The Honda Racing roads team, with Ian Hutchinson and David Johnson had a mixed experience at this year’s International North West 200 in Northern Ireland, as on the final day of the event weather conditions affected play for the final races.

With glorious conditions for practice and qualifying on Tuesday and Thursday, the team were able to put into practice all the hard work from pre-season testing with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and the CBR600RR at the 8.9-mile road circuit.

During Thursday’s final qualifying session, Johnson unfortunately had a small crash in the Supersport session, and although unhurt from the incident he was left bruised and sat out the evening’s opening Supersport and Superstock races.

Teammate Hutchinson took a sixth-place finish in the Supersport race, making his way through the pack from tenth on the grid. In the Superstock race he was making progress aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 and had started chasing down third place, but during the fourth lap he was forced to retire with a small technical issue.

During Saturdays’ races, conditions were intermittent and always with a threat of rain, the schedule was disrupted throughout the day. With on-track conditions tricky, ‘Hutchy’ and ‘Davo’ sat out the morning races waiting for a dryer track. Hutchinson headed out for the Superstock race, but came in after the first lap due to the weather conditions.

With deteriorating conditions at the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, the North West 200 organisers called off the final Superbike race once the riders had carried out their sighting laps.

The Honda Racing squad will now have a quick turn-around as they set their sights on the Isle of Man TT races, which takes place from Saturday 25 May until Friday 8 June.

The Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles team enjoyed success with the CBR600RR, as Davey Todd took his maiden international road-race victory in yesterday’s Supersport race, with teammate Conor Cummins also on the podium in third place. Cummins also scooped a second rostrum finish, claiming third in the Superbike race with the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson 4

Conditions yesterday were less than ideal, we made a call quite early on not to race after the Supersport sighting lap, but as the day went on it looked like the track was drying, so we changed the plan and aimed to go out in the Superstock and Superbike races. But conditions really deteriorated and the organisers cancelled the Superbike race, which was the best thing to do considering the circumstances. In terms of race weeks, it hasn’t been the best for us, missing most of the races yesterday, but we were able to get good track time earlier in the week and make sure our pre-season testing had gone in the right direction for the roads. I’m glad we don’t have to now wait long until the TT, as I’m keen to get there and just get going now. We know what areas need work and hopefully we’ll get a lot of track time over there ahead of the races.

Honda Racing
David Johnson

David Johnson

It’s been an odd week with the small off on Thursday; missing those races and then with the weather yesterday – it’s not quite what I had planned coming into the week! The guys have done such a great job in the run up to the NW200 with all the bikes, and I am sorry we couldn’t reward them for all their efforts this week. I am feeling good now as we look to the TT with everything we’ve been able to get done at the North West, and I just hope the TT organisers have booked some sunshine!

Honda Racing
Jonny Twelvetrees

Jonny Twelvetrees

Team Manager

The North West 200 hasn’t gone to plan for us in terms of the races, with the weather and Davo missing Thursday, but what we have come away with is knowing that all the hard work during the pre-season has paid off. When we were on-track both riders were making good progress and of course, there’s always areas where you can improve but on the whole we’re going to the TT happy with where we are, and the packages we have across Superbike, Superstock and Supersport. It’s always a hard decision for the organisers when the call is made to cancel racing, but rider safety is paramount, it’s just a shame for the teams, riders, fans and of course the event when these things have to happen. We now have a super-quick turn-around during the week to get everything unloaded, prepped and then re-loaded and off to the TT!

