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Alastair Seeley in confident mood for North West 200

'It won't be easy but I've a good team behind who have plenty of success at the North West 200 and I have every opportunity to do well' - Alastair Seeley
Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley is confident of adding to his five victories at the Relentless International North West 200 this week.

The British Superbike contender enters the event as the big race favourite, a mantle he has assumed since former NW200 specialist Steve Plater retired from road racing.

Seeley will compete in Thursday's Superstock race plus all five races on Saturday, including both Superbike and Supersport events and the second Superstock race.

The Northern Irishman won the only race held at the North West in 2011 when he defeated Cameron Donald in a hard-fought batttle around the 8.9-mile public roads circuit.

Seeley, the reigning British Supersport champion, said: "I think it'll come down to the usual suspects again. [Michael] Rutter has some experience around here and he has a load of wins at the North West, so you can't count him out.

“John McGuinness is back this year on the Honda Legends bike and he's won Superbike races before.

“The Supersport races are always close and you've got Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson plus Cameron Donald and the Superstock race will be close as well," he added.

“I'd say there's ten riders capable of winning and you have the local guys as well, like [Ryan] Farquhar and the Dunlop boys, plus I've two strong team-mates in Guy Martin and Conor Cummins.

"It won't be easy but I've a good team behind who have plenty of success at the North West 200 and I have every opportunity to do well."

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