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North West 200: Aces in pack all revved up, fans in for a treat as big guns set sights on glory

By Paul Lindsay

Published 12/05/2015

Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race this afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200) during Saturday's races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race this afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200) during Saturday's races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Lee Johnston leads Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley into the last lap of what is so far the race of the day in the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Lee Johnston leads Glenn Irwin and Alastair Seeley into the last lap of what is so far the race of the day in the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) heads Glenn Irwin - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Ben Wilson - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Glenn Irwin - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Gary Johnson - (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race this afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200) with team boss 2nd place man Glenn Irwin during todays races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Glenn Irwin celebrates his 2nd place in the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Glenn Irwin, leads Alaister Seeley and Lee Johnston down to York Corner during the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Glenn Irwin, leads Alaister Seeley and Lee Johnston into this corner during the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Bruce Anstey, Michael Dunlop and Alaister Seeley blast off in the opening Supersport race during todays North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race this afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200). Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race this afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200) with team boss Phillip Neill during todays races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Alaister Seeley celebrates victory in the supersport race on Saturday afternoon (his 14th Victory at the North West 200) with team boss 2nd place man Glenn Irwin and Lee Johnston 3rd during todays races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press. 16/05/2015
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Lee Johnston - (East Coast Construction/Burdens Triumph ) ahead of Alastair Seeley during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Glenn Irwin - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) leads the first lap during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 Glenn Irwin celebrates his 2nd place in the Supersport race at todays North West 200 road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Glenn Irwin - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) heads Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race James Neesom - (Centurion Windows Kawasaki ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Michael Rutter during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Bruce Anstey - (Zealand Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Padgetts Honda) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Gary Johnson - (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Glenn Irwin - (Gearlink Kawasaki Kawasaki ) leads the first lap during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Michael Dunlop - (Yamaha ) heads William Dunlop - (cd/ic Yamaha ) during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Glenn Irwin Lee Jonhston & Alastair Seeley on the 600 supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Glenn Irwin leads the 600 supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Daen Harrison on the Supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 William Dunlop on the Supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Alastair Seeley wins the 600 supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Belfast - 16-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Glenn Irwin and Lee Jonhston on the 600 supersport during today's North West 200 Race Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Race 2 Betmclean.com Supersport Race - 6 laps. Glenn Irwin comes in second.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Race 2 Betmclean.com Supersport Race - 6 laps. Alastair Seeley wins the race.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Race 2 Betmclean.com Supersport Race - 6 laps. Glenn Irwin comes in second.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Race 2 Betmclean.com Supersport Race - 6 laps. Glenn Irwin comes in second.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Race 2 Betmclean.com Supersport Race - 6 laps. Glenn Irwin comes in second.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 16th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Glenn Irwin Gearlink Kawasaki Alistair Seeley Tyco Suzuki and Lee Johnston East Coast Construction Triumph battle wheel to wheel over Black Hill during the Bet McClean Sportsport Race during Saturday's at the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Vauxhall International North West 200 Saturday racing. Guy Martin apologises to North West 200 director Melvyn Whyte for comments he made live on TV on Thursday. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock. Didier Grams. Photo: Matt Mackey
Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Supporters at Ballysally roundabout during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Supporters at Ballysally roundabout during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Supporters at Ballysally roundabout during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Supporters at Ballysally roundabout during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Young supporters at Ballysally roundabout during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 A female spectator is air lifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital after being injured during a crash incident in todays superstock race at the North west 200 road races. Photo Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/05/2015 A female spectator is air lifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital after being injured during a crash incident in todays superstock race at the North west 200 road races. Photo Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker Press
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 16th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Lee Johnston East Coast Construction BMW leads Alistair Seeley Tyco Motorrad Racing S1000RR BMW ,Ian Hutchinson PBM Kawasaki and Michael Dunlop Yamaha over Black Hill during RE-RUN the Spidi Superstock Race which was Red Flagged and the race abandoned during Saturday's at the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Riders gather at Ballysally during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Riders gather at Ballysally during today's race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Michael Dunlop - (Yamaha ) during a break in today's races at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 16-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Spidi Superstock Race Injured rider Sandor Bitter gets a lift from Clerk of the Course Mervyn Whyte during today's races at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock. Guy Martin.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock. North West 200 Event director, Mervyn Whyte along with Danny Kennedy is the Minister for Regional Development and Steve Platter.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock. Clerk of the course Stanleigh Murray.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 16th May 2015 Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Spidi Superstock. Keith Amor.
Michael Dunlop on the grid during Saturday's North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Guy Martin on the grid during Saturday's North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Road Racing fans dresses as Minions on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart at the Saturday's Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Road Racing fans William Hamill and Raymond Irvine from Bangor on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart at the Saturday's Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
North West 200 riders carry out a meet and greet in Coleraine ahead of Saturday's races around the International North West 200 circuit.
Lee Johnston meets some of his fans at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Meet the Riders event in Coleraine town centre today. Picture by Stephen Davison
Adrian Logan interviews John McGuinness at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Meet the Riders event in Coleraine town centre today. Picture by Stephen Davison
Horst Saiger meets Barbara McCann at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Meet the Riders event in Coleraine town centre today. Picture by Stephen Davison
Alastair Seeley with Paul Barnes from Kilkeel at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Meet the Riders event in Coleraine town centre today. Picture by Stephen Davison
Guy Martin fans Allan and Paula Priestley from Banbridge on the Coast Road between Portrush and Portstewart at the Saturday's Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Lee Johnston along with his dad after the superstock race. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Maria Costello. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Supertwin race winner Ryan Farquhar. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Jamie Hamilton who came 3rd in the Supertwin race. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Alastair Seeley along with his dad after winning the supersport race. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
James Hillier (Quattro Plant Muc-off Kawaski Kawasaki) in action during a practice session for this year's NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. Martin Jessop. Photo - Matt Mackey/ Presseye
