Harris drawing quick North West conclusions
Three time British Supersport champion Karl Harris paid his first visit to Portrush earlier this week, to check out the ultra-fast Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit, and his first impressions, as expected, were pretty vocal.
"I didn't realise how fast that place was. It is absolutely awesome!" said the Sheffield born star, after a few laps directed by Ryan Farquhar.
"I don't know the name of the corners but when you turn left just after the start/finish; it's pretty much flat out all the way to the coast road apart from a roundabout or two.
"That's about the only bit I need to learn, Harris made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2012 and will return this June with slightly loftier ambitions, after a steady and impressive start to his road racing career, lapping at over 121mph."
He added: "The TT was my first race last year, and my first-ever road race, so the preparation wasn't ideal.
"But I'm back in British Superbike this year with PR Kawasaki and with a deal to ride the North West almost complete, I should come to the TT a lot better prepared.
"It was a good start last year; I loved it but I'd like to slip into the top ten this year."
Harris' plan is to ride Superstock and Superbike Kawasaki machinery at the North West 200 in May, but is on the lookout for a Supersport deal, so that he can add a 600cc machine to his stable of bikes for the TT in June.
A veteran of over 130 British Superbike races, the 33-year-old has ridden Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Aprilia and Kawasaki motorcycles in the UK series, and should he put pen to paper – he will be another great acquisition for the North West 200 Festival in May.