North West 200

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International North West 200
Nw200.svg
VenueThe Triangle
First race1929
Most wins (rider) Alastair Seeley (27)
Most wins (manufacturer) Honda (95)

The International North West 200 is a Northern Irish motorsport event established in 1929 for road racing motorcycles held on a 8.970 mi (14.436 km) street circuit known as the Triangle between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush in Causeway Coast and Glens. The course is one of the fastest in the world, with average speeds of 120 mph (190 km/h) and top speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). [1] The International North West 200 is one of around fifteen events run on public roads between April and October throughout Northern Ireland. It is the largest annual sporting event in Northern Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world. [2]

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Originally intended to be held somewhere in the north west of Ireland [3] and organised by the City of Derry & District Motor Club, the initial event was moved to the north coast but the name was never changed. Since 1964 the event has been organised by the Coleraine and District Motor Club. In 2010, the meeting featured daytime practice on the Thursday for the first time. [4]

The 2011 event took place on Saturday 21 May. There were significant delays due to a hoax bomb alert and then an extensive oil spill on the track caused racing to be cancelled after the completion of only one race. [5]

In 2022 the event returned as the fonaCab & Nicholl Oils North West 200. It was the first time the event has been held since 2019 after being cancelled for two consecutive years due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Race format

Riders approaching York from Juniper Hill during the 2009 event. North West 200 Juniper 2009.jpg
Riders approaching York from Juniper Hill during the 2009 event.

The North West 200 was originally run over two hundred miles as a handicap race, before changing to its current format of several separate races, each running 4–6 laps during Saturday afternoon. Practice is held on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings before the race. Both the practice and races are held on closed roads, but unlike the Isle of Man TT races which are run in a time-trial format, all riders compete together as with normal circuit racing.

Over the years the number and the classes of races has varied according to the latest regulations. From 1990 until 2010, there was always a 125 cc race and since 1992 the North West 200 race has been for Superbikes.

From 2012, all practice sessions will take place during the day, and the racing programme has been extended to include two races on the Thursday evening. All races will be held over six laps, except for the newly introduced Supertwin event. [6]

The course

The street circuit is made up almost entirely of public roads (A2, B185 & A29) but does include three speed-reducing chicanes. The route, running anti-clockwise enters the outskirts of the towns passing many private houses. To help improve track safety street signs are removed at parts of the track and bales of hay are used to wrap the base of lampposts and telegraph poles.

The circuit is 8.970 mi (14.436 km) long, with a distance of 8.834 mi (14.217 km) being covered on the first lap of every race. The original start/finish line was located near Magherabouy but moved to the Portmore Road in Portstewart in 1930. The elevation ranges from 6 to 75 metres (20 to 245 ft) above sea level.

Mick Grant passes the Railway Bank at Metropole Corner, Portrush, 1975 Metropole Corner Portrush - geograph.org.uk - 335042.jpg
Mick Grant passes the Railway Bank at Metropole Corner, Portrush, 1975

1973 saw the first major changes to the course, which include the exclusion of the Promenade at Portstewart from the route and the moving of the start/finish line to its current location between Juniper Hill and Millbank Avenue. These changes meant the route used Station Road (B185) for the first time and saw the introduction of York Corner. Shell Hill Bridge, an iconic part of the original course was used for the last time in 1979. In 1980, a new link road, from University Corner to Ballysally Roundabout, was introduced. A chicane was introduced just before the approach to the Juniper Hill corner in 1983 and in 1988 improvements were made to Mather's Cross and the start/finish chicane was introduced to reduce the speeds around Primrose Hill as well as allowing safer access to the pitlane.

At the end of 2009 Mather's Cross was widened in order improve safety at the corner. [7] For 2010 additional modifications were made to the circuit to improve safety. A new purpose built chicane at Mather's Cross was introduced to reduce speeds at the corner and safety improvements made to the area at Station corner. [8]

Jack Brett recorded the first 100 mph (160 km/h) lap of the course on a Norton 500cc in 1957. The current[ when? ] course lap record is held by Steve Plater at 124.109 mph (199.734 km/h) which was set during the 2006 event. The fastest recorded lap at 127.63 mph (205.40 km/h) was set by Tom Herron during the 1978 North West 200 race.

