Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar, winner of the 2008 Duke Road Race Rankings Series, is all set to commence his retention of the prestigious Geoff Duke Trophy for a second year in succession and fourth time in total, as he travels over to the North Yorkshire venue of Oliver's Mount, Scarborough for the opening round on Sunday April 19th.
The 2009 Series takes in twenty-five National and International Road Races in Northern and Southern Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, with the final round scheduled for the Boyne '100' Road Races in the south of Ireland on September 26th & 27th.
The trustees are pleased to welcome Armoy Road Races to the Duke Series and look forward to witnessing some great racing on Saturday 8th August.
With the increasing popularity and interest in Classic Road Racing, the decision have also made to include the Classic Races in the Duke Road Race Rankings Series and we are pleased to include two additional events in the 2009 rounds, the Barry Sheene Classic Road Race Festival at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough and the Blackford's Pre-TT Classic Road Races held on the popular Billown Course in the south of the Isle of Man.
Additionally, with the MCUI introducing a 650cc Super Twins Championship to its calendar, this class will also be added to the classes eligible for Rankings points.
The Auto 66 club, organisers of the Ian Watson Spring Cup Road Races has attracted a superb entry for the packed one-day race programme, including the current and six-time Gold Cup Winner, Guy Martin on the Hydrex Hondas.
Circuit specialist, Ian Lougher, with 115 race victories at the 2.43 mile venue to his credit will be all out to prove he is still 'Master of the Mount' despite the efforts of his rivals.
Chasing that magic total of 100 wins is fellow long-time competitor, Chris Palmer, who will be not only wanting to add to his tally of chequered flags at The Mount, but also maintain his top six placing in the Rankings.
Third and fourth in the 2009 Duke Rankings, brothers, Michael and William Dunlop both have a variety of machines available to them to endeavour to get their best possible start to their respective road racing seasons