Jonathan Rea to visit North West 200 Triangle on break from World Superbike Championship bid
World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea may well be a visitor at this week's Vauxhall International North West 200, where he will be taking a keen interest in Scottish ace Keith Amor.
Amor and Rea struck up a friendship almost a decade ago when the Falkirk rider was often seen sitting on the Ballyclare man's side of the garage during his time with Ten Kate Honda.
Rea repaid the compliment by helping the former NW200 winner forge a close relationship with the Dutch team and their technical department, who provided hardware for a number of his international road racing campaigns.
With Rea now in the official Kawasaki camp, it's hard to see him taking a hands-on roll with Amor's Rig Deluge squad, who will campaign BMW and Honda machinery at the Triangle.
Rea's next outing is at Donington Park for round six of the World Superbike Championship the week following the North West 200, and he's looking to keep his purple patch well and truly running before returning to his base in the Isle of Man to watch the TT Races.
"I had an incredible weekend at Imola (a double win) and I do not know what to say because this kind of run has never happened to me before," Rea explained.
"I am just enjoying the moment. I'm grateful for the amazing opportunity Kawasaki have given me and I'm really enjoying it, so I'm looking forward to trying to do the same in front of my home fans at Donington Park."
Amor is a familiar face on the local road racing scene and was at Tandragee a fortnight ago where the Rig Deluge set-up was all too accurate with the event threatening to be washed away.
"It's such a shame the weather was what it was and I really feel for the organisers and all the fans who turned out in force," he said.
"The Tandragee is a superb circuit and the ideal place for getting bikes set up for the North West and TT and although conditions meant I didn't get in as many laps as I would like, it was nonetheless a productive meeting for myself and the team."