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‘Bingley Bullet’ Hutchinson signs up for NI Motorcycle Festival

Thursday, 22 December 2016

‘Bingley Bullet’ Hutchinson signs up for NI Motorcycle Festival thumbnailPictured (L-R) is Eddie Johnston (Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club), Andy Higgins (event compere), 2016 MCE UGP Man of the Meeting Ian Hutchinson and Ken Stewart (Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club) at a recent book signing event organised for the E

ISLE of Man TT star Ian Hutchinson is the first big name to be confirmed for the 2017 Blackhorse Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival which will take place in February at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn.
Promoters Billy and Marty Nutt's eagerly awaited annual biking extravaganza moved to the new multi-million pound venue at Balmoral Park, Sprucefield, in 2016 and proved a massive success, with the introduction of free parking at the extensive site being warmly welcomed by the thousands of punters who attend the show every year.
The 2017 festival will be held over three days from Friday February 3 to Sunday February 5.
‘Bingley Bullet' Hutchinson has been a regular at the event in the past and the 37-year-old will once again support the event next year when he will mingle with the fans and sign autographs.
Hutchy, who has signed for a second year with Northern Ireland's Tyco BMW team, won the Superstock races at the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix this year to complete a clean sweep on the BMW S1000RR.
The Yorkshire rider, who has made a remarkable recovery from a career-threatening leg injury sustained in 2010, boosted his tally of TT wins to 14 to join Mike 'The Bike' Hailwood on the all-time winners' list in June.
He repeated his 2015 treble in the Superstock and Supersport events on the legendary Mountain Course on the Tyco BMW and Team Traction Control Yamaha machines.
Hutchinson then capped the major international season in sizzling style with a dominant four-timer at the Ulster Grand Prix.
The English rider was unstoppable at Dundrod, where he set a new outright lap record of 134.089mph on his way to a Superbike double.
Hutchy is the first of many of the sport's leading riders to sign up for the festival, with more top names due to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

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