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



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9 hrs ago


Two motorsport icons 💪
One epic ride swap! 🔁

Valentino Rossi VR46 Official and Lewis Hamilton, coming soon! 🔥

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boyzzz, do me the favour and switch seats (at least just for one day) - I´m sure it would be "fantastico" for all of us ! ❤️❤️😍😍

One , Lewis Hamilton is a lucky champion and not so a Nice Guy. Very bad that he is in one picture with one of the best drivers ever in moto GP

This photo is gold, I’d love it in a frame on my wall, my two favorites people in racing, Vale and Lewis 💙💚

Why is everyone hating on these two they have bigger balls than you going that kind of speed round each corner the only difference between them is the number of wheels both of them are amazing racers both can drive a car and ride a bike plus don’t forget Rossi’s only protection is leathers helmet gloves and boots plus an air bag Lewis Hamilton’s protection is helmet neck brace a fire suit and a halo stop your hating and enjoy a picture of a g.o.a.t and legend

The press release afterwards remember to say you had no rear grip with the Yamaha and I'll say the Mercedes needs to give you more power 😭😂😂😂😂

Rossi is better athlete . It's much more difficult to drive on 2 wheels . He is number 1 motosport icon at the moment

Rossi can be compared only with M. Schumacher! 2 great champions 💕

Wandering what he’s whispering ha Lewis you May be an ace driver and a mega star with all the money in the world but you still have no fucking style 😂

I'd love to see Lewis try and get within 2 seconds of Rossi on a bike, he wouldn't even get close.

Not Vale’s first run in a F1 car, drove the Ferrari about 13yrs ago under Michael Schumacher’s guidance.

Lewis Hamilton, never heard of her 🤔🤔

It is great to see MotoGP and F1 icons together 💪🏻🙏🏻

The one on the left has more than earned his fame the one on the right has his mommy and daddy pay for it 🏁🏍👍😎

I see one icon and a 'whinging when something doesnt go his way P**ck' to his left!!!!

Vale is the most down to Earth person you will ever meet and does so much for the sport and also Charity. When we talk F1 lets let’s not forget Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Always loved Val but respect Lewis , l think the respect for each other is mutual but for me Val will always be number one.

Never mind im a rossi fan but my guess is he will do better in an F1 car than lewis could do on a moto go bike! Btw im also a lewis fan!....just saying my opinion!

Who's the guy close to Lewis Hamilton?

Why they did not do it with "Merguez"? :)))) bet Marquez will try to beat this record as well. :)))

Big boy's just want to have fun they not hurting anyone enjoy your life while you can you never no what's round the corner 💕

I can only see one motorsport icon the other cries down his radio when he can’t over take or he has tyre wobble guess which one 😀😀

I'm not seeing Rossi next to the Mercedes Benz logo??

Turn on the stopwatch, and look at the difference between lap times... 😜😎

Cosí porterà le scuse, e la tifoseria nella fórmula uno, speriamo lo faccia prima che inizi la.nuova stagione della motogp... Sono 10 anni che piange

Can't wait to see Lewis struggle to make 3 minute laps around Silverstone while Rossi pulls qualifying times in an F1. Tim Braunstein

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9 hrs ago


The airwaves have been filled with smooth operator, *LOUD NOISES* and of course... Lando Norris 🤣

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Lando's "Like, forever?" was also great.

I really enjoyed the 2019 Formula 1 season! The drivers, and teams, have been very entertaining all year! I love them!!! I can't wait for the 2020 season! I'll have to be satisfied with watching the new Netflix series on F1 when it comes on, and rewatching last years.❤️🧡💛💚💙

Missed the 'James, it's Valterri' bit! It was one of the bests 🤣

This was an unforgettable season. And a big pleasure that McLaren is back in game with this two great guys. Can't wait for march. I hope next season the Teams are closer together

Literally got goosebumps watching Pierre after that P2 finish! I won’t get into the “Smooth Operator” renditions we sing when Carlos does well, but they’re probably about as good as his. 😂

Charles "Yes" or Gasly's "WOOOO"? Either way, RIP ear drums.

Mclaren is killing it. With Sainz's and Lando's performance and the car it self. The best of the middle teams. I don't care about the front anymore, its always the same. I just wanna watch and listen to these guys. They are hilarious.

Lando and carlos 😂 they've provided some well needed entertainment this season ! 🧡

McLaren radio are awesome ! I love this guys ! Crazy !

the mclaren boys bringing home that good quality radio entertainment that we all love. 😂 😂 😂

How can you not love the McLaren drivers and team? Seriously that’s brilliant. Pretty sure the positive atmosphere is linked to the amazing results of this year. Keep pushing guys!

Last season: I feel for McLaren, must be rough. This season: God McLaren are my favourite team!

I absolutely love the McLaren ones, but my No.1 is Bottas. 😂 I guess I got an idea who he addressed it to...

Looking forward for next year. Hope the Americans fix that bumpy track 🤟

Hearing Pierre’s P2 scream still makes me happy like it did when I first heard it.

Top 20 isn't enough but still a very high quality content you got here F1! I'm proud to say that I saw it all live or live-ish *Carlos bits are recaps only*!

F1 has been brilliant this year with some amazing races, it's only fault? F1 constantly saying it's not been good 😂🤣

I love Stroll getting mad about unsafe entry and then doing the same thing 🙃

wtf it is with these ads?! OMG every 10 seconds, totally unwatchable stuff. I must be a super hardcore audience or this video went just flat out american on me 😀 🇺🇸

Norris and Sainz are absolute legends on the coms...they could’ve skipped the parts Leclerc talking to himself though 🤷🏼‍♂️

Thanks F1 that was brill !! I pay Sky a lot money to watch F1 shame they couldnt provide something as entertaining as that.............. gues all their money goes on feeding crofty!!

After a collision I really want to hear Kimi say "back in my day"....

The ones with the rain funny, oh so funny. I agree with the number one they picked. Some good team radio this year.

We all know for a fact that Kimi is the king when it comes to this but for Carlos and Lando (and they're teammates aswell) lol. Pretty hilarious

I get goosebumps everytime I hear Gasly's radio when he won P2 😀

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14 hrs ago


#RumbleStrip 2019 Rich Lee Draws!3">#MotoGP season recap! 🏁

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Que lindo meus super heróis das pistas caracterizados. Tudo de mais bonito para todos. Deus abençoe e proteja sempre sempre todas e todos envolvidos com um esporte que é pura superação e EMOÇÃO 💜. Amo vocês ✌🌹✌.

Story of the year, Rins, Miller, Quartoraro and Vinales all coming good throughout the season. Getting stronger for 2020. Bring it on, stick it to the #93!

Time to get back in to the action #RumbleStrip

Motogp race good rider Marc, very nice👌🌹...

Story of year was Marc totally dominating. A excellent rookie year from FQ . Some good races from Mav, Dovi, Rins etc but all lacking consistency. Some brilliant races along the way but ultimately MM93 was far too good.

Best MotoGP race rider #MM93 ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Ont peut la trouver la BD en français s'il vous plaît

Great art. Good job

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Boring rider and boring titles and only marquez fans happy for the boring show from marquez

Excelente.... sin duda MM93 ha sido su mejor año.. y ninguno mas mantubo consistencia... se ve una buena pelea para el 2020 con buenas carreras..

👍👍👍 the best season...👏👏

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Good job Marc King of race

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Až budou dobří jako Valentino tak ať se ozvou teploušové. 😎

Champions forever

Can’t wait for MotoGp 2020 🍿Rins and the Marques brothers 🥇

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