North West 200 back in 2022 after two years of absence

The North Coast Reunion is scheduled to take place May 10-14 around the 8.9-mile Triangle course, with the event set to be the first major road race to take place since the Macau Grand Prix in November 2019.

All the big names are expected to return this spring, including 24-time winner Alastair Seeley, as well as fellow Ulster compatriots Michael Dunlop and Lee Johnston; Peter Hickman, TT and Ulster GP lap record holder; Dean Harrison in the new DAO Racing team and John McGuinness, who will make his Honda Racing UK Fireblade road debut alongside teammate Glenn Irwin.

The North West will offer many top riders the chance to get up to speed ahead of the Isle of Man TT, which is set to return this year for the first time since 2019.

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The North West 200 is scheduled to return May 10-14 after a two-year hiatus.

Stanleigh Murray, President of the Coleraine and District Motor Club and NW200 Race Director, also welcomed the news that fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils will remain on board as title sponsors for 2022.

“Although the pandemic has brought racing to a standstill for the past two seasons, the Coleraine and District Motor Club management team have worked hard to ensure that the structures and support that underpin the North West 200 remain in place. for the day when we are able to make this announcement, ”he said.

“We are delighted to have retained the support of our loyal title sponsors: having the support of fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils – two of the major companies in the province – gives us confidence as we plan the return of one of the major attractions sports in Northern Ireland.

The announcement follows last week’s confirmation of the opening of registrations for the Isle of Man TT – the premier motorcycle road racing event – raising expectations of a return to a calendar full this year after a barren period for the sport since the coronavirus pandemic brought road racing to a virtual standstill in 2020.

It is also hoped that the Ulster Grand Prix will resume its course this summer as efforts continue to secure the future of historic road racing at Dundrod.

A new company with former NW200 event manager Mervyn Whyte – who is now a consultant for the North West – and former great road racer Phillip McCallen at the helm has been formed to bring together the two biggest races on Northern Ireland route under one roof.

A bailout is being asked of the Northern Ireland executive after the Ulster Grand Prix fell into financial difficulty with the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club in debt of around £ 300,000.

Last year, the club entered into a Corporate Volunteering Agreement (CVA) with its creditors, allowing it to repay part of the debts owed over a specified period of time.

As part of the funding proposal, a new Ulster GP would also feature classic motorcycle racing on the world’s fastest road racing course, where English star Hickman recorded the very first lap at 136 mph then that he won a record seven races out of seven starts in 2019.

Dundrod’s reunion would follow Man from Portadown McCallen’s Classic Bike Festival Ireland event at the Bishopscourt Racing Circuit in Co Down, with the aim of attracting many top classic racing teams to the Classic TT, which is usually held at the end of August. .

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