Saturday's Kennedy North West 200 is the fourth round of the 2009 Duke Road Race Rankings Series and the first of the International rounds in this year's calendar of twenty-five rounds.
After the three previous rounds, the Ian Watson Spring Cup at Oliver's Mount, the Cookstown 100 and the Tandragee 100 National events, 2008 Duke Rankings winner, Ryan Farquhar tops the rankings from Michael Dunlop with Keith Amor third.
William Dunlop, Michael Pearson and Daniel Frear, who headed the table after the opening round, complete the top six.
With the likes of the Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha official teams participating for the first time, it will be interesting to see how they slot into the Rankings table on Saturday evening.
What ever happens Ryan Farquhar will leave the 'Triangle' still heading the list, but his lead of 207 points could be severely shortened, as John McGuinness, Steve Plater, Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey, Cameron Donald, Ian Lougher and Michael Rutter to name but a few make their presence felt during the seven race programme.
After the high-speed action of the 8.9 mile North West course, the series returns to the North Yorkshire venue of Oliver's Mount for the Barry Sheene Classic Road Race Festival, where for the first time modern machines will be vying for Rankings points over the two-day meeting over the Spring Bank holiday weekend.
After that all the attention moves across the Irish Sea for the Isle of Man TT for rounds on the Snaefell Mountain Course and the Billown Course for the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight Races.