Swan Yamaha boss Shaun Muir hopes Ian Hutchinson can add an international road race victory to complement his team's dramatic success in the British Superbike Championship.
Tommy Hill wrapped up the BSB title for Muir in 2011 and the reigning champion has re-signed for the team again this season, joining Yorkshire star Hutchinson, who will join Hill in a full BSB campaign in addition to his international road racing commitments at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
Muir attended the official launch of the Relentless International North West 200 in Belfast on Tuesday and outlined his desire to see Hutchinson return to winning ways on the roads following his long battle back to fitness following a career-threatening crash at Silverstone in 2010.
“I've been coming to the North West for quite a number of years but last year didn't work out with Ian obviously ruled out through injury,” Muir said.
“We've never been on the top step but we did have a podium with Stuart Easton (2010 Superbike race) but we'll give it our best shot this year with Ian.
“I've said all along the North West is important to us as well as to Yamaha. Last year we were fortunate to win the BSB title, so now it would be nice to step forward with our roads team.”
Hutchinson's long fight back to fitness has been well documented after he almost lost his left leg following a freak accident at Silverstone in September 2010.
But now the Swan Yamaha rider has only one thing on his mind - a fully-fledged return to doing what he does best.
Hutchy, who made history at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 when he won every solo race, has fought his way back to fitness, making his racing comeback at the Macau Grand Prix in November.
Against the odds he finished on the rostrum in third place and is now relishing the chance to return to the North West 200 in May.
“I can't wait to come back after a year spent sitting watching it,” he said. “I've a great team behind me and the last NW200 race I finished I won, so it would be nice to start off where I finished when I go back.
“I'm feeling much stronger and I'm looking forward to it.”