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North West 200: BMW Motorrad finalise team

Published 06/04/2015

Stephen Thompson out in front on the BMW during the Enkalon Trophy race at Bishopscourt on Saturday.
Stephen Thompson out in front on the BMW during the Enkalon Trophy race at Bishopscourt on Saturday.

The BMW Motorrad team run by Rico Penskofer has finalized their line-up for the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200.

Local man Stephen Thompson and Canadian Dan Kruger will join Michael Rutter on the grid at Portrush on the German team’s S1000RRs.

Thompson, who picked up his new bike at LeMans last week and raced it at the Enkalon Trophy Meeting at Bishopscourt and Kirkistown at Easter, is no a stranger to the team having raced on their machine at the 2014 Macau Grand Prix. Rutter and Thompson will race at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT, Frohburg and the Macau Grand Prix for the German team in 2015.

“After riding with the team at Macau last season I am happy to be part of this highly professional team.” the Crumlin man said.

“I'm hoping they can continue to help me gain good results at the North West and it's nice to be team mates with Michael Rutter again.”

Dan Kruger’s 2015 season began in the Chinese Superbike Championship last weekend. The Canadian finished 3rd and 4th in the opening rounds and he will race for the squad at the North West 200 in May in what will be his second visit to the seaside venue.

“I have a year of road racing under my belt and also a year with this team.” Kruger said.

“They prepare the best bikes in the paddock and are a really good team to race for. The NW200 will be a tough one but I am looking forward to having Michael Rutter as a team mate.”

“After completing the lineup we can’t wait to kick off the road racing season.” Team boss Rico Penzkofer said.

“It’s probably the strongest team I’ve ever put together on the roads and with the World Endurance championship and the biggest road race meetings ahead it’s going to be a busy year. But we are all very excited and will get down to business with the opening round of the WEC in April.”

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