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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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ALISTARE SEELEY TYCO TAS SUZUKI - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Conor Cummins on the Honda Racing Fireblade.
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.

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