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Jeremy McWilliams to make racing debut at NW200 tonight

'It's quite different for me and I can't expect to go out there with all guns blazing, so I'm happy enough to get up to speed at my own pace' - Jeremy McWilliams
Jeremy McWilliams makes his full racing debut at the Relentless International North West 200 in the Supertwin event tonight and the former Grand Prix star is looking forward to the experience.

McWilliams is riding for Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team and has no intention of simply riding around to collect a pay cheque on the North Coast.

“I think I'll be trying to beat everybody that's on the same track,” he said.

“Of course you want to win but I've got to approach it in a different way to the likes of [Michael] Rutter and Ryan [Farquhar.]

“They approach it with prior experience and I'm approaching it as a newcomer.

“It's quite different for me and I can't expect to go out there with all guns blazing, so I'm happy enough to get up to speed at my own pace,” added McWilliams, who's a former winner on the roads at Macau in the Far East.

“It's been a long time since I won at Macau but I remember going there and putting myself under a lot of pressure to learn the track quickly and get up to speed.

“I think the North West 200 though is a much more technical circuit than Macau.

“I would have preferred it if the really fast corners like Mather's were still how they used to be before the chicanes were put in, because I tend to excel on circuits that have corner with fast entries - I do prefer the faster sections to the fairly stop-start ones,” McWilliams told the Belfast News Letter.

“The chicanes are part of the safety aspect, but personally I'd probably have preferred the circuit the way it was.”

McWilliams' team-mate Ryan Farquhar is the race favourite on his ER6 machine, with Michael Rutter – a 12 times winner at the North West – also expected to play a major role.

Rutter also rides in Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki colours in the event.

Related Pictures

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Launch of the 2012 North West 200 in Belfast
Ryan Farquhar and William Dunlop at the Tandragee 100
Ryan Farquhar on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki Superstock machine
Alastair Seeley on the rostrum at the North West 200
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Cookstown 100
Gary Johnson leads Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey at the North West 200
William and Michael Dunlop in action at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Harris Yamaha at the Island International Classic at Phillip Island
Michael Dunlop at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Gearlink Kawasaki rider Glenn Irwin will be sponsored by the Ulster Grand Prix in 2015
Michael Dunlop with Milwaukee Yamaha team manager Mick Shanley
Gary Johnson to race GBmoto Kawasaki in 2015 (pic: GBmoto).
Glenn Irwin and Ben Wilson with NW200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte and Rider Liaison officer Steve Plater
Ben Wilson and Glenn Irwin at the North West 200 circuit with Event Director Mervyn Whyte and Steve Plater, Rider Liaison officer
Michael Rutter on the Milwaukee Yamaha at the Macau Grand Prix
Stuart Easton, Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp on the rostrum at the Macau Grand Prix
Michael Rutter on the Milwaukee Yamaha at the Macau Grand Prix
Stuart Easton on the PBM Kawasaki at the Macau Grand Prix

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