Jeremy McWilliams joined the 200mph club at the North West 200 as the former Grand Prix winner bagged two top ten finishes on the Mar-Train Yamaha machines.

The 52-year-old, who was filling in for the injured Dan Kneen at the event, came out on top of a battle with Austrian Horst Saiger in the Superstock race on Saturday to take a fine eighth place on the YZF-R1, setting his best lap of 119.185mph.

McWilliams broke the 200mph top speed barrier in the Superbike race on the fast run to Coleraine, clocking 201.6mph on his way to a solid tenth position.

The Ulster rider said he was 'pleasantly surprised' with his results and had a top-six finish in his sights for the feature Superbike event, which was abandoned due to the fatal accident involving rising young talent Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.

"I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to run inside the top ten without stepping outside my comfort zone on the Mar-Train bikes," said McWilliams.

"It was a case of chipping away and we did that in each session making big improvements every time. I was building up for the races later in the day where I was hoping to get away with the lead group and try for a top-six finish in the feature race, obviously that didn't happen with the very unfortunate incident in the Supertwin race, I would have liked to have given the team a better result.

"I have enjoyed my week with the team, the bikes are really strong and I hope they have a good TT with Dan," he added.

"The news at the end of the day was of course terribly sad, Malachi was a very talented young rider who had a bright future in the sport and will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family circle, John, Rachael and all involved with the B.E. Engineering team at this time."

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