North West 200: Keith Amor is decked out for challenge of climbing up order
Scottish ace Keith Amor made his debut at the International North West 200 back in 2005 and despite a hiatus for a couple of seasons through injury, the happy-go-lucky star is looking to wind the clock back and replicate his Superstock success from the 2010 meeting.
Five years ago, Amor saw the potential of BMW's 1000cc machinery and went on to record a famous victory for the German marque. This year, following on from a successful season for Michael Dunlop on the roads, the paddock is full of BMW machinery in the Superstock and Superbike classes and Amor has joined the ever-growing list.
"Back in 2010 there were very few riders who were riding BMWs on the roads but we took a gamble and it worked for us," said Amor.
"I took the new S1000RR out at Spain for the first time in March and couldn't believe the speed of the thing, but maybe I'm getting too old for this."
For this year's showpiece, 43-year-old Amor and his well presented Rig Deluge Road Racing team have also added a Supersport Honda to the stable of 1000cc BMW machinery.
In Tuesday's session, Amor, like most, wobbled round in the miserable conditions to qualify in 18th place, but will need tonight's practice to do something similar with his Supersport Honda.
Speaking of this year's event, Amor said: "I'm here to enjoy myself. I suppose a bit like Ryan (Farquhar) but I'll be looking for a decent result.
"The 600 class will be a dogfight and to be up there in the big classes I'll need to find the old race head, but I'm looking forward to it."