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Your NW200 2010

NI Blogs Admin | 12:24 UK time, Friday, 21 May 2010

Now that the event is over and we can all catch our breath, we would like to share some of your messages and pics sent in via text and email. As usual, we received well over a thousand of your comments, so apologies if the commentators didn't get to mention yours, but they would need to stop commentating to read out every single one!

Despite the connectivity problems we experienced at the paddock, which periodically affected our streams throughout the week and even with the helicopter grounded on the morning of  race day - due to a broken part - the vast majority of the NW200 online fans loved the action and content streamed live on the practice nights and race day. Some of you contacted us to mention the problems so apologies if you suffered buffering and loss of the web stream at times.

However, from Baku to Equatorial New Guinea, from NYC to Auckland and closer to home, from all over the UK, we heard how and where you were watching.

Thanks very much for your correspondence it's much appreciated. Here are a few of your contributions:

"I'm well ill with flu, but you are all making me feel better ! Chris in Chester" This is Chris below !

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After seeing Steve Plater's injury update on our blog Lee Brown sent us this message with an accompanying pic below:

"Hi Guys...Great racing!! Tell that Steve Plater to get well soon, I ride an R1 with one arm so no excuses...Happy Days, Lee."

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George Hagan from Batesville, Indiana in the states sent in this message with accompanying pic, below:
"Hi Guys,Loving watching the NW200 live streaming.  Much more exciting than the Indy 500 which is only 70 miles from here.  Indy 500 practice/qualifying starts today.  Keep up the great work, guys.  Hope the big race stays dry.  By the way, I ride 1995 Honda VFR750.
George Hagan
Batesville, Indiana - USA"

indiana_bike_blog.jpg"good job guys !! and come on Bonetti ... italian fastest rider
 Nicola from Italy."

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"Just a wee line for the commentators, Keith's name is pronounced Amor with a hard A as in able, not soft like amber.
Well done today Keith.
Eric in Falkirk."


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"Thanks Guys for a great day's racing. I originally came from Carryduff and used to play trumpet with Stephen Watson!!! tell him to keep blowing his trumpet.
Paul H isle of Man."

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"Best of luck to Steve Plater, wishing him a speedy recovery. Congratulations to Alistair Seeley on his two wins!"

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"Thanks so much for the great streaming video. So glad you got the helicopter back up.
 Best regards,
 George Broaddus
Cocoa, Florida"

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"Can't afford line rental for internet, so watching this in the library-tip top coverage. Come on Ian Lougher!!
Ianto
Bridgend"

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"it's interesting to see the lack of yamaha r1s in the superstock and superbike events. The crossplane crankshaft must not suit roadracing.
Dave, enniskillen"

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"Mick Hughes from Belfast but living in USA...
Can't believe I'm watching the NW200 live, making me homesick but GREAT COVERAGE!!!
Hello MUM!!!!THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MICK HUGHES
Pittsburgh"


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"Great coverage of the NW200 watching from New York City Well Done Keep it up.
Marc Carter"


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"Hi Guys, loving the red button and web coverage. I was supposed to be in the paddock today to sample all the excitement but couldn't walk far enough after picking up a football injury yesterday.  I'm gutted, but still enjoying all the coverage and the view from my in-laws house in Dhu Varren.
 Cormac Kernan"


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"Hi Richard and Steve,
I'm currently squeezed into a cramped, sweaty internet cafe in the centre of Jakarta, Indonesia. I'd far rather swap these surroundings and my shorts and flip flops for a peter storm jacket and Metropole bank! I'm devastated I can't make it this year but could you say a quick hello to Cyril, Susan and Sam who are sitting at the Metropole. Hope to see you all at next years event!
Thanks,
Neil Morrison"


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"Hi Steve, I´m Antonio Maeso a TT rider and I met you once two years ago at Trimby´s house in the IOM.  I´m watching the live stream sitting in my garden in the sunny Almería city and just would like to express my envy for those riders on the nw200 grid as I´d love to be there but I have just managed to put again a project together for the TT where I´ll be again in a few weeks time
Best Regards
Antonio Maeso."


