North West 200

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North West 200
Nw200.svg
Venue The Triangle
First race 1929
Most wins (rider) Robert Dunlop (15)
Most wins (manufacturer) Honda (84)

The North West 200 is a motorcycle race meeting held each May in Northern Ireland. The course is a street circuit, made up of public roads running between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush (the Triangle) is one of the fastest in the world, with speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h).[1] In practice for the 2012 event Martin Jessopp was clocked at 208 mph (335 km/h).[2] It is one of around fifteen events run on public roads between April and October throughout the island of Ireland. It is the largest annual sporting event in Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.[3]

Originally intended to be held somewhere in the north west of Ireland[4] and organised by the City of Derry & District Motor Club, the initial event was moved to the north coast but the name was never changed. Since 1964 the event has been organised by the Coleraine and District Motor Club. In 2010 the meeting featured daytime practice on the Thursday for the first time.[5]

The 2011 event took place on Saturday 21 May. There were significant delays due to a hoax bomb alert and then an extensive oil spill on the track caused racing to be cancelled after the completion of only one race.[6]

Race format[edit]

Several motorcycle riders racing on a public road
Riders approaching York from Juniper Hill during the 2009 event.

The North West 200 was originally run over two hundred miles in as a handicap race, before changing to its current format of several separate races, each running 4–6 laps during Saturday afternoon. Practice is held on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings before the race. Both the practice and races are held on closed roads, but unlike the Isle of Man TT races which are run in a time-trial format, all riders compete together as with normal circuit racing.

Over the years the number and the classes of races has varied according to the latest regulations. From 1990 until 2010, there was always a 125 cc race and since 1992 the North West 200 race has been for Superbikes. For 2012, all practise sessions will take place during the day and the racing programme has been extended to include two races on the Thursday evening. All races will be held over six laps, except for the newly introduced Supertwin event.[7]

The course[edit]

The street circuit is made up almost entirely of public roads (A2, B185 & A29) but does include three speed reducing chicanes. The route, running anti-clockwise enters the outskirts of the towns passing many private houses. To help improve track safety street signs are removed at parts of the track and bales of hay are used to wrap the base of lampposts and telegraph poles. The circuit is 8.970 mi (14.436 km) long, with a distance of 8.834 mi (14.217 km) being covered on the first lap of every race. The original start/finish line was located near Magherabouy but moved to the Portmore Road in Portstewart in 1930.

Mick Grant passes the Railway Bank at Metropole Corner, Portrush, 1975

1973 saw the first major changes to the course, which include the exclusion of the Promenade at Portstewart from the route and the moving of the start/finish line to its current location between Juniper Hill and Millbank Avenue. These changes meant the route used Station Road (B185) for the first time and saw the introduction of York Corner. Shell Hill Bridge, an iconic part of the original course was used for the last time in 1979. In 1980 a new link road, from University Corner to Ballysally Roundabout, was introduced. A chicane was introduced just before the approach to the Juniper Hill corner in 1983 and in 1988 improvements were made to Mather's Cross and the start/finish chicane was introduced to reduce the speeds around Primrose Hill as well as allowing safer access to the pitlane.

At the end of 2009 Mather's Cross was widened in order improve safety at the corner.[8] For 2010 additional modifications were made to the circuit to improve safety. A new purpose built chicane at Mather's Cross was introduced to reduce speeds at the corner and safety improvement made to the area at Station corner.[9]

Jack Brett recorded the first 100 mph (160 km/h) lap of the course on a Norton 500cc in 1957. The current course lap record is held by Steve Plater at 124.109 mph (199.734 km/h) which was set during the 2006 event. The fastest recorded lap at 127.63 mph (205.40 km/h) was set by Tom Herron during the 1978 'North West 200' race. In 2004, Michael Rutter became the first rider to record a top speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) on the course. During Tuesday's practice at the 2012 event Martin Jessopp set a new fastest speed trap time, reaching 208 mph (335 km/h) on the approach to University Corner.[2]

Deaths at the event[edit]

Several motorcycle racers on the approach to a left hand corner.
A group of racer entering York Corner during the 2009 event

The first recorded death at the event was Norman Wainwright who was killed in 1939.

1979[edit]

Black Saturday as it is known, is regarded as the darkest day in the event's history after crashes claimed the lives of three riders, Tom Herron, Brian Hamilton and Frank Kennedy who died months later from his injuries.

