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, so often the top middleweight class exponent, is anticipated by various roads insiders, to once again prove formidable next week. Astride the recently unveiled Powertoolmate/Milwaukee Ducati, the ‘Wee Wizard’ is optimistic he has the machine to help him enhance his already record-breaking, NW200 record of 27 victories. International roads alumni confident of battling TAS Racing’s Seeley for race successes include fastest Triangle course newcomer in history, Richard Cooper. In fine form across last weekend’s BSB Oulton Park meeting, Cooper has the undoubted pace, tenacious, gritty race craft, calm temperament to place P1 in the Supersport category. Same notion applies to Boyce Precision Engineering/Russell Racing Yamaha team-mate Dean Harrison, outright lap record holder Peter Hickman (K2 Trooper Triumph by PHR Performance), King of The Roads Champion Davey Todd (Milenco by Padgetts) and Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston. The current British Supersport Championship leader, expectations are high for ‘General Lee’ that he can continue his strong season start on the coast roads. Additional potential rostrum finishing, race winning contenders include 113 times Irish road race winner Michael Dunlop (MD Racing), Adam McLean (JMcC Roofing Racing) and 2007 Duke Road Race Rankings Champion, two times Ulster GP winner Conor Cummins (Milenco by Padgetts). Others hoping to spring a surprise or two, secure top draw results include new Wilson Craig Racing team member Jeremy McWilliams, PreZ Racing’s Paul Jordan, BE/RK Racing’s Michael Browne, Pierre Yves Bian (K2 Trooper Triumph by PHR Performance). Top NW200 newcomer in 2022 Gary McCoy, Bob Smith Spring Cup winner Joey Thompson, Christian Elkin, Brian McCormack (Global Robots Triumph). Joe Loughlin, Michael Sweeney (EM Building), Julian Trummer (WH Racing), Ryan Gibson (Team ILR with Frog Vehicle Developments) and triple IRRC Champion Marek Cerveny. Triangle course newbies to keep an eye on include former Pikes Peak International Hill Climb participant Cory West, Stephen ‘Trevor’ Parsons, Matthieu Lagrive (Optimark). To win a Supersport NW200 encounter you need relentless speed, spot on race tactics, determination personified, some luck and perhaps most of all, an uncompromising sheer will to win. These attributes apply to various aforementioned racers featuring within the truly world class field, which is certain to guarantee this month more breath-taking pure road racing. Photo credit: Derek Wilson, Tommy Vennard, Rod Neill, Allister Dickson – Startline Photography Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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