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 on: May 31, 2016, 09:46:20 am 
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Belfast Newsletter

Whenever you come so close to death twice, I’m just so thankful that somebody was looking over me and I’m blessing my lucky stars that I’m alive.
Whenever I came off, I had a really bad laceration to my liver and the medical team knew there was a problem with it. That’s why they had to send me in the police helicopter because they needed two doctors with me.

They were afraid that my liver would start to bleed and if that had happened on the helicopter, it would’ve been all over.

I had a punctured lung as well and six broken ribs, but the main thing they were doing was trying to save my liver.

I was actually coming around a bit but then the part of my liver that they were trying to repair, died. I went downhill after that and the whole procedure started over again.

They took me in and this time they had to take a third of my liver away. It was bad enough going through it once, but to go through it twice within two weeks has really taken a serious toll on me. It’s going to take months to get over it properly.

I was quite fit but any energy and strength that I had just drained out of me.

After what happened Malachi [Mitchell-Thomas] at the very same spot, it’s a very fine line.

 on: May 30, 2016, 09:13:02 am 
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 on: May 30, 2016, 07:18:44 am 
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Last year’s Bennetts Lightweight TT Race winner, Ivan Lintin, now in his second year with RC Express Kawasaki team, looks well placed to add to his TT tally.  The Lincolnshire rider is unbeaten on the Supertwin this year and, after winning twice in his strongest class at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland earlier this month, topped the qualifying board for the Lightweight class after the first session of the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy last night.

"I'm really looking forward to defending my title," said Lintin, who will also ride in the RST Superbike, RL360 Quantum Superstock and Monster Energy Supersport races at the TT.

This year’s race has been increased from three laps to four and moves to a new slot on Wednesday 10th June.  Lintin says that presents a bigger test of concentration rather than stamina.

"It's going to be an even bigger race of attrition because the little twins are quite delicate things," said Lintin.  “Nursing them around there for 150 miles at lap record pace could prove difficult. But I don't mind because the twins are quite easy to ride. It's the polar opposite to riding a big bike around there.  The most tiring thing on a twin is concentrating and staying tucked in because it's all about momentum and corning speed.  On a big bike it's physically demanding because of the 190mph speed and because you're doing six laps."
But Lintin is out to prove himself on the bigger bikes too and that he is not merely a Supertwin specialist, starting with tomorrow’s Superbike and Superstock qualifying sessions..

“That's always in the back of my mind," he added. “Obviously you always concentrate on what you're strongest in.  But this year I would like to push on more with the big bikes. Every year I feel I can go quicker, but then everyone else does as well, so you don't seem to end up any further up the finishing order.  My ideal goal would be to get to the magical 130mph lap. But if everyone else is doing that pace, I may only get 15th or 20th."
Lintin will face stiff competition in the big bike classes, with multiple potential race winners.  Lintin says Ian Hutchinson, who famously won five races at the 2010 event before suffering a career-threatening leg injury later in the same year, could be the man to beat.

“I reckon Hutchy will take some stopping," he said. “He had a good year last year, he's on good bikes and he's riding in the British Championship regularly.  But then there's John McGuinness, there's Michael Dunlop. There's no one person who stands out because there are five or six potential winners in each race on their day. That's what makes it so exciting."

 on: May 29, 2016, 05:10:57 pm 
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Bournemouth rider James Hillier is adamant he is ready to earn a big win at the Isle of Man TT having served his apprenticeship.

The Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki rider is contesting six races at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy and is focused on adding to his Lightweight TT Race win in 2013

He will pilot the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the RST Superbike, PokerStars Senior and RL360 Quantum Superstock races and the Kawasaki ZX-6R in the two Monster Energy Supersport encounters.

Hillier will also climb aboard the ER6 650cc Kawasaki for the Bennetts Lightweight TT race, which has been increased from three laps to four for 2016 and will run on Wednesday 8th June.

The third-fastest rider in the history of the event, the 31-year old has one win and six podiums to his name around the Mountain Course.

Last year saw him claim second in the PokerStars Senior, third in the RST Superbike, fourth in the RL360 Superstock and second in the Monster Energy 2 Supersport races.

