McWilliams out to defend Supertwins title at NW 200

Jeremy McWilliams
Jeremy McWilliams

Last year Glengormley’s Jeremy McWilliams added his name to the winners’ list at the North West 200, taking the chequered flag in the 650 Supertwins class on one of Ryan Farquhar’s beautifully prepared KMR Kawasaki ER6s.

In 2014 the ex-Grand Prix rider has already won at Bishopscourt on the SGS KMR Kawasaki ER6 he will ride over the weekend. Come the two Supertwin races at the NW 200, he will certainly be in the hunt for the win yet again.

The Times spoke to Jeremy before he set off to the Imola round of the World Superbikes where he mentors up-and-coming Junior Cup riders and runs the Agro-On WIL Racedays Honda Superstock team.

“Come the North West, I approach it in a completely different way to a World Championship event,” he said. “I enjoy the whole week. Away from the racing we get three days off to do a bit of clay pigeon shooting and play a couple of rounds of golf. When it’s time to race I take it as it comes. I wait until it’s time to go, and get up and get on with it.”

“Last year I had a good run in the dry during Tuesday practice which was something I didn’t have the previous year and, in the end, I was fastest.

“The bike is the same as I have raced in the past two North Wests, so it is good enough. The biggest opposition I reckon will be Ryan (Farquhar) on the all-new Kawasaki. He had a run at the Tandragee 100 on it and it was quick.”

Outside of his team boss McWilliams said Keith Amor (SGS/KMR Kawasaki) will be one to watch, along with James Hillier, Jamie Hamilton, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison.