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North West 200: English rider Simon Andrews in 'critical condition' after crash at road races

English rider Simon Andrews critical after North West 200 crash Close

Simon Andrews poses for pictures with race fans earlier this week at the North West 200. Pic Stephen Davison

Simon Andrews poses for pictures with race fans earlier this week at the North West 200. Pic Stephen Davison

Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison

Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison

Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison

Simon Andrews Pic Stephen Davison

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.

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.

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.
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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

@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  17/04/2014 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

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

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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 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

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

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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 Motorcycle fans shelter from the showers under umbrella's at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Brian Little

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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 John Duff from Randalstown spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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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 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

@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.

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. 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.

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.

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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 Motorcycle fans watching Guy Martin (Tyco Suzuki) at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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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 Kim Matheson from Whitehead spectating at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

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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

@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.

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

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)

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

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

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.

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Anchor complex Supertwin race. Race winner Lee Johnston.

Winner of the EventServ Superbike race William Dunlop

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 with runners up Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins

Eventserv Superbike winner William Dunlop

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

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

William Dunlop (Tyco Suzuki) during at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.

Michael Dunlop Milwauke Supersport race

Michael Dunlop Milwauke Supersport race

Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter

Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter, Milwauke Supersport race.

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.

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.

Brian Little

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Guy Martin - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

Guy Martin - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

William Dunlop - (Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Conor Cummins - (Honda - Jackson Racing)

Conor Cummins - (Honda - Jackson Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Michael Rutter - (BMW - Bathams prize winning ales) and Dean Harrison - (Kawasaki - RC Express Racing)

Michael Rutter - (BMW - Bathams prize winning ales) and Dean Harrison - (Kawasaki - RC Express Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha) leads Conor Cummins - (Honda - Honda Racing)

Josh Brookes - (Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha) leads Conor Cummins - (Honda - Honda Racing)

© Mervyn McClelland/Presseye

Winner of the Milwauke Supersport race Bruce Anstey with second Conor Cummins and third Gary Johnson

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

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

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: 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: 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

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. 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.

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

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

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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

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

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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.

Stenna 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

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

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

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, 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: 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

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

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 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

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

Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha during Tuesday's practice session at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.

Josh Brookes, Milwaukee Yamaha during Tuesday's practice session at the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.

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Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye

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

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye 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

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Ryan Farquhar.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Ryan Farquhar.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Jeremy McWilliams and Keith Amor.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Jeremy McWilliams and Keith Amor.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Ryan Farquhar.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Ryan Farquhar.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Guy Martin tyco suzuki.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin tyco suzuki.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Racing.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Alastair Seeley Mar-Train Racing.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
John Mcguinness Honda.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. John Mcguinness Honda.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

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.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com 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.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Maria Costello MBE.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Maria Costello MBE.

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th   May   2014
Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye

Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) through Dhu Varren during Superstock practice during the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Picture by  Brian Little/Presseye

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) through Dhu Varren during Superstock practice during the Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th   May   2014
Mandatory Credit -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

@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit -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

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Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Guy Martin Tyco.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin Tyco.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com

Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200.
Tuesday practice.
Guy Martin Tyco.

Northern Ireland- 13th May 2014 Mandatory Credit - Picture - Matt Mackey/Presseye.com Vauxhall International 2014 North West 200. Tuesday practice. Guy Martin Tyco.

Pacemaker Belfast 13-05-14
Vauxhall International North West 200 2014
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

Pacemaker Belfast 13-05-14 Vauxhall International North West 200 2014 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

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Pacemaker Belfast 13-05-14
Vauxhall International North West 200 2014
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

Pacemaker Belfast 13-05-14 Vauxhall International North West 200 2014 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

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Simon Andrews poses for pictures with race fans earlier this week at the North West 200. Pic Stephen Davison

High-profile rider Simon Andrews is in a critical condition in hospital after crashing out at Saturday's North West 200 road races.

The Englishman was airlifted to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday, after the accident  at the Metropole section in the Superstock race.

The 29-year-old, from Evesham in Worcestershire rides for the Penz13.com BMW team.

The crash was the second serious accident at this year’s races.

His accident comes after Franck Petricola (31) crashed during a practice session on Tuesday.

The Frenchman is also being treated at the Royal - his condition described as critical.

Meanwhile, Ballymoney man Michael Dunlop was the star of this year's races - walking away with the Man of the Meeting trophy.

Dunlop won the Superbike and shortened Superstock races - taking home a cheque of £2,500.

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