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Derek Sheils Continues Impressive 2013 Season Form In 2014

Derek Sheils has carried on his hugely impressive form from 2013 into the 2014 road racing season which has seen the highly rated road racer clinch many a standout result.

This years Cookstown 100 would prove to be one of the standout meetings of the season for Derek. Supersport invitational race saw race victory recorded following a great all round performance on CD racing R6 Yamaha.


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Open race was next on the horizon and 2013 Irish road race superbike champion Derek proved his undoubted quality once again with race win after a good battle with Derek Mcgee and William Dunlop.

4th position was secured in grand final to round off his days racing in consistent fashion. The Vauxhall international North West 200 would see him achieve succession of highly creditable results around the triangle.

Which included 14th and 12th place finishes in superstock races as the CD racing ZX10 Kawasaki never missed a beat.

The 2009 newcomers a Manx Grand Prix runner up always enjoys competing at Skerries road races where in 2013 he finished runner up in open and grand final races behind Michael Dunlop.

This years event saw Derek achieve excellent second place finish in open race finishing under 1.5 seconds behind race winner Jamie Hamilton. Grand final would see fourth position achieved following a solid and consistent performance throughout.

Armoy road races have rapidly gained in popularity in recent years and for Derek it’s a road race circuit were in 2013 he recorded third place finishes in open and grand final races.

The 2014 Armoy road races saw fantastic racing throughout and Derek competing on CD racing ZX10 Kawasaki produced a meticulous performance in grand final finishing in sixth place.

Dundrod 150 superbike race saw highly respectable 11th position acquired whilst the feature superbike race at this years Ulster Grand Prix provided Derek with top 15 placing.

He ended the season in style at Killalane road races with 4th place finish in grand final and then third position on CD racing R6 Yamaha in highly competitive supersport race.

Following the Killalane road races Derek had secured third position overall in 2014 Irish road race superbike championship, overall the highly accomplished road racer was pleased with his season.

Excellent 2014 Road Racing Season For Neil Lyons

Its been an excellent 2014 road racing season for Neil Lyons. The rider who made his Manx Grand Prix debut last year has secured this year senior support race victories at Skerries road races, Walderstown road races and Killalane road races.

Following a highly accomplished years road racing Neil clinched 2014 Irish road race senior support championship victory. In the last five years we’ve seen riders such as Dean Harrison, Alan Bonner, Derek Mcgee and Shane Egan all come through the senior support class and Neil has joined them in proving he is a seasoned, consistent and highly accomplished pure road racer.


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The 2014 Manx Grand Prix saw the rider competing on Amigos backed R6 Yamaha record excellent 11th place finish in junior race whilst the senior Manx Grand Prix would also prove to be highly prodigious for Neil.


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15th position was achieved following a solid performance as he ended his second year of competing on the mountain course in solid and respectable fashion.

For all pure road racers its a landmark moment in their careers competing on the most famous road racing circuit in the world and Neil having accomplished this landmark twice looks set to have a bright future in front of him at the Manx Grand Prix and at the Isle of Man TT.

William Dunlop Enjoys Excellent 2014 Road Racing Season


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William Dunlop has enjoyed an excellent 2014 road racing season. Having signed for Tyco Suzuki by TAS William had a productive series of tests with the team before he began his road racing season at the Cookstown 100.

Third place finish was secured in supersport invitational race before making it back to back third place finishes in open race following a consistent performance on Tyco Suzuki by TAS superbike. Feature supersport race would see William achieve fourth place finish, next race on the horizon was the grand final.

Following a scintillating performance from him second position was recorded to round off his Tyco Suzuki by TAS road racing debut in top style. Next road race coming up for William was the Tandragee 100. Following top five finish in open race where he was leading supersport 600 mounted rider he went into supersport race confident that the potential was there for race victory.

The race proved to be a momentous one of the popular rider as he achieved his first race win for Tyco Suzuki by TAS after winning a thrilling supersport race following an excellent battle with Keith Amor.

