JOHNSTON, HICKMAN AND ANSTEY SET FOR ACTION
With last year’s treble race winner, Lee Johnston on the grid alongside Peter Hickman, who took his first roads victory at the 2015 Ulster, Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson certainly won’t have it all their own way at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix.
Dundrod lap record- holder, Bruce Anstey, is also certain to be in the mix on the Valvoline Padgett’s RC213V0-S Honda and Dean Harrison, Ivan Lintin, William Dunlop, Dan Kneen, Conor Cummins and Christian Elkin will all be in the starting line-up of over 170
riders (including 54 newcomers) at the super-fast 7.5-mile circuit in the hills above Belfast.
One man who won’t be racing this year is Tyco BMW’S Guy Martin. Martin was badly injured in a crash at last year’s event and hasn’t raced since but UGP Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston doesn’t think it will have any impact on his meeting.
“Guy can’t come this year due to a timing clash with his land speed record attempt in America, which is a shame but in no way will there be any less of a spectacle for the fans,” he says.
“I’m very pleased with the final entry list and I think it says a lot about the popularity of the event that the total number of entries are growing year on year, as is the number of newcomers coming to Dundrod.”
Orgainisers will also be hoping for dry roads for the new superpole qualifying session, which will see the top 10 fastest qualifiers in superbike practice taking to the circuit individually on a timed lap to decide their final grid positions for the feature races.
‘Guy can’t come this year due to a timing clash with his record attempt’ NOEL JOHNSTON
With Padgett’s RC213V-S to play with, Anstey is certain to be on good form