Nerves, Disappointment and Excitemen for NorthWest200- and that’s just the entries!

When we were making the decision about which races to run this year, the NorthWest 200 was top of the list (besides the obvious Manx GP and Classic TT!). With it’s high speeds, grid starts (& the opportunity to ride around roundabouts backwards!) the NorthWest is a must-do for all road racers.

Going to the NorthWest is particularly important for me, as this will be the first road race circuit that I’ve raced at, that my father didn’t. My father, along with Joey and Robert Dunlop, inspired my passion for road racing before I could walk! While I am proud to be able to follow in my dad’s footsteps, the NorthWest will give me the opportunity to make footsteps of my own.

I was incredibly excited that NW200 was on my 2015 plan. But soon came crashing down to earth when I realised that my Supertwin wasn’t eligible as it is a hybrid. I am already on the limit (ok, I’m completely over the limit) of my funds and knew I couldn’t afford to upgrade. My boss at Reps motorcycles had generously bought me a loaned R6 ride and we discovered that it too may not be eligible due to it’s age. Gutted is the only word to describe how I felt. However , this was short lived as, the lovely Gillian at NW200 informed us that actually the R6 is eligible. Sooo, NW200, here I come! Entries will be sent next week, sharing a van with Billy Redmayne Racing, so between the four of us the LDV might
stay warm despite the leaks! That leaves us with 13 weeks to try and leak proof the van, prep the bike, watch a million on-boards, alongside a visit to Tandragee, Oliver’s mount and Brands Hatch, no pressure!