RideFast Magazine June 2019

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Seven different

winners from the

seven races at the

2019 North west 200.

After a week of glorious weather on the

north coast for practice, qualifying and

the Thursday evening’s superb race

action, the heavens opened on the

morning of Saturday’s race day at the

2019 fonaCAB International North West

200 in association with Nicholl Oils,

creating challenging conditions for the

event organisers.

Delays caused by the bad weather were

exacerbated by non racing incidents

arising from the collision of a helicopter

with power lines near Portrush. Despite

the problems, the organisers battled on,

eventually running four of the fi ve races

in the scheduled programme.

The Junction Retail and Leisure Park

Supersport race was eventually

completed at the third time of asking

following red fl ag incidents in the fi rst

two starts. Last year’s fastest newcomer

at the North coast event, Davey Todd,

claimed his fi rst international road race

victory ahead of Derek McGee (B&W

Kawasaki) and his Milenco Padgett’s

Honda teammate, Conor Cummins.

The Anchor Bar and Restaurant

Complex Superbike race began on

drying roads. Shortened from 6 to

4 laps it saw a huge battle develop

between Quattro Plant Kawasaki

teammates, Glenn Irwin and James

Hillier with Irwin securing his 4th NW200

superbike victory in a row following a

fi nal lap move at Juniper.

Conor Cummins claimed his second

podium of the day on the Milenco

Padgett’s Honda Fireblade and Derek

Sheils (Burrows/RK Racing Suzuki) had

a brilliant ride to 4th ahead of Alastair

Seeley on the PBM/Be Wiser Ducati.

The JM Paterson Supertwins race

produced a fairytale win for 55 year old

Jeremy McWilliams (KMR/ Bayview

Kawasaki) after a race long battle

with Christian Elkin (Dynocentre NI

Kawasaki). Another NW200 veteran,

Michael Rutter took his second

podium of the week on the KMR/

Bathams Kawasaki after fi nishing third

in Thursday evening’s Supertwins race.

The winner of Thursday’s encounter,

Stefano Bonetti, crashed out of

Saturday’s race at York.

After a week that had already seen him

claim a third place fi nish in Thursday’s

Supersport race and a runner up

position in the earlier Superbike event,

James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki)

secured the victory that saw him

crowned Man of the Meeting in the CP

Hire Superstock race.

A newcomer to road racing and the

North West, Richard Cooper put

in a fantastic performance to claim

runner up spot on the Buildbase

Suzuki ahead of Davey Todd on the

Penz13.com BMW. Dean Harrison

(Silicone Kawasaki) was 4th with Swiss

newcomer Lukas Maurer (Heidger

Kawasaki) posting an impressive 5th

ahead of Michael Rutter (Batham’s

BMW).

An extension to the road closing order

allowed the parade lap of former North

West 200 winning machines and

riders to take place. With conditions

deteriorating as the light faded on a

long day of racing the race organisers

decided to cancel the Merrow

Superbike race after the sighting lap in

the interests of safety.

‘I want to thank everyone who

visited the 90th anniversary fonaCAB

International North West 200 in

association with Nicholl Oils this week.’

Event Director, Mervyn Whyte, MBE,

said afterwards.

‘Despite Saturday’s less than perfect

conditions we have enjoyed a fantastic

week of road racing with unforgettable

victories for the seven different winners

in each of the seven races. Huge

congratulations must go to all of the

teams, competitors, sponsors, fans and

volunteers who have made the running

of the 90th event such a memorable

occasion.’

22 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2019

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