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McGuinness books in for North West 200 launch

By Jim Gracey

Published 23/10/2012

First Minister Peter Robinson pictured along with Mervyn Whyte MBE, Ms NW200 Kathryn Munis and riders WIlliam Dunlop, David Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Michael Rutter, Stephen Thompson, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
First Minister Peter Robinson pictured along with Mervyn Whyte MBE, Ms NW200 Kathryn Munis and riders WIlliam Dunlop, David Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Michael Rutter, Stephen Thompson, John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Ms NW200 Kathryn Munis with riders Alastair Seeley and John McGuinness pictured at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Mervyn Whyte MBE, Ms NW200 Kathryn Munis with riders WIlliam Dunlop, David Johnston, Alastair Seeley, Stephen Thompson and Michael Dunlop at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Mervyn Whyte MBE pictured at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy pictured at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Ballymoney rider Michael Dunlop with Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Cllr Mervyn Storey pictured at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson pictured at the launch of the 2013 Vauxhall International North West 200 motorbike races
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MSS Bathams Kawasaki rider Chris Martin runs off the road at Black Hill and crashes during practice session
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Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012....The Harron Family Niall, Donna, Jordan,and Zoe lay floral tributes where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012.... floral tributes and pictures where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012.... floral tributes where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012....The Harron Family Niall, Donna, Jordan,and Zoe lay floral tributes where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012....Jordan,Harron reflects on the life of Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012.... Zoe Harron lays floral tributes where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia 20 May 2012....tributesand messages of smypathy where Mark Buckley from Loch Lomond in Scotland lost his life during the North West 200 on Saturday. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/KEVIN MCAULEY PHOTOGRAPHY MULTIMEDIA
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 2012: A tearful Mervyn Whyte. North West 200 Director.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 19/5/2012: Mark Buckley (66, centre) sets off from the line in front of a huge crowd in the Superstock race at the North West 200 today. Mark crashed his Aprilia less than mile later and sustained fatal injuries in the crash.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye.comRelentless International North West 200Alastair Seeley Tyco Suzuki rides to victory during the McAvoy Group NW200 Superbike Race at the Relentless North West 200.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy talks to Carl Fogarty before the start of the fourth race at the North West 200 today.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -19th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.McAvoy Group Superbike race.Race winner Alastair Seeley celebrates.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/05/12: Tyco Suzuki rider Guy Martin crashes just before Black Hill during the first Supersport race at today's North West 200
Giant Ride Out...Motorcyclists make their way off Stena Lines Superfast ferry during the Giant Ride Out in aid of Action Medical Reseach. Top motorbike road racers Jeremy McWilliams and Josh Brookes kick started the Giant Ride Out, as they led the cavalcade of bikers off the ferry in Belfast.The Giant Ride Out saw the motorbike riders travelling on the Stena Line Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and onto The Paddock at The Relentless International North West 200. The bikers stopped off enroute where they had the chance to break, refuel and chat with Jeremy and Josh ahead of the weekends competition.
Giant Ride Out...Top motorbike road racers Jeremy McWilliams and Josh Brookes kick start the Giant Ride Out, in aid of Action Medical Research, as they lead a cavalcade of bikers off the Stena Line Superfast ferry in Belfast.The Giant Ride Out saw the motorbike riders travelling on the Stena Line Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and onto The Paddock at The Relentless International North West 200. The bikers stopped off enroute where they had the chance to break, refuel and chat with Jeremy and Josh ahead of the weekends competition.
Giant Ride Out...TV Personality and Patron of Action Medical Research Pamela Ballantine and Stena Lines Head of PR and Communications Diane Poole OBE kick start the Giant Ride Out, along with top motorbike road racers Jeremy McWilliams and Josh Brookes.The Giant Ride Out saw a cavalcade of riders travelling on the Stena Line Superfast ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast and onto The Paddock at The Relentless International North West 200. The bikers stopped off enroute where they had the chance to break, refuel and chat with Jeremy and Josh ahead of the weekends competition.
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Relentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win.
Relentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win with team mates Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams.
Relentless International North West 200.Livewire AV Superstock race.Race winner Alastair Seeley.
Relentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win.
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Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes pictured at the Relentless International North West 200.
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: MSS Bathams Kawasaki rider Chris Martin runs off the road at Black Hill and crashes during today's practice session for the RelentlesS North West 200.PICTURE BY JOHN TENNANT
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: MSS Bathams Kawasaki rider Chris Martin runs off the road at Black Hill and crashes during today's practice session for the RelentlesS North West 200.PICTURE BY JOHN TENNANT
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Ryan Farguhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Supertwins Race. First Minister Peter Robinson presents winner Ryan Farguhar with his trophy with Jeremy McWilliams(left) second and Michael Rutter(right) third.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Livewire AV Superstock race.Simon Andrews.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.First Minister Peter Robinson chats with Supertwin rider Jeremy McWilliams and North West Technical Director Mervyn Whyte pictured before the start of the Vauxhall supertiwn race.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -15th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Alastair Seeley.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Supertwins Race. Winner Ryan Farguhar pictured with daughter Mya.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Ryan Farguhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Ryan Farguhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. John McGuinness on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. General views of the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Ian Hutchinson.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. John McGuinness on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley on the grid.