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Derek McGee during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Christian Elkin - (Kawasaki ) during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Ryan Farquhar - (SGS/Manx Gas by KMR Kawasaki KMR Kawasaki ) during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/05/2015 Great weather and huge crowds for Thursday evenings races at the North West 200.. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Jeremy McWilliams - (SGS/Manx Gas by KMR Kawasaki KMR Kawasaki ) during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Michael Dunlop - (Yamaha ) during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Jeremy McWilliams - (SGS/Manx Gas by KMR Kawasaki KMR Kawasaki ) and Jamie Hamilton during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Ryan Farquhar - (SGS/Manx Gas by KMR Kawasaki KMR Kawasaki ) during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 A rider crashed on the entrance to Ballysally roundabout during today's Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. The Spidi superstock race was postponed and will be re sun on Saturday Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 A rider crashed on the entrance to Ballysally roundabout during today's Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. The Spidi superstock race was postponed and will be re sun on Saturday Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Lee Johnston - (East Coast Construction/Burdens Triumph ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 John McGuinness - (Jackson Racing Honda ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Alastair Seeley - (Tyco by Tas Racing Suzuki ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Dean Harrison - (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 William Dunlop - (cd/ic Yamaha ) during today's Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 14-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Jeremy McWilliams - (SGS/Manx Gas by KMR Kawasaki KMR Kawasaki ) and Jamie Hamilton during today's Supertwin Race at the Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 14th May 2015 North West 200 Thursday races around the International North West 200 circuit. First Minister Peter Robinson chats to Race Director Mervyn Whyte and racer Alastair Seeley on the grid.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/05/2015 Alastair Seeley celebrates notching up his 13th victory at the North west 200 this evening. He was the run away winner in the opening Supersport race, and hopes for a few more on saturday afternoon. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
On the grid during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Lee Johnston during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Crowds watch the action on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid with BBC presenter Stephen Watson. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Jamie Hamilton on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Jeremy McWilliams pictured on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Glenn Irwin on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. John McGuinness on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. James Hillier on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. James Hillier on the grid. Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye
Alastair Seeley went fastest in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
John McGuinness on his Superbike during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Lee Johnston during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Alastair Seeley on his Superbike during todays practice for the 2015 North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
The Vertical Trix stunt team entertain during the North West 200 (International road racing) Race Week Festival event at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Burning rubber with the stunt team during the North West 200 (International road racing) Race Week Festival event at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLauglin.
Burning rubber with the stunt team during the North West 200 (International road racing) Race Week Festival event at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Burning rubber with the stunt team during the North West 200 (International road racing) Race Week Festival event at East Strand, Portrush. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Michael Rutter on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Keith Amor on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Bruce Anstey on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. John McGuinness on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Bruce Anstey on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Keith Amor on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Keith Amor on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. John McGuinness on the grid.
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ryan Farquhar SGS/Manx Gas KMR Kawasaki on the racing line during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. The bikes wait to be moved up to the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. William Dunlop makes his way to the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. The bikes wait to be moved up to the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Dean Harrison(left) and Lee Johnston pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Jeremy McWilliams(left) and Ryan Farquhar pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Jeremy McWilliams(left) and Ryan Farquhar pictured on the grid.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200 Thursday practice ahead of tonight's races. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Jamie Hamilton Cookstown/Burrows Kawasaki during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop Yamaha looking over his shoulder during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye James Hillier Quattro Plant Muc-off Kawasaki during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ryan Farquhar SGS/Manx Gas KMR Kawasaki leading Ian Morrell Suzuki during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Jeremy McWilliams SGS/Manx Gas KMR Kawasaki with James Cowton Kawasaki during Supertwin practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley was fastest in the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike classes at Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley was fastest in the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike classes at Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Guy Martin chats with Tyco BMW team boss Philip Neill during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Gary Johnson during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Michael Dunlop during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Guy Martin chats with Tyco BMW team boss Philip Neill during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 : North West 200 newcomer Glenn Irwin gets some his advice from his father Alan during today's opening practice session. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 / in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Stuart Andrews waves to the large crowd after receiving a standing ovation. Stuart's son Simon was killed last year on the approach to Metropole. Stuart was attending last nights Miss North West 200.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Penz13.com's Dan Kruger shows off his special Simin Andrews tribute helmet during today's practice session. Andrews, who raced for the Penz13.com team was killed during last year's event Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Penz13.com's Dan Kruger looks to the heavens in his special North West 200 helmet during today's practice session. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop Yamaha during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Paul Shoesmith Ice Valley Yamaha during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop Yamaha during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 12th May 2015 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop Yamaha chased by Keith Amor RidDeluge Honda during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2015 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Adrian Clark - (Kawasaki ) in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Conor Cummins & Michael Rutter lead off the superbikes during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Ian Hutchinson - (Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki ) in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 / in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Keith Amor - (RigDeluge Road Racing BMW ) in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 / in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 / in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast 12-05-15 Vauxhall International North West 200 2015 Dan Kneen - (Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles Padgetts Honda ) in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Belfast - 12-05-2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 Alastair Seeley on the Superstock during today's North West 200 Practice Photo by Tremaine Gregg/Pacemaker
Vauxhall International North West 200 Michael Rutter on the Superstock during today's North West 200 Practice.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 William Dunlop (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 William Dunlop during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Alaistair Seeley (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Phillip Neill & Guy Martin (Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Lee Johnston during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/05/2015 Conor Cummins & Michael Rutter lead off the superbikes during Tuesday's practice for the North West 200 Road races. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Gary Johnston.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 On track doctor, Dr John Hinds photographed as he prepares his kit to allow him to deliver crucial medical aid if and when required on the North West 200 circuit.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 On track doctor, Dr John Hinds photographed as he prepares his kit to allow him to deliver crucial medical aid if and when required on the North West 200 circuit.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Conor Cummins.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. John McGuinness.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Dean Harrison.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. William Dunlop.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. James Hamilton along with his team.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Ian Hutchinson.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Jamie Hamilton.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. William Dunlop.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Bruce Anstey.
Photographer ?Matt Mackey - Presseye.com 12th May 2015 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200. Tuesday practice. Lee Johnston.
A good bet: Alastair Seeley is joined at the Bet McLean Juniper Hill chicane by Paul McLean of McLean’s Bookmakers and Mervyn Whyte, Event Director of the Vauxhall International North West 200
Blast from the past: Phillip McCallen on his way to his historic five-timer at the North West back in 1992

