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Hutchy to ride Padgett's Honda at NW200

Connor Cummins and Lee Johnston also involved

Practices for the North West 200 got underway this morning around the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit in Northern Ireland.

Ian Hutchinson is among those competing in the event as he aims to rack up the road racing laps ahead of the TT.

He's still on the mend following a broken leg in last year's Senior TT.

The Bingley Bullet - who's a three-time winner at the meet - will be riding for Padgett's Honda in the supersport races for the first time since the TT in 2010 when he won an historic five TTs.

He's competing for the Batley outfit due to Kiwi rider Bruce Anstey recovering from cancer - we understand Anstey has given his blessing to Hutchy to ride the bike.

Also involved are TT favourites Conor Cummins and Lee Johnston.

The first race is on Thursday.  

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