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Cookstown 100: William Dunlop well prepared for NW200

Ballymoney rider William Dunlop again dominated the 125 and 250cc races at a cold Cookstown 100 on Saturday being in a class of his own on the two-strokes but says he is now well setup for a good performance at the upcoming North West 200.

A fine runner-up place to Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar in the Supersport 600 race on the Wilson Craig Honda was however followed up with a fourth place in the Open Superbike race and seventh place in the Cookstown 100 Superbike race in which Dunlop took out his 600cc machine in place of his Superbike, which Dunlop confessed was to much of a handful around the Orritor circuit.

"I am happy enough with how the Cookstown went, even though is was freezing cold. The cold track made it difficult to get heat into the tyres, which as you know was part of the reason there were so many incidents. Both the 125 and the 250 bikes are working well, and I was pleased to see Paul Jordan finishing in 5th place on my 125 which he is riding for me this year," said Dunlop.


"The 250cc race was kinda boring and it is sad to see the 250 class fading away. I think there were only seven finishers in the race. The time has come now for the 250s to be run along with the likes of the 400s or something just to make up a grid.

Both Wilson's bikes are really flying and I know they will be more than a match for anything come the North West 200 and the TT. The Superbike is so powerful that I just could not keep the front wheel down along the start finish straight and there was just to much power for that wee circuit.

"I decided to run with the 600 in the Cookstown 100 race just to try a couple of wee changes on it and I am happy with how she performed. This weekend its Tandragee where I will just be riding in the 125 and 250cc classes before heading over to Oulton Park for the Bank Holiday British 125cc Championship race. Then it's up the road to the North West 200 where I think I will have my best ever chance of a race win in the Superbike and Supersport races."

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