The wait is finally over. The 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 will fire into life this morning with the opening practice sessions of this year's event and never before has there been such a comprehensive list of potential winners and podium finishers.

The build-up has been littered with press coverage of Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley, who is just three wins shy of equalling Robert Dunlop's all-time record of 15 North West 200 victories, and the ever-present rivalry between William and Michael Dunlop - both winners last year - has generated even more allure and anticipation.

They are three men who may well make up more than one front row, but who else has the machinery and determination to steal in and create their own headlines on Thursday and Saturday when the race action gets under way?

Of this year's competitors, 43-year-old veteran Michael Rutter has the most victories with 13 top steps to his name.

The Midlands ace has been coming to the North West 200 since 1992 and just like Seeley - who is nipping at his heels with those 12 triumphs - Rutter will be BMW S1000RR mounted in the Superbike and Superstock races, albeit in Rico Penzkofer's Penz13.com squad.

Rutter's last Superbike victory came at the 2008 event, but the evergreen British Superbike star did win a Superstock race in 2012 and should never be discounted with his immense knowledge of the circuit.

Another task he has on his hands this week is mentoring his new team-mates in the Supersport class at the Triangle. Rutter will ride a Gearlink Kawasaki in the 600cc races alongside leading British Supersport contenders Ben Wilson and local lad Glenn Irwin.

