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NW200 organisers confirm 2017 dates

'The North West 200 is the opening international road race of the season and has always enjoyed the support of the world's top road racers and their teams' - Mervyn Whyte.
The organisers of the International North West 200 have confirmed the dates for the event in 2017, which will take place between May 7-13.

Practice will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, May 9 and 11, with the opening races taking place on the Thursday evening before Saturday's main race bill on May 13. A week-long festival of events will again complement the racing programme.

Even Director Mervyn Whyte said: “The North West 200 is the opening international road race of the season and has always enjoyed the support of the world's top road racers and their teams.

“By co-ordinating our event with the British Superbike championship we have also been able to attract some of the top stars from that series, which has been a huge hit with the fans. Following consultation with the Ulster Centre of the MCUI and BSB organisers, MSVR, we have managed to do that once again for 2017, ensuring we will have a star studded entry from both the road race and short circuit paddocks at Portrush next May.

“We would like to thank all of our event sponsors and key partners, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Tourism NI for their invaluable support and we will make further announcements about our exciting race festival in the weeks ahead.”

The famous race was overshadowed by tragedy this year, when up and coming young prospect Malachi Mitchell-Thomas lost his life during an incident in the main Supertwins race. The event was abandoned as a result of the fatal accident by the organisers.

Top Ulster road racer Ryan Farquhar was also seriously injured after coming off at the same section of the 8.9-mile course where Mitchell-Thomas was killed. Farquhar hasn't raced since but has vowed to return to the sport in the future.






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Action from the 2016 North West 200
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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Mushroom3

September 08, 2016 1:15 PM

NW 200 needs a change of leadership while MW does his best in what is not an easy job, he has been in charge for quite some time and changes have been slow to come. People are fed up,crowds are well down no matter what the BBC says.



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