One of the best line-ups in recent years has been secured for the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200, which gets under way in Northern Ireland with the first practice session today.
British Superbike star Josh Brookes will make his road racing debut at the event on the Tyco Suzuki Superbike and Superstock GSX-R1000 machines, while former three-times British Supersport champion Karl Harris also takes on the challenge of the 8.9-mile public roads course for the first time.
Gearlink Kawasaki's Alastair Seeley remains the man to beat at the North West, where he won three races in 2012 to take his overall tally to eight.
Seeley will ride in both Supersport 600 races at the event for the British championship outfit and teams up with Nick Morgan's MSS Kawasaki outfit for the Superbike and Superstock classes.
The Ulsterman's big British championship rival, Stuart Easton, returns to the international road race two years after a serious accident that almost killed him when he ploughed into the rear of Gary Mason's MSS Kawasaki during practice.
Easton, who lies second in the British Supersport series behind Seeley, has been in terrific form on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha R6 and is tipped as a major contender in the middleweight class.
The Scot also lines up in the Superbike class on a specially built Yamaha YZF-R1 and could be a dark horse after he finished as the runner-up to Seeley in the main NW200 race in 2010 on the Swan Honda.
Honda is strongly represented by 13-times NW200 winner Michael Rutter, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop, who fly the flag for the TT Legends team.
Dunlop is having his first outing on the roads on the official Fireblade and has warmed up for his home race with four wins in the Superbike class at the Cookstown 100 and Tandragee 100 national road races.