Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton says he’s planning on enjoying this week’s North West 200, and, as ever, giving it 100 per cent.
The 23-year-old, the current Supertwin and Supersport Irish and Ulster champion, switched from the KMR Kawasakis to the Hondas of the Wilson Craig set-up for the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike races. In the Supertwin class he will ride the Stewart Smith’s ER6 Kawasaki.
It has been a hectic time for Hamilton, preparing the bikes for the first big international road race of the season. “It’s been tough but we are as ready as we can be,” he told the Times. “The Superbike and Superstock machines are excellent and the Supertwin is well capable of being right up there. The Supersport machine still needs a little work, but we are getting there.”
Hamilton was on the poduim after last year’s Supertwin race, so can he do the same this time around?
“There are some great bikes and riders in the Supertwins class,” he said. “Last year I was on the rostrum and this year I would really like to go for the win but it will not be an easy task as I reckon there are a lot of riders all capable of winning.
“In the Superbike races I would like to be inside the top 10 and maybe the top six if all goes well. he same goes for the Superstock races.
The one thing for sure is I will enjoy the races and will give it 100 per cent,” said Hamilton, who was voted the MCUI’s ‘Most Improved Road Racer’ in Ireland in 2013.