Robert Dunlop[edit]

Robert Dunlop was killed on 15 May 2008 while practising in the 250cc class. The incident occurred as he was approaching Mather's Cross during the 125/250/400cc practice session. It is understood his bike seized and Robert was thrown over his handlebars at approximately 160 mph. Fellow rider Darren Burns was following immediately behind and collided with Robert, suffering a broken leg and suspected concussion. Robert suffered severe chest injuries and died in hospital shortly afterwards.[10]

Mark Young[edit]

Twenty-two-year-old Mark Young died during the 2009 event on 17 May 2009. He crashed at the same corner as Robert Dunlop, raising serious concerns about the circuit's safety. It was Young's first race at the North West 200 though he had road racing experience.[11]

Mark Buckley[edit]

Thirty-five-year-old Mark Buckley suffered a fatal crash on Millbank Avenue outside Portstewart during the Superstock race on 19 May 2012. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries, no other competitors were involved with this incident.[12]

Other Competitor Deaths[edit]

No Rider Date Place Race Event Machine
1 Norman Wainwright May 1939 Drumslade 1939 North West 200 Races 500cc Norton
2 P.L.Phillips 15 May 1949 Portstewart 1949 North West 200 Races
3 L.G.Aislabie 27 May 1956 1956 North West 200 Races
4 Andrew Manship 23 May 1970 1970 North West 200 Races Practice 350cc Yamaha
5 Graham Fish 27 May 1973 Station Corner 1973 North West 200 Races Practice Yamaha
6 Brian Hamilton 26 May 1979 Black Hill 1979 North West 200 Races 350cc Race 350cc Yamaha
7 Tom Herron 26 May 1979 Juniper Hill 1979 North West 200 Races Superbike Race 750cc Suzuki
8 Frank Kennedy 26 May 1979[13] University Corner 1979 North West 200 Races Superbike Race
9 Mervyn Robinson May 1980[14] Mather's Cross 1980 North West 200 Races
10 John Newbold 15 May 1982 Juniper Hill 1982 North West 200 Races Superbike Race Suzuki
11 Pat McLaughlin May 1986 Mather's Cross 1986 North West 200 Races
12 Donny Robinson May 1999 Ballysally Roundabout 1999 North West 200 Races Practice
13 Robert Dunlop 15 May 2008[15] Mather's Cross 2008 North West 200 Races Practice 250cc Yamaha
14 Mark Young 16 May 2009[16] Mather's Cross 2009 North West 200 Races 250cc Race 250cc Honda
15 Mark Buckley 19 May 2012[17] Millbank Avenue 2012 North West 200 Races Superstock Race 1000cc Aprilia
16 Simon Andrews 19 May 2014[18] Coleraine Road 2014 North West 200 Races Superstock Race 1000cc BMW

Winners[edit]

Northern Irishman Robert Dunlop holds the record number of wins, totalling fifteen victories throughout his career. His brother Joey won thirteen races, but the event has been dominated in recent years by Englishman Michael Rutter, who has won twelve races from 1997 to 2008. The next generation of Dunlop entered the record books in 2008 when Robert's son Michael won the 250 cc race. The following year another son, William, won two races.

The early years of the event was dominated by British motorcycle manufacturers, in particular Norton. It was only in 1964 that Honda claimed their first victory. 2010 saw BMW score their first victory at the event and also the first non-Japanese manufacturer to claim a victory since 1997. Yamaha is the only manufacturer to have a clean sweep, winning all five races in 1979.

Multiple winners[edit]

# Wins Riders
15 Robert Dunlop
13 Joey Dunlop Michael Rutter
12 Alastair Seeley
11 Phillip McCallen
10 Bruce Anstey
8 Tony Rutter Ian Lougher
7 Steve Plater
6 Steve Cull John McGuinness
5 Ian Simpson Arthur Wheeler John Williams Mick Grant Woolsey Coulter
4 Bob McIntyre David Jefferies Jimmie Guthrie Ernie Nott Eddie Laycock Tommy Robb Ryan Farquhar Michael Dunlop
3 Alan Shepherd Artie Bell Callum Ramsey Geoff Duke Charlie Williams Jim Moodie Eric Fernihough Ralph Bryans
Ray McCullough Rod Gould Trevor Nation Tom Herron Sammy Miller William Dunlop
2 Alistair King Andy Watts Bob Anderson Carl Fogarty Charlie Manders John White Derek Chatterton Ian Hutchinson
Derek Ennett Donny Robinson Fred Stevens Gary Cowan Graham Wood Ian Newton Jack Brett John Blanchard
John Cooper Kevin Mitchell Peter Williams Phelim Owens Dick Creith Robert Holden Roger Marshall Steve Hislop
Percy Hunt Walter Rusk Olie Linsdell

