William Takes a 600 Double at Cookstown

William Takes a 600 Double at Cookstown

The 1st road race of the season got underway at Cookstown on Saturday and William carried on from where he left off at the short circuit meetings from the Easter weekend.

With the day starting wet and cold, the clouds had blown over by the 1st Supersport race got underway. William riding the CD racing team Yamaha R6 started from pole position after a great qualifying session on Friday and led from the off, with nobody looking as if they were going to catch him throughout the race. William looked smooth and comfortable with his great riding style throughout and took his 1st trophy of the day against a very strong field of competitors.

William took the 2nd Supersport race with much the same race to the delight of the cheering crowd.

Williams Superbike races were again very hard fought, with William, this time riding the Tyco BMW. William took a 5th place in what again was a very tough field, with his own team mate this time taking the top step of the podium.

The second big bike race William was having his own hard fought battle with Mar-Train rider Dean Harrison, overtaking each other a few times through the race, but William eventually being edged from a podium finish by Dean, with William finishing a very reputable 4th place.

Certainly a great start to what promises to be a very exciting season for the Ballymoney man.

Source: William Takes a 600 Double at Cookstown

Jackson Racing Le Mans Press Release

Jackson Racing Le Mans Press Release

Jackson Racing had a baptism of fire during the first round of FIM World Endurance Championship run by new promoters Eurosport.

New to the championship and the first 24 hour race the team had entered, the event was always going to prove to be a steep learning curve with both the team and riders aiming to achieve their personal goals along the way.

Everyone involved has worked tirelessly during the last few months in preparation for the opening round.

Qualifying went well for the three Jackson Racing riders John McGuinness, Conor c**mins and Dan Stewart all setting respectable times in there groups.

Race day saw the TT legend John McGuinness start the prestigious race in 23rd position followed by Conor and Dan, the race and pit stops went to plan until nine hours into the race the Honda CBR1000RRSP Fireblade developed an electrical issue which the team worked hard to resolve.

The riders dug deep and were making back the time lost in the unscheduled pit stop until a mechanical issue made us unable to finish the race.

After all the hard work and preparations building up to race day it was with great disappointment that the team made the decision to retire from the race.

We would like to thank the FIM for welcoming us into the championship, the promoters Eurosport, Honda Europe, Dunlop, Solway Slate and Tile, Wilcock Consulting, GB Racing protection, Motul, Maxton Suspension, SBS, Akrapovic, Replicast, HEL, CMS, Artizen, NGK Spark Plugs, Bike Torque Racing, Afam, Bowker Transport, Auto Bodycraft, Promo Signs, Terapin, Team members and Riders that made it possible and we aim to be back stronger and wiser for the next races.

Next up for the team is a test in preparation for the start of our road racing campaign.

Source: Jackson Racing Le Mans Press Release



Guy Martin took a double in today’s Superbike races at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, making it three wins for the Lincolnshire man on Tyco BMW S1000 RR Superstock machinery this month. It was also an encouraging day on their home circuit for TAS Racing.

In the opening encounter Martin held off a late charge from Michael Dunlop to take the win by just 0.114sec, but all the drama came in the feature race of the day – the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Superbike race.

Martin led for the opening six laps, which he relinquished for a short period on lap seven, but a red flag incident involving Michael Dunlop forced the race to be stopped.

The end result was a second Superbike win for Martin with his Tyco BMW team-mate William Dunlop coming through from the second group to finish fourth on corrected time. Dunlop was fifth in the opening Superbike encounter.

Guy Martin:

“I could have smoked a Woodbine in that last race, the Superstock BMW was so stable and working just mint. I was never under any pressure and when Dunlop came past, I thought, ‘this will give me a chance to have a look at what he is doing and plan my pass for the last lap’. We certainly had an advantage on the back part of the circuit and definitely the speed on the front straight to make the pass. It didn’t need to happen, but a good day all round and just what we needed.”

William Dunlop:

“I was a bit disappointed with my results today, but it’s only the first race of the season and we still have a bit of work to do before the North West. I rode well but am still a bit rusty on the BMW but we have time to perfect our set-up, so I’m looking forward to both the NW200 and TT.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“We will not get carried away but it was brilliant to start our road racing season with a win for Guy in the Spring Cup at Scarborough and now a double at the Cookstown 100. It doesn’t necessarily determine what the outcome of the international road races will be, however it is our local event and we really enjoy supporting the Cookstown Club and racing in front of our local supporters.

“More importantly, today confirms the strength of the package we have in BMW’s S 1000 RR after we made a conscious decision for both riders to compete on Superstock machines against quite a few Superbikes.

“The end result shows the potential of our BMW Motorrad machinery, and we can now concentrate on testing our Superbike machines ahead of the North West 200. Thanks to all our sponsors for their continued support and for us it’s nice to repay some of the faith they have shown in us.”


Royal Hotel Open Superbike:

Winner – Guy Martin [Tyco BMW];
Michael Dunlop [Yamaha] +0.114sec;
3rd – Derek Sheils [Kawasaki] +3.832sec;
4th – Derek McGee [Honda] +4.783sec;
5th – William Dunlop [Tyco BMW] +6.894sec

KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Feature Race:

Winner – Guy Martin [Tyco BMW];
2nd – Derek Sheils [Kawasaki] +1.269sec;
3rd – Dean Harrison [Yamaha] +4.916sec;
4th – William Dunlop [Tyco BMW] +5.372sec;
5th – Jamie Hamilton [Suzuki] +12.925sec;
6th – James Cowton [Honda] +13.613sec


Marc Marquez undergoes successful operation on little finger fracture

Marc Marquez undergoes successful operation on little finger fracture

Repsol Honda rider operated on this afternoon to treat fracture to little finger of left hand, suffered while training dirt track. His participation in the Spanish Grand Prix has not been ruled out.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has been successfully operated on this afternoon by Dr. Xavier Mir, Head of the Unit for Hand and Upper Extremities Pathology at the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus in Barcelona.

Dr. Mir commented after the surgery that Marquez had “attended the casualty department of the Hospital Universitario Quiron Dexeus having suffered a crash in training this morning. The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent X-Ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement. Therefore, we decided to treat the injury -as we would in the case of any other patient- by fixing a t**anium plate to his finger. This will allow us to initiate functional recovery after 24 hours and give him a chance of racing at Jerez.”

Source: Marc Marquez undergoes successful operation on little finger fracture