RRI May 2022
Road Racing Ireland

RRI May 2022

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This issue marks the 36th anniversary for the world's longest running road racing magazine.

Inside this issue:

The 60th anniversary of the Tandragee 100 was drenched in sunshine and lashed with rain as the action returned to the Co. Armagh event for the first time since 2019. We bring you what happened over the weekend.

County Cork is the only part of Ireland where you will find hill climbs and drag racing. The West Cork Motorcycle Club claims their drag race, which was run at Ballinhassig in April, is the only one of its kind still running on a closed public road in Europe. RRI’s Stephen Davison travelled south to investigate. 

Michael Sweeney emerged from a crash-strewn Cookstown 100 as the Man of the Meeting after winning three races during the centenary celebration of the Co. Tyrone event. Catch up with all the action in our review. 

Just two years shy of his 60th birthday, Jeremy McWilliams shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, the evergreen Ulsterman is finding new opportunities to display his talents as his recent success in the Daytona Baggers race has highlighted. Read Stephen Davison's interview with Jeremy in this month's issue.

April saw Northern Ireland’s short circuit racing season blast into life with three meetings at Bishopscourt and Kirkistown as the road racers in the USBK pack begin their preparation for the 2022 North West 200.

Graduating from the Irish schoolboy motocross scene to fairing bashing on the short circuits, Thomas O’Grady is aiming for the top at Mondello Park in this year’s Dunlop Masters series.

Spend Ten Minutes with Gary Johnson and get to know him better.

Experienced campaigners like reigning champion Didier Grams and Marek Cerveny will line up alongside a host of newcomers in the 2022 International Road Racing Championship, the premier real road racing series in Europe. RRI’s German correspondent, Andy Jordan, previews the action which will begin on the narrow Dutch roads of Hengelo on May 1st.

May will see the return of the North West 200 after a two year Coronavirus enforced absence. It will be a momentous moment for the sport after the north coast event celebrated its 90th anniversary during 2019. In this first instalment of our new Rear View Mirror section, we look back at some of the major moments of the NW200 during the first 25 years of Ireland’s leading motorcycle race.

Plus Paddock Gossip, BSB, World Superbikes, MotoGP and more.