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Cooper planning NW200 debut in Supersport class

'I came over to watch the North West 200 a few years ago and was blown away by the buzz and excitement and can't wait to join my top heroes John McGuinness and Michael Rutter' - Dan Cooper
British Supersport Championship protagonist Dan Cooper is eagerly anticipating his debut at this year's Relentless International North West 200 in May.

Cooper, who attended the latest press conference for the event along with Padgetts Honda star Bruce Anstey in Belfast on Wednesday, will ride a GSX-R600 for Hampshire Motorcycles in the 600cc races at the event.

Cooper is part of a growing number of recruits from the British championship paddock who have taken on the challenges of the North West 200 and TT in recent years.

He took the opportunity to have a look around the 8.9-mile public roads circuit with Anstey and NW200 technical director Mervyn Whyte.

Cooper said: “I came over to watch the North West 200 a few years ago and was blown away by the buzz and excitement and can't wait to join my top heroes John McGuinness and Michael Rutter around the coastal circuit.”

The 24-year-old from Shroud in Gloucestershire made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 and the former 125cc British champion returned to the Mountain Course last year with the Centurion Racing team.

He finished 20th in the second Supersport race and clocked his fastest ever lap of the infamous circuit at 122.583mph on his way to 24th position in the Senior race.

Cooper is part of a growing number of recruits from the British championship paddock who have taken on the challenges of the TT in recent years.

“I've been busy training to get ready for testing and I've also been trying to get out on my motocross bike at the weekends as much as I can. I'm really enjoying being back to full fitness.”




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Dan Cooper was shown around the North West 200 circuit by Bruce Anstey and event technical director Mervyn Whyte ahead of his debut in May
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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