Molly Robinson age 5 from Antrim and Chad McLaughlin also age 5 from Ballymoney in action at the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Nine years old Luke Clements in the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
A last minute chat about race tactics between school pals Chad McLaughlin and Joe Lynas from Stranocum, both aged 5, at the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
17/5/2012. PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Ian Hutchinson during todays Superstock class North West 200 practice session. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/5/2012. PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop during todays Superstock class North West 200 practice session. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/5/2012. PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop during todays Superstock class North West 200 practice session. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PresseyeRelentless International North West 200Thursday Practice Date: 17th May 2012Caption: Alastair Seeley (34), Superstock
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PresseyeRelentless International North West 200Superstock RaceDate: 17th May 2012Caption: Paul Shoesmith
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PresseyeRelentless International North West 200Supertwins RaceDate: 17th May 2012Caption: James Hillier leading Michael Rutter
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -15th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Jeremy McWilliams and his Wife Jill.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Vauxhall Supertwin race.Race winner Ryan Farquhar celebrates his win with team mates Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -17th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200.Livewire AV Superstock race.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Four men on the podium! Alastair Seeley was the winner of the Superstock race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening and Lee Johnston (left) was runner up but there was a mix up for third when Italian Stefano Bonetti was declared third before it was realised that Cameron Donald had clinched the final spot. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: First Minister Peter Robinson shares a joke with former North West legend Steve Plater at the Relentless North West 200 tonight.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) on his way to victory at the Relentless North West 200 today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Where have they all gone? Jeremy McWilliams (KMR Kawasaki) looks back to see who is behind him as he blasts his way to second spot in his first ever road race in the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Ryan Farquhar celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Reving up for the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Ciaran Tottan arrives for the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Last minute advice for 5 years old Chad McLaughlin from Ballymoney before the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Ian Johnston holds the lead in the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
A young rider makes his way to the start line for the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Braving the weather at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
Ian Johnston, Ciaran Tottan and Phil Logan in the Mini Moto Demo at the North West 200 International Road Race family motor fest in Portrush Co-Antrim. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Padgett's Honda star John McGuinness looks to the heavens for rain at today's practice for the Relentless North West 200.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Adrian Archibald (13, McKinstry Kawasaki) leads the Supertwins race off the line but it was the KMR Kawasaki team of Ryan Farquhar (1), Jeremy McWilliams (99) and Michael Rutter (5) who finished in the top three spots on the podium at the Relentless North West 200 today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: John McGuinness (4, Padgett's Hnoda) leads race winner Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) and Ryan Farquhar (77, KMR Kawasaki) off the line at the start of the Superstock race at the Relentless North West 200 today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) celebrates his victory with team boss Philip Neill and his Dad Joe at the Relentless North West 200 today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Ryan Farquhar (1) and Jeremy McWilliams (99) celebrate crossing the line first and second in the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening on KMR Kawasakis.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Ryan Farquhar celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening on his KMR Kawasaki with his wife Karen.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Grand Prix legend Jeremy McWilliams celebrates finishing runner up in his first road race in the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and sons Jack and Zack.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: Grand Prix legend Jeremy McWilliams celebrates finishing runner up in his first road race in the Supertwins race at the Relentless North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 17/5/2012: There was a mix up on the Superstock podium at the Relentless North West 200 this evening when Italian Stefano Bonetti was declared third before it was realised that Cameron Donald had clinched the final spot.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Simon Andrews pictured on the grid.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: The line up of girls for the 2012 North West 200 at last night's competition - Kathryn Munnis was the overall winner of the 2012 Miss North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Biker fans shelter from the rain on the grandstand at the grid.
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Relentless International North West 200.Ian Lougher.
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Relentless International North West 200.John McGuinness.
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Relentless International North West 200.Bruce Anstey.
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Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Lee Johnston pictured on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Steve Heneghan pictured on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Simon Andrews pictured on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -16th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comBallymoney beauty queen 20 year old Kathryn Munnis who was crowned Miss North West 200 on Tuesday night arrives back on land for the Relentless International North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Stewards clear some water from the course on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Biker fans shelter from the rain on the grandstand at the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. A North West 200 official clears some water from the course on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. A North West 200 official pictured on the grid starting a practice session.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. A North West 200 official pictured on the grid starting a practice session.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: The line up of girls for the 2012 North West 200 at last night's competition- Kathryn Munnis was the overall winner of the 2012 Miss North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Jeremy Mcwilliams pictured on the grid.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Conor Cummins pictured on the grid.
