Since been incorporated into the race schedule in 2012, the Super Twins class at the North West 200 has largely been dominated by top level independent teams, running 650cc Kawasaki’s. This all changed though in 2019, when Stefano Bonetti claimed an historic triumph aboard Paton machinery. Allied to the popular Italian marques fantastic TT resume, it’s no surprise to see again, major names piloting Paton’s next week. This includes Twins TT lap record holder Michael Dunlop, the aforementioned Bonetti, Team ILR with Frog Vehicle team-mates Francesco Curinga, Irish Road Race Superbike Champion Michael Sweeney. Bayview Hotel supported Jeremy McWilliams, King of The Roads series leader Michael Browne (BE/RK Racing) and France’s first NW200 Champion of the 21st Century, Pierre Yves Bian (VAS Engine). Still relatively unproven on the roads, Yamaha’s R7 steed has many an acclaimed pilot for upcoming coast roads action. Outright lap record holder Peter Hickman (PHR Performance), the Bathams Racing trio of Michael Rutter, Craig Neve, Richard Cooper are all astride the R7. Commenting about this topic, rapidest NW200 newcomer in history Cooper, stated: “It is a completely unknown quantity at the minute. Michael Rutter has done a fantastic job in getting the bike sorted. He came to my rescue this year and I am ready for the challenge. But I won’t know if it is fast enough or of it will hold together in the races until I get to the North West and ride it. But that will make it even more rewarding if I can do well on it.” Added established international road racing talents entered include likely top Aprilia runner, Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing), good friend PreZ Racing’s Paul Jordan, Christian Elkin, Adam McLean and class winner last year Joe Loughlin. The twins field also features SMT Racing’s Rob Hodson, Brian McCormack (Global Robots), Julian Trummer (HeatTech Racing), Gary McCoy, Adam Child (McCrums Motorcycles). Jonathan Perry, Raul Torras Martinez (Optimark Road Racing Team), Jamie Williams, the Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall and newcomer Cory West (JMcC Roofing Racing). Notable non-starters include KTS Racing Powered by Steadplan’s Jamie Coward and Cowton Racing’s Dominic Herbertson. As across all classes during the 2023 FonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200, the Super Twins races titled supported by John M Paterson, Milltown Service Station won’t fail to thrill, pulsate, illustrate fully real road racing’s unique, otherworldly character. Quotes courtesy of Stephen Davison Photo credit: Tommy Vennard, Derek Wilson, Allister Dickson – Startline Photography Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou
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