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Editor's Viewpoint: Brave riders all

The presence of women riders - including a young mum - on the grid at the weekend's North West 200 motorcycle races will undoubtedly bring a touch of glamour to the event, but for those of us with blood rather than petrol in our veins there is always the nagging question, are they brave or foolhardy?

Brave, beyond question. Foolhardy suggests recklessness and no one could accuse motorcycle racers of that. Theirs is a dangerous sport as the mounting casualty list underlines, but all life contains dangers. The racers are doing what they love and we should applaud their skill and hope everyone who leaves the grid returns safely.

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