International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
North West 200 Jeremy McWilliams (99) followed by Ryan Farquhar during Thursday's wet Supertwin practice session for the Relentless North West 200.
North West 200 Stephen Thompson, Kawasaki during Thursday's wet Supertwin practice session for the Relentless North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200.John Burrows.
Relentless International North West 200.Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar.
Relentless International North West 200.Jeremy McWilliams.
Relentless International North West 200.Michael Rutter.
Relentless International North West 200.Steve Platter and Ryan Farquhar.
Relentless International North West 200.Jeremy McWilliams and his wife Jill.
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Relentless International North West 200.North West Technical Director Mervyn Whyte.
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Relentless International North West 200.Alastair Seeley.
Relentless International North West 200.John McGuinness.
Relentless International North West 200.Bruce Anstey.
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Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
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©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -15th May 2012 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.comRelentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Ryan Farquhar.
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Kathryn Munnis (centre) was the winner of the 2012 Miss North West 200.
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Bruce Anstey meets some of his many fans at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Alistair Seeley was a big hit with the hundreds of fans at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Guy Martin shares a joke with Adroan Logan and hundreds of race fans at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Jeremy McWilliams meets Rebecca McCrory at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: John McGuinness signs a picture for Martina McCausland at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
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PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 16/5/2012: Guy Martin meets some of his many fans at the North West 200 'Meet and Greet' with the riders in Coleraine town centre today.PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Padgett's Honda's John McGuinness and Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin walk to the start line for the start of practice at the Relentless North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
John McGuinness celebrates his win in the superbike race with partney Becky during todays North West 200 International races
Meet Simona Zaccardi from Italy. Simona is racing a Supersport Honda at the North West but the unique aspect about Simone is that only two months ago she gave birth a baby daughter named Gillian - hence the name on her bike.
Stefano Bonetti from Italy who makes the pilgrimage each year to compete in the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Dario Cecconi from Italy who raced recently in the Tandragee 100
Alessandro La Macchia from Genoa,Italy who is racing in the Supersport.
Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2.Josh Brooks.
Michael Sweeney has a big moment on his Yamaha at the exit from the start and finish chicane during the opening practice at the Relentless North West 200
French visitor Ornella Ongaro before the start of practice at the Relentless North West 200
Relentless International 2012 North West 200Michael Dunlop Honda at Black Hill during Tuesday Superbike practice session for the Relentless International 2012 North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200Alastair Seeley Tyco Suzuki at Black Hill during Tuesday Superstock practice session for the Relentless International 2012 North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200Alastair Seeley Tyco Suzuki at Black Hill during Tuesday Superstock practice session for the Relentless International 2012 North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200Michael Rutter Bathams Kawasaki at Black Hill during Tuesday Superbike practice session for the Relentless International 2012 North West 200.
Relentless International 2012 North West 200Former Road Racer Keith Amor leads the newcomers along the Coast Road during Tuesday practice session for the Relentless International 2012 North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. John McGuinness.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Ian Hutchinson.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness.
Relentless International North West 200 practice gets under way to start the week of racing around the triangle. Simon Andrews.
Padgett's Honda's John McGuinness on the grid at the start of practice for Relentless North West 200
Grand Prix legend Jeremy McWilliams shows off his newcomers bib before he starts practice at the Relentless North West 200
Padgett's Honda's John McGuinness and Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin walk to the start line for the start of practice at the Relentless North West 200
Martin Jessopp celebrates setting the fastest speed through the speed trap-208 mph- ever recorded during the opening practice at the Relentless North West 200
Grand Prix legend and road racing newcomer Jeremy McWilliams gets his KMR Kawasaki on to the footpath after running out of road at the start and finish chicane during the opening practice at the Relentless North West 200
Grand Prix legend Jeremy McWilliams walks to the start line with KMR Kawasaki team mate Ryan Farquhar before the start of practice at the Relentless North West 200
Michael Rutter, John McGuinness and Martin Jessopp chat on the grid during the opening practice at the Relentless North West 200
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Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley pulls on his helmet for the start of practice at the Relentless North West 200
Riders Ducati man Martin Jessopp (Left) and team members who has set a new top speed record of 208mph in the first Superbike practice session of the Relentless International North West 200.
Relentless International North West 200 newcomer Jeremy McWilliams who is set to take to the roads in tomorrow mornings first practice is guided through the circuit by team boss and racer Ryan Farquhar.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice, Jeremy McWilliams and his Wife Jill.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice, Alastair Seeley.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice, Ian Hutchinson.
Relentless International North West 200 Tuesday practice, Guy Martin.
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Road racing legend John McGuinness parked up at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast this morning for his second major launch date in four days.

