Mountford hopeful of experiencing dry NW200
Former Honda and Norton team manager Barry Symmons has put together an impressive list of top class stars for his forthcoming Pro Test at Cartagena in Spain taking place from March 6-9.
Heading up the list are top British Superbike teams Milwaukee Yamaha and Tyco Suzuki. Top newcomer at last year's Isle of Man TT Races and five times a winner in BSB last season, Josh Brookes, will fly in from Australia to debut on the immaculately prepared Milwaukee Yamaha R1 Superbike.
Brookes will be joined by new team-mate Tommy Bridewell, and American superstar John Hopkins (see main story) will also make his first appearance at Cartagena for Tyco Suzuki; as will new team-mate Josh Waters.
Carrick's Alastair Seeley will open his account at Symmons' Pro Test with British Supersport champions Mar-Train Racing alongside Mar-Train's new road racer Dean Harrison, with fellow Ulsterman Keith Farmer also debuting his new BSB machine with PR Racing Kawasaki.
In other news, Wigan man Russ Mountford (pictured left) is hoping it will be second time lucky when he comes to the Vauxhall International North West 200 on May 17.
He was last at the North Coast venue back in 2009 but bad luck and bad weather meant he only managed a couple of racing laps.
"I had so little time on track in '09 that I am hoping the organisers will let me start as a newcomer this year," Mountford lamented. The Wigan man plans to campaign Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machinery at the May showpiece.