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Duke Road Race Rankings Round 4

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.

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Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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