By year[edit]

2014 Supersport (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
United Kingdom Lee Johnston
Superstock (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superbike (I)
United Kingdom William Dunlop
Supertwins (II)
United Kingdom Lee Johnston
Superstock (II)
United Kingdom Michael Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Michael Dunlop
2013 Supersport (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
United Kingdom Jeremy McWilliams
Superstock (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
United Kingdom Michael Dunlop
2012 Superstock (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supertwins
United Kingdom Ryan Farquhar
Supersport (I)
United Kingdom William Dunlop
Superbike (I)
United Kingdom John McGuinness
Superstock (II)
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
Supersport (II)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
NW 200
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
2011 Supersport
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
2010 125cc
United Kingdom Paul Robinson
Supersport (I)
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
United Kingdom Ian Hutchinson
Superstock
United Kingdom Keith Amor
Superbike (I)
United Kingdom John McGuinness
NW 200
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
2009 125 cc
United Kingdom William Dunlop
250 cc
United Kingdom William Dunlop
Supersport (I)
United Kingdom Steve Plater
Supersport (II)
Cancelled
Superstock
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Superbikes
United Kingdom Steve Plater
NW 200
Cancelled
2008 125 cc
United Kingdom Michael Wilcox
250 cc
United Kingdom Michael Dunlop
400 cc
United Kingdom Olie Linsdell
600 cc (I)
United Kingdom Steve Plater
600 cc (II)
United Kingdom Steve Plater
Superstock
United Kingdom Alastair Seeley
Superbikes
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
NW 200
United Kingdom Steve Plater
2007 125 cc/400 cc
United Kingdom Olie Linsdell
250 cc
United Kingdom Christian Elkin
Supersport (I)
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Supersport (II)
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superstock
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
United Kingdom John McGuinness
NW 200
United Kingdom Steve Plater
2006 125 cc/400 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250 cc
Isle of Man Nigel Beattie
600 cc (I)
United Kingdom Ian Hutchinson
600 cc (II)
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superstock
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
United Kingdom Steve Plater
NW 200
United Kingdom Steve Plater
2005 125 cc/400 cc
United Kingdom Darran Lindsay
250 cc
United Kingdom Davy Morgan
600 cc (I)
Republic of Ireland Raymond Porter
600 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ryan Farquhar
Superstock
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
Superbikes
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
NW 200
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
2004 125 cc
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
400 cc
United Kingdom John McGuinness
600 cc (I)
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
600 cc (II)
United Kingdom John McGuinness
Production
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
NW 200
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
2003 125 cc/SS400
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
600 cc (I)
United Kingdom Ryan Farquhar
600 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ryan Farquhar
Production
United Kingdom Adrian Archibald
Superbikes
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
2002 125 cc
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
600 cc (I)
United Kingdom Jim Moodie
600 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
Production
New Zealand Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
United Kingdom David Jefferies
NW 200
United Kingdom Iain Duffus
2001 Not held
2000 125 cc
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
250/400 cc
United Kingdom John McGuinness
600 cc
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
Production
United Kingdom Richard Britton
Superbikes
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
NW 200
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
1999 125 cc
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
250/400 cc (I)
United Kingdom Callum Ramsey
250/400 cc (II)
United Kingdom Callum Ramsey
600 cc
United Kingdom David Jefferies
Superbikes
United Kingdom David Jefferies
NW 200
United Kingdom David Jefferies
1998 125 cc
Abandoned
250/400 cc
United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
United Kingdom Ian Simpson
Production
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
Superbikes
United Kingdom Ian Simpson
NW 200
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
1997 125 cc
United Kingdom Phelim Owens
250/400 cc (I)
United Kingdom Callum Ramsey
250/400 cc (II)
United Kingdom Owen McNally
600 cc
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
Production
United Kingdom Ian Simpson
