MCE Ulster GP 2016: More news on the runners and riders as practice begins…

MCE Ulster GP 2016: More news on the runners and riders as practice begins…
Can Michael Dunlop continue his winning ways at the Ulster GP

Can Michael Dunlop continue his winning ways at the Ulster GP

The anticipation has been growing steadily on the run up to the MCE Ulster GP recognised as the fastest road racing circuit in the world.

All the top and fastest road racers will be taking part with a record of 173 riders from 16 different countries as well as a good field of up and coming newcomers taking to the circuit, some 54 of them in all.

All eyes are obviously on two of the biggest names in the sport namely Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson with an expected rematch from the 2016 Isle of Man TT races after their disagreement, something that has been widely talked about and I will not add to it here.

'Hutchy' will be looking to spoil the Dunlop party in Ulster

‘Hutchy’ will be looking to spoil the Dunlop party in Ulster

Michael laid the gauntlet down at the TT of his intentions from the off during the TT, setting a new outright record speed of the mountain course at an amazing 133.393 mph from a standing start, the first rider in history to officially break the 133 barrier and the first sub 17 minute lap with Ian in second place, Michael left the TT with a new outright lap record of 133.962mph.

Michael Dunlop was in great form at the recent Southern 100 races

Michael Dunlop was in great form at the recent Southern 100 races

The roles were in reverse order in the Superstock race with Ian taking first place and Michael in second position, come the Blue Riband event on the traditional Friday of race week once again it was a reversal of roles with Michael taking the honours and Ian in second position, Ian also won both Supersport races during the TT

Since the TT Ian has been riding well in the British Superbike series in the Superstock races with very pleasing results never out of the top 4 and currently lying in second position in the series.

What of Michael you may ask, he crushed all opposition at the Southern 100 races with an emphatic 4 race wins out of the 4 races he contested,  by a margin of that many seconds that one could be forgiven to think he was riding a 2 litre machine such was the lead he gained in every race.

Taking the Open championship at Skerries with a new track record of 110.817mph, and also taking a double win at Armoy road races where he won the Race of Legends for the sixth consecutive time.

Michael has only faltered once since his victory at the NW 200 aboard the superbike namely his second placing behind Derek Sheils in the feature Race of the South at Walderstown, due to his bad choice of tyres in mixed weather conditions.

As I stated at the beginning there are not just these 2 riders vying for the top prize at the Ulster, that man from down under namely Bruce Anstey, the fastest ever rider around the circuit with a speed of 133.997mph set in 2013 is in good form too

Bruce Anstey will be looking to improve on his 2013 outright lap record

Bruce Anstey will be looking to improve on his 2013 outright lap record

Speaking to Bruce before he left for the circuit he said,

“Since my off during practice at the TT this year and hurting my ankle in the process I have been training hard to get myself up to racing fitness riding my motocross machine as much as possible.

I will be riding the new RC213V-S Honda at the Ulster simply because I feel more comfortable aboard the RC213V-S Honda and have had a few training sessions since the TT in readiness for the Ulster GP”.

Is Bruce’s record threatened I personally would say that’s a big fat yes if the conditions prove to be right on the day, will it be Bruce that ups that record breaking speed ? Well who knows there are plenty of riders out there and hungry enough to do it?

Apart from the aforementioned there are some fast riders in the group namely Peter Hickman who is on form, who took the  Superbike race win last year, Lee Johnston now fully fit after his off at Olivers Mount earlier in the year, Derek Sheils, Dave Johnson who is getting faster in every event he partakes in.

Not forgetting of course Dan Kneen now fully fit Dean Harrison, William Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Ivan Lintin, Christian Elkin and so the list continues.

A further new comer to the event will be Joey Dunlop’s son Gary Dunlop, Joey loved the Dundrod Circuit and Gary will be riding under the number 3 plate, the number 3 plate has never been used at the circuit since the passing of Joey so it will be a really special time for all, none more so than for Gary himself.

Gary Dunlop, son of legend Joey will have the honor of carrying the famed #3 plate, the first time in use since his father passed away...

Gary Dunlop, son of legend Joey will have the honor of carrying the famed #3 plate, the first time in use at the circuit since his father passed away…

It’s a mouth-watering list of riders all competing at the event with an expected 50,000 attending it will certainly be one to watch, practice has already begun today Wednesday 10th August with the main event taking place on Saturday 13th August, one event not to be missed.

Words and images: Glynne Lewis & Hedley Whewell



facebook feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

10 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

... See Less

Comment on Facebook

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!


Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

View more comments

12 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

#BritishGP 🇬🇧
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Honda's bike today is reliable so this might not happen again.

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!



And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

View more comments

15 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

View more comments

Load more