Road Racing News

2019 North West 200: Race Day Wrap Up

With more wet weather, fading light allied to deteriorating conditions around the Triangle course, it wasn’t a major surprise to see event organisers make the decision, to cancel the blue riband Merrow Hotel and Spa feature Superbike race.

One has to have sympathy for the event organisers, who have had all kinds of obstacles throw at them, including red flags, substance spillages, persistent inclement weather.

In spite of all the aforementioned topics, four top quality races still took place, thrilling the large crowd at the 90th anniversary North West 200.

Davey Todd, ‘Rider of The Meeting’ James Hillier joined the NW200 winners circle, whilst Glenn Irwin and Jeremy McWilliams, respectively took their total of Triangle course successes to four and three.

Photo by Rod Neill

Richard Cooper became the first event newcomer since 2015, to claim a podium placing, whilst Mullingar’s Derek McGee also secured a maiden NW200 rostrum finish.

Reflecting last night on an ultra challenging day organising wise, North West 200, Event Director Mervyn Whyte MBE, stated:

“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.

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.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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