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Jamie Hamilton has his eyes on the big prizes at North West 200

By Stephen Davison

Jamie Hamilton is pulling no punches about what he expects of himself at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200.

"If I come away from the North West with podium finishes in the two Supertwins races I would go home satisfied but I will really only be happy if I can win one of them," the Burrows Engineering Cookstown rider said.

The Ballyclare man finished third in the twins class in 2013 and fourth last season but he is determined to up his game for 2015.

"I am going to the North West thinking that I can go for a win on the little bike," he said.

"There are probably seven other riders who are thinking the same and it won't be easy."

The twins event was the closest race at last weekend's Cookstown 100, with Hamilton squeezing out James Cowton to take the last podium place behind Michael Sweeney and race winner Michael Dunlop. Only 0.75 of a second covered the quartet.

"Those guys plus Ryan Farquhar, Jeremy McWilliams, Christian Elkin, James Hillier and newcomer Glenn Irwin will all be contenders at Portrush," Hamilton said.

The 24-year-old points to the guidance he is receiving from his team boss and experienced ex-racer John Burrows as being behind the success he has shown so far in 2015 with wins at Kirkistown on Easter Monday and two podium finishes in the Supertwins and Supersport races at Cookstown.

Burrows has helped Hamilton set up the team's CBR600RR Honda and Superbike spec GSXR Suzuki to suit the Ballyclare man after his winter move from the Wilson Craig Hondas to the Dungannon-based BE Racing team.

"Coming from Hondas I worried about the handling of the big Suzuki, but it is a well sorted motorbike with plenty of power all through the range and it handles really well over the bumps," Hamilton said.

"We have made a few changes to the Honda, just little things like gear lever and handlebar positions and the bike suits me much better now."

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