Honda Racing
International North West 200

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Road Racing 2019

Light Rain
Saturday 18 May 2019, 18:38 UTC
  • Track Condition: Mainly Dry
  • Ground Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 James Hillier 37 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 29:05.081
2 Richard Cooper 47 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +3.260
3 Davey Todd 74 Penz13.com BMW +3.387
4 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki +10.996
5 LUKAS MAURER 18 L78 BY HEIDGER MOTORSPORT Kawasaki +51.350
6 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing BMW +1:04.961
7 Matthew Rees 25 Rees Racing Kawasaki +1:07.948
8 Glenn Irwin 1 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +1:15.125
9 Horst Saiger 22 Saiger Racing Yamaha +1:18.273
10 Chris Green 66 Hollins Stategic Land/Go Green BMW +1:57.194
Cloudy
Saturday 18 May 2019, 15:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Damp/Drying
  • Ground Temp: 14.7°C
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Glenn Irwin 1 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 19:15.350
2 James Hillier 37 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +0.613
3 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +0.461
4 Derek Sheils 82 BURROWS ENG/RK RACING Suzuki +9.842
5 Alastair Seeley 34 BE WISER DUCATI Ducati +19.760
6 Richard Cooper 47 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +35.202
7 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing Honda +58.989
8 Matthew Rees 25 Rees Racing Kawasaki +1:02.498
9 Lukas Maurer 18 L78 by Heidger Motorsport Kawasaki +1:03.277
10 Tom Weedon 77 Burrows Eng/RK Racing Suzuki +1:28.481
Cloudy
Saturday 18 May 2019, 15:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Wet
  • Ground Temp: 15.5°C
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 29:53.797
2 Derek McGee 86 B&W/DIAMOND EDGE CUTTING Kawasaki +0.340
3 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +0.625
4 Paul Jordan 12 Paul Jordan Racing Yamaha +3.437
5 Christian Elkin 18 Bob Wylie Racing Yamaha +1:19.515
6 Joseph Loughlin 27 G2-Tech Kawasaki +1:38.048
7 Darren Cooper 80 JMC Kawasaki +1:48.115
8 Tom Weedon 77 Burrows Eng/RK Racing Yamaha +1:57.988
9 Marty Lennon 5 Lynch Suzuki +2:09.128
10 Michael Rees 16 Rapid/MICT/GT Superbikes Kawasaki +2:18.094
Thursday 16 May 2019, 19:10 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Peter Hickman 60 Smith's Racing BMW BMW 26:25.199
2 Glenn Irwin 1 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 1.895
3 Michael Dunlop 3 MD Racing BMW 12.228
4 James Hillier 37 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 12.694
5 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW 13.594
6 Richard Cooper 47 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 24.065
7 Jamie Coward 36 PreZ Racing Yamaha 53.228
8 Daley Mathison 14 WH Racing with Dynobike BMW 53.405
9 Derek Sheils 82 Burrows Eng/RK Racing Suzuki 57.404
10 Paul Jordan 12 Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki 58.214
11 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda DNF
Thursday 16 May 2019, 17:41 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 27:45.100
2 Dean Harrison 2 SILICONE ENGINEERING RACING Kawasaki +0.730
3 James Hillier 37 QUATTRO PLANT WICKED COATINGS Kawasaki +1.649
4 Michael Dunlop 3 MD Racing Honda +25.371
5 Jamie Coward 36 PreZ Racing Yamaha +26.832
6 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda +27.758
7 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +27.932
8 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves Triumph +44.748
9 Michael Sweeney 65 MJR Racing Yamaha +1 lap
10 Daley Mathison 14 WH Racing with Dynobike Yamaha +1 lap
Thursday 16 May 2019, 16:02 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Glenn Irwin 1 QUATTRO PLANT WICKED COATINGS Kawasaki 4:21.767
2 Dean Harrison 2 SILICONE ENGINEERING RACING Kawasaki 4:21.973
3 Alastair Seeley 34 BE WISER DUCATI Ducati 4:22.044
4 Michael Dunlop 3 Tyco BMW BMW 4:24.836
5 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 4:25.116
6 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW 4:25.823
7 Michael Rutter 90 Bathams Racing Honda 4:26.200
8 Richard Cooper 47 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 4:27.051
9 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda 4:28.107
10 James Hillier 37 QUATTRO PLANT WICKED COATINGS Kawasaki 4:28.170
11 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 4:32.082
Thursday 16 May 2019, 13:15 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Alastair Seeley 34 EHA Racing Yamaha 4:37.073
2 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 4:37.078
3 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki 4:38.177
4 James Hillier 37 QUATTRO PLANT WICKED COATINGS Kawasaki 4:38.186
5 Peter Hickman 666 Trooper Beer by Smith's Triumph 4:38.406
6 Michael Dunlop 3 MD Racing Honda 4:38.734
7 Derek McGee 86 B&W/Diamond Edge Cutting Kawasaki 4:38.939
8 Paul Jordan 12 Paul Jordan Racing Yamaha 4:39.813
9 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 4:40.528
10 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda 4:41.041
11 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 4:41.625
12 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 4:45.669
Thursday 16 May 2019, 12:30 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Peter Hickman 60 Smith's Racing BMW BMW 4:23.604
2 Glenn Irwin 1 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 4:25.244
3 James Hillier 3 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki 4:25.830
4 Michael Dunlop 3 MD Racing BMW 4:26.762
5 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW 4:27.124
6 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki 4:27.826
7 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing BMW 4:28.194
8 Richard Cooper 47 Buildbase Suzuki Subaru 4:30.343
9 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda 4:30.755
10 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki 4:30.944
15 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 4:32.929
Tuesday 14 May 2019, 20:38 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki 4:26.413
2 Michael Dunlop 3 Tyco BMW Motorrad BMW +0.531
3 Alastair Seely 34 Be Wiser Ducati Ducati +1.637
4 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW +2.986
5 Peter HIckman 60 Smith's Racing BMW BMW +3.608
6 James Hillier 37 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +4.038 1
7 Glenn Irwin 1 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +4.045
8 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda +4.200
9 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing Honda +4.885
10 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +4.913
11 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +5.669