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Triangle Top Speed Climbers

Over the past ten years at the North West 200, 15 racers have registered speed trap timings exceeding 200 mph, including races speed trap record holder Bruce Anstey.

The opening NW200 Superbike encounter of 2016 saw the genial New Zealander aboard the Valvoline Padgetts Honda Fireblade, on the run to University Corner near 210 mph! recording a confirmed speed of 209.8 mph.

Fastest BMW mounted competitor is 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson (207.2) whilst quickest Yamaha machinery pilot is ex Grand Prix racer Jeremy McWilliams (201.6).

Racers not mentioned thus far to have exceeded 200 mph during the past decade are: Michael Dunlop (205.9), Michael Rutter (205.9), Conor Cummins (204.7), John McGuinness (204), Gary Johnson (202.8).

Photo by Rod Neill

Current two times successive Steve Henshaw Gold Cup winner Lee Johnston (202.8), David Johnson (202.8), TT Races lap record holder Peter Hickman (202.2), Stuart Easton (202), Martin Jessopp (202), the most successful racer in NW200 history Alastair Seeley (201.6) and IRRC great Didier Grams (201).

Notable names who haven’t as yet topped 200 mph in race conditions at the North West include Dean Harrison, James Hillier, Jamie Coward and Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin.

The overall top sixty quickest NW200 competitors in descending from 2010-2019 in terms of speed trap timings, reads as follows:

(Top speed achieved located near racers name)

1 Bruce Anstey 209.8
2 Ian Hutchinson 207.2
3 Michael Dunlop 205.9
4 Michael Rutter 205.9
5 Conor Cummins 204.7
6 John McGuinness 204
7 Gary Johnson 202.8
8 Lee Johnston 202.8
9 David Johnson 202.8
10 Peter Hickman 202.2
11 Stuart Easton 202
12 Martin Jessopp 202
13 Alastair Seeley 201.6
14 Jeremy McWilliams 201.6
15 Didier Grams 201
16 Dean Harrison 199.8
17 Horst Saiger 199.2
18 Glenn Irwin 199.2
19 Ivan Lintin 198
20 James Hillier 198
21 Jamie Coward 198
22 Richard Cooper 198
23 William Dunlop 196.9
24 Sam West 196.8
25 Dan Kneen 196.3
26 Danny Webb 196.3
27 John Ingram 196.3
28 Steve Mercer 196.3
29 Davey Todd 196.3
30 Ben Wylie 195.7
31 James Cowton 195.7
32 Paul Shoesmith 195.2
33 Seamus Elliott 194.6
34 Cameron Donald 194
35 Keith Amor 194
36 Ian Lougher 194
37 Guy Martin 194
38 Josh Brookes 193.5
39 Stefano Bonetti 193.5
40 Ryan Farquhar 193
41 Stephen Thompson 192.9
42 Jonathan Howarth 192.9
43 Donald MacFadyen 192.9
44 Dan Hegarty 192.9
45 Michael Sweeney 192.4
46 Derek McGee 192.4
47 Daley Mathison 192.4
48 Matti Seidel 191.8
49 Laurent Hoffmann 191.3
50 Alan Bonner 191.3
51 Bruce Birnie 191.3
52 Jochem Van Den Hoek 191.3
53 John Burrows 191
54 Simon Andrews 191
55 Maria Costello MBE 190.7
56 Josh Day 190.7
57 Lukas Maurer 190.7
58 Brandon Cretu 190.2
59 Anthony McColgan 190.2
60 Paul Jordan 190.2

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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