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Dominic Herbertson steps in to lead Burrows’ North West 200 team after Tandragee 100 masterclass


Dominic Herbertson. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Dominic Herbertson. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Dominic Herbertson. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Newcastle’s Dominic Herbertson will lead the charge for the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing team in the Superbike and Superstock races at next week’s North West 200.

The 31-year-old made an instant impact when he was drafted into the Dungannon outfit for the Tandragee 100 last Saturday, where he won the Supersport race in wet and miserable conditions.

He joins former MotoGP star and 250cc Grand Prix winner Jeremy McWilliams in John Burrows’ team after regular rider Mike Browne was ruled out of the event following a crash at the Cookstown 100 last month. Browne broke both ankles in the incident and faces a race against time for the Isle of Man TT.

Herbertson, who will ride Suzuki machinery in both Superbike and Superstock races, said: “Following last weekend’s win at the Tandragee, John asked me did I want to ride his Superbike at the North West.

“After a brief discussion, I had to say yes. The North West is an enigma of a place and obviously brake horsepower is everything.

“This will be the first time I’ve ridden a full-blown Superbike so I’m really looking forward to the challenge and also working with the Burrows lads again.”

Former racer Burrows said he was grateful to Herbertson’s sponsors for allowing the 31-year-old to race his bikes at the North West, where practice gets under way on Tuesday.

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“I brought Dominic in last-minute to fill in for Mike Browne at Tandragee and he took me and the team by surprise by winning in bad conditions on Saturday,” he said.

“So when it came to picking riders for next week, he was my first choice for the Superbike and ’stocker, and I’m glad that his sponsors were understanding of this.”

Herbertson will compete in the Supersport races as originally planned on the Cowton Racing Kawasaki.

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