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NW200: Seeley plagued by bad luck in first practice

15 May 2013

North West 200 favourite Alastair Seeley was left on the back foot after machine problems prevented the Northern Ireland rider from posting any fast laps in the Supersport and Superbike classes during the opening practice session.

Seeley was thwarted by a holed radiator on his Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R and experienced more misfortune when his MSS Kawasaki Superbike slowed on his first lap.

A hat-trick winner at the North West 200 in 2012, Seeley made amends in the final session of the day to top the Superstock times on his ZX-10R with an average speed of 118.05mph.

The British Supersport star will be keeping his fingers crossed for dry weather ahead of Thursday's final qualifying stint as he bids to improve his grid position on the Supersport and Superbike machines.

“I must have broken a mirror last night,” said Seeley.

“We will be up against it now, especially trying to get the Superbike set-up, so we need a dry run on Thursday.”

Reflecting on his provisional pole in the Superstock class, Seeley added: “I just stayed out in that session and the bike felt comfortable.

“If all the rest of the bikes had kept going I'm sure I'd have been at the sharp end in those classes too.”


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