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Relentless North West 200. Cat has nine lives..... Adam Child Suzuki from Hook England has a narrow escape during  Thursday Supersport  practice
Relentless North West 200. Cat has nine lives..... Adam Child Suzuki from Hook England has a narrow escape during Thursday Supersport practice
Adrian Archibald - Supersport, North West 200 May 2011
Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011
Suzuki Team boss Hector Neil in the North West 200 padock.
Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011
Practice day 2, North West 200 May 2011
Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011
Cameron Donald, North West 200 May 2011
Gary Mason and Philip McCallum, North West 200 May 2011
Mark Jamison, North West 200 May 2011
John Burrows and William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011
Ryan Farquhar
Denver Robb, North West 200 May 2011
Adrian Archibald, North West 200 May 2011
Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011
Josh Brooks, North West 200 May 2011
Philip Neil, North West 200 May 2011
Technical Director Mervyn Whyte, North West 200 May 2011
Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011
Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011
William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011
Cameron Donald
Cameron Donald - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011
Michael Rutter - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011
Ian Lougher - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011
Fabrice Miguet leading Paul Cranston - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011
Gary Mason and Stuart Easton
19.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFEATURE ON THE NORTH WEST 200 ROAD RACE PRACTICE YESTERDAY IN PORTRUSH - JAMIE MCDOWELL STORY. People watching the race from the stands
Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike
Rachel Vauls a local with friends Emma Sulway and Vick Morris from London
Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter, North West 200 May 2011
Hundreds of Motorcyclists arrive on the Stena Caledonia Ferry at Belfast Harbour to watch the North West 200 May 2011
Gary Mason and Stuart Easton, North West 200 May 2011
Patrick Douglas (local), North West 200 May 2011
Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike, Norrth West 200 May 2011
A girl watches on at North West 200 May 2011
Locals Alistair Purvis and Keith Fotheringham and John Mitchell from Manchester enjoy an ice cream, North West 200 May 2011
Gary Van Marsdyke, Gary Von Drummel, Franz Fleuren and Randy Van Marsdyke from Netherlands, North West 200 May 2011
Adrian and Laura McGowan with son T.J and daughter Shannon with Rachel Stephenson and Mark Eccles, North West 200 May 2011
Paul Cruickshank and Edward Phillips from Derry, North West 200 May 2011
Nadine Walker with kids Chenai and Regan with her friend Karen Kelly and her son Nathaniel, North West 200 2011
Joe and Sue Pilmore, Charlie and Karen Tomlinson from Derbyshire, North West 200 May 2011
Relentless International North West 200. Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.
Take that! They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush.
He's after you! They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush!
Three year old Alfie Orr from Kells met his hero Bruce Anstey at Coleraine Town Hall this morning at a 'Meet the Fans' event ahead of Saturday's Relentless North West 200.
Newly crowned Miss North West 200 Jade Toner from Limavady was on the beach at Portrush
Kirk Jamison BMW during Tuesday night Superstock practice for the North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200. Miss North West 2011 Jade Toner along with and Lee Johnston from East Coast Racing.
Relentless International North West 200.Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.
North West 200 practice night. Superbike practice session. Alastair Seeley
Alastair Seeley
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Gary Mason.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Guy Martin. 17th May 2011
Michael Dunlop Street Sweep Kawasaki at Blacks hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing honda.
Alastair Seeley
Guy Martin Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.
Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing setting the fastest Superbike time of 119mph during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Michael Rutter.17th May 2011
Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011
Ian Lougher Blackhorse Kawasaki (No2) at Blacks Hill leads Adrain Archibald Kawasaki (No 13) during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Conor Cummins. 17 May 2011
Michael Rutter Riders Bathams Ducati at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Adrian Archibald.
North West 200 practice night 17th may 2011.Bruce Anstey get a good luck kiss from his partner Annie.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011
William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing Honda during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011
Stephen Thompson (No 11) BMW leads Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Cameron Donald.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop has problems with his Superbike.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Alastair Seeley, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing.
Guy Martin
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Cameron Donald, Wilson Craig Racing.
North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Ian Lougher.
Michael Rutter

The Relentless North West 200 is the fourth round of the season-long Duke Road Race Ranking Series — now entering its 10th year — and a brand new trophy will be awarded to the winner.

This particular series is the only one which measures performance across the entire road-racing season — 26 counting events are scheduled for 2011 — effectively creating a championship for those dedicated to competing between the hedges.

The Relentless North West 200 is the first international counting event of the season and current leader Ryan Farquhar will be looking to have consolidated his position at the top of the rankings come tomorrow evening.

The series was created by Isle of Man-based Duke Marketing, with the aim being to give recognition to road racers who take up not only the challenge of the international road races, but also the national events throughout the season.

First run in 2002, when Ian Lougher won the title and the Geoff Duke Trophy, the series has been won five times by Farquhar including a hat-trick of victories in the last three seasons — hence the new trophy.

“Geoff (Duke) said (previously) that anyone who won the series three years running would keep the trophy,” revealed the Dungannon racer last night.

“It was something I always had at the back of my mind and true to their word they handed me the trophy to keep earlier this year and I was proud to receive it,” he said.

“No-one knows the amount of time, effort and commitment it takes to win the Duke Rankings, riding in three or four classes week-in week-out all around Ireland, the Isle of Man and at Scarborough.

“It is certainly in my sights to try and win the new trophy on offer this season, but it won’t be easy,” he added.

Farquhar got the defence of his crown off to a flying start this season with an amazing six wins from six starts at Scarborough in April.

That was quickly followed by five from five at the Cookstown 100 and then two wins and two second places at the Tandragee 100 which sees him lead William Dunlop and his brother Michael in the points table by a considerable margin, these three the major contenders for the 2011 title.

Entering the fray for their first road race of the season are double North West 200 winner from last year Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Alastair Seeley, new Padgetts Honda man Bruce Anstey, 12-time North West winner Michael Rutter, Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson, all likely to score well this weekend, but not serious Duke title contenders as they concentrate solely on the ‘big three’ international events.

Farquhar and the two Dunlops can certainly add to their tally tomorrow.

The further up the finishing order, the more points on offer as the chase for the Duke Road Race Ranking title hots up at the North West 200. It promises to be a thrilling battle.

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