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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

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