WSBK: Jonathan Rea opens title defence in winning style at Phillip Island

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea made the perfect start to the defence of his World Superbike title after claiming a hard-earned victory in race one at Phillip Island in Australia.
Jonathan Rea during the final pre-season test of 2017 at Phillip Island in Australia.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea fastest in final test at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea topped the times during the final pre-season test at Phillip Island as the reigning World Superbike champion set out his stall ahead of this weekend’s opening round in Australia.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and team-mate Tom Sykes unveiled the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR during a special launch event in Barcelona.

Jonathan Rea pulls wraps off 2017 Kawasaki in Barcelona

Jonathan Rea has pulled the wraps off the factory Kawasaki he hopes will fire him to an unprecedented third straight World Superbike crown this year.

Charley Irwin starred at Belfast Arenacross.

Irwin hits the heights

Ballyclare’s Charley Irwin was the toast of the SSE Arena at the weekend as he raced his Discount Beds KTM to two brilliant podiums in the 65cc class over two nights of spectacular racing in rounds four and five of the 2017 Arenacross championship.

Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, Jonathan Rea, with the Enkalon Joey Dunlop trophy.

World champion Jonathan Rea crowned Irish Rider of Year in Belfast

World Superbike king Jonathan Rea was crowned Irish Motorcyclist of the Year as the two-time champion retained the famous Joey Dunlop trophy at the Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in Belfast.

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Stage is set for motorcycling’s big glamour night in Belfast

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will fly into Belfast later this week, when the Ulster rider is a massive odds-on favourite to be crowned the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year for a second successive time.

Top Ulster racers (L-R) Lee Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Andy Reid and Ryan Farquhar with promoters Billy and Marty Nutt at the launch of the 2017 Blackhorse NI Motorrcycle Festival.

Big names turn out for launch of NI Motorcycle Festival

The 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival was officially launched at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn on Thursday, where Lee Johnston, Ryan Farquhar, Alastair Seeley and Andy Reid were among the special guests.

The future of Irish road racing is in doubt due to rising insurance costs, its been claimed this week.

EXCLUSIVE: Insurance hikes ‘could sound death knell for Irish road racing’

Irish National road racing in Ulster could go to the wall in less than three years due to the financial threat posed by rising insurance premiums and a dramatic increase in claims.

Graeme Irwin with his Buildbase Honda team.

MOTORSPORT: Irwin targets British title

Carrick MX star Graeme Irwin has resigned for Buildbase Honda for 2017 to again challenge for the Maxxis British Championship, the Pirelli Masters and a few GPs on the all-new CRF450RW Honda.

Violet McAfee, the spectator injured in a crash at the 2015 North West 200, with Ian Crowe, Chairman of the NI Air Ambulance,  Ryan Farquhar and his wife, Karen and NW200 Event Director, Mervyn Whyte.

New helicopter will save lives, says Ryan Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar says the new Helicopter Emergency Service will undoubtedly save lives after the air ambulance visited the North West 200 circuit on Friday.

Jonathan Rea

MOTORBIKES: Jonathan Rea retained Superbike World Championship

Jonathan Rea wrapped up a second consecutive Superbike World Championship title with a second-place finish in race one in Qatar.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea pictured with Sam Geddis, Managing Director of Cornmarket Insurance Services and Stephen Watson, awards organiser.

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea launches Cornmarket Motorbike Awards

Jonathan Rea is poised to return to the glittering Cornmarket Motorbike Awards in January as a two-time World Superbike champion.

Alan Irwin celebrates his son Glenns victory in the Sunflower Trophy race on Saturday at Bishopscourt.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Proud dad Alan Irwin all smiles on famous day at Bishopscourt

It was a real family affair at Bishopscourt in Co Down on Saturday, where former Sunflower Trophy winner Alan Irwin was on hand to witness his son Glenn winning the famous accolade for the first time.

Andrew Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) leads the opening Supersport race from David Allingham (EHA Yamaha) and Carl Phillips (Gearlink Kawasaki) at Bishopscourt in Co Down on Saturday.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Fantastic five for Irwin boys at Bishopscourt

Saturday’s Sunflower Trophy meeting brought the Irish short circuit season to a close with a fitting finale at Bishopscourt in Co Down, where the Irwin brothers chalked up five wins between them.

Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati during qualifying at Bishopscourt.

SUNFLOWER TROPHY: Glenn Irwin under lap record at Bishopscourt

Glenn Irwin put down a marker as the British Superbike rider produced a scorching 100mph lap to seal pole at the JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting.

David Allingham on the EHA Racing Yamaha.

MOTORCYCLING: David Allingham and EHA Racing confirmed for Sunflower

Rising British Supersport prospect David Allingham has entered the fray for this weekend’s JAS Finlay Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt in Co Down.

Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at Brands Hatch.

BRITISH SUPERBIKES: Glenn Irwin ends rookie season on a high with podium at Brands Hatch

Glenn Irwin ended his rookie season in the MCE British Superbike Championship on a high by chalking up his second rostrum finish on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at Brands Hatch.

Jonathan Rea celebrates his brace of podium finishes at Jerez in Spain.

WORLD SUPERBIKES: Jonathan Rea’s title celebrations on ice until Qatar

Jonathan Rea will have to wait a little while longer to be crowned World Superbike champion for a second time despite finishing ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes in race two at Jerez on Sunday.

Jonathan Rea showed his respect for former Northern Ireland motorcycling world champions Joey Dunlop and Brian Reid when he donned the helmets of both riders immediately after winning the World Superbike Championship in 2015.

Phillip McCallen: It’s impossible to compare Joey and Rea

Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner Phillip McCallen says it is impossible to make a comparison between World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and Ulster road racing hero Joey Dunlop.

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