Since 2010, 26 racers have nudged over the 120 mph lap mark around the world famous home of the North West 200, the over eight miles long Triangle course.
From 2016 on-wards the outright NW200 lap record has been held by Michael Dunlop. Back in 2016 on route to opening Superbike race victory Dunlop aboard the Hawk Racing BMW, set a blistering lap speed of 123.207 mph, which equates timing wise to 4 minutes 22.095 seconds.
2015 British Superbike Champion Josh Brookes (122.958 mph), outright wins record holder Alastair Seeley (122.898 mph), unofficial quickest racer in NW200 history Glenn Irwin (122.803 mph), have all come ultra close to joining Dunlop in lapping officially at in excess of the 123 mph lap mark.
Photo by Rod Neill
Fifth, sixth, seventh quickest Triangle course exponents since 2010 are respectively 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson (122.702 mph), world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman (122.650 mph) and current Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison (122.324 mph).
Finalising the ten fastest NW200 competitors throughout the last ten years are Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston (122.281 mph), 10 times event winner Bruce Anstey (122.223 mph) and Manx hero Conor Cummins (122.208 mph).
Others to surpass the 122 mph lap mark are Martin Jessopp (122.204 mph), nine times Macau GP winner Michael Rutter (122.162 mph) and Mountain Course great John McGuinness (122.022 mph).
It’s also worth noting as well that Richard Cooper’s newcomers NW200 record lap speed from last year of 120.659 mph, almost matches the personal best speeds achieved by modern era International roads luminaries such as Guy Martin (120.932 mph), Cameron Donald (120.764 mph) and Keith Amor (120.677 mph).
Words by Stevie Rial