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Fans given chance of meeting NW200 heroes

By Paul Lindsay

The launch of the Vauxhall International North West 200 will have a new look for 2014 with the announcement that there is to be a special Meet The Riders event.

Following the official press launch on Monday, March 31, race fans will have the chance to meet the top race stars of the event at a special chat show and social evening in the Titanic Suite of the Titanic Building, Belfast at 7pm.

Many of the top stars of the race, including Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness, Stuart Easton, Alastair Seeley, Ian Hutchinson, Josh Brookes, William Dunlop, Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar, will be there on the night.

A chat show will be hosted by Stephen Watson of the BBC, before race fans will get the chance to meet their favourite riders for photographs and autographs. A line-up of some of the top machinery that will take be competing in this year's races will also be on display.

There will also be an opportunity to meet and discuss the 2014 races with the North West organisers, the BBC commentary team and all of the sponsors and partners of the event on the evening. Alongside the current stars, riders from North Wests of yesteryear will also being making special guest appearances.

It is an event that no race fan will want to miss. To get your hands on tickets for the event please visit the official website at www.northwest200.org

Meanwhile, this year's Cookstown 100 Road Races will again be headline sponsored by local company KDM Hire on April 25 & 26, which is good news for local teams Tyco Suzuki and Burrows' Engineering -- who will be bringing leading International Road Racers William Dunlop and Dan Kneen to the Spring event.

KDM Managing director Keith McIvor commented: "The Cookstown 100's short road circuit makes for a brilliant exciting event, drawing a large crowd from near and far. It's a pleasure to be involved with the organising team and we look forward to another safe and successful race day."

Ballymoney's William Dunlop, who will spearhead the attack for his new team Tyco Suzuki at the County Tyrone event, said: "The Cookstown is always a great way to start the season, and after a couple of tests recently in Spain, I'm really looking forward to making debut there with Tyco Suzuki."

"With Guy away racing at B'ol D'Or that weekend, it's up to me to get some top results for Suzuki and our sponsors Tyco," he added. Dunlop will be bringing his Tyco Suzuki Superbike and Supersport machines to the event.

Manxman Kneen is a high-profile newcomer to the Orritor Circuit, but should be well in the mix on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Superbike and Supersport machinery. Team owner John Burrows said: "Dan will ride the team's Suzuki Superbike; the 600cc Honda we bought from World Supersport team PTR and a 650cc Kawasaki Supertwin."

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