British Supersport Championship protagonist Dan Cooper is eagerly anticipating his debut at this year's Relentless International North West 200 in May.

Cooper, who attended the latest press conference for the event along with Padgetts Honda star Bruce Anstey in Belfast on Wednesday, will ride a GSX-R600 for Hampshire Motorcycles in the 600cc races at the event.

Cooper is part of a growing number of recruits from the British championship paddock who have taken on the challenges of the North West 200 and TT in recent years.

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He took the opportunity to have a look around the 8.9-mile public roads circuit with Anstey and NW200 technical director Mervyn Whyte.

Cooper said: "I came over to watch the North West 200 a few years ago and was blown away by the buzz and excitement and can't wait to join my top heroes John McGuinness and Michael Rutter around the coastal circuit."

The 24-year-old from Shroud in Gloucestershire made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 and the former 125cc British champion returned to the Mountain Course last year with the Centurion Racing team.

He finished 20th in the second Supersport race and clocked his fastest ever lap of the infamous circuit at 122.583mph on his way to 24th position in the Senior race.

Cooper is part of a growing number of recruits from the British championship paddock who have taken on the challenges of the TT in recent years.

"I've been busy training to get ready for testing and I've also been trying to get out on my motocross bike at the weekends as much as I can. I'm really enjoying being back to full fitness."

Looking ahead to the TT in June, Cooper aims to build on his results from last year as he prepares for a hectic schedule that will see him compete in the Supersport, Superbike, Superstock and Senior races.

"I was delighted with the overall results last year in only my second attempt and was particularly pleased to lap at over 122mph in the Senior. I'm looking forward to all five races with Centurion Racing."

It was also announced at the press conference that multiple Irish short circuit champion Kirk Jamison will ride in the Supertwins class at the North West 200 for Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team, joining ex-Grand Prix rider Jeremy McWilliams and former National Superstock 600 champion Jamie Hamilton in Farquhar's distinctive livery.