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Ulster Grand Prix Preview – Part 1 – Superbike Races

Multiple pure road racing stars are all set for competition, at the world’s fastest road race, the Ulster Grand Prix.

Superbike races sees a star studied line up which includes, reigning feature superbike race winner Bruce Anstey.

Bruce at TT 2015 accomplished a lifetimes ambition by securing superbike TT victory, following a memorable display on Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

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Photo by Rod Neill

The ten times Ulster Grand Prix winner, is confident of securing another feature superbike race success around Dundrod.

Winner of thirty international road races, will start as one of the firm favourites for victories in superbike races, as will Guy Martin.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Guy has enjoyed a highly productive 2015 road racing season. Which has included race wins at Spring Cup National Road Races, Cookstown 100, Southern 100, Armoy Road Races.

Having gelled quickly with BMW Motorrad machinery, the hugely popular rider goes into action around Dundrod, with confidence that he can add to his stellar tally of 11 victories.

Tyco BMW team mate William Dunlop, goes into the meeting amongst the most in form riders in pure road racing.

Since TT 2015, William has recorded race wins at Kells, Skerries, Walderstown and recently back to back supersport victories at Armoy Road Races.

Recently crowned Irish road race supersport champion, is tipped by many to be in contention for big bike success as he competes on top spec S1000RR BMW’s.

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Photo by Baylon McCaughey

11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop, has hit good form at the right time, going into the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix.

Although not officially announced yet, the recent race of legends winner at Armoy, looks set to compete on a high spec S1000RR BMW superbike.

He will be aiming to secure, his first international road race wins of the season, as he bids to his current tally of six wins at the world’s fastest road race.

Ian Hutchinson’s return to winning ways at TT 2015, has been for many people the standout moment so far of the 2015 road racing season.

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The incredible Hutch is hugely looking forward to returning to the Ulster Grand Prix, as he aims to build upon his success in 2010 at the iconic road race, when he chalked up three wins in a day, including feature superbike race victory.

With a proven machine in Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki, bursting with confidence and back to winning ways, Ian Hutchinson is regarded by many as favourite for both superbike races.

If he wins either of the superbike races, it will without a doubt be one of the most popular victories during this year’s UGP.

It’s been a year of highs and lows for Dean Harrison. The 2014 lightweight TT winner and Mar Train Racing have been chipping away with the all new YZF R1M Yamaha.

Southern 100 lap record holder has since TT Races, secured string of high quality results on the YZF R1M Yamaha.

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Which include third place finishes in 600/1000, senior races at Southern 100, senior race 1 success at Cock Of The North Road Races and third place finish in race of legends at Armoy.

It’s difficult to say how competitive, the new YZF R1M Yamaha will be around Dundrod, but one things for sure Dean Harrison and Mar Train Racing will be giving it everything in pursuit of world class results.

Reigning Ulster Grand Prix superstock race winner Dan Kneen, is another rider to have hit form at the right time, going into the third international road race meeting of the year.

Dan finished a close runner up in blue riband solo championship, at the Southern 100. The 2014 Irish road race superbike champion has the talent, pace, speed, plus proven machinery in Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

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To push for podium finishes in both superbike races, as does three times international road race winner Lee Johnston.

Supersport lap record holder around Oliver’s Mount, has enjoyed arguably his most successful year of pure road racing to date, following superstock race victory at the Vauxhall International North West 200.

Plus superb third place finish in superstock TT alongside lapping for the first time in the 130 mph bracket, following lap speed of 130.851 mph, which makes him the twelfth fastest rider in TT history.

All set to compete on high spec machinery in the form of East Coast Racing S1000RR BMW, general Lee is tipped by many for feature superbike race success around Dundrod.

Having dazzled at TT 2015, Peter Hickman, goes into the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix, with the firm belief that he can push for podium finishes on Briggs Equipment backed S1000RR BMW.

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Hicky made an eye catching UGP debut in 2014, recording fifth place finishes in superstock, feature superbike races.

He has the pace, ability, determination to secure podium finishes as does 2010 Dundrod 150 superbike race winner Keith Amor.

Keith is another world class rider set to compete on BMW Motorrad machinery in both superbike races.

Recently the flying Scotsman recorded excellent fourth place finish, in opening supersport race at Armoy Road Races.

With the proven race winning quality, knowledge, experience, Keith cannot be discounted from been in contention for top quality results, as can’t Conor Cummins.

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Runner up in 2014 senior TT, is set to be amongst the leading Honda mounted competitors, as he pilots Jackson Racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Conor has a fantastic record at Dundrod, in 2009 he clinched feature superbike race victory, which also marked his first international road race success.

Ivan Lintin is in tremendous form having secured victories at Barry Sheene Festival Powered by Suzuki, Southern 100, Cock Of The North Road Races.

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Ivan and the RC Express Racing ZX10R Kawasaki, are in prime contention for high quality results, as is ninth fastest rider in TT history, David Johnson.

David returns to Dundrod for the first time since 2011, when he competed for the Sondel Sport Racing Kawasaki team.

A prodigiously talented rider Davo has the pure road racing craft, to mix it with the established front runners.

Fellow rising road racing stars recent Welsh open champion at Aberdare Park Dan Cooper, Daley Mathison, Tom McHale, leading newcomer at TT 2015 Derek Mcgee, all have the talent to clock up fantastic results.

Adding more quality to the entry list, includes, reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford, Seamus Elliott, Brian Mccormack, Derek Sheils, Davy Morgan, Michael Sweeney, Phil Crowe.

Further variety to the line up is added by Bimota Racing’s Ben Wylie and Brandon Cretu.

Newcomers to look out for include, Horst Saiger and Dan Hegarty competing for Ian Lougher Racing on ZX10R Kawasaki’s.

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Plus Jonathan Howarth, senior support race winner at the Southern 100, all set for action on Danny Tomlinson Racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

The current lap record around Dundrod, is 133.977 mph set by Bruce Anstey, on final lap of the 2010 feature superbike race.

With closely anticipated competition, could the 134 mph mark go at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix?

We will all know next week, when multiple questions will be answered in the superbike races.

Which include, can Michael Dunlop win for the first time feature superbike race, how competitive will the new YZF R1M Yamaha be, will Guy Martin add to his tally of 11 victories.

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Photo by Rod Neill

All these questions and many more will be answered, in what are set to be thrilling, exciting, compelling, history making superbike races at one of the most iconic pure road race meeting’s in the world, the Ulster Grand Prix.

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