A Guide to Irish Motorcycle Road Racing Events 2016

Click on the following race names for more details:

April 1-2:Mid-Antrim 150

The first Mid Antrim 150 Road Races were held on Wednesday afternoon of the 24th July 1946, now in it's 67th year, the race is still going strong. http://www.midantrim150.co.uk

April 22-23:Tandragee 100

Tandragee 100 comes out 4th best Road Race in the World! Only international events (TT, Macau & UGP) got higher rankings. http://www.tandragee100.co.uk

April 29-30:Cookstown 100

The Cookstown 100 circuit is situated in Co tyrone. 2016 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 Races will once again be held over the Orritor Circuit. www.cookstown100.com

May 10-14:North West 200

The Vauxhall International 2016 NW200 is Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event, attracting crowds in excess of 100,000 and the biggest names in the sport. www.northwest200.org

June 18-19:Kells

Known for its jumps, 2016 will see a return of some of the best road racers to Kells. A great family day out. www.kellsroadraces.com

July 1-2:Skerries 100

The event is a magnet for riders who are drawn by its history, real racing atmosphere and racing challenges. www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com

July 9-10:Walderstown: Race of the South

Since July 2000, the Fore Motor Cycle Racing Club's annual "Race of the South" has been held on the Walderstown circuit, a few miles from Athlone, Co. Westmeath.www.foremcrc.com

July 23-24:Faugheen 50

Motorcycle road racing has been present in the Carrick–on–Suir area of South Tipperary since the early seventies, and 2016 looks to be another year of great racing. www.faugheen50.com

July 29-30:Armoy: Race of Legends

Armoy is steeped with racing and cultural history. At the heart of Northern Ireland's racing scene, this weekend will offer something for everyone. www.amrrc.com/

August 10-13:Ulster Grand Prix

2016 is the 63rd anniversary of racing on the legendary Dundrod circuit. Including the Dundrod 150, the 2016 bike week looks to be another exciting prospect. www.ulstergrandprix.net

August 21:Cork

The most Southerly location on the 2016 calendar, Cork's Road Races will take place on 21st August and make the most of the exciting Munster roads. Website link

Sept 10-11:Killalane

The Killalane Road Races is the final event of the Irish season, which means that exciting racing is ensured in search of a championship win.www.loughshinnymotorcycleclub.com

News and Results from 2016

Starting with the Mid Antrim 150 race event in April, news and results from the 2016 calendar will be updated here.

The 2016 Motorcycle Race Calendar

2016 is set to be an exciting year of racing as Ireland hosts 12 weekends of competition, yet again displaying the best international talent on the road racing scene.

The Mid Antim 150 is the first race of the calendar, on 1st and 2nd April. 2013 was the last time this event was hosted, and the organisation this year is overseen by a new club. The highlight of the 2013 race was the Clough Rangers Supporters Club Grand Final, with Michael Sweeny setting the highest average speed over the 3.539 mile circuit, at 107.69mph.

Racing stays north of the border, with the Tandragee 100 taking place on 22nd and 23rd April, the Cookstown 100 the following weekend on 29th and 30th April, the internationally renowned North West 200 on 10th - 14th May and finally Kells on 18th and 19th June.

The historic Kerries 100 takes racing south of the border on 1st and 2nd July. Advances in safety over the years have resulted in a shorter and shorter circuit, but fantastic viewing opportunities are always available around the track. Walderstown and the Faugheen 150 are in the heart of the summer racing period and should attract an enthusiastic crowd of fans from throughout the country.

The busy month of July ends in Armoy, with the Race of Legends on the 29th and 30th. Notwithstanding the great racing, the area around Armoy is steeped in history and places to visit. The Dark Hedges, Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway, Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Rathlin Island are all attractions within a short distance. If you missed any of the scenery of the North Coast during the Northwest 200 in May, then you can catch up during the Armoy weekend.

The Ulster Grand Prix including Dundrod 150 follows on 10th - 13th August. Famous names such as Michael Dunlop, William Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ian Hutchinson featured in 2015, and 2016 is set for another fantastic weekend of competition.

The 2016 road racing calendar nears an end with the Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club hosting the Cork races on 21st August. Then last but not least, Killalane will see some exciting racing as riders battle it out for a result which could net them a championship win.

Road racing is a fantastic opportunity for a family day out, or meeting up with fellow motorcyclists if you decide to travel on two wheels. Paddy Compare offers a range of insurance products, and has teamed up with Carole Nash to help you get a quote on your motorbike insurance.

We hope you enjoy the 2016 racing season, and that this guide has been a useful introduction to racing in 2016. The map and information above will enable you to visit the websites of the individual race organisers to find out more about travel, accommodation, viewing points, results and tracks.

Most of all, remember to stay safe and respect the road. The motorcycle riders you are watching are professionals, doing their job on closed roads and under the supervision of race organisers to ensure their safety as far as possible.