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High quality field in North West 200 bid

A stellar line-up including British Superbike star Josh Brookes plus Alastair Seeley and Stuart Easton in roads action at the first big international race meeting of the season
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.




Related Pictures

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Tyco Suzuki`s Josh Brookes on the North West 200 circuit, where he will make his road racing debut in May
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas in action in the Senior Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix

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