PAUL Jordan is hoping to break a spell of bad luck at this year’s fonaCAB International North West 200 as he targets a rostrum finish.
And the Northern Irishman believes picking up tips from his fellow riders and Triangle Circuit front-runners could make the difference.
Jordan, who has been racing at the North West since 2017, will look to tackle six races next month: four big bike races with the Dafebet Devitt squad’s Kawasaki ZX-10RR, on which he finished 14th in his Macau Grand Prix debut last season, and two Supersport races aboard Alastair Russell’s Yamaha R6.
But after testing at recent Ulster SBK rounds and even bagging a win at the Easter Monday King of Kirkistown scraps, the 27-year-old is hoping extra seat time pays dividends when he heads to Portrush in just a few weeks.
“I’ve never really had a lot of North West luck.,” Jordan admitted. “Usually I’ve been racing bikes there that I haven’t ridden before so I was starting on the back foot. But this year will be a different kettle of fish as the bikes will be a lot more familiar to me.
“I want a really good crack at the 600cc races. I want to try to build on every practice and qualifying session and watch what the top riders like Alastair Seeley are doing. I will try to pick up some of the wee things they do that I don’t.
“Before I only had one bike at the North West but with two machines this year I will have a lot more track time and that will help me get up to speed quicker. With six races I will have a chance to improve in each one.”
Jordan is set to tackle the Cookstown 100 Supersport races tomorrow and Saturday before heading to Oulton Park for seat time on the big Kwak in the National Superstock 1000 ranks.
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