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North West 200 Preview – Part 2 – Superstock Races

There’s a dazzling entry list for superstock races at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200.

The meeting is set to mark John McGuinness first pure road race outing of the year. 21 times TT winner John is all set to compete on his own teams EMC2 backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

You can never discount the road racing legend from been at the sharp end in what are set to be thrilling superstock races.

James Hillier is greatly looking forward to returning to the triangle as he competes for the factory backed Quattro Plant Kawasaki team.

James has proven in recent years at the Portstewart based road race that he’s a force to be reckoned with, he’s more than capable of securing podium finishes in superstock races.

Regarded by many as the current best road racer in the world Michael Dunlop will be looking to underline his status as he competes on his own teams R1M Yamaha.

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Having finished second in open race at Cookstown 100 and setting fastest lap of the meeting it’s clear that the 11 times TT winner is adapting quickly to the highly regarded new Yamaha.

Penz 13.com Bathams by BMW Motorrad have a top class line up which comprises of 12 times North West 200 winner Michael Rutter, Stephen Thompson and Canada’s Dan Kruger.

Tyco BMW has an all star line up which sees Alastair Seeley joined by William Dunlop and Guy Martin.
All three will be amongst the pre race favourites as they compete on the proven S1000RR BMW.

Guy Martin and William Dunlop have both enjoyed excellent starts to their 2015 road racing seasons. Guy’s already been triumphant on the new S1000RR BMW at Spring Cup National Road Races and Cookstown 100.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Whilst William has also tasted victory on the ultra quick BMW at Tandragee 100 in senior open race following a supreme performance.

Alastair Seeley is bidding at this year’s North West 200 to reach the magic mark of 14 wins around the triangle which would equal Robert Dunlop’s record for most wins at the iconic road race.

Alastair is more than capable of picking up a superstock or two but the competition is fierce not only from his team mates but from multiple competitors.

29 times international road race winner Bruce Anstey is as determined as ever to chalk up more wins at the North West as he competes on Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Bruce is set to be amongst the leading Honda mounted riders as is his team mate Dan Kneen.

Dan went up a level last season becoming Irish road race superbike champion, an international road race winner for the first time and securing grand final wins at Cookstown, Tandragee, Kells, Skerries, Faugheen.

Gary Johnson leads GB Moto Racing’s first entry into road racing competition at the North West 200.

The two time TT winner is hugely confident in the potential of the GB Moto Racing ZX10R Kawasaki that it’s the machinery that can pilot him to his first wins around the triangle.

One of the feel good moments in road racing in recent years has been Ian Hutchinson’s recovery from a serious leg injury.

Hutchy now back to full fitness is determined to push for race wins on Paul Bird Motorsport’s ZX10R Kawasaki.

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Conor Cummins is another rider who has the talent, ability and determination to fight for race victories as he competes on Jackson Racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.

Mar Train Racing’s Dean Harrison is a dark horse in superstock races at the North West 200.

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Deano has the talent to secure race wins on the new R1M Yamaha which he has adapted to extremely quickly as seen at Spring Cup National Road Races and Cookstown 100.

Keith Amor competing on Rig Deluge backed S1000RR BMW could surprise many people in superstock races.

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The flying Scotsman was victorious on BMW machinery in superstock race in 2010 at North West 200, he showed at Tandragee 100 consistent pace in recording fifth place finish in open race.

East Coast Racing’s Lee Johnston two times winner around the triangle is tipped by many to be in contention for superstock race wins.

Dundrod 150 super twins race winner Lee showed top class form recently at Spring Cup National Road Races at Oliver’s Mount achieving second and third place finishes in opening junior A and senior races.

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Recent Tandragee 100 open race winner Ryan Farquhar is excited about the 2015 North West 200 as he competes on his teams ZX10R Kawasaki.

We all know Ryan cannot be discounted for podium finishes as can’t Martin Jessopp.

Martin is all set to compete on Riders Motorcycles backed S1000RR BMW, the two time Macau Grand Prix runner up always enjoys returning to the North West.

Fourth place finish in last year’s opening superstock race was proof that Martin is a top exponent in superstock class at the ultra fast road race.

David Johnson’s North West 200 debut sees him competing for Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley Racing team.

The fourth place finisher in 2014 superstock TT is alongside Paul set to compete on top spec S1000RR BMW as both target standout results.

Ben Wylie and Brandon Cretu competing on Bimota’s add a touch of variety in superstock class whilst amongst leading Suzuki mounted riders look set to include Jamie Hamilton.

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Jamie is brimming with confidence following a productive start to his 2015 road racing season.

The 2013 Irish road race supersport champion is greatly looking forward to competing on Burrows Engineering Racing’s GSX-R 1000 Suzuki.

Fellow GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounted rider Daley Mathison is another rider going into the North West 200 in good form.

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Winner of spring cup A final second leg at Spring Cup National Road Races the rising road racing star has the determination to record top quality results.

Silicone Engineering Racing’s Russ Mountford is another rider capable of pushing for podium placing’s as is RC Express Racing Kawasaki’s Ivan Lintin.

Reigning Steve Henshaw international gold cup winner Ivan is the current leader of the 2015 Duke road race rankings championship.

Armed with RC Express Racing’s proven ZX10R Kawasaki expect Ivan to be in the running for great race results.

James Cowton 2014 Duke road race rankings champion has landed a top ride for superstock races at the North West.

James is all set to compete on PRB Racing’s S1000RR BMW, Rob Barber PRB Racing team manager is confident James can be in the running for top class results.

BikebitsNI Racing’s Derek Sheils, Horst Saiger, Michael Sweeney, Jamie Coward, Colin Stephenson, Davy Morgan, Jonathan Howarth, Dan Cooper are all hugely capable of causing many a surprise or two as is Wilson Craig Racing’s Derek Mcgee.

Derek’s North West 200 debut will be closely watched by many, the reigning Irish road race supersport champion has been in excellent form in early part of the 2015 road racing season.

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Photo by Rod Neill

Main highlights have included second place finish in feature supersport race at Cookstown 100 and super twin’s race victory at Tandragee 100.

Sam West and Craig Neve made their pure road racing debut’s at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix.

Having enjoyed productive debuts on the mountain course the duo are all set for their second roads outing this time at the North West 200, both riders are set to compete on ZX10R Kawasaki’s.

Reigning international road race champion Didier Grams could well spring a surprise or two as could fellow IRRC competitor Matti Seidel.

With a mix of TT winners, international road race winners, rising stars, up and coming road racers, exciting newcomers it’s an entry list in superstock races at 2015 North West 200 which will excite multiple pure road racing fans.

Two pulsating superstock races are in prospect, who’s going to win? It’s a case of it’s two close to call but don’t be surprised to see results that you won’t have predicted.

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