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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
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.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman in action at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter topped the opening practice session for the 2016 Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.

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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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