Veterans Ryan Farquhar and Jeremy McWilliams in North West 200 return
Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar will return to big bike racing at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 in May.
And he will be joined on his KMR/SGS Kawasaki team by former MotoGP legend Jeremy McWilliams who will celebrate his 28th season of top flight racing at the North West.
Ryan (39) will race in the Superbike and Superstock races as well as in both Supertwins events while Jeremy (49) will ride in both Supertwins.
"I am quite confident that I can be competitive on a big bike at the North West." Ryan said. "I have been training hard all winter and now I just need to get bike fit. I really can't see why I can't give some of the big boys a run for their money."
It will be the four-time North West winner's first Superbike outing since Skerries in 2012. Farquhar retired from racing after the death of his uncle, Trevor Ferguson, at the 2012 Manx Grand Prix to concentrate on preparing machinery for other riders. After returning to race in the Supertwins class last season he has decided to launch a full on assault on the bigger machinery this year.
Farquhar will campaign a pair of ZX10 Kawasakis in Superbike and Superstock that he has been building all winter in his own workshop.
"I have been working hard on getting all the bikes ready and I will have my first outing at Scarborough," Ryan said. "I have been pushing the boat out on the Supertwin ER6 too and it will have some special new parts for this year."
Farquhar will be joined in the NW200 Supertwins races by Conor Behan and Jeremy McWilliams on the immaculate ER6 KMR/SGS Kawasakis. The trio will have a new team mate in the form of Canadian, Dean James, who will be making his road racing debut at Portrush.
“Nowadays I am racing for the craic of it all really and the biggest attraction is to be riding at home in the special North West atmosphere.” he said.
McWilliams, who will celebrate his 51st birthday on April 4, won his first ever road race at Portrush in 2013 when he was the victor in the Twins race.
The Glengormley veteran added: "The motivation to do well never leaves you.
"There is no high that comes close to winning. I get told all the time that now that I have done that its time to hang the boots up but I still think I wouldn’t mind doing it again!"