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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.

Related Pictures

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Action from the 2016 North West 200
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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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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