When it comes to motorcycle road races, especially those held in public roads, the first name that usually comes around is that of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT), and probably rightly so. However, this leaves in the shadow an array of amazing races, arguably at the same level if not higher than the famous TT. One of such races is the Ulster Grand Prix.
The Ulster Grand Prix is held at Dundrod Circuit, near Belfast (Northern Ireland). This so called circuit consists, actually, of a bunch of public roads closed to traffic for the occasion, which means that all the usual thrills of road racing on public roads are there: total lack of run-off areas, uneven tarmac with strips of slippery paint and a deadly closeness of street lights, road signs, trees, fences and the like to the course. And what is more, unlike other races, pilots do not compete against the clock but rather with one another. This means more than 20 riders competing at the same time at speeds in excess of 120 mph in such an environment. Utter insanity.
We leave you with some footage from the 2011 Ulster Grand Prix (Superbike category). Motorbike racing at its best!
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