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Tyco Suzuki rider Alastair Seeley off to a flier

Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley holds slender advantage over Ian Lowry at head of time-sheets after FP1 at Snetterton
Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley topped the first free practice session at Snetterton, scene of the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship in Norfolk.

Seeley headed a one-two for Northern Ireland with Ian Lowry posting the second quickest time in FP1 on the Padgetts Honda CBR1000RR, with Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki in third, just 0.009s behind Ulsterman Lowry.

Current British Supersport champion Seeley, fresh from a hat-trick of victories at the North West 200 road races last weekend, was the only rider to register to dip under the 1m 50s barrier with a time of 1m 49.819s giving him the top time by just 0.183s from Lowry.

Only half a second split the leading five, with one second covering the top ten riders in the opening session.

Graeme Gowland on the WFR Honda and team-mate Alex Lowes, plus Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty, Lowry's team-mate Lucan Scassa and Patric Muff on the Supersonic BMW were the top eight.

Lowes and fellow WFR Honda team-mate James Westmoreland both crashed during the session, but escaped unhurt.

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill and Oulton Park hero Chris Walker completed the top ten.

Seeley's Tyco Suzuki team-mate Josh Brookes was 11th fastest, with Noriyuki Haga 14th on the second Swan Yamaha YZF-R1.

Michael Rutter on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki was 18th fastest and Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 20th.

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Wee Lizard - Unregistered

May 26, 2012 9:23 AM

The agree/disagrees on these comments would suggest Seeley is not the most popular rider in the paddock I imagine at least part of that comes from his NW200 exploits, the move on William Dunlop was harsh/questionable at best and Seeleys reactions in the winners enclosure and whilst being interviewed suggest he knew he'd overstepped the mark I understand that he only had milliseconds to make the call on the move and that may offer some explanation but what really shocked me was his comments regarding the move (i.e., he races BSB and should be used to it - this was a ROAD race with all the associated dangers like walls, trees etc) - We can all make mistakes but it takes a man to own up and apologise, his statements just made his look small and arrogant Shame really as on his day he can be as fast as anyone and has the mental strength to compete at the front



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