Superbikes
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
NW 200
United Kingdom Michael Rutter
1996 125 cc
United Kingdom Mick Lofthouse
250/400 cc (I)
United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter
250/400 cc (II)
United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
Superbikes
United Kingdom Ian Simpson
NW 200
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
1995 125 cc
United Kingdom Phelim Owens
250/400 cc (I)
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
250/400 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ian Newton
600 cc
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
Supermono
New Zealand Robert Holden
Superbikes
United Kingdom Ian Simpson
NW 200
New Zealand Robert Holden
1994 125 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250/400 cc (I)
United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter
250/400 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ian Newton
600 cc
United Kingdom Mike Edwards
Supermono
United Kingdom Alan Carter
Superbikes
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
1993 125 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (II)
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
400 cc
United Kingdom Jim Moodie
600 cc
United Kingdom Jim Moodie
Superbikes
United Kingdom Carl Fogarty
NW 200
United Kingdom Carl Fogarty
1992 125 cc
United Kingdom Robert Orme
250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
250/350 cc (II)
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
400 cc
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
600 cc
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
Superbikes
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
NW 200
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
1991 125 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (II)
United Kingdom Ian Lougher
400 cc
United Kingdom Dave Leach
600 cc
United Kingdom Phillip McCallen
750 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Trevor Nation
1990 125 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
250 cc (I)
Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock
250 cc (II)
Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock
Superbikes
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
1989 250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Kevin Mitchel
250/350 cc (II)
United Kingdom Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
Republic of Ireland Brian Reid
Production
United Kingdom James Whitham
750 cc
United Kingdom Steve Hislop
NW 200
United Kingdom Steve Hislop
1988 250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Steve Cull
250 cc (II)
United Kingdom Gary Cowan
750 cc
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1300 cc
United Kingdom Kenny Irons
Superbikes
United Kingdom Steve Cull
NW 200
United Kingdom Steve Cull
1987 250/350 cc (I)
United Kingdom Gary Cowan
250 cc (II)
Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock
Superstock
United Kingdom Roger Hurst
750 cc
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1300 cc
United Kingdom Trevor Nation
Superbikes
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1986 250 cc (I)
Republic of Ireland Eddie Laycock
250 cc (II)
United Kingdom Andy Watts
350 cc
United Kingdom Robert Dunlop
Superstock
United Kingdom Trevor Nation
Superbikes
United Kingdom Roger Marshall
NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1985 250 cc (I)
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
250 cc (II)
United Kingdom Steve Cull
350 cc
United Kingdom Steve Cull
Superbikes
United Kingdom Roger Marshall
NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1984 250 cc
United Kingdom Andy Watts
350 cc
United Kingdom Kevin Mitchel
Superbikes
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
NW 200
United Kingdom Graham Wood
1983 250 cc
Courtney Junk
350 cc
United Kingdom Norman Brown
500 cc
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
Superbikes
United Kingdom Graham Wood
NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1982 250 cc
United Kingdom Donny Robinson
350 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
500 cc
New Zealand Stu Avant
Superbikes
United Kingdom Ron Haslam
1000 cc NW 200
United Kingdom Mick Grant
1981 250 cc
United Kingdom Steve Tonkin
350 cc
United Kingdom Donny Robinson
500 cc
United Kingdom Charlie Williams
1000 cc NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1980 250 cc
United Kingdom Steve Cull
350 cc
United Kingdom Charlie Williams
500 cc
United Kingdom Mick Grant
1000 cc NW 200
United Kingdom Keith Heuwen
1979 Match Race
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
250 cc
United Kingdom Bob Jackson
350 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
500 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
1000 cc NW 200
United Kingdom Joey Dunlop
1978 250 cc
United Kingdom Tom Herron
350 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
500 cc
United Kingdom John Newbold
750 cc #1
United Kingdom Tom Herron
750 cc #2
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
