12.30pm with the Senior and Junior Classic and Manx Grand Prix Lightweight, Ultra Lightweight and Newcomers out first.


At 2.45pm, the Classic TT Superbike and Lightweight machines plus the Manx GP Senior, Junior and Newcomers A riders will be in action, with roads set to open at 4.30pm.


The course will close again from 6pm, when the Classic Superbike, Lightweight, Manx GP Senior, Junior and Newcomers A riders will have a two-lap qualifying session.


At 7.15pm, it is hoped to have a Classic TT Senior and Junior session combined with the Manx GP Lightweight, Ultra Lightweight and Newcomers B and C riders.


Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness, a 23-time winner around the Mountain Course, will be aiming to make it back to back wins in Saturday’s Classic Senior race on the Winfield Paton.


McGuinness, who won the Senior race on his comeback following injury on 2108, said the event offered a more relaxed racing experience compared to the TT.


“When you’re riding modern bikes they’re 220bhp and they do 200mph, but sometimes they’re on top on you and you’re not really on top of them,” he said.


“These Classic bikes for us are a bit more chilled and you feel like you’re a bit more in control of them as well.


“They’re not as scary but definitely fun to ride and when you’re hurtling around s this place it’s great fun.”


Source: Michael Dunlop arrives on Isle of Man ahead of Classic TT

Wet weather thwarts Tuesday's practice sessions at Manx

Wet weather thwarts Tuesday’s practice sessions at Manx

Practice for the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix was cancelled on Tuesday evening due to heavy rain around the Mountain Course.

Only one qualifying evening has gone ahead so far on Monday, which was cut short following a red flag incident at the start of the Senior/Junior Classic qualifying session. The session was not re-started after a heavy shower at Brandish coupled with fading light saw the action called off.

It was later confirmed that Mark Herbertson was the rider involved in the incident at the Black Hut, which occurred as the Superbike session was nearing an end. He was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital where his condition was described as stable. The English rider was due to have surgery on a leg injury on Tuesday.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson hoped to run a Classic Senior and Junior session at the start of the evening on Tuesday in a change to the schedule, but poor weather once again thwarted the organisers on the Isle of Man.

The organisers now intend to utilise an emergency qualifying session on Thursday afternoon, subject to marshal availability.

In this instance, roads would close at 12.30pm and reopen between 4.30pm-6pm before closing again for the planned evening programme.

This year’s TT races were hit by some of the worst continuous wet weather in recent memory and it has been another frustrating start to the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix.

Practice was due to get underway at 6.20pm but a number of short delays were announced before Thompson finally cancelled the session at approximately 6.50pm as a result of heavy rain around the 37.73-mile course.

On Monday, Bruce Anstey set the fastest lap of the evening in the Lightweight session at 116.28mph on Clive Padgett’s Honda RS250.

The 50-year-old New Zealander is making his competitive return to the event after missing the past two seasons through serious illness.

Senior TT winner Dean Harrison headed the Classic Superbike times on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at 123.42mph from a standing start.

The 30-year-old did not complete a flying lap after signalling that the exhaust had come loose on his ZXR750.

Harrison has won the feature Superbike race for the past two seasons and will again line up as the race favourite on Bank Holiday Monday.

Wednesday’s forecast on the Isle of Man does not offer much cause for optimism with heavy rain showers expected in the evening.

A decision will be made ahead of the planned road closure as to whether the session will run.

The provisional schedule is as follows:

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18.00: All roads closed around the TT Mountain Course
18.20-19.10: Classic TT Junior and Senior
19.15-20.00: Classic TT Lightweight and Superbike
21.00: All Roads Open



Source: Wet weather thwarts Tuesday’s practice sessions at Manx

BSB Showdown contender Andy Irwin penalised for overtake

BSB Showdown contender Andy Irwin penalised for overtake

Andrew Irwin’s hopes of securing his place in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown suffered a blow on Sunday after he crashed out of race two at Cadwell Park.

The 24-year-old from Carrickfergus tangled with PBM Be Wiser Ducati rider Scott Redding on the second lap, with both men sent sprawling onto the grass.

Redding reacted angrily following the incident, squaring up to the young Ulster rider before storming off.

After a review of the crash, Race Direction penalised Irwin with two penalty points as a result of ‘riding which results in avoidable or unfair contact’.

Combined with additional penalty points incurred by the Honda Racing rider, Irwin received an automatic penalty for amassing five in total, which means he will be forced to start from the rear of the grid at the final triple-header round at Oulton Park (September 6-8).

It was a disappointing end to the weekend for Irwin, who moved into the Showdown top six after sealing his first BSB victory and a runner-up finish in fine style in the previous round at Thruxton.

He still remains in sixth position, although Irwin is now only a single point ahead of Smiths Racing BMW rider Peter Hickman, with team-mate Xavi Fores only five points adrift in seventh.

Irwin later issued an apology to Redding and the PBM team on Twitter saying he was ‘so sorry’ for the incident.

He finished ninth in the opening race on Sunday at the Lincolnshire circuit behind older brother Glenn (Tyco BMW).

Danny Buchan won the first race on the FS-3 Kawasaki by one second from Josh Brookes (PBM Be Wiser Ducati), with the consistent Tommy Bridewell in third on the Oxford Racing Ducati.

Redding, Hickman and Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) completed the top six.

In race two, Brookes seized the initiative and came out on top in a battle with Bridewell by less than half-a-second, with race one winner Buchan wrapping up third.


