North West 200 record winner Alastair Seeley will team up with PBM Ducati and ride the new V4 R at this year’s event.

The 24-time NW200 race-winner will unleash the new Ducati V4 R in the Superbike class, taking over from Glenn Irwin who has switched to the factory Kawasaki effort for 2019, in his bid for a winning return in the big bike class.

Seeley secured a double win in the Supersport races last year at the Northern Irish event, plus a new lap record, and returns with his EHA Racing Yamaha squad to defend his crowns in the 600cc class this May.

The new Ducati V4 R made a stunning debut in the World Superbike championship last weekend at the hands of Alvaro Bautista who secured a hat-trick of wins at Phillip Island on his maiden bow in the series with the factory Racing Ducati.

The new Superbike from the Italian manufacturer held a significant top speed advantage over its rivals in Australia and with speed and stability a key factor to success at the NW200, plus Seeley’s pedigree and experience at the event, the combination is tipped to be a strong challenger in 2019.

This year’s NW200 takes place from May 12-18.