1977 250 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
350 cc
United Kingdom Ray McCullough
500 cc
United Kingdom John Williams
750 cc #1
United Kingdom Mick Grant
750 cc#2
United Kingdom John Williams
1976 250 cc
United Kingdom Ian Richards
350 cc
United Kingdom Ray McCullough
500 cc
United Kingdom Martin Sharpe
750 cc
United Kingdom Percy Tait
1975 250 cc
United Kingdom Derek Chatterton
350 cc
United Kingdom Charlie Williams
500 cc
United Kingdom Mick Grant
750 cc
United Kingdom Mick Grant
1974 250 cc
United Kingdom Ray McCullough
350 cc
United Kingdom John Williams
500 cc
United Kingdom John Williams
750 cc
United Kingdom John Williams
1973 200 cc
Jackie Robinson
250 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
350 cc
United Kingdom Tony Rutter
500 cc
United Kingdom Billy Guthrie
750 cc
United Kingdom Geoff Barry
1972 Not held
1971 250 cc
United Kingdom Derek Chatterton
350 cc
United Kingdom Paul Smart
500 cc
United Kingdom John Cooper
1970 250 cc (Race)
United Kingdom Ralph Bryans
350 cc (Race)
United Kingdom Tom Herron
500 cc (Race)
United Kingdom Peter Williams
250 cc (Production)
United Kingdom Cliff Carr
350 cc (Production)
United Kingdom Stuart Graham
500 cc (Production)
United Kingdom Malcolm Uphill
1969 250 cc
United Kingdom Rod Gould
350 cc
United Kingdom Rod Gould
500 cc
United Kingdom John Blanchard
1968 250 cc
United Kingdom Rod Gould
350 cc
United Kingdom Bill Smith
500 cc
United Kingdom John Cooper
1967 250 cc
United Kingdom Steve Murray
350 cc
United Kingdom Fred Stevens
500 cc
United Kingdom Fred Stevens
1966 250 cc
United Kingdom John Blanchard
350 cc
United Kingdom George Buchan
500 cc
United Kingdom Peter Williams
1965 250 cc
United Kingdom Tommy Robb
350 cc
United Kingdom Ian McGregor
500 cc
United Kingdom Dick Creith
1964 250 cc
United Kingdom Ralph Bryans
350 cc
United Kingdom Ralph Bryans
500 cc
United Kingdom Dick Creith
1963 Not held
1962 250 cc
United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
United Kingdom Alan Shepherd
500 cc
United Kingdom Alan Shepherd
1961 250 cc
United Kingdom Tommy Robb
350 cc
United Kingdom Bob McIntyre
500 cc
United Kingdom Bob McIntyre
1960 250 cc
United Kingdom Tommy Robb
350 cc
United Kingdom Alan Shepherd
500 cc
United Kingdom Derek Minter
1959 125 cc
United Kingdom Tommy Robb
250 cc
United Kingdom Tommy Robb
350 cc
United Kingdom Alistair King
500 cc
United Kingdom Bob McIntyre
1958 250 cc
United Kingdom Sammy Miller
350 cc
United Kingdom Alistair King
500 cc
United Kingdom Jack Brett
1957 250 cc
United Kingdom Sammy Miller
350 cc
United Kingdom Bob Anderson
500 cc
United Kingdom Jack Brett
1956 250 cc
United Kingdom Sammy Miller
350 cc
Isle of Man Derek Ennett
500 cc
United Kingdom Bob Anderson
1955 250 cc
United Kingdom Alan Lyons
350 cc
United Kingdom Jackie Wood
500 cc
United Kingdom Geoff Duke
1954 250 cc
United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Isle of Man Derek Ennett
500 cc
Republic of Ireland Reg Armstrong
1953 250 cc
United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
United Kingdom Bob McIntyre
500 cc
United Kingdom Syd Lawton
1952 250 cc
United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
United Kingdom Harry Pearce
500 cc
United Kingdom Ivor Arber
1951 250 cc
United Kingdom Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
United Kingdom Dickie Dale
500 cc
United Kingdom Geoff Duke
1950 250 cc
United Kingdom Ron Mead
350 cc
United Kingdom Geoff Duke
500 cc
United Kingdom Artie Bell
1949 250 cc
United Kingdom Harold Kirby
350 cc
United Kingdom Harold Daniell
500 cc
United Kingdom Artie Bell
1948 Not held
1947 250 cc
United Kingdom Peter Gill
350 cc
United Kingdom Malcolm Templeton
500 cc
United Kingdom Artie Bell
1940–
1946
Not held
1939 250 cc
United Kingdom Dennis Parkinson
350 cc
United Kingdom Jimmy Little
500 cc
Republic of Ireland Ernie Lyons
1938 250 cc
Republic of Ireland H. G. Tyrell Smith
350 cc
United Kingdom Bob Foster
500 cc
United Kingdom Jack Moore
1937 250 cc
United Kingdom Samuel Smith
350 cc
United Kingdom John White
500 cc
United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie
1936 250 cc
Republic of Ireland Charlie Manders
350 cc
United Kingdom John White
500 cc
United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie
1935 250 cc
Republic of Ireland Charlie Manders
350 cc
United Kingdom Walter Rusk
500 cc
United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie
1934 250 cc
United Kingdom Michael McSorley
350 cc
United Kingdom Walter Rusk
500 cc
United Kingdom Jimmie Guthrie
1933 250 cc
United Kingdom Joe Woodside
350 cc
United Kingdom Percy Hunt
500 cc
Republic of Ireland Stanley Woods
1932 250 cc
United Kingdom Eric Fernihough
350 cc
United Kingdom Wal Handley
500 cc
United Kingdom Ernie Nott
1931 250 cc
United Kingdom Eric Fernihough
350 cc
United Kingdom Graham Walker
500 cc
United Kingdom Ernie Nott
1930 250 cc
United Kingdom Eric Fernihough
350 cc
United Kingdom Percy Hunt
500 cc
United Kingdom Ernie Nott
1929 250 cc
United Kingdom Malcolm McQuigg
350 cc
United Kingdom Harry Meagen
500 cc
United Kingdom Ernie Nott

