Tuesday, May 22

Darren Cooper gains momentum at the NW200

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The North West 200 proved a great learning curve for Team NW Racing, and its rider Darren Cooper. It was Darren’s first real fast run on the BMW 1000RR, and he was delighted with its performance. Darren had a busy week in preparation for the Isle of Man TT, taking part in the 600 and Supertwin classes, as well as the Superstock and Superbike races.

The excellent weather definitely helped with practice and racing, and after qualifying, he was happy with the way all three bikes were going, and he was getting up to speed, and faster as the week went on. This week proved a great set up for the TT, and the team is relishing the challenge that the Mountain course brings.

The highlight of the week was definitely Darren’s 8th place in the Supertwin race, and he is also delighted to be graded for this class at the TT, in his first year, after his success at the Manx Grand Prix in 2017.

Noel Williamson; “I am delighted the way Darren is riding, he is smooth and fast, and the BMW is flying. He has gelled with the “Big Bike” and I am really looking forward to the TT. His fantastic 8th place in the Supertwin race was the icing on the cake”

Darren Cooper; I came to the North West in 2015, and to be honest I really didn’t enjoy it, and this was my first time back there, but this time it was brilliant. We are starting to make real progress with the BMW. We went in the right direction in the last race with a suspension change, and took another two seconds of my best time. I am happy with the 600, which is ready to go at the TT. A silly mistake in the 600 race on Saturday, saw me have to go through pit lane, and it cost me dearly. To finish 8th place in the Supertwin in such good company, is just brilliant and I am over the moon. I feel that I can get better with some changes”

Jack Corry

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