North West 200 Preview – Part 2 – Supersport Races

North West 200 Preview – Part 2 – Supersport Races
Your always guaranteed close fought, dramatic, fierce competition within the Supersport class at the FonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200.

Expect no different next week, as a who’s who of International road racing battle it out for 600 honours.

Event wins record holder Alastair Seeley, who from 2010-2018 at the NW200 secured at least one Supersport victory, is anticipated by many to be in prime position this May for more middleweight class triumphs.

Piloting proven YZF R6 Yamaha machinery, the Carrickfergus racer is optimistic he has the tackle to allow him to increase his already remarkable record of 24 event successes.

Amongst a host of International roads giants, confident of battling Seeley for race wins include Michael Dunlop.

Competing again under his own teams’ banner, the 600cc Mountain Course lap record holder has that race winning spirit, boundless determination in spades that you need to conquer the fabled Triangle course.

Same applies to British Supersport front-runner, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston.

The ever-cheerful Johnston is widely touted by various roads insiders, given his excellent from allied to synonymous class calibre, as one of the strong favourites for Supersport honours.

A likely notable absentee from the entry is world’s fastest road racer Peter Hickman, with present NW200 regulations making his new 765cc Triumph mount ineligible to compete.

With this in mind, Triumph’s likely top runner is twice Supersport TT winner Gary Johnson.

Added potential podium finishing, race-winning contenders include DAO Racing’s Dean Harrison, Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins/Davey Todd, James Hillier (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) and Ian Hutchinson (Boyce Precision by Russell Racing).

Additional ones to watch include PreZ Racing’s Paul Jordan, Jamie Coward (KTS Racing powered by Steadplan), Adam McLean (McAdoo Kawasaki), Michael Sweeney (EM Building Yamaha).

Dominic Herbertson (Cowton Racing), Craig Neve, 2019 Newcomers A Manx GP winner Pierre Yves Bian, Matt Rees, Joe Thompson, Quayside Racing’s Nathan Harrison.

Triangle debutants to monitor closely include Michael Evans (Heattech Racing) and Cookstown Supersport B-race victor Julian Trummer (WH Racing).

The components needed to win a Supersport encounter around the Triangle, are the same each year.

You need the relentless pace, spot on race tactics, determination personified and perhaps most of all an uncompromising will to win.

You can apply all the attributes above to many within this-years, truly world class entry, which is certain to guarantee this May more exhilarating NW200 action.

Photo’s by Tommy Vennard, Rod Neill

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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