Ulster Grand Prix: Rain Plagues Day 1


Ulster Grand Prix

Practice for the Ulster Grand Prix Dundrod 150 Superbike race was terminated early on Wednesday due to heavy rains plaguing the 7.4-mile circuit just west of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Coined as the World’s Fastest race, the Ulster Grand Prix was initially on delay Wednesday, but the riders eventually got some laps in at 7 p.m. local time.

Although shortened, the top three in the first practice session for the Dundrod 150 Superbike race were Michael Johnson (Links Lifting LTD Honda CBR 1000 RR), Guy Martin (Relentless Suzuki GSX-R 1000) and Keith Amor (Honda TT Legends CBR 1000RR).

As for 17-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, he finished 10th in Wednesday Ulster Grand Prix’s practice.

The riders will back on the circuit on Thursday morning for the second practice session, which will determine the final grid positions for the afternoon Dundrod 150 Superbike race.

John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR) says: “It’s been a bit of an unlucky day for everybody really. It looked like we were going to get the best conditions of the day but the rain began just as we started. The roads were wet and we were on wet tires, I just followed a couple of other riders and tried to get a bit of a feel for it. It was difficult and the visibility was low, but it’s the same for everyone.”

Keith Amor (Honda TT Legends CBR1000RR) says: “It’s been quite a frustrating day. We’ve been hanging around all day because of one thing or another – not anyone’s fault but just one of those days. Unfortunately it started raining as we went out and got progressively heavier. It’s a shame we didn’t get any dry practice but hopefully tomorrow will go a little bit better.”