North West 200 Records and Stats

Check out these impressive record and stats that have been set during the North West 200…

Fastest 25 solo riders

The North West 200 course has changed on numerous occasions over the years and it was the course in the late 1970s that saw the fastest ever speeds with Tom Herron setting a never-to-be-beaten outright lap record of 127.63mph in 1978 – one can only wonder what the lap record would be today if that course was still being used!

Since then though, four chicanes have been introduced – Juniper Hill (1983), Start and Finish (1988), Magherabuoy (1996) and Mather’s Cross (2010) – with them all designed to slow speeds down just when they’re beginning to escalate once more.

Weather conditions since 2010 have also been inclement, more often than not, but 2016 finally saw perfect weather conditions so, unsurprisingly, the outright lap record was broken. Whilst the Superstock race saw a number of riders set their personal best laps, quicker than what they did in the Superbike race, it was the latter where the outright lap record was set with Michael Dunlop’s dominant victory seeing him lap at 123.207mph, half a second inside Josh Brookes’ old mark.

Such were the conditions in 2016, eight of the top ten fastest riders set their times at this year’s event with almost 50% of the top 25 coming this year. Having only had one previous visit to the NW200, Peter Hickman was the biggest mover, jumping up to fifth fastest overall.

Let’s meet the riders…

Rider Machine Race Time Speed
1. Michael Dunlop 1000 BMW 2016Superbike 4m22.095s 123.207mph
2. Josh Brookes 1000 Yamaha 2014NW200 4m22.627s 122.985
3. Ian Hutchinson 1000 BMW 2016Superstock 4m23.175s 122.702
4. Alastair Seeley 1000 BMW 2016Superbike 4m23.453s 122.572
5. Peter Hickman 1000 Kawasaki 2016Superstock 4m23.538s 122.533
6. Bruce Anstey 1000 Honda 2016Superbike 4m24.205s 122.223
7. John McGuinness 1000 Honda 2016Superbike 4m24.641s 122.022
8. Michael Rutter 1000 BMW 2016Superbike 4m24.915s 121.896
9. Lee Johnston 1000 BMW 2016Superstock 4m25.166s 121.780
10. Stuart Easton 1000 Honda 2010NW200 4m25.528s 121.614
11. Horst Saiger 1000 Kawasaki 2014Superstock1 4m26.404s 121.214
12. Conor Cummins 1000 Honda 2016Superbike 4m26.793s 121.038
13. Guy Martin 1000 Honda 2014NW200 4m27.027s 120.932
14. Gary Johnson 1000 BMW 2016Superstock 4m27.046s 120.923
15. Simon Andrews 1000 Honda 2012NW200 4m27.189s 120.858
16. Cameron Donald 1000 Honda 2012Superbike 4m27.398s 120.764
17. Keith Amor 1000 BMW 2010NW200 4m27.591s 120.677
18. Martin Jessopp 1000 BMW 2014Superstock1 4m28.483s 120.276
19. William Dunlop 1000 BMW 2015Superbike 4m28.929s 120.076
20. Adrian Archibald 1000 Suzuki 2010NW200 4m29.187s 119.961
21. James Hillier 1000 Kawasaki 2014NW200 4m29.767s 119.703
22. Dean Harrison 1000 Kawasaki 2014NW200 4m30.430S 119.430
23. Ryan Farquhar 1000 Kawasaki 2012Superbike 4m30.614s 119.329
24. Jeremy McWilliams 1000 Yamaha 2016Superstock 4m30.941s 119.185
25. David Johnson 1000 BMW 2016Superbike 4m31.122s 119.105

Leading winners (6 wins or more)

Despite missing the prime years of his career due to injury, and confined to just the 125cc class when he did return, Robert Dunlop held the record number of wins at the North West 200 for over twenty years, having racked up 14 victories between 1986 and 1994.

That was mainly due to the Ballymoney rider recording hat-tricks in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. However, he had to wait until 2006 to take his 15th and final win, victory coming in a last lap charge that saw him overhaul Michael Wilcox.

In 2015 though, the form man at the NW200 in recent years, Alastair Seeley, equalled that tally of 15 wins with his second hat-trick and in 2016, he finally bettered Dunlop’s long-standing record, claiming his 16th and 17th race wins in the two Supersport races.

 

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

Joey Dunlop took 13 wins with his last victory surprisingly coming in 1988 with that total being matched by Michael Rutter who, of course, is still competing at the highest level today. Just behind them is Phillip McCallen on 11 wins, largely aided by his five-timer in 1992, with Bruce Anstey one place further back on ten wins, the New Zealander’s last win coming in 2014.

 

Leading winners table: 

Rider Wins
1. Alastair Seeley 17 (2008 – 2016)
2. Robert Dunlop 15 (1986 – 2006)
3. Joey Dunlop 13 (1979 – 1988
= Michael Rutter 13 (1997 – 2012)
6. Phillip McCallen 11 (1991 – 1997)
7. Bruce Anstey 10 (2002 – 2014)
8. Tony Rutter 9 (1973 – 1982)
9. Ian Lougher 8 (1991 – 2005)
10. Steve Plater 7 (2006 – 2009)
11. Steve Cull 6 (1980 – 1988)
= John McGuinness 6 (2000 – 2012)

Leading podium finishes – (10 podiums or more)

In just ten years of racing at the North West 200, Phillip McCallen recorded an impressive 28 podiums with the Portadown rider competing in all classes during that period. Indeed, his rostrum appearances came in the 250cc, Supersport 400cc, Supersport 600cc, Superbike and production 1000cc categories.