This win gave William added confidence going into the Vauxhall international North West 200. Supersport race 1 saw him secure fourth place finish in what was a frantic supersport race which had seen William in the battle for race victory throughout.

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Feature superbike race was next up and arguably here William produced his best ever performance at an international road race. A well deserved victory was recorded after a duel in closing laps with brother Michael Dunlop. William was delighted with his first international road race superbike victory a goal he has been aiming to achieve for the last few years.

Following this result all eyes where on William going into TT 2014 to see if he could keep up his great form. Superbike TT race saw the Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider clinch highly creditable top six finish following a meticulous and solid performance.


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Fifth place finish in supersport TT race 1 followed before reliability issues struck in superstock race. Second supersport TT race provided William with his third TT podium finish of his career so far after a highly accomplished performance.


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The senior TT beckoned and following a superb start to Glen Helen on lap 1 William Lead and was battling for race lead on third lap of the race before crashing out of contention still the hugely talented rider proved he has the potential to in the future win the blue riband race at the Isle of Man TT.

Having determinedly fought his way back from a leg injury following crash in senior TT he was back in action at Skerries road races. No one could have predicted how well William’s road racing comeback could have went after brilliant supersport race victory despite still not been 100 percent fit for action.

Walderstown road races where next on the horizon and the results got even better with double race win following great performances in open and supersport races. Second place finish was acquired in the grand final to conclude what had been so far his best road race meeting with Tyco Suzuki by TAS.


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The growing in popularity Armoy road races proved to be another productive meeting for William which included invitational supersport race victory plus second and third place finishes in feature supersport and open races. 4th place finish was acquired in race of legends, next road race coming up for William following Armoy was the worlds fastest road race the Ulster Grand Prix.

Sixth place finish in Dundrod 150 superbike race started William’s 2014 action around Dundrod in consistent fashion. Unfortunately on Ulster Grand Prix race day the weather became inconsistent still in opening supersport race William lead throughout and going onto final lap was locked in battle for victory with Bruce Anstey.

But then as race victory was on the cards issues struck the Tyco Suzuki by TAS supersport bike forcing William to retire from the race. Bad weather curtailed the second superbike race which meant William didn’t gain a chance of securing his second international road race superbike victory.

Overall though in 2014 William Dunlop proved to many that he can win on a superbike at an international road race plus that surely a first TT win must be on the cards in 2015 following impressive performances around the mountain course this year.

Michael Sweeney Happy With Results At Skerries Road Races


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Michael Sweeney was happy with his results at Skerries road races. 2013 junior Manx Grand Prix winner competing on Martin Jones racing backed ZX10 Kawasaki secured 3rd place finish in open race following a consistent and solid performance.

Next up was the supersport 600 race and Micko secured 4th position. Despite crashing out of 250 race when battling for race lead 18th place finisher in 2014 senior TT ended this years Skerries road races in style with a superb second place finish in the grand final.

Dan Kneen’s Superb Season Continues At Skerries Road Races


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Dan Kneen’s superb season continued at Skerries road races. Open race saw Dan secure 5th place finish, supersport race competing on Cookstown Burrows engineering racing CBR 600 Honda would see 9th place finish acquired.

Super twin race and following a accomplished and consistent ride throughout the rider who lapped at 129.4 mph at this years Isle of Man TT recorded 5th place.

Onto the grand final and in a fantastic battle for victory throughout with Jamie Hamilton Dan went onto achieve a hard fought grand final race victory, the win has further cemented Dan’s lead in superbike Irish road race championship.

Next road race coming up for Dan is Southern 100 where will be looking for his first podium at Billown where in 2013 he impressed with solid performances in opening superbike and supersport races.

