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2023 NW200 | Richard Cooper keen to continue winning feeling on North West 200

One of motorcycle racing’s most ubiquitous competitors, Richard Cooper heads to the 2023 North West 200 looking to add to a podium collection that already includes success in the F900 R BMW Cup and British Supersport Championship.

A race winner at Superbike, Supersport and Superstock level, Cooper this year leads the FHO Racing challenge in the new one-make F900 R BMW Cup - where he is already a two-time race winner - and has found time to squeeze in a special double podium-winning performance in BritishSSP on the BPE/Russel Racing Yamaha R6.

It is the machine he will now take to the North West 200, where he will bid to take on pre-event favourites Alastair Seeley (Milwaukee Ducati) and Davey Todd (Milenco by Padgetts Honda), at the Triangle.


Though he won’t contest the Superbike and Superstock races after a deal to ride a TAS BMW fell through, Cooper is content to be focusing his attention on the Supersport class.

“The North West 200 is an established part of my season now. I have been there twice, been successful both times and gained a lot of experience in all weather conditions.”

“Mervyn Whyte and I had been trying to sort a ride on a stocker BMW with the TAS Racing team but although people were keen to make it happen, it just hasn’t worked out.

“I am disappointed especially after the results I had on the big bikes last year but it is what it is and I will just have to try to achieve the best results I can on the bikes I do have. 

“I definitely think I can challenge for the podium on the 600. I rode the R6 at Oulton Park to get myself dialled into the bike for the North West and it was amazing. We topped the speed trap at Oulton so I am looking forward to stretching its legs at the North West where top speed is very important.”

Cooper will also compete in the increasingly competitive Supertwins class, where he will ride a new Michael Rutter-prepared Bathams-liveried Yamaha R7.

“I just hope it is built and ready for the start of practice on Tuesday!” he smiled. “It is a completely unknown quantity at the minute. Michael Rutter has done a fantastic job in getting the bike sorted. 

“He came to my rescue this year and I am ready for the challenge.  But I won’t know if it is fast enough or of it will hold together in the races until I get to the North West and ride it. But that will make it even more rewarding if I can do well on it.” 

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