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Run over the legendary Dundrod public roads circuit, the Ulster Grand Prix has the distinction of currently being the ‘World’s Fastest Motorcycle Races’, with the lap record for the 7.4 mile pure roads circuit set by Kiwi Bruce Anstey in 2010 at 133.977mph. (Note: The Fastest Ever Motorcycle Lap Record set by Barry Sheene in 1977 over the now defunct 14.1 km Spa Francorchamps Circuit, Belgium, stands at 137.149mph)
Conveniently situated for spectators, being just over 10 miles to the West of Belfast in Northern Ireland, the Ulster Grand Prix annually attracts fans in their thousands, and this year celebrates the 63rd year of running the event over the Dundrod circuit. Historically the event goes back to it’s first running in 1922, and was then raced over the 20.5 mile Claddy circuit.
Prior to 1973 the event was of Grand Prix status counting toward the World Championships, however since those days the event has gone from strength to strength and today attracts all of the ‘Big’ names in motorcycle road racing. Being the third of the ‘Big Three’ Road Races of the year, UGP Bike week for 2016 runs from 8th – 13th August.