Ryan Farquhar has confirmed that he will be racing at the showpiece meeting of the road racing calendar - the North West 200.
The 38-year-old Killyman rider is returning to the roads after a brief retirement and leads a full complement of KMR Kawasaki riders in the Supertwin races at the opening International on 17 May.
Farquhar will be joined by Keith Amor, last year’s Supertwin winner Jeremy McWilliams and rookie Connor Behan in a strong KMR team.
His latest signing Danny Webb may also be brought to Portrush.
Farquhar and his former rival Amor are to make a return to an Irish national road race when they compete in the Tandragee 100 meeting two weeks prior to the North West.
Grand Prix legend McWilliams joins the pair in a vastly experienced line-up that will hope to emulate the KMR team’s 2012 feat of taking all three places on the Supertwin race podium.
Farquhar, a four-time North West winner, claims he is not thinking about winning the race himself and believes McWilliams, who turns 50 in April, will be the KMR rider most likely to succeed in 2014.
Negotiations are ongoing with race organisers to bring Farquhar’s new signing, former Grand Prix Moto 3 rider Danny Webb, to the event.
All of the KMR bikes will be run in the orange and black livery of the team’s new sponsor, SGS International.
Event Director Mervyn Whyte said: “To have the KMR Kawasaki squad, complete with Ryan and Keith back out of retirement, at the North West will be great for the race and for all of their fans.”
“Ryan has pioneered the Supertwins class and there’s no doubt his immaculately prepared machines will be at the front of the pack in the races on Thursday evening and Saturday.”