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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
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.

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