MCE Ulster Grand Prix organisers introduce compulsory training for newcomers

The organisers of the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix have run a special information session for racers who hope to compete at the world famous Dundrod circuit for the first time this August.

A group of ten riders from across the UK, Ireland, France and Netherlands have taken part in a half day training session led by MCE Ulster Grand Prix Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston and MCUI accredited trainers Michael Swann and Stephen Ferguson.

The event, which was funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, aimed to fully brief this year’s newcomers on what they can expect when they come to race at the world’s fastest road race.

The Dundrod circuit is technical, it’s fast and it demands respect. Even the most experienced riders, who are regular visitors to Dundrod, understand how imperative it is that they re-familiarise themselves with the circuit each time they visit,” said Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston.

We have made significant changes to the event this year, both to ensure continued growth and to enhance safety. Under these changes attendance at this information session by those new to the race has been made compulsory. If they wish to compete they need to do their homework.

The session also serves as a bit of a recce for participants, giving them the opportunity to ask questions about what is required to successfully compete here.”

The newcomers who attended the special training event were Marc Antoine (France), Eoin O’Siochru (Ireland), Ryan Dixon (England), Stephen Degnan (England) Craig Neve (England), Nadieh Shoots (Netherlands), Jamie Williams (Isle of Man), Mike Norbury (England) Paul Williams (England) and Don Gilbert (England).

Johnston added: “On behalf of the Ulster Grand Prix I would like to extend our thanks to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for supporting our firm stance on safety and for subsequently providing the funding required to bring these riders over.

I am confident those who took part today are equipped for safe and successful riding in August and wish them the best of luck,” he finished.

The international MCE Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week will run between 5th – 11th August in Dundrod, County Antrim. Tickets are available to purchase now via

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