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Simpson to make North West return

Scottish rider Ian Simpson is to race at the Kennedy North West 200 on 17 May, ten years after he last tasted success at the seaside circuit.

The 37-year-old will ride for the DM Yamaha Racing team, run by ex-racers Iain Duffus and Brian Morrison.

Simpson plans to compete in the Superstock class and ride the same machine in the two Superbike events.

The Scot was British Superbike champion in 1994 and registered five wins at the North West from 1995 to 1998.

In 1995, he won the main North West 200 Superbike race on a Honda and the following year, he enjoyed a further Superbike victory on a Ducati.

He won the 1997 Production race on another Ducati but reverted to Honda for Superbike and Supersport successes in 1998.

A leg injury forced the Dalbeattie man to call a halt to his career and he went on to take up a management role with Alistair Flanagan's ETI Racing team.

"Ian's manager Iain Duffus has informed me that Ian has not been in complete retirement and took part in some racing last season," said North West clerk of the course Mervyn Whyte.

"He has competed in some 24-hour events and all three are looking forward to returning to the North West," he added.

see also
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05 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Rainey without machinery for 2008
05 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Weynand seeking bikes for NW200
03 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Whyte chases trio for North West
21 Feb 08 |  Motorbikes
Dunlop looks forward to 250 ride
21 Feb 08 |  Motorbikes
Seeley clinches 2008 race deals
21 Jan 08 |  Motorbikes
HM ride for McGuinness at NW 200
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Finnegan to ride Yamaha in 2008
24 Dec 07 |  Motorbikes
North West 200 format is altered
15 Dec 07 |  Motorbikes
Plater to ride in North West 200
11 Dec 07 |  Motorbikes
Rutter to compete on NW 200 bike
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North West 200 date is finalised
17 Oct 07 |  Motorbikes
Anstey races to North-West treble
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