Well Bike Week 2018 has finally arrived! All the preparation work has been completed, the riders are arriving and it’s now up to us to lift the spirits of the road racing fans and deliver a week of safe and exciting practice and racing.
I can never praise our team of volunteers enough for the work they do at Dundrod in prepping the circuit. Thankfully this year they have been able to do so in mediterranean weather conditions. Work started in early July and will finish 2 weeks after the race.
It’s exciting news for Dave Johnson on getting a ride with the Tyco BMW team on board the HP4 Race! This is a class bit of kit – carbon fibered frame and wheels etc. We are delighted to be part of its history as it’s the only one of its kind to have been raced on the roads. Last year Bruce Anstey made history when winning the first superbike race on board the RCV. Again this was the first time that bike had won on the roads. This will be my 17th year as clerk of the course and in all those years Bruce has always been on the grid. Unfortunately Bruce is unable to be here this year. I would like to wish him well on his recovery and look forward to seeing him on the Dundrod grid next year with his famous number 5 plate.
One of the privileges we have on our road closing order is that we permit spectators to move from one viewing point to another in between races. Can I please ask all race fans and spectators wishing to move around the circuit that you keep tight to the road side and remember we have race vehicles on the course. Always consider your safety and that of others.
Please purchase your admission wristband and programme. Without this financial support we would quite simply be unable to put on the epic showpiece that is the Ulster Grand Prix. All that leaves me to say is I wish you all a safe and enjoyable 2018 MCE Ulster Grand Prix.