Last updated: March 27th, 2024

NW200: Wrap-up

The world of motorcycling had its focus firmly set on road-racing last week, the NW200 kicked off Tuesday. We provide a round-up of the event highlights, along with a summary of how our RST factory riders fared.

The North West 200 is an event that holds a prominent position in the road racing calendar, and is considered a "tent-pole" occasion every year. The racing meet not only serves as a major event in itself, but also acts as the annual precursor to the highly anticipated IOM TT.

Needless to say, it is a significant occasion for all racing enthusiasts and attracts a vast audience (both in-person at the event and via its annual television coverage).

As expected, this year's North West 200 did not disappoint, and once again, the audience was treated to some exhilarating wheel-to-wheel battles. The official race action took place on Thursday and Saturday, with some remarkable performances on display.

Davey Todd and Alastair Seeley secured wins in Thursday's races, while Sunday saw Glenn Irwin claim two victories, along with triumphs for Alastair Seeley, Davey Todd, and RST Factory rider Richard Cooper, who clinched two wins himself.

Cooper's performance was particularly impressive, as he dominated the Milltown Service Station Supertwin race, riding his KMR Kawasaki to victory. He continued his winning streak by securing the top spot on the podium in the J.M. Paterson Supertwin Race, again on his KMR Kawasaki.

We had the opportunity to catch up with Cooper recently, where we discussed his career, life beyond the track, and his aspirations for the upcoming season. You can find the full interview here.

While Coopes' achievements at the North West 200 were undoubtedly remarkable, the week proved to be a mixed bag for our RST factory riders. Nathan Harrison and Lee Johnston had promising starts to the week, with impressive performances in the practice sessions that secured them top-10 timings. However, their fortunes took a turn for the worse during Thursday's practices, as both riders suffered crashes that left them unable to continue competing at the event.

As a result, Harrison and Johnston face a race against time to regain their fitness ahead of this year's IOM TT. We extend our heartfelt wishes for their speedy recovery and hope to see them back on their bikes in no time.

Overall, the 2023 North West 200 did not disappoint, and it served as a reminder of the talent and passion that drives the world of road racing.

You can take a look at the full NW200 timings & results on the official website below;

View full timings & results

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Christopher Impey

A motorcycle rider and enthusiast; as the digital editor for RST, Chris is responsible for creating compelling copy and captivating digital experiences.