Next year’s North West 200 road races are to be held on 16 and 18 May, the organisers have announced.The 2019 staging marks the 90th anniversary of the international races on Northern Ireland’s north coast.
Race week starts on 12 May, with the first practice session two days later on Tuesday, and the races as usual on Thursday and Saturday.
“We are planning some very special events for our birthday celebrations,” said Event Director, Mervyn Whyte. “Over the coming months we will provide more details about how we will be marking this landmark occasion.”
At the 2018 NW200, Glenn Irwin won both Superbike races on the PBM/Be Wiser Ducati. The event’s most successful rider, Alastair Seeley, claimed his 24th Triangle course victory with a hat-trick of triumphs on the Tyco BMW and EHA Yamahas.
The race takes place on the legendary triangle between Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. More than 150,000 spectators line the roads to watch this exciting event. The Practice/Festival week has also become a major tourist attraction taking on a festival atmosphere with concerts and other entertainement geared to include all the family.
The International North west 200 is on the North Coast of Northern Ireland and runs between the towns of Portrush, Portstewart, and Coleraine. This motorcycle race meeting is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event. Attracting in excess of 100,000 spectators. Practice is all day Tuesday and Thursday morning before the main events. There are several separate races of 4-6 laps held on the Thursday afternoon and all day Saturday. All practice and races are on closed roads. The street circuit is mostly public roads but does include three speed reducing chicanes. The circuit is 8.97 miles long per lap. The fastest recorded speed through the speed trap is 208 mph/334.74kph
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