O’Grady enters three races in this week’s North West 200
Tralee-based motorcycle racer Emmet O’Grady will race in three different classes in this weekend’s North West 200.
The County Derry closed road event is the biggest motorcycle race in Ireland.
It is the largest annual sporting event in Northern Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.
The course is one of the fastest in the world, with average speeds of 190 km/h and top speeds in excess of 320 km/h.
O’Grady made his debut there last year riding Darragh Crean’s SuperTwin. He finished a sensational ninth in the class in what was his first-ever road race.
O’Grady who is better known for his exploits in the Dunlop Irish Master’s championship at Mondello Park made what was supposed to be a one-off appearance at the County Derry track last year.
However, following last year’s success, he vowed to return to the famed venue and this time he is racing in three different classes.
TAG Racing, the team that usually looks after him in the Irish short circuit season have entered him in the SuperTwin, Supersport and SuperStock races this week
O’Grady’s hectic week got underway on Tuesday with free practice. A second practice session will take place on Thursday morning.
He will have a very busy Thursday evening. There are three races scheduled and O’Grady will feature in all of them.
The first race of the meeting is the SuperSport race at 17.45 hrs on Thursday. This is quickly followed by the Superstock race at 1830hrs and before the SuperTwin race, at 1915hrs bringing the opening day to a conclusion.
He borrowed fellow Tralee racer Darragh Crean’s SuperTwin Aprilia for a week that was far from easy.
“The North West 200 is class,” he said.
It is a great spectacle and show. It is everything, the speed, the event is cool, I am really looking forward to it, but I am sure it’s going to be an eye-opener.
O’Grady will also race three times on Saturday with his opening Supersport race scheduled for around 10hrs – depending on road closure times.
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