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May 18, 2019

North West 200: Glenn Irwin Wins Superbike Race On Drama-Filled Day In Northern Ireland

Glenn Irwin on top of the Superbike podium at the North West 200. Photo courtesy of North West 200 Press Office.

Editorial Note: American Patricia Fernandez rode her Magic Bullet Motorsport Kawasaki ZX-10R to 19th place in the Superbike race at the North West 200, but she DNF Saturday's Superstock race.

TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE SO FAR FOR ORGANISERS AND COMPETITORS AT THE 2019 FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS

May 18, 2019

It has been a tough day at the office so far for the organisers and competitors at the 2019 fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils.

After dry and sunny weather throughout practice and qualifying on Tuesday and Thursday, heavy skies hung over the north coast on Saturday morning with heavy rain falling around the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit.

As the action was about to begin after roads closed at 9.15am, a helicopter collided with electricity power lines in the Magherabouy area, causing a power cut in the vicinity. This would cause further problems later in the day.

Event Director, Mervyn Whyte, announced that there would be two practice laps before the opening event, the six lap Junction Retail and Leisure complex Supersport race.

With dry weather throughout practice the riders were also provided with time to make changes to their machines for the wet conditions. These two laps were to be followed by a sighting lap and six lap race.

Unfortunately, Daley Mathison crashed without injury on the sighting lap. There was a delay to allow the road to be cleared before the race began.

A second rider, David Murphy, slid off at Black Hill on the first lap of the race bringing out the red flags.

Event Director Mervyn Whyte was accompanied by riders James Hillier and Lee Johnston to inspect Black Hill and the road was cleaned.

Whilst the clean up was taking place the Fire Service and NIE were called to deal with an emergency at Heatherleigh which had been caused by a power surge following the helicopter collision with power lines earlier in the day.

After a lengthy delay a new sighting lap was called for a rerun of the Supersport race at 1.30pm, again on wet roads.

Several riders opted not to take part and Alastair Seeley was leading the race on the EHA Yamaha on the first lap when it suffered a mechanical failure on the approach to University corner, depositing oil on the track.

Spanish rider Victor Lopez became the third rider to crash at Black Hill behind, bringing out the red flags once again.

A clean up operation is being completed at University and Black Hill and racing is expected to resume shortly.



More, from another press release issued by North West 200 Press Office:

DETERIORATING CONDITIONS BRING THE 2019 FONACAB INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICHOLL OILS TO A PREMATURE END

May 18, 2019

With deteriorating conditions around the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit, the feature Merrow Hotel and Spa Superbike race of the 2019 fonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils has been called off after the riders carried out their sighting lap.

Heavy rain and non-racing incidents disrupted the earlier part of the programme.

As conditions improved in the early afternoon a series of brilliant races were run, producing first international road race victories for Davey Todd and James Hillier, a win for veteran Jeremy McWilliams in the J&M Paterson Supertwin race and Glenn Irwin was the popular winner of the Anchor Bar superbike race.

‘We didn’t have much luck during the early part of the day when we faced very challenging conditions but the teams, competitors and fans all stayed with us and we turned things around.’ Event Director, Mervyn Whyte, said.

‘We have decided in the interests of safety to bring the proceedings to a close now because the conditions have deteriorated once again. It is disappointing but I want to pay tribute to everyone who has supported us today and braved the weather to cheer on the riders as they put on a fantastic spectacle.’

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