Irwin has already made his intentions clear for this week, with podium action on his mind, despite it being his debut year at the North Coast. Having Rutter in the same stable, as well as tapping into his father Alan's vast NW200 knowledge, could well fast-track the Carrickfergus man to a middleweight podium.

Irwin will also ride Robbie Sylvester's VRS Kawasaki in the Supertwin races, which I believe will give him a more realistic chance of clinching silverware.

Local team Mar-Train Racing didn't let the grass grow under their feet when double TT winner Gary Johnson became available for the Supersport class, and alongside Dean Harrison, the Yamaha mounted duo could cause a major threat to the class favourites this week.

Brilliantly Dun: double winner Michael Dunlop claimed Man of the Meeting honour, named in memory of his dad Robert
Brilliantly Dun: double winner Michael Dunlop claimed Man of the Meeting honour, named in memory of his dad Robert
Wheel to wheel: William Dunlop (right) comes under pressure from Tyco Suzuki partner Guy Martin
Bruce Anstey celebrates victory in the opening Supersport race during todays races at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 on the North Coast
Michael and William Dunlop battle for the lead on the final lap during Vauxhall International North West 200 Superbike race.
North West 200 race director Mervyn White
Simon Andrews in action at this year's North West 200
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Milwauke Supersport race.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Milwauke Supersport race.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Milwauke Supersport race.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
John McGuinness during todays races at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 on the North Coast. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
Conor Cummins (Honda Racing) and Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad) battle for position during Eventserv Superbike Race during at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
First Minister Peter Robinson pictured with Hector Neill and his team during his visit to the Tyco Suzuki base at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200 in Portrush.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad) winning the Vauxhall NW200 Suerbike Race at during the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/04/2014 The superbikes kick up some serious spray during todays races at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 on the North Coast. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2014 Michael Dunlop (8) celebrates victory in the North West 200 feature race during todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Motorcycle fans shelter from the showers under umbrella's at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/04/2014 Dunlop fan Sheena Munnis watches the two brothers William & Michael battle it out in the opening superbike race during todays races at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 on the North Coast. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST  17/04/2014 Dunlop fan Sheena Munnis watches the two brothers William & Michael battle it out in the opening superbike race during todays races at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 on the North Coast. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Motorcycle fans shelter from the showers under umbrella's at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye John Duff from Randalstown spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Ross Patton and Paula McVey from Magherafelt spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Motorcycle fans shelter from the showers during the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Riders pictured at the meet and great in Coleraine town centre. Alastair Seeley.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Riders pictured at the meet and great in Coleraine town centre. Alastair Seeley along with Carter Dobson.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Riders pictured at the meet and great in Coleraine town centre. William Dunlop and Conor Cummins.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Motorcycle fans watching Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Kim Matheson from Whitehead spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 15th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye (l-r) John, Paul and Tim Johnston from Portstewart spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Keeping dry at the North West 200 on Saturday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye North West 200: Saturday Race Day Race: NW 200 Superbike Date: 17th May 2014 Caption: Superbikes get away
Alastair Seeley (34), William Dunlop (6), Michael Rutter (9)
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/05/2014 Michael Dunlop (8) celebrates victory in the North West 200 feature race during todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Crowds watch the start of the Superbike race in the wet
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Anchor complex Supertwin race. Race winner Lee Johnston.
Winner of the EventServ Superbike race William Dunlop
Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop with runners up Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins
Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop
Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad) chases his brother William Dunlop (Tyco Suzuki) leads the Eventserv Superbike Race during at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200
William Dunlop (Tyco Suzuki) during at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Michael Dunlop Milwauke Supersport race
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter, Milwauke Supersport race.
Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) get the 'holeshot of the line at the start of the Eventserv Superbike Race during at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)
William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)
Guy Martin - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)
William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)
Conor Cummins - (Honda - Jackson Racing)
Michael Rutter - (BMW - Bathams prize winning ales) and Dean Harrison - (Kawasaki - RC Express Racing)
Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)
Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha) leads Conor Cummins - (Honda - Honda Racing)
Winner of the Milwauke Supersport race Bruce Anstey with second Conor Cummins and third Gary Johnson
A stunt-man in flight during the North West 200 (NW200) Pic Margaret McLaughlin