With three and one appearances respectively at the 2016 meeting, Alastair Seeley and Michael Rutter have closed the gap to McCallen to just one though and with both riders still very much at the top of their game, they should overhaul McCallen’s record in 2017.

As expected, both Ian Lougher and Joey Dunlop are high on the list with the longevity of their careers seeing them rack up 26 podiums apiece, whilst Robert Dunlop and Bruce Anstey are one place – and podium – further back. Anstey’s record of appearing on the podium at least once every year since he made his debut in 2002 finally came to an end in 2016.

 

Robert Dunlop's 15th win at North West 200

Robert Dunlop’s 15th win at North West 200

Special mention should go to ninth placed Tony Rutter who took 21 podiums in a ten-year period when there were sometimes just three races on the programme 9250cc, 350cc, 500cc) as opposed to the eight races today. Meanwhile, Woolsey Coulter’s ten podiums all came in the one class, the 250cc.

 

Rider Podiums
1. Phillip McCallen 28 (1990 – 1999)
2. Michael Rutter 27 (1995 – 2016)
= Alastair Seeley 27 (2008 – 2016)
4. Ian Lougher 26 (1990 – 2008)
= Joey Dunlop 26 (1976 – 1996)
6. Robert Dunlop 25 (1985 – 2007)
= Bruce Anstey 25 (2002 – 2015)
8. John McGuinness 21 (1997 – 2012)
= Tony Rutter 21 (1972 – 1982)
10. Ryan Farquhar 15 (1998 – 2015)
11. Jim Moodie 14 (1990 – 2002
= Steve Plater 14 (1998 – 2009)
= Ian Simpson 14 (1991 – 1998)
14. Callum Ramsay 12 (1995 – 2005)
= Steve Cull 12 (1980 – 1990)
16. John Williams 11 (1970 – 1978)
= Iain Duffus 11 (1994 – 2002)
= Michael Dunlop 11 (2008 – 2015)
19. Mick Grant 10 (1975 – 1982)
= Woolsey Coulter 10 (1988 – 1998)
= Eddie Laycock 10 (1986 – 1990)
= David Jefferies 10 (1998 – 2003)

Most wins in a day – 5

John Williams, Joey Dunlop, Steve Cull, Robert Dunlop, Phillip McCallen, Michael Rutter, David Jefferies. Bruce Anstey and Alastair Seeley have all taken hat-tricks at the North West 200 but only one rider has won five races in a single day – McCallen.

Riding for Honda Britain, McCallen achieved the feat in 1992 winning the opening 250cc race, both Superbike races and the Supersport 400cc and Supersport 600cc encounters. Only a spill in the second 250cc race prevented him from winning six!

Robert Dunlop is the only rider to achieve four hat-tricks though, achieving the feats in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Manufacturer success

Honda have won more NW200 races (92) than any other manufacturer. They’re followed by Yamaha (77), Norton (37), Suzuki (31) and Kawasaki (20).

Yamaha have the honour of being the only manufacturer to have a clean sweep of the programme, winning all five races in 1979.

BMW, meanwhile, only took their first win at the North West 200 in 2010 when Keith Amor won the Superstock race. Since then though, they’ve added five more wins, all coming in the last two years. Michael Dunlop (Superstock and Superbike) took two wins in 2014 with Lee Johnston and Alastair Seeley also winning Superstock races in 2015.

Seeley also took a Superbike race win in 2015 with Ian Hutchinson (Superstock) and Dunlop (Superbike) adding to the tally in 2016.

Current Lap Records

These are the current lap and race records that have been set at the North West 200.

Category Rider(s) Bike Year Time Average Speed
Outright Michael Dunlop Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR 2016 4’22.095 123.207mph
Superbike Michael Dunlop Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR 2016 4’22.095 122.958mph
Supersport 600cc Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R 2016 4’35.045 117.835mph
Lightweight (Supertwins) Ivan Lintin Devitt RC Express Racing Kawasaki ER6 6500cc 2016 4’55.434 109.304mph
Superstock  Ian Hutchinson Tyco BMW S1000RR 2016 4’23.175 122.702mph
Fastest Female Maria Costello

Current Race Records

Category Rider(s) Bike Year Race Time Av. Speed
Superbike (6 laps) Alastair Seeley Tyco Suzuki GSXR 1000 2012 26:32.461 121,352mph
Superbike (5 laps) Michael Dunlop BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2014 22:06.288 121.358mph
Supersport (6 laps) Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R 2016 27:39.302 116.463mph
Supersport (5 laps) Alastair Seeley Relentless by TAS Racing Suzuki GSXR600 2010 23:19.992 114.969mph
Superstock (6 laps) Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R 2015 26:48.185 120.165mph
Superstock (5 laps) Ian Hutchinson Tyco BMW S1000RR 2016 22:07.389 121.258mph
Lightweight (4 laps) Jeremy McWilliams KMR/ SGS International ER6 650cc Kawasaki 2015 19:58.361 107.367mph

Now you know all about the impressive stats of the North West 200, which road race impresses you best – Ulster GP or NW200?

Statistics compiled by Phil Wain.