Skerries Road Races – Grand Final Race News


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In a dramatic grand final race at Skerries Dan Kneen recorded a hard fought race victory on Cookstown Burrows engineering racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki. Jamie Hamilton had lead throughout and was battling with Dan for grand final victory before slipping off on final lap, Jamie has by all accounts a shoulder injury, we wish the two time winner at 2014 Skerries road races all the best.

Michael Sweeney secured a fantastic second place finish whilst Derek Sheils achieved his second podium finish of the day with third position.

Davy Morgan rounded off a consistent day of racing with fourth place finish, Seamus Elliott excellent season continues with fifth place finish competing on a superstock ZX10 Kawasaki.

John Walsh completed the top six and Andy Farrell preparations for 2014 Manx Grand Prix is going well with seventh place achieved.

Shane Egan reigning senior support Irish road race champion was eighth in front of seasoned competitor Alan Connor and James Kelly who completed the top ten. So a exciting grand final race which saw Dan Kneen achieve another notable victory in what is turning out to be arguably the best season so far in his road racing career.

Skerries Road Races – Supersport Race News


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On his return to competition following a crash in this years senior TT William Dunlop secured a superb race victory in supersport race at Skerries road races.

Competing on Tyco Suzuki by TAS supersport machine William was victorious by 6.3 seconds over second place finisher Derek Mcgee. Jamie Hamilton secured third place finish on Wilson Craig racing CBR 600 Honda whilst Michael Sweeney produced a fighting performance to finish in fourth place on Martin Jones racing backed R6 Yamaha.

Derek Sheils was a solid fifth, Andy Farrell finished in a highly creditable sixth place, Seamus Elliott was seventh and James Kelly rounded out the top eight.

Dan Kneen finished in ninth place for Cookstown Burrows engineering racing and Paul Cranston recorded tenth position. But the race belonged to William Dunlop who has showed true grit and determination at Skerries today.

Skerries Road Races – Open Race News


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Jamie Hamilton’s rich vein of form continues with open race victory at Skerries road races. Jamie competing for Wilson Craig racing was victorious in a closely fought race as Derek Sheils secured a good second place finish on CD racing ZX10 Kawasaki.

Finishing in third place was Michael Sweeney who is having an excellent season of road racing currently holding second place in superbike Irish road race championship.

Davy Morgan achieved a highly creditable fourth place finish on CMS racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade. Dan Kneen was battling for race lead early on before dropping back to fifth place at the line on Cookstown Burrows engineering racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Derek Mcgee completed the top six whilst John Walsh recorded a solid seventh place finish in front of Seamus Elliott who is riding consistently well this season. Andy Farrell backed by full factory winners wear was ninth and Shane Egan completed the top ten following a gritty performance throughout.

Stage Set For Skerries Road Races


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The stage is set for an exciting Skerries road races. Jamie Hamilton following four wins in a day at Bush road races is going in confident that the potential is there for more wins on Wilson Craig racing Honda’s.

Despite being a debutant to Skerries Dan Kneen will start as one of the favourites for victory in superbike and grand final races on Cookstown Burrows engineering racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Derek Mcgee has being in top form this season and looks set to be in contention for grand final victory at Skerries when competing on ZX10 Kawasaki.

Michael Sweeney, Davy Morgan, Alan Bonner, Seamus Elliott, Paul Gartland, Connor Behan and James Kelly all have good chances of being near the front at Skerries in what is going to be a highly competitive road race which could see different winners across every race.

William Dunlop Targeting Return To Action At Skerries Road Races

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Following his crash in this years senior TT William Dunlop is planning his return to racing at Skerries road races.

The Tyco Suzuki by TAS rider in 2013 won a great supersport race at Skerries following a brilliant battle with his brother Michael Dunlop.

2014 has already being a good year road racing wise for William who secured his first international superbike race success at North West 200.

Plus at TT 2014 alongside recording third place finish in second supersport race a fantastic personal best lap speed of 130.8 mph was achieved in senior TT when fighting for race lead.

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