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Ulster Grand Prix Preview – Part 3 – Superstock Race

Lee Johnston has dazzled in superstock races this year at Vauxhall International North West 200 and TT 2015.

General Lee secured his third North West 200 victory in opening superstock race, whilst Royal London 360 superstock TT saw him seal his first podium finish at TT Races, following fantastic third place finish.

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As at the triangle and the mountain course, Lee is all set for competition on East Coast Racing S1000RR BMW, as he aims for superstock victory during the Ulster Grand Prix.

Ian Hutchinson is one of pure road racing’s most decorated riders in superstock class. The incredible Hutch made it three superstock TT Victories, at TT 2015 following a magnificent performance on Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki.

Already a five times Ulster Grand Prix winner, Hutchy is tipped by many to clinch victory in superstock race.

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He has the natural ability, pace, speed, determination, to dominate the race around Dundrod.

Reigning UGP superstock race winner Dan Kneen, goes into the world’s fastest road race in good form following string of world class results at Southern 100.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Honda’s at this moment in time aren’t considered the ideal machine for superstock class, but you can’t discount Dan from pushing for race win on Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Padgetts team mate Bruce Anstey, has a truly great record at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Already a ten times winner, plus lap record holder around Dundrod, Bruce is tipped by many for more success at the pure road race, which he first victorious at back in 2003.

11 times TT winner Michael Dunlop has hit form at the right time, going into the third international meeting of the season.

Victories in 600/1000 race at Southern 100 and race of legends at Armoy, where proof that the second fastest rider in TT history, has lost none of his determination, ability and will to win.

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Armed with an all new S1000RR BMW he starts amongst the firm favourites for superstock success.

Tyco BMW have a formidable line up in the form of Guy Martin and recently crowned Irish road race supersport champion William Dunlop.

Both Guy and William the credentials to push for the top step of the podium, there both in excellent form going into competition at Dundrod.

At the Armoy Road Races Guy was victorious in open, plus secured second place finish in race of legends.

Whilst William showed top class form on superstock Tyco BMW in recording second and fourth place finishes in open, race of legends.

One of the big questions going into 2015 Ulster Grand Prix, is of competitive will the new YZF R1M Yamaha be.

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Leading the Yamaha challenge is Mar Train Racing’s Dean Harrison. Deano has for the whole season been working wonders with the new machine, notching up series of golden results.

Which include senior race victory at Spring Cup National Road Races, third place finishes in 600/1000, senior races at Southern 100 and third place finish recently in race of legends at Armoy.

He has the undoubted talent to achieve a world class result, it’s an unknown though as to how the YZF R1M Yamaha will perform on the fastest road racing circuit in the world.

Fifth place finisher in superstock TT Peter Hickman is confident he can push for podium placing, on Briggs Equipment S1000RR BMW.

Ever since making his pure road racing debut at North West 200 in 2014, Hicky has taken the roads by storm gelling exceptionally quickly with the triangle, mountain course, Macau, Dundrod.

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It wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if the fastest UGP newcomer in history secures top three finish.

International road race winners Conor Cummins and Keith Amor, both cannot be discounted from been in contention for podium finishes.

Conor pilots Jackson Racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, whilst 2010 Dundrod 150 superstock race winner Keith competes on Rig Deluge Road Racing S1000RR BMW.

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Duke Road Race Rankings leader Ivan Lintin, has the international road race winning quality to record top class result on RC Express Racing ZX10R Kawasaki.

The strength of the entry list is further proven by rising stars Russ Mountford, Daley Mathison, Derek Mcgee, Derek Sheils, Tom McHale, Dan Cooper, Seamus Elliott.

Reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion James Cowton is highly capable of pushing the established front runners for a standout result.

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As is fourth place finisher in 2014 superstock TT David Johnson. David returns to Dundrod for first time since 2011, his record on stockers is a top class one, like multiple riders he’s in contention for a podium finish.

2004 senior Manx Grand Prix winner Davy Morgan, Alan Bonner, Bimota Racing’s Ben Wylie, Phil Crowe, Darren Cooper, Michael Sweeney, Colin Stephenson, Eric Wilson, John Walsh, Matthew Rees add more quality to a star studied entry.

Newcomers to watch include Horst Saiger competing for Ian Lougher Racing on ZX10R Kawasaki machinery.

Highly accomplished pure road racer Horst has the experience on the roads to gel quickly with Dundrod, as does Danny Tomlinson Racing’s Jonathan Howarth, recent winner of senior support race at Southern 100.

Forest Dunn is eagerly looking forward to making his Ulster Grand Prix, as he competes on a ZX10R Kawasaki.

Having made an excellent North West 200 debut this year, the enthusiastic rider is all set for first action on the road race circuit where the lap record stands at incredible 133.977 mph.

Superstock race at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix, is one of those races, which is just too close to call.

Many people believe the winner of this race will either be BMW or Kawasaki mounted, or can a Honda mounted rider surprise many people.

Plus how competitive will the YZF R1M Yamaha be, it’s a fascinating prospect for all pure road racing fans as a world class field compete for superstock race victory.

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