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Doubles for William & Steve at 'The Triangle'
17 May 2009
The 80th anniversary Kennedy International North West 200 Road Races were somewhat spoiled by the extreme weather conditions and a number of red flag incidents throughout the day, which combined to force the organisers to abandon the feature North West 200 Superbike and final Supersport races as the road closing order came to an end.
However five of the seven races were run, with William Dunlop achieving his first North West victories in the Lightweight 250cc and Ultra Lightweight 125cc classes, whilst Steve Plater completed yet another double at the Causeway Coast circuit taking the chequered flag in the Superbike and Supersport races.
Alistair Seeley took the only other win of the day in the Superstock race. With the 'big guns' making their debut in the Duke Road Race Rankings, the North West 200 being the first of the five International meetings in the 2009 Series, it was expected that they would make some impression in the tables, and although eight entered the top '50' only Steve Plater managed the top ten in tenth position.
Leader after the first three rounds, Ryan Farquhar remains at the top of the list, as the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael continue to hold second and third places – William climbing two places to second, as Michael slips from second to third – with Keith Amor dropping to fourth.
Manx resident Chris Palmer, with two runner-up places in the two-stroke classes' moves up three places to fifth, as Michael Pearson drops one place to sixth.
Olie Linsdell moves from tenth to eighth with Steve Plater slotting into Olie's previous position.
Joint highest climbers are Guy Martin and Phil Harvey, both climbing 13 places.
After the disrupted action of the 8.9 mile North West course, the series returns to the North Yorkshire venue of Oliver's Mount for the Barry Sheene Classic Road Race Festival, where for the first time modern machines will be vying for Rankings points over the two-day meeting over the Spring Bank holiday weekend.
After that all the attention moves across the Irish Sea for the Isle of Man TT for rounds on the Snaefell Mountain Course and the Billown Course for the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight Races.
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