Davey Todd has set his sights on going one better in the 2023 North West 200 after taking the fight to Glenn Irwin in the Superbike race before being forced to withdraw from the second race.
The 2022 National Superstock Champion kicked off what would become a crowning racing campaign - which also included his first Isle of Man TT podium - with a successful performance at the NW200 on the Milenco by Padgetts Honda.
Scoring podiums in both the Superbike and Supersport classes, Todd was the closest rival to a dominant Irwin on the sister factory-prepared Honda CBR1000RR-R in the first SBK race before eventually settling for the runners-up spot.
After being denied the chance to remedy the result in race two when tyre issues prompted Dunlop to withdraw each of its shod-entries, Todd has his sights set firmly on ‘going one better’.
“A good North West 200 for me this year will be going one better in every race than I did last year.” Todd told a pre-event press conference. “That would definitely do the trick.”
“I was really pleased to be in the battle for wins in the dry and the wet and I had some great races.” Todd recalls.
“I had a great battle with Lee Johnston in the Supersport race on Saturday and was just pipped for the win right at the end. Glenn Irwin is the man to beat on a superbike at the North West at the moment and I took it to him in the first Superbike race. I had the pace but I lacked the race craft to win.”
With his NW200 success spurring on his Isle of Man TT podium in the Superstock class and a race-winning second-half run at the title in the National SSTK (BSB) series, Todd has since stepped up to the British Superbike class for 2023.
With that experience under his belt, coupled to the receiving wet track time in last year’s event, Todd is heading to this year’s event with high hopes.
“I really wanted another go in the second Superbike race but it wasn’t to be. Being at the front in the wet and the dry was something positive for me to take away from last year’s North West.” Todd says.
“In every class and in every condition, I was there, battling different people for the win in every race. My lap times are there and I know I have got the speed.”