Richard Nichols has been a motoring journalist, writer and broadcaster for more than 30 years. With many years of experience in circuit and television commentary for all forms of motorsport, he includes Formula One, Moto GP and FIA GT on his CV, but bike fans will know him for the 15 years as principal commentator on the BBC's coverage of the Isle of Man TT races.
PIT LANE LARRY
Now in his fourth year with the BBC at the North West 200, the unmistakeable voice of the pit lane in British Superbikes, or "Scoop" as his BSB sidekick Fred Clarke affectionately refers to him, has been a professional motorsport broadcaster and journalist for the past ten years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.
He has a unique rapport with the riders and teams, many of whom are good friends, and can be relied upon to get the very latest news and information in his inimitable and enthusiastic fashion as well as commentating in his own right.
A former multiple club champion back in the 1980s, he has also competed at the North West 200 and Manx Grand Prix but nowadays, on his rare weekends off, confines his on-track action to four wheels where he races and rallies his own Peugeot 206 with reasonable success (he says).
Adrian Coates, or "Coatesy"- I'm sure he has another nick name but he's a very quiet lad - is our grid commentator and analyst. The Former British 250cc Champion is part of the Radio Ulster and Online NW200 team.
Adrian, still a spring chicken (30 years young....plus V.A.T ) can be relied upon to dish the dirt on any paddock gossip, which can also deliver the latest technical news on the bikes.
COATES' TAKE ON 2010
"Well folks the 2010 Relentless International North West 200 has rocked around again and what a mouth-watering prospect it is sure to be!
With a list of possible winners as long as your arm, I was given the unviable task of predicting a top six for each race, which took me more than an hour or two I can tell you. By the time race day comes, it will probably be so far from the actual podium positions I may as well have been predicting the general election results!
Again the BBC coverage of the event just gets better and better with all the usual television, on line blog and radio broadcasts, we now have the NW200 predictor game to add to the fun and allow all you "armchair know-it-alls" to step up to the mark and put your reputations on the line!! (no pressure....honest!)"
"With the all new practice schedule for Thursday and a new layout at Mathers Cross (the hateful stop start chicane syndrome for safety) the action on track increases and so long as we get our year's worth of summer weather in the 2nd week of May, then we are all guaranteed a fabulous festival of fun, so get your thinking caps on, get predicting!"
COATES' TOP SIXES