Chris Dixon crashes to the ground behind Dave Walsh as Alan Brown tries to avoid him during the Supersport practice at the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2014: A man with a lot on his mind. BMW's Michael Dunlop is on pole for Saturday's Superbike races after the final qualifying session for the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2014: Supersport racers round Primrose bend during the final qualifying session for the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2014: Maria Costello is treated by Dr John Hinds after crashing during the final qualifying session for the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
15/5/2014. PACEMAKER PRESS. SUPERSTOCK PRACTICE. Michael Rutter during todays Vauxhall International North West 200 Superstock practice session. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
15/5/2014. PACEMAKER PRESS. SUPERTWINS PRACTICE. Ivan Lintin during todays Vauxhall International North West 200 Supertwins practice session. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2014: Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers meets Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) and Event Director, Mervyn Whyte MBE, on the grid during the final qualifying session for the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan
Stenna Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
A stunt-man in flight during the North West 200 (NW200) Moto Fest event in Portrush. Part of the International motorbike road race week programme. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © please by-line 14-5-14
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
Stena Line - NW 200 Motorcycle Spectators Arrive - 15th May 2014 Copyright Presseye / Declan Roughan Approximately 200 motorcycle spectators arrived off the ferry in Belfast yesterday on route to the NW 200 on the North Antrim Coast.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2014: Honda duo Conor Cummins and John McGuinness join in the fun of the paddock open day with two stilt walker at the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
John McGuinness Honda. Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200 Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
Alastair Seeley ahead of Gary Johnston and Guy Martin North West 200 First Practice Session Ballysally Roundabout Supersport Date: 13th May 2014
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 13/5/2014: The scene of the crash by Franck Petricola at Primrose corner during practice at the Vauxhall International North West 200 today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2014: Milwaukee Yamaha's Ian Hutchinson has vowed that he will race in today's Supersport and Superstock races at the Vauxhall International North West 200 today in spite of the hand injury he sustained in a crash during Tuesday's practice session. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2014: He is usually undaunted by travelling around the North West 200 course at over 200mph but 6 times NW winner, John McGuinness, seemed a little overawed by the task of being a judge at the Miss North West 200 competition this week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Keith Amor and Jeremy McWilliams. Vauxhall International 2014 North Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com
PACEMAKER BELFAST Ü18/05/2013 Maria Costello during todays North West 200 road races in Co Antrim. Photography Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Pacemaker Press 15/5/2010 John McGuinness celebrates his win in the superbike race with partney Becky during todays North West 200 International races in Northern Ireland. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Josh Brookes Milwaukee yamaha.
John McGuinness (Valvoline Racing/Padgetts) in the Supersport class through Dhu Varren during Tuesday's practice for the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Ryan Farquhar.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Jeremy McWilliams and Keith Amor.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Ryan Farquhar.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin tyco suzuki.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Racing.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. John Mcguinness Honda.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Fermanagh's Lee Johnston talks with his team after finishing the first day of practice at the NW200.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Maria Costello MBE.
Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) through Dhu Varren during Superstock practice during the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Michael Dunlop (BMW Motorrad) in the Superbike class through Black Hill during Tuesday's practice for the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin Tyco.
Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin Tyco.
Michael Rutter (Bathams Prizewinning Ales) in action during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press
James Hillier (Quattro Plant/muc-off Kawasaki) crashes at Ballysally during today's first practice session for this years Vauxhall International NW200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Johnson will ride a factory-backed GB Moto ZX10R in the Superbike class and Harrison the Yamaha UK supported Mar-Train Racing YZF-R1.

TT Legend John McGuinness is making his 25th appearance at the North West and, like Rutter, the smooth and classy factory Honda rider is well capable of out-gunning the big favourites with the experience he has gleaned during that quarter-century - now that he's back to full fitness.

Bruce Anstey will also be seeking to extend his remarkable record of having finished on the podium at every North West he has participated in. This year marks his 13th successive trip to the event and he rides the Valvoline by Padgetts' Fireblade.

Fermanagh's Lee Johnston was a double winner in the Supertwins class at last year's North West, but he won't line up on the little bikes this year, preferring to concentrate on mounting a strong challenge in the Superbike races on yet another BMW with the East Coast Racing/Burdens squad.

There are plenty of others to consider, such as five-in-a-week TT winner Ian Hutchinson, who is finally back to full fitness.

With the support of the PBM Kawasaki team, he will be quietly confident of adding to that Supersport win from 2010.

Despite the long list of potential winners, the undoubted fans' favourite is Guy Martin, and what a fitting victory it would be for the Lincolnshire man if he could win at what is quite possibly his last ever North West 200 on the Tyco BMW machinery.

Today's schedule: Roads close from 9.15am-2.45pm. Practice approx. 9.45am-2.15pm

Belfast Telegraph

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