The TT Circuit in Assen will host this weekend's third round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship, where double champion Jonathan Rea will look to extend his already strong series lead aboard his factory ZX-10RR Kawasaki on what will be his 200th WSB start.
The British championship paddock is currently awash with local talent across a number of classes, and while the likes of Glenn and Andrew Irwin, David Allingham and Alastair Seeley have been dominating the early season headlines, we must not forget one of the series newcomers, Robert Kennedy, who is doing a sterling job in the Pirelli National 600cc Superstock class.
Fermanagh's Lee Johnston is aiming to rediscover the form that took him to international road racing victories in 2014 and 2015 when his season gets under way on the north coast at this year's Vauxhall International North West 200 next month.
County Meath racer Aaron Clifford is beginning his final preparations for a full assault on this season's British National Superstock 600 Championship, with his first competitive action of the year coming at Mondello Park this weekend in the Masters Supersport series.
Record-breaking Vauxhall International North West 200 race winner Alastair Seeley will again be the man to beat at this year's event having reunited himself with local team Tyco BMW for the May showpiece, with Fermanagh's Lee Johnston set to ride with Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team.
Clogher racer Keith Farmer, a British Championship winner in 2011 and 2012 who finished third in last season's National 1000cc Superstock class, is currently on the lookout for a new ride after being left on the sidelines with just three weeks until the opening round of the 2017 season at Donington Park.
Michael Laverty completed his first day of testing with the all-new McAMS Yamaha team at Cartagena yesterday in Spain and enjoyed being back on the latest configuration of the Japanese manufacturer's R1 - which took Aussie Josh Brookes to the British Superbike title in 2015.
Motorcycle racing seemingly came to a standstill yesterday when Lincolnshire truck mechanic and TV celebrity Guy Martin announced his return to competition in an all-new deal, which will see him ride for the official Honda team this season - a first since his crash at the Ulster Grand Prix back in 2015.
Peter Hickman, regarded by many as the man who could potentially dethrone big guns Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson at the Isle of Man TT in June, has secured a deal that will see him ride for Smiths Racing BMW in 2017 - and he will make his road racing debut for the team at the Vauxhall International North West 200 in May.
As 2016 comes to a close, we can be proud in the knowledge that Northern Irish talent rose to the top in many different motorcycling disciplines this past 12 months, topped once again by Ballyclare's Jonathan Rea - who is now a double World Superbike champion after back-to-back titles aboard his factory Kawasaki.
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