North West 200 organisers Coleraine & District Motor Club Ltd have announced a six-race programme for the 2010 running of the event following the removal of the 250cc category.

Following the move, the NW200 will comprise of a 125cc and Superstock race as well as two 600cc Supersport events and a brace of Superbike races.

"Having considered this option for the past couple of years we now believe the time is right to discontinue the 250cc category," race director Mervyn Whyte said. "Two stroke bikes no longer feature in Grand Prix or British Superbike race programmes and as a result manufacturers have reduced the number of models and ranges produced each year."

"We therefore don't have the same number of teams nor individual competitors wanting to enter this particular class and having taken all these factors into consideration, felt it was appropriate to promote a strong six race event in 2010."

The NW200 management team have also proposed significant changes to the Thursday practice session.

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"In response to competitor and team feedback, the Coleraine Club is examining opportunities to hold our traditional Thursday Practice Race during the day as opposed to later in the evening," Whyte continued. "We would anticipate roads closing on Thursday morning at 9.30am and re-opening at 3pm and believe it would cause less disruption to residents and the business community as well as providing important additional machine set up and practice time for riders and in particular event newcomers."