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Proven BSB Front Runner Cooper Maiden International Roads Stint To Arise At North West 200

Proven British Superbike Championship front runner Richard Cooper maiden International roads venture will arise in May at the North West 200, following official confirmation today from event organisers.

Cooper who’s stellar racing CV alongside BSB victories, also includes British Superstock Championship success, Sunflower Trophy success, plus multiple Stars of Darley feature race triumphs at Darley Moor, has been widely tipped over the years as a future International roads competitor.

Vastly experienced, although he will be an event newcomer in May, expect the hugely respected Cooper who will pilot Hawk Racing prepared Buildbase Suzuki’s within the Superstock, Superbike races, to give more than a decent account of himself on the famous Triangle course.

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Speaking about the challenge ahead with the works Buildbase Suzuki squad, he stated:

“The team are right behind me and we have already spoken about who will be in our North West 200 crew.

I have always been able to adapt quickly to new circuits. I believe in my own ability and I am old enough and wise enough to approach racing on the roads in the right way.”

Commenting on how he expects roads competition to differ from purpose built circuit action, at venues such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park, he candidly stated:

“I have a lot of experience in bike racing but road racing is the one big thing that I haven’t done. We are going to sort that now.

Riders say road racing is like a drug but I won’t know until I try it whether or not I will be addicted.

Being safe is very important but I am a racer and even in year one I won’t be there just to ride around. I am not going to the North West 200 just to break anyone’s fastest newcomer record.”

North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte MBE, added his delight at securing such a high profile, talented, ambitious newcomer for this years meeting:

“It is very exciting to have a BSB rider of Richard’s ability and experience making his road racing debut at the North West.

It will be enthralling to watch Richard go head to head along the Coast road with established North West stars like Dunlop, Irwin, Seeley, Rutter, Harrison and Hickman.”

Words by Stevie Rial