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Alastair Seeley on provisional pole for Superbike and Supersport classes

'It could turn out to be crucial that we were P1 in the Superbike and Supersport sessions today if the weather turns bad later in the week' - Alastair Seeley
Tyco Suzuki British Superbike star Alastair Seeley showed he means business at the Relentless International North West 200 as he topped the time sheets in the Superbike and Supersport classes on Tuesday.

Seeley, the reigning British Supersport champion, was only denied a clean sweep of the feature classes by fellow Northern Ireland rider Ryan Farquhar, who went fastest in the Superstock class.

Martin Jessopp grabbed a big share of the headlines with his new top speed record of 208mph on the Riders Ducati 1198, but that won't irk Seeley, who is currently on provisional pole for the Superbike and Supersport races on Saturday.

And with indifferent weather forecast for the remainder of the week, Tuesday's times could ultimately determine the final grid positions for the main event on Saturday if rain materialises during Thursday's final qualifying session in Northern Ireland.

Seeley's best lap of 120.69mph wasn't too far outside his lap record and he also shone on the little GSX-R600, taking the top time with an average speed of 113.24mph.

The Tyco Suzuki man kept team-mate Guy Martin (112.87mph) at bay, with John McGuinness impressing on the Padgetts Honda at 112.41mph.

Seeley said: “I've done my homework and the plan was to go fast from the start. It could turn out to be crucial that we were P1 in the Superbike and Supersport sessions today if the weather turns bad later in the week.”

The top six was completed by William Dunlop on Wilson Craig's Honda followed by Gary Johnson on his privately run CBR600RR and Stefano Bonnetti (110.36mph), with Michael Dunlop on the McAdoo GSX-R600 Suzuki seventh (109.903mph).

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irish james - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 6:53 PM

I think it's streaming online on the BBC Northern Ireland website. Not sure if that's available to folk not living it the UK but try it for the next practice session before Saturday's main event.

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