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Dunlop disappointed by NW200 decision

'Nobody's going to care if you win the 600cc race on the Thursday because most people come for the Saturday racing' - William Dunlop
William Dunlop has given a cool reception to a move by the North West 200 organisers to run one of the event's two Supersport races on a weeknight next year.

At the official launch of the Ulster road race in Belfast, plans were announced to add a third race to the Thursday evening schedule on May 16 in 2013, with the opening Supersport race running alongside the first Superstock and Supertwin races.

The second Supersport race will be held on the main race bill on Saturday, May 18 along with two Superbike events plus the second Superstock and Supertwin races, but Dunlop feels the decision has taken some of the prestige away from the 600cc class.

The 27-year-old, a Supersport winner at the North West 200 in May, told the Belfast News Letter: “I'd love to have seen both Supersport races held on the Saturday, because they usually provide the best racing.

“Nobody's going to care if you win the 600cc race on the Thursday because most people come for the Saturday racing.

“It's taken a bit of the shine off it and it means that Saturday's Supersport race is going to be the big one now,” he added.

“It was the same when I won the 125cc race at the Ulster Grand Prix on the Thursday of race week – it didn't feel like a proper win.

“I think they could easily have kept both Supersport races for the Saturday and run a full six races without any problems.

“I suppose if they run out of time on the Thursday to run three races then they always have the option of switching one of the races to the Saturday.”

Dunlop split from Wilson Craig's Honda team last week and has since been linked to a ride on Yamaha machinery for Shaun Muir.

However, the talented Ulsterman has yet to finalise any plans for next season.

The 2013 North West 200 has secured a new title backer in Vauxhall Motors.



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nogood anymore - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 5:23 PM

endless hours of grid talks,tv interviews on the grid, and formations, and the racing gets cut back,they need the cookstown or armoy organisers to run the nw 200 now,far better at running races,sure the event needs press/tv, but those interviews could be done off the grid/startline before racing for less hold ups.meanwhile spectators standing round the track are bored stupid,and end up goin to the pub.the tt guys interview riders just as much,but racing gets underway without the holdups,nw 200 club treat the fans like sh..e

R1 Yamaha - Unregistered

October 24, 2012 6:45 PM

I always thought that the Ulster Grand Prix was ten times the event,but I thought that this year it was going the same way,(All these bloody hold ups). The NW200 is all about (one day wonder) fans and the TV. PLUS getting ripped off at every angle



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