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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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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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Mar-Train Racings Tim and Sonya Martin pictured with Dan Kneen at the Tandragee 100 in April.

Mar-Train Racing bows out after 11 years

Mar-Train Racing team boss Tim Martin says he can reflect on 11 years in motorcycle racing with a great sense of pride after Friday’s shock announcement that the Northern Ireland outfit has withdrawn from the sport.

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Dan Kneen on his way to third position in the Superstock race at the MCE Ulster Grand Prix in August.

Mar-Train Racing in talks with Yamaha over over third season

Mar-Train Racing team owner Tim Martin has confirmed he is in talks with Yamaha UK to continue with the manufacturer for a third successive year in 2017.

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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.
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Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati during qualifying at Bishopscourt.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Glenn Irwin under lap record at Bishopscourt

Glenn Irwin put down a marker as the British Superbike rider produced a scorching 100mph lap to seal pole at the JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting.

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Carl Phillips will ride for Gearlink Kawasaki at the Sunflower Trophy.

MOTORCYCLING: Carl Phillips eager to shine on Gearlink Kawasaki

Lisburn’s Carl Phillips is eager to seize the opportunity to ride for top British Supersport team Gearlink Kawasaki at this weekend’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt.

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Jonathan Rea showed his respect for former Northern Ireland motorcycling world champions Joey Dunlop and Brian Reid when he donned the helmets of both riders immediately after winning the World Superbike Championship in 2015.

Phillip McCallen: It’s impossible to compare Joey and Rea

Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner Phillip McCallen says it is impossible to make a comparison between World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and Ulster road racing hero Joey Dunlop.

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John Burrows' Cookstown B.E. Racing team celebrates winning the Irish Superbike and Supertwin championships at Armoy. Derek Sheils (centre) was crowned Superbike champion while Malachi Mitchell-Thomas posthumously won the Ulster Supertwins title. Malachi's father Kevin (kneeling, centre) gave his blessing to the team to continue racing following his son's death at the North West 200 in May.

John Burrows: Death of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was all-time low for our team

Cookstown B.E. Racing team owner John Burrows admits the tragic death of young prospect Malachi Mitchell-Thomas at this year’s North West 200 left him facing one of the toughest decisions of his career.

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Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki ZX-10R during free practice at Jerez in Spain.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea hampered by traction issues on day one at Jerez

Jonathan Rea endured a difficult opening day in practice at Jerez ahead of his bid to wrap up a second World Superbike title at the Spanish circuit this weekend.

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MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty.

MotoGP: Eugene Laverty ‘lucky’ to escape serious injury in Motegi crash

Eugene Laverty admits he had a lucky escape following a massive high-side during opening practice on Friday at Motegi ahead of this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP round.

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Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea is on the cusp of retaining the World Superbike title.

Jonathan Rea ‘by far the best rider ever from Northern Ireland’

Jeremy McWilliams says Jonathan Rea stands on the brink of achieving the greatest feat in the history of Northern Ireland motorcycle racing by clinching back-to-back World Superbike titles this weekend.

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Michael Taylor, captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club, presents a cheque for �10,000 to Ian Crowe, Chairman of the Air Ambulance NI as Liam Beckett, Albert Kirk, Stephen Ferris, Mervyn Whyte and Adrian Logan look on.

NW200 celebrity golf tournament raises £10,000 for Air Ambulance NI charity

A pro-am celebrity golf tournament held at Royal Portrush Golf Club during this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200 race week in May raised £10,000 for the Air Ambulance NI charity.

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KMR Kawasaki boss Ryan Farquhar pictured with David Haire at the launch of the Sunflower Trophy races.

Ryan Farquhar to run two-man KMR team at Sunflower Trophy

KMR Kawasaki team owner Ryan Farquhar will run two riders in the Supertwins class at the Sunflower Trophy meeting on October 21-22.

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Sunflower Trophy race sponsor Jim Finlay pictured with David Haire and Glenn Irwin at the launch of the Sunflower Trophy races, which will take place at Bishopscourt on October 21-22.

Christian Iddon confirmed for Sunflower Trophy on Tyco BMW

MCE British Superbike rider Christian Iddon will make his debut at the JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt on the Tyco BMW (October 21-22).

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Gearlink Kawasaki rider Andrew Irwin.

Andrew Irwin eyes Supersport glory at Sunflower Trophy showpiece

Young British Supersport prospect Andrew Irwin says only a winning return to Irish championship action will suffice as he weighs up his chances at this month’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting.

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Glenn Irwin will ride the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt.

Glenn Irwin heads Sunflower Trophy line-up on PBM Ducati

British Superbike star Glenn Irwin is set to give Ulster motorcycle fans a real treat as he stakes his claim for the prestigious Sunflower Trophy silverware this month on the factory PBM Be Wiser Ducati.

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Cody Nally (57) and Nikki Coates (65) are among the entries for the Irish Superbike meeting at St Angelo.

Nikki Coates eyes Irish Superbike title at St Angelo

Nikki Coates will make his debut at St Angelo on Saturday in the penultimate round of the Irish and Ulster short circuit championships at the Enniskillen Revival 100 meeting.

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