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Lichfield Superbikes star ready to take on road course

Gary Mason

Gary Mason

Lichfield Superbikes star Gary Mason is relishing taking to the roads as he stands in for his injured team-mate.

Mason will be at the controls of the MSS Colchester Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Superbike for the North West 200 course after Simon Andrews picked hurt his foot at a recent race in Valencia.

And the 30-year-old admits he can’t wait to tackle his first road race. He said:

“I’m really excited about this, the North West is a legendary place and if I’m honest I was a bit gutted to not be going. Now Simon has injured himself the team have asked me to go out and I couldn’t be more keen!”

Mason will join a Irish ‘roads’ specialists Ryan Farquhar and Stephen Thompson in the MSS squad.

Considered to be one of the world’s fastest road races, the International North West 200’s 8.96 mile long course is a challenge to rider, machine and tyres alike. The circuit really tests handling and performance with differing surfaces, adverse cambers, first gear hairpin bends to super-fast open corners and straights.

North West 200 Race Director Mervyn Whyte MBE confirmed Mason’s entry following discussions with team manager Nick Morgan during the weekend. He added:

“We’re delighted that Gary is able to compete on May 15 and I know he’s extremely excited about taking part and I’ve spent some time with him looking round the course in preparation for Race Week.”

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