Indeed, he finished all six of his races inside the top six, including another podium in the lightweight, as well as a scintillating lap of 132.414mph in the senior, the final race of the week.

Hillier said:

“Last year was a good year for me and it’s all about trying to win a big bike race now. I’ve done pretty much everything else at the TT but win one.  I’ve won the lightweight race, taken podiums in the big bike races and lapped at more than 132mph but my aim is to win a big bike race.  I’ve done my apprenticeship and have worked my way up so feel confident that I can do it.”
Hillier's preparation for the TT did not go completely to plan as a crash at the North West 200 left him concussed, meaning he had to sit out the remaining races.

He continued:

“Apart from the crash, I was pretty happy with how the North West went. In terms of the racing, all of the bikes were good, which I knew they would be and we were there or thereabouts in every class. I felt competitive and pleased with my own riding and I’m ready for the TT now.”
Pete Extance, owner of Hillier's Bournemouth-based team, added:

“We have a tremendous relationship with James and we’re all eagerly looking forward to the TT.  It’s been a highly successful partnership thus far and James has given us some excellent results around the Mountain Course, including our first TT win in 2013.  He again demonstrated his capabilities last year with three podiums and that stunning 132mph so we’re quietly confident more of the same can be achieved.

 on: May 29, 2016, 01:09:09 pm 
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Fermanagh rider Paul Gartland along with L/Derry rider Adam McClean will join forces for the remaining Irish Road Racing season as part of the Rod Lee/Ian Mercer Racing Team after a deal by both riders was agreed over the weekend after the Team lost their former rider Timmy Elwood, who after a very successful Horice Road Races in the Czech Republic last weekend, decided to hang up his leathers and concentrate on his business.

Gartland from Ederny in Fermanagh, is currently recovering from a racing accident during this years North West 200 races, and hopes to be fit to race again as soon as possible.  Gartland, a seasoned campaigner of the Irish Roads and in the International events such as the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, and Scarborough, will be given the use of the Ian Mercer Racing ER6 Kawasaki Supertwin for the remaining 2016 Road Races, a machine which has proved capable of running with the best in previous races. 

20 year old Adam McClean from Tobermore in county L/Derry, will be given the use of the Road Lees Racing Truimph 675 for the Irish Supersport 600 road races, and is also a proven machine which the team believe McClean can put to good use.  McClean who previously came through the Irish 125 and 250cc Short Circuit scene and who was also a top runner in the Mondello Masters series has already in 2016, shown the extent of his capabilities on the road racing front, and one rider who is capable of breaking through the ranks to the top.

Both the Ian Mercer ER6 and the Rod Lee 675 Truimph, will be run under the one umbrella of Rod Lee/Ian Mercer Racing and will be maintained under the watchful eyes of both parties.

Both Rod Lee Racing and Ian Mercer Racing would like to wish Timmy Elwood every success in his business venture and extend a warm welcome to Paul Gartland and Adam McClean.

A further update on the Teams plans and race meetings will be released in the next few days.

 on: May 29, 2016, 06:42:00 am 
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Bradford racer Dean Harrison topped the Supersport leaderboard on the opening night of qualifying at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy. Harrison clocked 124.218mph (18:13.467) on his sixth and final lap of the session while Ivan Lintin topped the leaderboard in the Lightweight after posting a lap of 116.773mph.

The session began with the speed controlled newcomers lap at 6.20pm and TT Rider liaison officer Richard Quayle led Alessandro Polita, Michael Booth, Seamus Elliott and Jochem van den Hoek around the mountain course for their first closed road lap. Bruce Anstey escorted Josh Daley, Andre Pires and Forrest Dunn with rider liaison officer John Barton leading the final group of Darren James, Olaf Romijn and Alastair Fagan.

The sidecars newcomers followed soon after on their speed-controlled lap as Roy Hanks left the line with Dave Demott/Kevin Jones, Alistair Hawkins/Ben McBride and Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley. John Holden/ Andy Winkle showed the way for Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney, Mick Alton/Chrissie Clancy and Gary Knight/Daniel Evanson and Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Milligan took Peter Essaff/Jeff Gillard, Simon Gilbert/Marc Maier and Thierry Laforest/Francky Fouet for their first laps.

