The prestigious Duke Road Race Rankings moves into the International arena as the first of seven FIM sanctioned International Road Races in the 2010 series takes place on Saturday 15th May.
The Relentless International North West 200 Road Races is the third of twenty-four rounds of the Duke Rankings Series for this year, the ninth year the series has been run and will see the top road racers not only from the British Isles but further afield from Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Holland, Hungary and Argentina, pitting their skills around the famous '8.96-mile Triangle' course between the towns of Portstewart-Coleraine and Portrush in Northern Ireland.
After the opening two rounds at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough and Cookstown in County Tyrone, four time rankings winner Ryan Farquhar heads the 2010 table, followed by fellow Ulstermen, Michael Pearson, Adrian Archibald and brothers William and Michael Dunlop. In sixth place is Australian Cameron Donald, who has yet to win at the Triangle and is in determined mood to break his duck this year.
Fifteen times Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness will have the HM Plant & Padgett Hondas at his disposal as he attempts to add to his four victories at the North West 200. His team-mate Steve Plater already has eight wins to his credit and will be wanting to add to his tally, as will Kiwi Bruce Anstey with nine winner's laurels to his name.
Veteran's Michael Rutter and Ian Lougher have 12 and 8 victories each to date. Whilst Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar has so far achieved three wins and on current form cannot be ruled out of leaving the North Coast Course on Saturday night having added to his total.
The Dunlop dynasty enjoy three victories in total, with elder brother William having achieved a double in 2009, whilst Michael took his initial win a year earlier.
Alastair Seeley has enjoyed two wins so far and Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson has a single victory to date.
None of the six races can be counted as a foregone conclusion, especially with the quality of the entry and riders who are eager to achieve their maiden victories on the fast Causeway Coast course - the afore-mentioned Cameron Donald, Lincolnshire's Guy Martin, Manxman Conor Cummins, Scot Keith Amor and Macau Grand Prix winner Stuart Easton to name but a few will be determined to take their share of the silverware and gain valuable points in the rankings table for 2010.
Practice and qualifying takes place on Tuesday evening and Thursday during the day with the Relentless International North West 200 taking place on Saturday between 11.00am and 7.00pm
Full details of the Duke Road Race Rankings can be found on www.dukevideo.com/DukeRoadRaceRankings