06 May 2016
Get ready! The North West 200 starts next week-
There are only four days left before this year’s North West 200 festivities commence. Some riders will reach more than 200 mph as they blast around the 9-mile triangle that connects Portstewart, Coleraine, and Portrush,
Each year, the NW200 attracts over 150,000 visitors, which cements its position as the largest annual sporting event in Ireland.
In a world of progressively more sanitized sporting events, Irish Roadracing and the Isle of Man TT are some of the last bastions of motorcycle racing on street-circuits. The conditions are constantly changing, which makes the races a perfect place to develop technology that can trickle down to street tires. Like Metzeler engineer Luca says,
“Roadracing—like the Isle of Man and Irish Roadracing—is the most relevant type of racing for a street tire, because it’s racing on public roads. The tires are subject to imperfect tires, changing weather conditions, asphalt conditions. On the Isle of Man, you have changing temperatures from the sea section to the mountain section.”
If you need a reminder just how banzai this racetrack is, check out this onboard footage from 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6JHya53ibQ