Seeley 'has genuine title chance

'We've really got high hopes for Alastair this year and we're really optimistic about his chances' - Philip Neill
Tyco Suzuki team principal Philip Neill says reigning British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley has a “genuine chance” of lifting this year's MCE British Superbike crown.

Neill and Seeley have enjoyed a highly successful partnership together, winning the National Superstock title plus the Supersport championship in recent seasons.

Seeley made his debut in BSB in 2010, taking his maiden race victory in the wet at Brands Hatch and ending the season in sixth position overall.

“It's better timing for Alastair Seeley this time round,” said Neill. “It was a massive ask for Alastair in 2010 because not only was he relatively new to the British championship, he was completely new to British Superbikes of that type of specification - Superbikes with 16.5 inch wheels and full electronics and all the whistles and bells.

“It was a major ask for someone at that stage of their career, but what he actually achieved that year was a bit underestimated in British championship terms. The lad won a race and had several podiums plus some fastest laps and finished in fifth place in the championship - that is no mean feat in your first year,” he added.

“Obviously Alastair automatically hoped he would get a second term in BSB out of that but we needed to do a job in British Supersport and I convinced him that that was the right way to go for his career.

“I know it was a close run thing at the end, but I was convinced from day one that he could win the British Supersport championship and I knew it would do his career the power of good,” added Neill.

“We had an inkling all along that there was going to be a change in Superbike spec anyway for 2012 and obviously that has happened now. To be honest it's so much better for Alastair because he's now on a Superbike that will be much more familiar to him having spent most of his career on Superstock-spec bikes.

“There won't be so many electronic gizmos this time and it's more down to the rider on the bike now, the throttle control and traction control is not electronically aided and that's better for Alastair.”

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Alastair Seeley - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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TAS MAN. - Unregistered

January 11, 2012 9:18 PM

This a great move for Alistair. He has proved to the motorcycling world that he deserves to be in British superbikes after his 2011 season. I have enjoyed watching him for years at the North west 200. Not many british superbike riders would race or keep up with Alistair around the Portrush circuit at 180-200 mph in the rain. Alistair and Josh will have a great package for 2012 and good luck to them both, Philip and Hector. Your doing Northern Ireland proud.

dontbedaft - Unregistered

January 10, 2012 11:54 PM

@sweeble and kiyo,not good enough,lets see,3yrs with tas,two titles in bsb and already a superbike winner,nw 200 superbike wins (bludy quick),now knows all the tracks well on mainland,and a better rider without all the electric gismos,and theres more to come yet on a superbike.his record is pretty impressive, a definate contender

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