Source: BSB Showdown contender Andy Irwin penalised for overtake

Cadwell BSB: I'm not riding in the Wet – Redding

Cadwell BSB: I’m not riding in the Wet – Redding

Cadwell Park rookie Scott Redding opted not to hit the track in today’s wet second Bennetts British Superbike session in the hopes the weather will pass overnight.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider admits he does need the wet track time but wasn’t keen to try his luck in the severe rain which lashed the track this afternoon.

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“I dont get out of bed in the morning to get pissed on out there,” he exclaimed. “Obviously, Cadwell is one of the more dangerous tracks on the calendar and I always work for Sunday.


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“But I need a wet track like I need a kick up the hole and to be fair but this is one of those places I’m not ideally keen on putting it out there, so I sat it out and talked trash about those who did. I couldn’t do any laps this afternoon, it was just a safety thing and Birdy isnt paying me enough to take these chances so I am sorry to all our fans that we didn’t get out.”


While Redding chose to stay in the confines of his pit box, team-mate Josh Brookes, who had been fastest in the dry this morning, was among the 13 riders who did’nt mind the rain or sketchy conditions.

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“Where Josh has got experience with the bike in the rain and is good around Cadwell, he’s kind of used to these circuits but for me, as more of a Mediterranean hot weather rider, those condition are not really my cup of tea and I’d rather go home and watch netflix and work on my eyebrowns and david beckham hairdo,”


Redding added.


Source: Cadwell BSB: I’m not riding in the Wet – Redding

Irish Road Racing Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix practice and race schedule 2019

Irish Road Racing Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix practice and race schedule 2019

The practice and race schedule for the 2019 Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

Practice/Qualifying:

Saturday, August 17

17.20 – 17.45: MGP & Classic TT Newcomers (speed controlled)

17.35 – 18.30: MGP Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike (No MGP/CTT Newcomers)

18.35 – 19.30: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight (No MGP/CTT Newcomers)

19.35 – 20.00: All MGP Newcomers & CTT Newcomers (untimed)

Monday, August 19

18.20 – 19.05: MGP Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike (No MGP Newcomers)

19.10 – 19.45: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight (No MGP Newcomers)

19.48 – 20.00: All MGP Newcomers & selected experienced riders

Tuesday, August 20

18.20 – 19.10: MGP Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike/Newcomers A

19.15 – 20.00: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B

Wednesday, August 21

18.20 – 19.10: MGP Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike/Newcomers A

19.15 – 20.00: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B

Thursday, August 22

18.20 – 19.10: MGP Senior, Junior, Classic TT 250/Superbike/MGP Newcomers A

19.15 – 20.00: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight/ & Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B

Friday, August 23:

18.20 – 19.10: Classic TT 350/500/MGP Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight/Newcomers B

19.15 – 20.00: MGP Senior/Junior/Classic TT 250/Superbike/Newcomers A

Race Days:

Saturday, August 24

Roads Close at 11.00 until no later than 21.00

11.30 – Bennetts Senior Classic TT Race (4 laps)

13.45 – Steve Hislop Commemorative lap (1 lap)

15.00 – Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT (4 laps)

17.00 – Classic Superbike Qualifying/MGP Senior/MGP Junior (2 laps)

17.35 – Classic TT Junior/MGP Lightweight/MGP Ultra Lightweight (2 laps)

Monday, August 26

Roads Close at 09.30 until no later than 21.00

10.15 – Locate.im Junior Classic TT Race (4 laps)

13.00 – Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Lap of Honour (1 lap)

14.15 – RST Superbike Classic TT Race (4 laps)

16.15 – Newcomers MGP Race (4 laps)

18.20 – MGP Senior/Junior/Lightweight Qualifying (2 laps)

Wednesday, August 28 – Manx Grand Prix Race Day

10.15 – Junior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)

13.15 – Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps) (3 laps for Ultra Lwt)

15.15 – MGP Senior Qualifying (1 lap)

Friday, August 30 – Manx Grand Prix Race Day

10.15 – Lightweight & Ultra Lightweight Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps) (3 laps for Ultra Lwt)

13.15 – Senior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 laps)


Source: Irish Road Racing Classic TT/Manx Grand Prix practice and race schedule 2019

Eugene Laverty to BMW Motorrad for World Superbike in 2020

Eugene Laverty to BMW Motorrad for World Superbike in 2020

Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty will ride for the factory BMW Motorrad team in next year’s World Superbike Championship.

The 33-year-old will take over the ride from Marcus Reiterberger and previously rode for Shaun Muir’s SMR outfit 2017 and 2018 on Aprilia machinery.

Laverty, who is currently competing for Team Go Eleven on the new Ducati V4R, will ride the BMW S1000RR for the first time during end of season testing in November.

The Toomebridge man finished as the runner-up in the championship in 2013 and joins former champion Tom Sykes in the team.

Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad, said: “First of all, we have got to thank Markus Reiterberger for his commitment and efforts. Equally, I’m delighted to welcome Eugene Laverty into the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team for 2020, and also to welcome him back to the SMR team.

“Eugene joins the team and brings with him a wealth of quality and experience. We strongly believe that he can be a firm challenger for the podium and have a strong championship.

“As soon as he hits the track at pre-season testing in November, the bike will be on another level and I think that the combination of his experience and his speed will be a welcome addition to the WorldSBK project.”

Laverty was left on the back foot this season after breaking both his wrists in a crash during practice at Imola in Italy.

He missed the next three rounds of the championship and made his comeback at Laguna Seca in July prior to the summer break.

The series resumes again at Portimao in Portugal from September 6-8.


Source: Eugene Laverty to BMW Motorrad for World Superbike in 2020