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Stellar Second NW200 Tenure For York’s Thompson

York’s Joe Thompson enjoyed a quite tumultuous second North West 200 campaign, as he firmly announced himself as a future international road race winner following series of impressive performances in the Supersport, Super Twin races.

Having qualified 4th for the four lap Super Twin encounters, expectations were high ahead of the opening twins race on Thursday evening.

Going onto finish a fine third, no matter the amount of negative comments regarding the perceived performance advantage of his Paton mount from specific individuals and on social media, could take away from a well deserved maiden international roads rostrum finish.

Another podium placing followed in the second twins race, which would see the ambitious rider involved in another titanic battle for class honours.

If it wasn’t for a last chance manoeuvre by James Cowton at the Juniper Chicane on the fourth and final lap, the multiple Oliver’s Mount winner could well have become one of the youngest international road race winners in history, having prior to slipping back to third, confidently lead the final lap in front of Cowton and KMR Kawasaki’s Jeremy McWilliams.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Outside of his heroics on the Paton, the six lap Supersport races saw him chalk up series of 11th place finishes, along the way closely matching the pace of high profile names such as Ian Hutchinson and Dan Kneen.

Having it’s fair to say exceeded his pre event expectations and then some, it’s no wonder Joe is confident of notching up more top draw results next month at TT 2018.

As at the Vauxhall International North West 200, the Team ILR racer will pilot for his second Mountain Course campaign ZX6R Kawasaki, S1-R Paton machinery within the Monster Energy Supersport and Bennetts Lightweight classes.

Words by Stevie Rial