In 2004, Michael Rutter became the first rider to record a top speed in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) on the course. During Tuesday's practice at the 2012 event Martin Jessopp set a new fastest speed trap time, reaching 208 mph (335 km/h) on the approach to University Corner. [9]

Deaths at the event

A group of riders entering York Corner during the 2009 event North West 200 York Corner 2009.jpg
A group of riders entering York Corner during the 2009 event

The first recorded death at the event was Norman Wainwright who was killed in 1939.

1979

Black Saturday as it is known, is regarded as the darkest day in the event's history after crashes claimed the lives of three riders, Tom Herron, Brian Hamilton and Frank Kennedy who died months later from his injuries.

Robert Dunlop

Robert Dunlop died on 15 May 2008 while practising in the 250cc class. The incident occurred as he was approaching Mather's Cross during the 125/250/400cc practice session. It is understood his bike seized and Robert was thrown over his handlebars at approximately 160 mph (260 km/h). Fellow rider Darren Burns was following immediately behind and collided with Robert, suffering a broken leg and suspected concussion. Robert suffered severe chest injuries and died in hospital shortly afterwards. [10]

Mark Young

Twenty-two-year-old Mark Young died during the 2009 event on 17 May 2009. It was Young's first race at the North West 200 although he had road racing experience. [11]

Mark Buckley

Thirty-five-year-old Mark Buckley suffered a fatal crash on Millbank Avenue outside Portstewart during the Superstock race on 19 May 2012. He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries. No other competitors were involved with this incident. [12]

Simon Andrews

Andrews was airlifted to a hospital in Northern Ireland in critical condition after suffering a serious crash while competing in the North West 200 on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Andrews came off his bike and slid down the asphalt until he collided head-first with a section of raised concrete pavement while curbing at high speed in Portrush, County Antrim. After receiving immediate medical intervention from the race doctors and medics, Andrews was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast in a critical condition after suffering the high-speed accident on the approach to Metropole corner. Andrews was competing in the second Superstock race of the event aboard his BMW. He died in hospital on 19 May 2014 as a result of his injuries, aged 31. [13]

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas died as a result of a crash on the third lap of the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on 14 May 2016. The 20-year-old from Chorley in Lancashire crashed his Burrows Engineering Kawasaki on the approach to Black Hill. The race was immediately red flagged and Malachi was treated by medical staff from the MCUI Medical team but succumbed to his injuries at the scene. No other riders were involved in the incident. Racing was subsequently abandoned. [14]

All Competitor Deaths

NoRiderDatePlaceRaceEventMachine
1Norman WainwrightMay 1939Drumslade 1939 North West 200 Races 500cc Norton
2P.L.Phillips15 May 1949Portstewart 1949 North West 200 Races
3William BennisonMay 1951BallySally 1951 North West 200 Races Lightweight 350cc350cc
4L.G.Aislabie27 May 1956 1956 North West 200 Races
5Andrew Manship23 May 1970 1970 North West 200 Races Practice350cc Yamaha
6Graham Fish27 May 1973Station Corner 1973 North West 200 Races PracticeYamaha
7Brian Hamilton26 May 1979Black Hill 1979 North West 200 Races 350cc Race350cc Yamaha
8 Tom Herron 26 May 1979Juniper Hill 1979 North West 200 Races Superbike Race750cc Suzuki
9Frank Kennedy26 May 1979 [15] University Corner 1979 North West 200 Races Superbike Race
10 Mervyn Robinson May 1980 [16] Mather's Cross 1980 North West 200 Races
11 John Newbold 15 May 1982Juniper Hill 1982 North West 200 Races Superbike RaceSuzuki
12Pat McLaughlinMay 1986 Mather's Cross 1986 North West 200 Races
13Steve Bull9 May 1987 [17] 1987 North West 200 Races 750cc Yamaha
14Donny RobinsonMay 1999Station Road 1999 North West 200 Races Practice
15 Robert Dunlop 15 May 2008 [18] Mather's Cross 2008 North West 200 Races Practice250cc Yamaha
16Mark Young16 May 2009 [19] Mather's Cross 2009 North West 200 Races 250cc Race250cc Honda
17Mark Buckley19 May 2012 [20] Millbank Avenue 2012 North West 200 Races Superstock Race1000cc Aprilia
18 Simon Andrews 19 May 2014 [13] Coleraine Road 2014 North West 200 Races Superstock Race1000cc BMW
19 Malachi Mitchell-Thomas 14 May 2016 [14] Dhu Varren 2016 North West 200 Races Supertwins RaceKawasaki

Winners

Alastair Seeley from Northern Ireland, holds the record number of 27 wins. Robert Dunlop was the previous record holder with 15 wins. Michael Rutter won fourteen races. Joey Dunlop (Robert's brother) won thirteen races. Michael Dunlop and William Dunlop (both sons of Robert) have also won races at the North West 200.