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"Really enjoying the internet coverage down here in Melbourne.
Big hi to all the members of the MCUI Medical team.  Hope that you all have a quiet day.
Andrew  (normally one of the medical team) ".

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"Wish we were there, just down the road in Clough, Ballymena
Fantastic BBC, well done. Safe day to all.
 Amanda and Clara Duffy"


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"I am sitting in the warmth of my lounge, with my computer plugged into my plasma TV....It is superb....I am able to have a few while I am watching.
Please say hi to Bruce Anstey for me, I look forward to seeing him on The Isle of Man very soon.
Best wishes
Ian TT Fan Huntly"


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"Our US buddies may say "awesome" but here in the good ole UK we say "immensely awesome" .... just so we go one better.
Brilliant racing guys and hughie shots are just amazing.
Can you do this at the TT too? .... please.
Great all round coverage of this event - may we please have more of this?
Regards.
Ted Smith"


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"I  am very emotional here in Cape Town,you made this proud Ulterman feel so good..what can I say? AWESOME COVERAGE GUYS.
 Les Calderwood Wild Colonial boy in Africa"


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"hello, 13 year old Aylish here.
Thanks so much for keeping my dad off my neck, he's sitting glued to the T.V  watching you guys. if it wheren't for you guys I'd still be grounded ( I could get away with murder now )
thanks from Spain."

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"Parish you must have your own chopper to sort this problem out !!! 
Great work guys keep it up. Jason Davies."


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"Hi Guys, lovin todays coverage, wish I was there, watchin online in my shed, in Beith in west coast of Scotland
Keep up the good work.
PS lets get bsb and wsb online cause I've only got council telly.
Chap frae Beith"


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"hi guys my name is andrew phillips originally from wanganui nz, home of the cemetery circuit now living brisbane australia. really enjoying the coverage online, it keeps buffering but ill put up with because i love road racing, something Australia doesn't do. long live road racing.keep it up. Phillips"

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"I can't believe what Phil McCallen just said!
The smoke may not be too environmentally friendly but it's certainly not "horrible"! There's no greater smell in the world than 2 stroke!
Eddie in Woking."

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"Im watching your coverage from my ship in the middle of the Irish Sea!
Isn't satellite internet wonderful Great stuff!! Come on Bruce!!
Ventura"

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"I live right beside the course near metropole but sitting at my computer for the great coverage! Great work even though you dont have the helicopter!
Chris Hamill"

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"From paul stockell. watching on net, originally from Liverpool now living in Norwich. Steve Brogan fan, wish he was there, as he was in 2008, when I was with 4 friends. Just like to say thanks to all the riders, they are all heroes. Can't wait to say hi at Snetterton. NW200 just the best."

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"Hi guys! We are so happy that we can see the live coverage of the NW200 races today by internet! We are watching live from Holland and thinking about to visit the races next year! Keep up the good work and fix the helicopter ;)"


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"Hi everyone.
Thanks for the excellent coverage of the NW200.
I'm watching this on my laptop, but have the F1 qualifying on't telly in the background and I'm listening to Pink Floyd at the same time. Pure Bliss!!!!!
  (Good job, though, that I can multi-task!) Anyway hope everyone has a good 'un and a safe 'un and I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks for the TT!
Boakesey Jurby, Isle of Man"

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"This is very poor i cant believe it as taken so long to get a part for a helicopter this is the year 2010 not 1980 come bbc get it sorted and bet you wont read this one out.
 Regards Darren, a paying tv licence man"

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So for Darren and everyone else, here is the part in question which sheared off.... not once, but twice....and is called The Generator Drive Shaft. Most definitely gremlins at work in the paddock this year.

heli_part_blog.jpgWe could add hundreds more, so once again thanks for taking the time to get in touch. See you in 2011, when we hope the helicopter and technology holds up for another great week of racing.

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