Race organizers have confirmed that the North West 200 international road races will return to the calendar in 2022 after a two-year absence.
The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The race week will run from May 8 to 14, with fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils renewing their title sponsorship.
Peter Hickman, Glenn Irwin, Dean Harrison and John McGuinness are among the runners who have already signaled their intention to participate in the race.
The Northwest Meeting 2022 will be the first international road race to take place since action at all major global events stopped with the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
Isle of Man TT races will be also come back on the international road racing schedule this year, as there is speculation the Ulster Grand Prix could be back on the roster in August.
“Although the pandemic has brought racing to a standstill for the past two seasons, the Coleraine and District Motor Club management team have worked hard to ensure that the structures and support that underpin the North West 200 remain. in place for the day we are able to make that announcement, ”club president Stanley Murray said.
“We are delighted to have retained the support of our loyal title sponsors as we plan the return of one of Northern Ireland’s top sporting attractions,” he added.
“We’re finally back” – Irwin, four-time winner
Glenn Irwin, winner of the last four Superbike races held on the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, hailed the news of the event’s return as “absolutely fantastic”.
“It’s one of those times when you pinch yourself and think, ‘we’re finally back,'” the 30-year-old said of the announcement.
“There is nothing that I enjoy more than racing in the North West 200. It is and always will be my favorite road race. I vibrate.
“I can’t wait to make my debut on Honda roads.”
The Carrickfergus rider underwent shoulder and arm pump surgery ahead of the 2022 season in which he will again compete for Honda Racing in the British Superbike Championship and do his long awaited debut at TT.
In recent days, he has struggled to overcome a bout of Covid-19, the second time he has contracted the virus.
“A few days were really difficult for me with that there. I made a stint at the Royal [Victoria Hospital]. I felt better the first time I had it, the second time turned out to be worse for me, ”explained Irwin.