Manufacturers[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer
86 Honda
73 Yamaha
41 Norton
32 Suzuki
10 Excelsior
9 Ducati Kawasaki
8 Aprilia Rudge
6 AJS
4 Matchless Moto Guzzi NSU Velocette
3 Bultaco EMC GMS
2 Gilera Italy Hannah-Paton Seeley Triumph
1 Armstrong BSA Cotton JAP Ossa Spartan Waddon United Kingdom Yamsel
Zenith BMW

Media coverage[edit]

Spectators standing in the front garden of a house watching the motorcycle racing.
Spectators enjoying the 2009 event.

The event is currently covered by BBC Northern Ireland having previously been covered by UTV. Some races can be accessed live nationwide via the BBC Red Button and all races are live on the BBC Website.[19] BBC NI also show highlights programmes presented by Stephen Watson, usually on the Sunday and Monday nights after the event. BBC Commentators include BBC MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish and 5 times winner on a single day Phillip McCallen.

Video game[edit]

The North West 200 features in Jester Interactive's PlayStation 2 title TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing Championship released at the end of May 2008. It is the sequel to their top 10 game TT Superbikes released in 2005.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Honda rider Steve Plater fastest at NW200 practice". BBC News. BBC. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Alastair Seeley fastest in first North West 200 session". BBC News. BBC. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Other motorists have responsibility for bikers too, campaign warns Northern Ireland Executive Website 14 May 2009 Retrieved 28 January 2010
  4. ^ "The History of the North West 200". North West 200 Website. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Local People Urged to Support new NW200 Daytime Practice Session". North West 200 Website. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "North West 200 racing abandoned". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Relentless International North West 200 Revs up for 'Giant' 2012". North West 200 Website. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Organisers Applaud Improvements at Mather's Cross North West Official Website 9 November 2009 Retrieved 28 January 2010
  9. ^ New Safety Improvements at Mather’s Cross and Station Corner North West Official Website 27 April 2010 Retrieved 8 May 2010
  10. ^ "Dunlop dies after motorbike crash". BBC Sport. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008. 
  11. ^ Promising rider who died at the North West 200 road race in Northern Ireland Lasting Tribute Website[dead link]
  12. ^ "Scottish rider dies in North West 200 race". 20 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Irish Bike pp19 dated September 2000
  14. ^ Irish Bike pp2 dated September 2000
  15. ^ Isle of Man Examiner pp2 dated 20 May 2008
  16. ^ Manx Independent p42 dated 22 May 2009
  17. ^ Motor-Cycle News 23 May 2012 Motorcycle News Publications (2012) Bauer Consumer Media Ltd page 35
  18. ^ "Simon Andrews: English rider dies after North West 200 crash". BBC News. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  19. ^ BBC North West 200 Coverage BBC Website
  20. ^ TT Superbikes Jester interactive's website

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 55°11′34.7″N 6°41′51.27″W / 55.192972°N 6.6975750°W / 55.192972; -6.6975750