Name: Derek McGee

Date of Birth: July 9th 1986

Place of Birth: Mullingar, Ireland

Nationality: Irish

Races competed: Isle of Man TT, Ulster GP, NW200 & Irish Road Races

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Twitter: @DerekMcGee86

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Getting into biking:

McGee caught the racing bug thanks to his father, who took him to see the Ulster GP when Derek was a child.

The Irish rider did not start racing until a while after this though and it was 2011 when he made his breakthrough, winning the Irish Support Road Race Championship. It’s been an upward progression ever since and he’s now regarded as one of Ireland’s top road racers.

It was 2015 when he made his debut at the Isle of Man TT Races and the “Mullingar Missile” was the Irish Supersport Road Race Champion at this point so it was exciting to see how he would fare against racers at the TT.

Riding for the Wilson Craig Racing team, Derek recorded a DNF in the Senior, but placed 29th and 27th in the Superbike and Superstock TT respectively, 20th and 19th in the Supersport 1 and 2 races and a very impressive 11th in the Lightweight TT. He also lapped at close to 123mph and won the coveted TT Newcomers Trophy for 2015. McGee followed this up by winning the Super Twins race at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix, his maiden International road race victory.

Racing Icon:

Joey Dunlop and Richard Britton

Career Highlights:

After such an impressive TT debut in 2015, the following year was a rather disappointing one at the Isle of Man. McGee only finished two races, recording DNF’s in the Superstock, Supersport 2 and Senior TT. In the races he did manage to cross the line, Derek finished 26th in the Superbike TT riding a 2016 BMW S1000RR and 17th in the Supersport TT 1 on a 2016 Yamaha R6 whilst he also improved his personal best lap to 125.001mph.

McGee did have a very impressive Faugheen 50, where he was able to win the Grand Final on the Noel Williamson Racing BMW S1000RR. As well as this, he achieved victory in the Supersport race at Walderstown and came in 5th at the Ulster Grand Prix in the Super Twins race.

Although not featuring in the 2017 Isle of Man TT due to financial constraints, McGee had a very successful year winning the Irish Superbike, Supersport and Supertwin Championships and he was also crowned the ‘Leading Newcomer’ at the 2017 Southern 100 after a series of impressive results.

On the back of this success, McGee signed for road racing legend Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Kawasaki race team to contest the Supertwins class in 2018 and he achieved his best TT result yet by taking 2nd place in the Lightweight TT, finishing only behind Michael Dunlop. Riding a 2017 Kawasaki ER650, McGee established himself as a contender for this race in future years as he lapped at 121.698mph, the second fastest lap ever in the class.

Derek also placed 11th in Supersport TT 1 and 15th in the Superbike TT but unfortunately recorded DNF’s in the Supersport 2 and Senior races although he was well placed on the leaderboard in each before he had to retire.  Despite his two-year absence, he also improved his lap speeds once more with a best lap of 127.817mph making him the second fastest rider ever from Southern Ireland to have lapped the Mountain Course.

2018 has also been a highly successful season at the Irish National road races for McGee with multiple wins at Enniskillen, Faugheen and Walderstown as he added more National titles to his collection.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • 2011 Irish Support Road Race Champion
  • 2014 2nd Ulster Grand Prix Supertwins race
  • 2015 Isle of Man TT “Best Newcomer”
  • 2015 Ulster Grand Prix Supertwins winner
  • 2016 Faugheen Grand Final Race winner
  • 2017 Southern 100 ‘Leading Newcomer’
  • 2018 2nd Lightweight TT
  • Multiple Irish road race winner

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