Qualifying got underway in earnest in ideal conditions shortly after 6.40pm, with the first full session for the Supersport and Lightweight classes and Swede Bjorn Gunnarsson had the honour of leaving the line first on his Lightweight machine closely followed by Martin Jessopp, Ian Hutchinson, Gary Johnson, Dean Harrison and James Hillier on their Supersport mounts. Danny Webb was out on the KMR Kawasaki, as team owner Ryan Farquhar continues to recover from serious injury, with John McGuinness, Steve Mercer and Dan Stewart also out early on.

First back was Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at 120.280mph but Harrison was quickest on the lap at 120.800mph on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki. Johnson, McGuinness and Cummins were all over the 120mph barrier while Cameron Donald, reunited with Wilson Craig at the TT for the first time since 2013, was also an early starter. Jamie Coward was the quickest Lightweight with a lap just over 110mph.

Johnson pulled in to make changes to the gearing on the T3 Racing Triumph with Jessopp also returning to the pits after a lap of 112.158mph, the Yeovil man soon getting back out. The newcomers were also now having their first proper laps and Van den Hoek was initially quickest at 103.605mph followed by Elliott at 101.036mph.

Second time around and the speeds at the front of the field increased with Hutchinson, who was now first on the road, lapping at 123.206mph and Cummins, out for the first time on the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda at 122.616mph and McGuinness close behind at 122.550mph. Anstey, who started the session towards the back after being involved with the newcomers lap, stopped the clock at 122.257mph.

The leaderboard was regularly changing and Harrison’s third lap saw him go third quickest at 122.730mph with Michael Dunlop topping the board with a speed of 123.346mph. Anstey slotted into fourth at 122.653mph with Peter Hickman improving to 121.486mph, despite not having made any changes to the bike since the North West 200.

Hutchinson’s fourth lap saw him retake the top spot, 1.2s quicker than Dunlop only for the Northern Irishman to come back with a lap of 124.053mph just over three seconds quicker than Hutchinson before Hutchinson and Harrison both moved back in front of the Northern Ireland rider Dunlop on their sixth lap.  Times were close though as five riders all broke the 123mph barrier with Harrison narrowly shading Hutchinson by just over half a second as the fastest on the night.

In the Lightweight class, Coward had increased his speed to 111.854mph before Barton went quicker at 112.213mph. However, last year’s winner Ivan Lintin upstaged them all with a lap of 115.095mph before going quicker still third time around at 116.777mph. Newcomer van den Hoek was continuing to go well at 106.040mph before going better still with 108.109mph whilst Elliott improved to 104.997mph.

Understandably, all of the riders were keen to take full advantage of the long session and re-familiarise themselves with the Mountain Course as many of them put in at least four laps, Hutchinson and Harrison completed an impressive six.

Four riders came off their machines during the session; William Dunlop at Sarah’s, Forrest Dunn at the Water Works, Ben Rea at Lambfell and Seamus Elliott and Hailwood Heights but all were reported to be uninjured.

 on: May 28, 2016, 05:14:03 pm 
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 on: May 28, 2016, 08:51:23 am 
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Following an incident at Billown Dip during the 850cc Classic Practice on Friday evening, involving two competitors and two course marshals, the Southern 100 MCRC, organisers of thBlackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races, are able to issue the following details:

Unfortunately, local rider Dean Martin died as a result of his injuries, the other rider involved, Jamie O’Brien from Liverpool is described as serious but stable. One course marshal suffered head injuries - both he and Jamie O’Brien have been flown to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool for further treatment.

The second course marshal, a retired competitor, has ankle and shoulder injuries but is expected to be discharged from Nobles Hospital later today.

 on: May 28, 2016, 08:08:39 am 
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 on: May 28, 2016, 07:10:38 am 
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The Southern 100 MCRC, the organisers of the Blackford’s Pre-TT Classic Road Races are saddened to announce that as a result of a red flag incident during the 850cc Classic class the remainder of the evening’s practice session was abandoned.

The incident at Billown Dip involved two riders and two Course Marshals.

A further statement will be issued in due course.

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