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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.

Jamie Hamilton (right) with the late Malachi Mitchell-Thomas at the Mid Antrim 150 in April.

Malachi’s death made me realise how fortunate I am, says Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton says he accepts he may never know the exact cause of his life-threatening crash at the Isle of Man TT.

Jamie Hamilton is continuing his recovery from his crash at the Isle of Man TT in 2015.  PICTURE: STEPHEN DAVISON/PACEMAKER

Jamie Hamilton won’t give up on Isle of Man TT dream

One year and six months on from his terrifying 160mph crash at the Isle of Man TT, the cumbersome external fixator on Jamie Hamilton’s right leg remains a constant reminder of his brush with death.

Chris Smiley who will drive for the new Northern Ireland owned  team in the British Touring Car Championship.

Carrick driver Smiley to lead NI racing team

A Northern Irish-owned team will enter the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for the first time in 2017, following the acquisition of BTC Racing by Belfast-based private equity group, Norlin.

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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Jonathan Rea’s back-to-back world title feat marked in exclusive iPlayer programme

A special programme featuring World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will be available exclusively on the BBC iPlayer from Sunday, December 11.

Hawk Racing BMW's Michael Dunlop celebrates winning the Pokerstars Senior TT at the 2016 Isle of Man TT with runner up Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW ) and third placed John McGuinness (Honda).

Jonathan Rea and Michael Dunlop shortlisted for prestigious Torrens Trophy honour

Northern Ireland’s Michael Dunlop and Jonathan Rea have been shortlisted for the prestigious Torrens Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club.

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.

Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.

MOTORCYCLING: Glenn Irwin 'gutted' after technical issue thwarts Macau GP podium bid

Northern Ireland’s Glenn Irwin says he was ‘gutted’ to miss out on the chance to seal a sensational podium in his debut at the 50th Suncity Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea during the first winter test at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

MOTORCYCLING: Champion Jonathan Rea tops times in first winter test

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea says he was ‘very encouraged’ after completing the first winter test on the 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR at Motorland Aragon.

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Cast your vote for Irish Motorcyclist of Year

Voting has opened for the prestigious Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year award, with the famous Joey Dunlop trophy going to the overall winner.

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.

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.

John Burrows' Cookstown B.E. Racing team celebrates winning the Irish Superbike and Supertwin championships at Armoy. Derek Sheils (centre) was crowned Superbike champion while Malachi Mitchell-Thomas posthumously won the Ulster Supertwins title. Malachi's father Kevin (kneeling, centre) gave his blessing to the team to continue racing following his son's death at the North West 200 in May.

John Burrows: Death of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas was all-time low for our team

Cookstown B.E. Racing team owner John Burrows admits the tragic death of young prospect Malachi Mitchell-Thomas at this year’s North West 200 left him facing one of the toughest decisions of his career.

Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki ZX-10R during free practice at Jerez in Spain.

WSBK: Jonathan Rea hampered by traction issues on day one at Jerez

Jonathan Rea endured a difficult opening day in practice at Jerez ahead of his bid to wrap up a second World Superbike title at the Spanish circuit this weekend.

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