The early years of the event was dominated by British motorcycle manufacturers, in particular Norton. It was only in 1964 that Honda claimed their first victory. 2010 saw BMW score their first victory at the event and also the first non-Japanese manufacturer to claim a victory since 1997. Yamaha is the only manufacturer to have a clean sweep, winning all five races in 1979.

Multiple winners

# WinsRiders
27 Alastair Seeley
15 Robert Dunlop
14 Michael Rutter
13 Joey Dunlop
11 Phillip McCallen
10 Bruce Anstey
9 Tony Rutter
8 Ian Lougher
8 Steve Plater
6 Steve Cull John McGuinness Glenn Irwin
5 Arthur Wheeler Tommy Robb John Williams Mick Grant Woolsey Coulter Ian Simpson Ryan Farquhar Michael Dunlop
4 Bob McIntyre David Jefferies Jimmie Guthrie Ernie Nott Eddie Laycock William Dunlop Lee Johnston
3 Alan Shepherd Artie Bell Callum Ramsey Geoff Duke Charlie Williams Jim Moodie Eric Fernihough Ralph Bryans
Ray McCullough Rod Gould Trevor Nation Tom Herron Sammy Miller Ian Hutchinson Martin Jessopp Jeremy McWilliams
2 Alistair King Andy Watts Bob Anderson Carl Fogarty Charlie Manders John White Derek Chatterton Derek Ennett
Donny Robinson Fred Stevens Gary CowanGraham WoodIan Newton Jack Brett John Blanchard John Cooper
Kevin Mitchell Peter Williams Phelim Owens Dick Creith Robert Holden Roger Marshall Steve Hislop Tim Hunt
Walter Rusk Olie Linsdell Ivan Lintin Peter Hickman

