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Hillsborough’s Harper back with Douglas Motorsport

Teenage motorsport star Daniel Harper will return to the Ginetta Junior Championship this season, with an outright title challenge his number one objective as he continues his successful partnership with Douglas Motorsport.

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The future of Irish road racing is in the spotlight once again due to insurance costs.

Exclusive: Road racing admission fees achievable, but may not be sport’s saviour

The introduction of admission charges at Irish National road races is an achievable proposition if the will exists to ‘take the bull by the horns’, it has been claimed.

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Keith Farmer.

Keith Farmer in British Supersport return

Clogher’s Keith Farmer will replace injury victim Luke Jones at the opening three rounds of the Dickies British Supersport Championship on the Team Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha.

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Floral tributes close to the scene of the Sprucefield scrambler crash. Picture by Arthur Allison, Pacemaker Press.

Police launch fresh appeal after fatal scrambler crash

Police have renewed their appeal for information following a fatal collision involving two off-road motorcycles in Lisburn last weekend.

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Jonathan Rea celebrates victory in race one at Phillip Island in Australia.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea opens title defence in winning style at Phillip Island

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea made the perfect start to the defence of his World Superbike title after claiming a hard-earned victory in race one at Phillip Island in Australia.
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Michael Dunlop will run young prospect Carl Phillips in his MD Racing team in the British Superstock 1000 Championship in 2017.

Michael Dunlop signs Carl Phillips for Superstock 1000 venture

Michael Dunlop has taken promising Ulster rider Carl Phillips under his wing to contest the National Superstock 1000 Championship in 2017.

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki on show at Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival

Jonathan Rea’s championship-winning World Superbike machine will take centre stage at the Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival this weekend.

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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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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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