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Cooper Targeting NW200 Return Following Splendid Triangle Course Debut

Outside of Stefano Bonetti, Davey Todd, James Hillier joining the NW200 winners circle, plus Glenn Irwin and Lee Johnston’s dramatic opening Superbike, Supersport victories, the main highlight for many of this years North West 200 was the splendid performances from Triangle course newcomer, Richard Cooper.

New to the International roads scene, Buildbase Suzuki’s Cooper who secured in 2011 the National Superstock 1000 Championship title, steadily built up his pace during last Tuesday, Thursday’s qualifying sessions, more than matching the pace of various established event front runners.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

His maiden racing stint around the ultra fast Triangle circuit, saw him gave a more than respectable account of himself, on route to finishing a very creditable sixth, along the way becoming the new fastest NW200 newcomer in history, recording a best lap speed of 120.659 mph.

Saturday’s race day, alongside placing sixth within the Anchor Bar Superbike race, also yielded a memorable second place in the CP Hire Superstock encounter, as Cooper showcased in full his proven calibre in wet, damp, mixed conditions.

Photo by Allister Dickson

Racers like Cooper, don’t surprise many with their pace, application, professionalism when they compete at International roads events, but what continues to surprise lots of us involved in the sport, is how quick they adapt to a discipline of racing, that is totally new to them.

Unquestionably a future multi times NW200 winner, if he commits for the foreseeable future to event participation, there’s no doubt it won’t be long till he establishes himself as a consistent, proven front runner on the fast, flowing roads of the Triangle course.

Words by Stevie Rial

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