By year

2022Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superstock (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Flag of France.svg Pierre-Yves Bian after Richard Cooper disqualified [21]
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Lee Johnston
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
Supertwins (II)
Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Loughlin after Richard Cooper disqualified [22]
Superstock (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superbike (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
2021Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [23]
2020Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [24]
2019 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Lee Johnston
Superstock (I)
Flag of England.svg Peter Hickman
Supertwins (I)
Flag of Italy.svg Stefano Bonetti
Supersport (II)
Flag of England.svg Davey Todd
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
Supertwins (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Jeremy McWilliams
Superstock (II)
Flag of England.svg James Hillier
NW 200
Cancelled
2018 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Flag of England.svg Martin Jessopp
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superstock (I)
Flag of England.svg Peter Hickman
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
Supertwins (II)
Flag of England.svg James Cowton
Superstock (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
NW 200
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
2017 Supersport (I)
Flag of England.svg Martin Jessopp
Supertwins (I)
Flag of England.svg Martin Jessopp
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superstock (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (II)
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
Superstock (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
NW 200
Ulster Banner.svg Glenn Irwin
2016 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Flag of England.svg Ivan Lintin
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superstock (I)
Flag of England.svg Ian Hutchinson
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop
Supertwins (II)
Flag of England.svg Ivan Lintin
2015 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Jeremy McWilliams
Superstock (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Lee Johnston
2014 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Lee Johnston
Superstock (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superbike (I)
Ulster Banner.svg William Dunlop
Supertwins (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Lee Johnston
Superstock (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop
NW 200
Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop
2013 Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Jeremy McWilliams
Superstock (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop
2012 Superstock (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supertwins
Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar
Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg William Dunlop
Superbike (I)
Flag of England.svg John McGuinness
Superstock (II)
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
Supersport (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
NW 200
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
2011 Supersport
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
2010 125cc
Ulster Banner.svg Paul Robinson
Supersport (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Supersport (II)
Flag of England.svg Ian Hutchinson
Superstock
Flag of Scotland.svg Keith Amor
Superbike (I)
Flag of England.svg John McGuinness
NW 200
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
2009 125 cc
Ulster Banner.svg William Dunlop
250 cc
Ulster Banner.svg William Dunlop
Supersport (I)
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
Supersport (II)
Cancelled
Superstock
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
NW 200
Cancelled
2008 125 cc
Flag of England.svg Michael Wilcox
250 cc
Ulster Banner.svg Michael Dunlop
400 cc
Flag of England.svg Olie Linsdell
600 cc (I)
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
600 cc (II)
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
Superstock
Ulster Banner.svg Alastair Seeley
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
NW 200
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
2007125 cc/400 cc
Flag of England.svg Olie Linsdell
250 cc
Flag of England.svg Christian Elkin
Supersport (I)
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Supersport (II)
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superstock
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg John McGuinness
NW 200
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
2006 125 cc/400 cc
Ulster Banner.svg Robert Dunlop
250 cc
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Nigel Beattie
600 cc (I)
Flag of England.svg Ian Hutchinson
600 cc (II)
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superstock
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
NW 200
Flag of England.svg Steve Plater
2005125 cc/400 cc
Ulster Banner.svg Darran Lindsay
250 cc
Ulster Banner.svg Davy Morgan
600 cc (I)
Flag of Ireland.svg Raymond Porter
600 cc (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar
Superstock
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
NW 200
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
2004125 cc
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher
400 cc
Flag of England.svg John McGuinness
600 cc (I)
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
600 cc (II)
Flag of England.svg John McGuinness
Production
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
NW 200
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
2003125 cc/SS400
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher
600 cc (I)
Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar
600 cc (II)
Ulster Banner.svg Ryan Farquhar
Production
Ulster Banner.svg Adrian Archibald
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg Michael Rutter
2002125 cc
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher
600 cc (I)
Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Moodie
600 cc (II)
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Lougher
Production
Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce Anstey
Superbikes
Flag of England.svg David Jefferies
NW 200
Flag of Scotland.svg Iain Duffus
2001 Not held
2000125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Lougher
250/400 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John McGuinness
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
Production
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Richard Britton
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
1999125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Lougher
250/400 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Callum Ramsey
250/400 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Callum Ramsey
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Jefferies
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Jefferies
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg David Jefferies
1998125 cc
Abandoned
250/400 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Simpson
Production
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Simpson
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
1997125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phelim Owens
250/400 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Callum Ramsey
250/400 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Owen McNally
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
Production
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Simpson
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael Rutter
1996125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Lofthouse
250/400 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Woolsey Coulter
250/400 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Simpson
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
1995125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phelim Owens
250/400 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
250/400 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Newton
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
Supermono
Flag of New Zealand.svg Robert Holden
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Simpson
NW 200
Flag of New Zealand.svg Robert Holden
1994125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250/400 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Woolsey Coulter
250/400 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Newton
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Edwards
Supermono
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Carter
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
1993125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
400 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Moodie
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim Moodie
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Fogarty
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Fogarty
1992125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Orme
250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
250/350 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
400 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
1991125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250/350 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Lougher
400 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave Leach
600 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Phillip McCallen
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Nation
1990125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
250 cc (I)
Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie Laycock
250 cc (II)
Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie Laycock
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
1989250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kevin Mitchel
250/350 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Woolsey Coulter
600 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Brian Reid
Production
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg James Whitham
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Hislop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Hislop
1988250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
250 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Cowan
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1300 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kenny Irons
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
1987250/350 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Cowan
250 cc (II)
Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie Laycock
Superstock
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Hurst
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1300 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Nation
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1986250 cc (I)
Flag of Ireland.svg Eddie Laycock
250 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Watts
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Robert Dunlop
Superstock
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Nation
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Marshall
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1985250 cc (I)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
250 cc (II)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Roger Marshall
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1984250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Watts
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Kevin Mitchel
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Wood
1983250 cc
Courtney Junk
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Norman Brown
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Wood
NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1982250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Donny Robinson
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
500 cc
Flag of New Zealand.svg Stu Avant
Superbikes
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ron Haslam
1000 cc NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Grant
1981250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Tonkin
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Donny Robinson
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Williams
1000 cc NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1980250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Cull
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Williams
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Grant
1000 cc NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Keith Huewen
1979Match Race
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Jackson
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
1000 cc NW 200
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joey Dunlop
1978250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Herron
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Newbold
750 cc #1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Herron
750 cc #2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
1977250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray McCullough
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Williams
750 cc #1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Grant
750 cc#2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Williams
1976250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian Richards
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray McCullough
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Martin Sharpe
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Percy Tait
1975250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Chatterton
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Williams
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Grant
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mick Grant
1974250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ray McCullough
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Williams
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Williams
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Williams
1973200 cc
Jackie Robinson
250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony Rutter
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Billy Guthrie
750 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Barry
1972Not held
1971250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Chatterton
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Smart
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Cooper
1970250 cc (Race)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Bryans
350 cc (Race)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tom Herron
500 cc (Race)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Williams
250 cc (Production)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cliff Carr
500 cc (Production)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stuart Graham
750 cc (Production)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Malcolm Uphill
1969250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Gould
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Gould
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Blanchard
1968250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rod Gould
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bill Smith
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Cooper
1967250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve Murray
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fred Stevens
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fred Stevens
1966250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Blanchard
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Buchan
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Williams
1965250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ian McGregor
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dick Creith
1964250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Bryans
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ralph Bryans
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dick Creith
1963Not held
1962250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd
1961250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre
1960250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Shepherd
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Derek Minter
1959125 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb
250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Robb
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alistair King
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre
1958250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sammy Miller
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alistair King
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Brett
1957250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sammy Miller
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Anderson
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Brett
1956250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sammy Miller
350 cc
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Derek Ennett
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Anderson
1955250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alan Lyons
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Wood
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke
1954250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Derek Ennett
500 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Reg Armstrong
1953250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob McIntyre
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Syd Lawton
1952250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Pearce
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ivor Arber
1951250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Arthur Wheeler
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dickie Dale
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke
1950250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ron Mead
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Geoff Duke
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Artie Bell
1949250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harold Kirby
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harold Daniell
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Artie Bell
1948Not held
1947250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Gill
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Malcolm Templeton
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Artie Bell
1940–
1946
Not held
1939250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis Parkinson
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmy Little
500 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Ernie Lyons
1938250 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg H. G. Tyrell Smith
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Bob Foster
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jack Moore
1937250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Samuel Smith
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John White
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmie Guthrie
1936250 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Charlie Manders
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John White
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmie Guthrie
1935250 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Charlie Manders
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Walter Rusk
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmie Guthrie
1934250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael McSorley
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Walter Rusk
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmie Guthrie
1933250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Woodside
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Hunt
500 cc
Flag of Ireland.svg Stanley Woods
1932250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Fernihough
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wal Handley
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ernie Nott
1931250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Fernihough
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graham Walker
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ernie Nott
1930250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Eric Fernihough
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tim Hunt
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ernie Nott
1929250 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Malcolm McQuigg
350 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Meagen
500 cc
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ernie Nott


