2011 Ulster Grand Prix
Like the Isle of Man TT, the Ulster Grand Prix is an International Road Race that tests the boundaries of some of the world’s fastest motorcycle pilots.
Joining the Ulster grid this year is the newly-formed Honda TT Legends team, which has competed in the IOMTT and the Endurance World Championship.
The two Honda TT riders who will compete at Ulster GP Aug. 10-13 are 17-time IOMTT winner John McGuinness and Keith Amor.
During the Ulster Grand Prix, coined as the World’s Fastest Road Race, speeds regulary exceed 130 mph around the 7.4-mile circuit west of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Bruce Anstey currently holds the record lap of 133.977 on the Dunrod Circuit, which he set last year.
This will be the second road-racing event for the Honda TT Legends besides the IOMTT; both McGuinness and Amor were also set to race the North West 200 but a date clash with the Albacete round of the Endurance World Championship has precluded this.
At the last Endurance World Championship, Suzuka 8 Hours, Round 3 of 5, the Honda TT Legends team had to retired after 2.5 hours due to problems with the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The full Honda TT Legends team comprises of McGuinness, Amor and Steve Plater, who recently announced that he has retired from road racing to concentrate solely on the Endurance World Championship.
John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR) says: “I am really excited about the Ulster Grand Prix this year and going there with this team. It’s one of the fastest and most technical races out there. I didn’t make it to the Ulster this year due to other commitments but I am keen to get back there and give it a go. I have won there before and I would like to rack up a few more victories at the Dundrod circuit.”
Keith Amor (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR) says: “The Ulster Grand Prix was one of the first road-racing events I took part in and because of that it is pretty special for me and always means a lot to go well there. There is no better team than the Honda team, and to go there under the banner of ‘Honda TT Legends’, with John as my team mate is a really good feeling. I’m sure Steve (Plater) will be watching from the sidelines as well.”
Neil Tuxworth (Team Manager, Honda TT Legends) says: “With the new Honda TT Legends program, it is now possible for us to participate in great historical road-races such as the Ulster Grand Prix. Previously other commitments have made it difficult for Honda’s official team to attend this event but now we have the resources for this to be possible and want to go there and for our TT Legends team to do well.”