MSS Colchester Kawasaki boss Nick Morgan is keen on a return to the North West 200 in May, despite his team suffering the trauma of a horror smash that almost claimed the life of British Superbike star Stuart Easton in 2011.

The Scottish rider clipped the rear of team-mate Gary Mason's machine during the daytime practice session on the Thursday of race week on the fast approach from Mill Road roundabout to Station Corner.

Mason managed to stay upright, but Easton bit the dust and suffered a string of serious injuries that placed his life in jeopardy.

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The accident had a massive impact on the MSS Kawasaki team, but Morgan will make the trip to the North West again if he has the finances to commit to the event.

"We can't make any official announcement on the team regarding riders at the moment as it's all come together so late, but we should be able to confirm our line-up next week," he said.

"It's a tough call to make about going back to the North West 200 after what happened to Stuart [Easton] last year, but to be fair that could have happened at any circuit.

"You can't not attend the meeting because something of that nature has happened. It will come down to budget as usual and if we have a signature from a rider keen to do the North West and the budget necessary, then we would definitely do it.

"I love the event and last year was particularly difficult; Stuart's injuries were just dreadful and thank God he recovered and he'll be back on the track this year," he added.

"Unfortunately it happened to us and then with all the other stuff that went on at the event it was a complete disaster.

"I felt for the organisers as well, but I love the event and in an ideal world if we can get the budget together the North West will be worth doing again - not just for the PR and the fans, but for the whole event."

Easton has signed to ride for Paul Bird's Kawasaki team in BSB in 2012 alongside Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, but the Hawick ace has also not ruled out the possibility of a return to the famous race in Northern Ireland that almost claimed his life.