RR » NW director saddened by Mark Buckley death

'It hits you for six because we have done everything we can in relation to safety and put so much effort in. It's like being kicked in the stomach' - Mervyn Whyte

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NIguy - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 3:42 PM

RIP Mark.

On a separate note:

"they're a working class family who work hard and have put their money into motorbikes"

If Mervyn Whyte is such a big fan of the grass roots of the sport, why has he focused the NW200 so much on the BSB guys and big fancy teams to the detriment of the working class racers?

BladeRiderNI - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 6:25 PM

@NIGuy....I think we all know the answer to that. The TAS200 as its known in my part of the world cares not a jot for genuine, working class road racers. Seeley's comments after his disgusting move on William Dunlop prove that this meeting is viewed by certain riders as another BSB meeting.

Oh dear - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 8:27 PM

Because it's the large bsb teams that attract the large crowds. Mark had a decent break this year, especially on the 600 where he was riding for the gearlink Kawasaki team. There's no comparison to bsb. The nOrth west is far bigger than any bsb round. It will take around 4 bsb weekends to get anywhere near the north wests attendance. Keep going merv. There's plenty if us who support road racing and will always support it.

RJM - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 9:55 PM

Thing is you have to pay to get into the BSB rounds...

kimey - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 9:56 PM

Spare a thought for Gearlink Kawasaki too - last year they lost Ben and now Mark.

IrishGuy - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 11:06 PM

Thing is, the propaganda attendance figures churned out by by the promoters are exactly that, pie in the sky numbers plucked out of thin air in order to extract more government funding. 100000! Not in this century!

NIGuy - Unregistered

May 22, 2012 1:55 PM

@Oh Dear

And who will ride for those big teams when the up and coming talent doesn't get a chance?

The NW200 isn't even a proper road race anymore, not like Tandragee, Skerries, Bush etc. It's become a BSB sideshow. I wonder how that jumped up little pr*ck at TAS would handle those kinds of places. We know the Dunlops & Farquhar's of the paddock can.

keepherlit - Unregistered

May 22, 2012 3:12 PM

NIGuy - I have ridden at both the NW200 and Tandragee circuits and yes I agree with you that the Tandgragee is far more of a 'riders' circuit requiring greater skill than is required for the NW200. However my view is also that the better riders would perform even better at the 'riders' circuits meaning that the gap between the superior BSB riders and the likes of the Dunlops/Farquhar would become even greater than was evident at the NW. You should thank your lucky stars that some of the really top BSB/Motogp riders don't currently compete at the NW200 the way they did in the 70s/80s era. Otherwise your current road race heros would be dicing for much lower positions.

realisticracefan - Unregistered

May 23, 2012 2:57 AM

Agree 100% Keepherlit . Ive m8s who raced the roads they agree theyd come knowhere on the Tracks .Seeley's good on the tracks & thats why he can Dominate the NW 200.as Did Plater & Hislop on IOM .
The NW 200 claims big crowds ,But most are from carravan sites & locals who ar'nt Race fans .Theres not 100,000 going home down the motorway any year .
Its a Money making scheme for M white & Co.Tas & the Stars get paid to be there, Never any coverage for the other Riders like IN BSB with witham etc .

Mark Buckley's Death is felt through this county & We wish The Family our Sympathy.Hope the Family Get all the support they need .Mark was a well known Name Here & Was very well Respected .RIP Mark


May 23, 2012 3:44 AM

I'm afraid people die on circuits that are safe as they can get, so road circuits dont stand a chance.

But road racing still carry's alot of magic, but no place will ever be safe to race.

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