North West and Ulster GP race winner Davy Morgan seeks a backer ahead of 28th season

North West and Ulster GP race winner Davy Morgan seeks a backer ahead of 28th season

North West and Ulster GP race winner Davy Morgan seeks a backer ahead of 28th season in motorcycling

Davy Morgan, from Darragh Cross, near Saintfield, enters his 27th season of racing in 2019 with a Superstock BMW, Supersport Kawasaki and his own 250cc Honda at his disposal, but despite top quality machinery he still has to find the running costs for these machines and all that goes with leading his DM71 Road Racing team.

Despite being a privateer, Davy has an impressive CV with wins at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and a victory in the Senior Manx Grand Prix plus numerous TT replicas and a number of Irish national road race victories to his name.

With his distinctive pink race helmet, Davy is one of the most recognisable road racers in the sport and is as determined and excited about the season ahead as he was when he started.

Davy said,

“I’m not ready to retire just yet and I’m not going racing in 2019 just to make up the numbers. I still have the drive and passion to be competitive and finish as high up the results sheets that I can and that is down to me, as the bikes I have been kindly given to use are competitive.

“2018 was the first year in a long time I didn’t have a title sponsor to help me with running costs for the season. That, along with a crash early in the year, meant I had to sit out a number of meetings.

“Budgets had to be stretched, for instance on a number of occasions using tyres that bit longer than we should have. However, this is the reality for most riders running their own teams.

“I have a decent infrastructure with race truck, awning etc. and people think my team is well financed. This is not the case, as the reality is that it has been built up over my 20-plus years of racing.”

In an ideal world Davy would love to have a title sponsor for each of his bikes heading into the new season. He can be contacted a via his Facebook page, DM71 Road Racing.

Davy is also launching a 71 Club, looking for 71 people to sponsor him with £71 to help get him on the grid for 2019.

Ahead of the KDM Cookstown 100 road race on April 26-27, resurfacing has taken place on parts of the renowned Orritor Circuit.

Both Craigmount and Braeside Corners have benefitted from the work undertaken by Cookstown and District Club in conjunction with Mid Ulster Council and Department of Infrastructure with the safety of competitors in mind after riders had voiced concerns in recent years.

Roy Harris

Source: North West and Ulster GP race winner Davy Morgan seeks a backer ahead of 28th season

MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

At the 46th Tokyo Motorcycle Show,TEAM MUGEN introduced “Shinden Hachi” the 8th iteration of the EV machine with which MUGEN will take on the Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge.

The team welcomes Bathams Brewery as a new sponsor this year, and will race as “TEAM BATHAMS MUGEN”.

Revisions for 2019 include development of the electric drivetrain to provide an increase of output power, and aerodynamic improvements to improve bike stability and reduce drag at the higher speeds the bikes are expected to reach.

As in previous years the team’s ambition will be to optimize their performance and win the race for the 6th successive year, and to further extend the lap record from the current 121.824mph, set in 2018 by Team MUGEN rider, Michael Rutter aboard Shinden Nana.

Michael Rutter will return to the team for his 2nd year and will be joined by 23 time TT victor, John McGuinness.

McGuinness returns to the Isle of Man after a 2 year absence due to injury, and will be looking to resume his winning ways straight away, and add to his two TT Zero wins.

However, his 2019 team-mate, Rutter, is unbeaten in his 4 TT Zero races, and will be looking to defend his record while adding a 5th electric vehicle win to his name.

Regardless of anything else, TEAM BATHAMS MUGEN is set up for a fascinating intra-team head to head contest over the TT fortnight.

Source: MUGEN SHINDEN Hachi TT Zero 2019

Dunlop Masters Official test

Dunlop Masters Official test

Day 1 of this new official test session went really well.

4 sessions each day for each class giving means plenty of time to make adjustments or improve setups.

On hand to give tuition and guidance on and off the track was Dickies British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy on the Mondello S1000rr.

It’s on again tomorrow and admission is free for everyone, highly recommended.

Must open a file share account to post photo’s. What site is everyone using to embed images?

Source: Dunlop Masters Official test

Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, MBE, GM (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981)

Mike was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time. He was known as “Mike The Bike” because of his natural riding ability on bikes with a range of engine capacities.

Mike was one of the few men to compete at Grand Prix level in both motorcycle and car racing.

Sadly, Mike died following a road traffic accident in Warwickshire, England.

His daughter Michelle was killed instantly in the crash and his son David survived it.

The crash happened on the 21st of March 1981.

Source: Mike Hailwood – 38 years ago

S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

The Supersport 600cc Races appear to be the most popular, at least amongst the early entries received for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Southern 100 Road Races in the first few days after entries opened.

A total of 16 have been accepted, so far, including five Newcomers Michael Bates, Albert Walker, Kieran Brockie, Laurence Jones and Russian competitor Danila Krasniuk.

Stephen Bostock, Chris Watson, Michael Mace, Stephen Beale, Andy Sailor, Mark Goodings, Paul Cassidy, Richard Charlton, Gavin Brown, Stuart Rayner and David McConnachy are all entered on a mixture of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Triumph machinery.

Source: S100 – Supersport Races Favoured by Early Southern 100 Entrant

Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals

Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals

Ballasalla based Chartered Certified Accountants UHY Crossleys LLC have generously agreed to continue to cover Postage Costs for vital correspondence sent to all Southern 100 Marshals, who volunteer their services for all three road races held on the Colas Billown Course.

Chief Marshal, Peter Chadwick says:

‘The Southern 100 Marshals Association are progressing online Sign-on however, feedback from our marshals indicates that this method does not suit all.

‘We upload our Signing-on forms on the official Southern 100 website and try to encourage marshals via social media to download the forms and send them in.

‘Only a small percentage actually do this, and I think old habits die hard as Marshals wait for the reminder when the forms drop through the post.’

‘Going forward, we need to reduce the cost of postage and we ask all of our Marshals to please consider this for future.’

Peter concluded:

‘Meantime we are very fortunate to have the support of a long-established local Accountancy Firm, UHY Crossleys LLC for which we are very grateful, especially in view of the impending increase in postage costs from next month.

Source: Crossleys Continue to Sponsor Southern 100 Marshals