Lancashire rider McGuinness joined fellow North West 200 folk hero and multiple winner over the Triangle circuit, Michael Rutter, as the countdown to next May's speed spectacular begins.

Newcomer David Johnston, from Australia, flew in for a first sight of the course, already familiar to local stars in attendance, Alastair Seeley and Lee Johnston.

For McGuinness, it was a trip down the coast from the launch of a new book, ‘John McGuinness TT Legend’ by local author and photographer, Stephen Davison, in Ballymoney on Saturday.

When McGuinness was 14 years old he told his hero Joey Dunlop that he would stand beside him one day on the Isle of Man TT podium. John made that prediction come true in 1997 and went on to become Joey’s team-mate in the Vimto Honda squad in 2000. For over 10 years John has dominated the illustrious races since Joey’s death in 2000 and is the most successful living TT rider.

John has won 19 races over the past decade and is the current holder of the fastest ever TT lap at over 131 mph, securing him the name ‘Mr TT’. With the celebration of his 40th birthday this year he is chasing his hero Joey’s record of 26 TT wins.

In the new book, McGuinness talks candidly about the dangers of his sport and the tragedy of losing close friends and opens up about how he has been forced to doubt his place in the sport.

He shares the behind the-scenes story of what it takes to win a TT, personal stories and pictures of family life with his wife and children and the magic, excitement and passion he has for the sport.

Featuring over 150 of Stephen Davison’s stunning photographs alongside pictures taken from John’s private collection, including never before seen images of his childhood, the book charts every part of McGuinness’s TT career from his debut in 1996 to his most recent race in 2012.

The book is now available to buy from all good bookshops and on Amazon, published by Blackstaff Press and retailing at £17.99.

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