SUPERBIKE fans at the North West 200 can look forward to a bit of history as Superbikes are set to race on the Thursday for the very first time.
After fielding requests from race teams and riders, organisers are shuffling the order and giving the blue riband machines their first go at an early-week battle..
Set to run on Thursday, the extra big bike scrap is to run alongside the normal schedule of Supertwin, Supersport and Superstock action which usually features on the Thursday.
This third race will run over four laps – as will all the other Thursday races – while Saturday’s race order remains unchanged with five races for Supersport, Superbike, Supertwin, Superstock and Superbike.
Practice is set to go ahead as per normal with four sessions on Thursday morning after roads close at 9.15am. The Supertwins race, normally run on Thursday evening, will now take place after practice in the afternoon before the roads reopen.
Roads close again at 5pm with the new Superbike race kicking off the action followed by Superstock and Supersport events before roads reopen at 9pm
Tuesday’s practice schedules and Saturday’s race programme remain unchanged with five practice sessions on Tuesday and five races on Saturday.
A comprehensive contingency plan will also be put in place should it be required. This will include the possible use of Saturday’s extension to the road closing order.
New schedule for the 2020 fonaCAB & NIcholl Oils North West 200:
Tuesday 12 May
Unchanged with five practice sessions commencing with the Newcomers followed by Supersport, Superbike, Supertwin and Superstock, sessions.
Roads Close from 09.15am to 3.15 pm
Thursday 14 May
Roads Close from 09.15 to 3.15pm
Four practice sessions for Supertwin, Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machines followed by Supertwin Race 1
Roads Close again at 5pm until 9pm.
Superbike, Superstock and Supersport races.
Saturday 16 May
Race format and order unchanged with five races for Supersport, Superbike, Supertwin, Superstock, Superbike classes.
*Image: Stephen Davison