The organisers of the 2024 North West 200 will introduce significant changes to the qualifying schedule at this year’s event.
With many of the teams and riders that compete in the NW200 scheduled to race at the Oulton Park British Superbike championship meeting on Saturday-Monday, May 4-6 their arrival in Northern Ireland will be delayed until Tuesday, May 7.
As a result, and after consultation with BSB bosses, the North West 200 organisers will delay the start of this year’s practice and qualifying sessions until Wednesday, May 8.
There will also be a major rejig to the qualifying order at this year’s north coast event.
On Wednesday the traditional opening Newcomer session will now be followed by a one hour long Superbike qualifying session. On Thursday, the Superbikes will be the first machines on track.
Previously the Superbike qualifying sessions have
been the final sessions during both practice days. These sessions have sometimes been curtailed following delays during earlier qualifying sessions. The change for the 2024 event has been introduced at the request of the teams who say the powerful superbike machinery requires more set up time than other classes.
The new qualifying and race schedules for the 2024 NW200 on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-9 are as follows.
Wednesday, May 8
Thursday, May 9