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…

1.Michael Dunlop1000 BMW2016Superbike4m22.095s123.207mph
2.Josh Brookes1000 Yamaha2014NW2004m22.627s122.985
3.Ian Hutchinson1000 BMW2016Superstock4m23.175s122.702
4.Alastair Seeley1000 BMW2016Superbike4m23.453s122.572
5.Peter Hickman1000 Kawasaki2016Superstock4m23.538s122.533
6.Bruce Anstey1000 Honda2016Superbike4m24.205s122.223
7.John McGuinness1000 Honda2016Superbike4m24.641s122.022
8.Michael Rutter1000 BMW2016Superbike4m24.915s121.896
9.Lee Johnston1000 BMW2016Superstock4m25.166s121.780
10.Stuart Easton1000 Honda2010NW2004m25.528s121.614
11.Horst Saiger1000 Kawasaki2014Superstock14m26.404s121.214
12.Conor Cummins1000 Honda2016Superbike4m26.793s121.038
13.Guy Martin1000 Honda2014NW2004m27.027s120.932
14.Gary Johnson1000 BMW2016Superstock4m27.046s120.923
15.Simon Andrews1000 Honda2012NW2004m27.189s120.858
16.Cameron Donald1000 Honda2012Superbike4m27.398s120.764
17.Keith Amor1000 BMW2010NW2004m27.591s120.677
18.Martin Jessopp1000 BMW2014Superstock14m28.483s120.276
19.William Dunlop1000 BMW2015Superbike4m28.929s120.076
20.Adrian Archibald1000 Suzuki2010NW2004m29.187s119.961
21.James Hillier1000 Kawasaki2014NW2004m29.767s119.703
22.Dean Harrison1000 Kawasaki2014NW2004m30.430S119.430
23.Ryan Farquhar1000 Kawasaki2012Superbike4m30.614s119.329
24.Jeremy McWilliams1000 Yamaha2016Superstock4m30.941s119.185
25.David Johnson1000 BMW2016Superbike4m31.122s119.105

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: 

1.Alastair Seeley17 (2008 – 2016)
2.Robert Dunlop15 (1986 – 2006)
3.Joey Dunlop13 (1979 – 1988
=Michael Rutter13 (1997 – 2012)
6.Phillip McCallen11 (1991 – 1997)
7.Bruce Anstey10 (2002 – 2014)
8.Tony Rutter9 (1973 – 1982)
9.Ian Lougher8 (1991 – 2005)
10.Steve Plater7 (2006 – 2009)
11.Steve Cull6 (1980 – 1988)
=John McGuinness6 (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.

1.Phillip McCallen28 (1990 – 1999)
2.Michael Rutter27 (1995 – 2016)
=Alastair Seeley27 (2008 – 2016)
4.Ian Lougher26 (1990 – 2008)
=Joey Dunlop26 (1976 – 1996)
6.Robert Dunlop25 (1985 – 2007)
=Bruce Anstey25 (2002 – 2015)
8.John McGuinness21 (1997 – 2012)
=Tony Rutter21 (1972 – 1982)
10.Ryan Farquhar15 (1998 – 2015)
11.Jim Moodie14 (1990 – 2002
=Steve Plater14 (1998 – 2009)
=Ian Simpson14 (1991 – 1998)
14.Callum Ramsay12 (1995 – 2005)
=Steve Cull12 (1980 – 1990)
16.John Williams11 (1970 – 1978)
=Iain Duffus11 (1994 – 2002)
=Michael Dunlop11 (2008 – 2015)
19.Mick Grant10 (1975 – 1982)
=Woolsey Coulter10 (1988 – 1998)
=Eddie Laycock10 (1986 – 1990)
=David Jefferies10 (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.

CategoryRider(s)BikeYearTimeAverage Speed
OutrightMichael DunlopHawk Racing BMW S1000RR20164’22.095123.207mph
SuperbikeMichael DunlopHawk Racing BMW S1000RR20164’22.095122.958mph
Supersport 600ccAlastair SeeleyGearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R20164’35.045117.835mph
Lightweight (Supertwins)Ivan LintinDevitt RC Express Racing Kawasaki ER6 6500cc20164’55.434109.304mph
Superstock Ian HutchinsonTyco BMW S1000RR20164’23.175122.702mph
Fastest FemaleMaria Costello

Current Race Records

CategoryRider(s)BikeYearRace TimeAv. Speed
Superbike (6 laps)Alastair SeeleyTyco Suzuki GSXR 1000201226:32.461121,352mph
Superbike (5 laps)Michael DunlopBMW Motorrad S1000RR201422:06.288121.358mph
Supersport (6 laps)Alastair SeeleyGearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R201627:39.302116.463mph
Supersport (5 laps)Alastair SeeleyRelentless by TAS Racing Suzuki GSXR600201023:19.992114.969mph
Superstock (6 laps)Alastair SeeleyMar-Train Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R201526:48.185120.165mph
Superstock (5 laps)Ian HutchinsonTyco BMW S1000RR201622:07.389121.258mph
Lightweight (4 laps)Jeremy McWilliamsKMR/ SGS International ER6 650cc Kawasaki201519:58.361107.367mph

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.