Ulster Grand Prix: 1999 Superbike battle between Dunlop and Jefferies to be remembered

Gary Dunlop will ride the RC45 Honda his late father Joey rode in 1999
Gary Dunlop will ride the RC45 Honda his late father Joey rode in 1999

One of the Ulster Grand Prix's greatest races, a titanic Superbike battle between Joey Dunlop and David Jefferies in 1999, will be remembered during this year's race week from 7-10 August.

Joey's son Gary will ride the famous silver and black RC45 Honda his father raced to victory against David Jefferies at Dundrod 20 years ago.

Conor Cummins will ride Jefferies' V&M R1 Yamaha in the tribute.

Many considered it to be one of Dunlop's greatest road race victories.

It was also to be one of the Ballymoney legend's final Ulster GP appearances before he lost his life in a crash in Estonia in July 2000.

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Riding Dad's bikes is a special feeling - Gary Dunlop

"I am really looking forward to having a run around Dundrod on the RC45," Gary said as he visited the Dundrod circuit on the 19th anniversary of his father's passing.

"I was at the Ulster in 1999 and it was a great day's racing. The big bike race was unbelievable and I knew dad would win because he just had that look on his face.

"It was going to be tough but I knew Dad would push it in that race and make it a very special day." Gary, who will also compete in the Moto 3 race at this year's Ulster, recalls.

"The 1999 superbike race battle between Joey and David Jefferies was one of the greatest races ever seen at the Ulster and we wanted to mark the 20th anniversary in a special way." said UGP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston.

"Joey rode his fastest ever lap of Dundrod to claim his 24th Ulster Grand Prix win and I am sure every fan will be as thrilled on August 10 as I will to see Gary and Conor back on the famous old course aboard the machines Joey and David rode that day."