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Dunlop has strong prospects in feature classes at North West 200

'I really like the bikes and by the time the TT comes then we should be in a good position' - William Dunlop
Wilson Craig Honda's William Dunlop was more than satisfied with his performances during opening practice at the North West 200.

Dunlop is among the contenders in the Superstock race on Thursday evening, which whets the appetite for Saturday's main bill.

The 26-year-old finished third in the Superbike session and set the fourth fastest time in the Supersport and Superstock classes.

Dunlop said: “I was happy with the Superbike but I was really pleased with the 600 because we were running in a new engine and I wasn't really riding hard.

“The Superstock bike only arrived on Monday and the boys put an exhaust on it and away we went, so it was all good,” he added.

“I really like the bikes and by the time the TT comes then we should be in a good position.

“I was riding quite hard on the Superbike but there should be more to come from the Supersport bike, but at the same time things could change with the weather for Thursday.

“But at least I've got good positions on the grid should it turn out wet.”

Dunlop's road racing hero dad Robert is the most successful rider in the history of the North West 200, where he won 15 times.

Robert was tragically killed at the event in a practice crash four years ago.



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