Manufacturers

# WinsManufacturer
86 Honda
73 Yamaha
41 Norton
32 Suzuki
10 Excelsior
9 Ducati Kawasaki
8 Aprilia Rudge
6 AJS
4 Matchless Moto Guzzi NSU Velocette
3 Bultaco EMC GMS
2 Gilera Flag of Italy.svg Hannah-Paton Seeley Triumph
1 Armstrong BSA Cotton JAP Ossa Spartan Waddon Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Yamsel
Zenith BMW

Media coverage

Spectators enjoying the 2009 event. North West 200 Spectators.jpg
Spectators enjoying the 2009 event.

The event is covered by BBC Northern Ireland having previously been covered by UTV. All races are live on the BBC iPlayer. There is also live radio coverage on BBC Radio Ulster and live text commentary on the BBC Sport NI website. BBC NI also show highlights programmes presented by Stephen Watson, usually on the Sunday and Monday nights after the event. BBC Commentators include BBC MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish and five-time winner on a single day Phillip McCallen. In 2022 it was announced that BBC Sport NI had extended its contract to provide coverage of the event until 2026. [25]

Video game

The North West 200 features in Jester Interactive's PlayStation 2 title TT Superbikes: Real Road Racing Championship released at the end of May 2008. It is the sequel to their top 10 game TT Superbikes released in 2005. [26] It is also featured in Milestone srl's Ride 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. [27]

See also

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