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Alastair Seeley routs rivals to claim NW200 Superstock victory

'I tried to ride on the wetter parts of the track when I could to go easy on the tyres but the bike was spinning up on the dry bits' - Alastair Seeley
Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley was in a class of his own as he routed his rivals to claim victory in the first Superstock race at the Relentless International North West 200.

It was British Superbike star Seeley's sixth victory at the famous meeting in North Ireland - the only road race he competes in.

Seeley pulverised the opposition to win by 22.5 seconds after six laps of the 8.9-mile circuit in mixed conditions.

Fellow Northern Ireland rider Lee Johnston finished as the surprise runner-up on the Millsport Racing Ducati Panigale with Cameron Donald third on Wilson Craig's Honda.

The top six was completed by Ryan Farquhar, Italy's Stefano Bonetti and James Hillier on the Primo Bournemouth Kawsasaki.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki rider Michael Rutter, Ulster's Michael Dunlop, Guy Martin and Ian Lougher completed the top ten.

A delighted Seeley said: "I wouldn't say it was easy but once I saw my board I knew I had pulled a gap and when I saw it again I had pulled an even bigger gap.

“I did try and break them, so a big thanks to Pirelli because those tyres worked awesome.

“I tried to ride on the wetter parts of the track when I could to go easy on the tyres but the bike was spinning up on the dry bits.

“You don't usually get away around here and I've been here long enough to say that it's usually slipstream city."

Seeley is chasing a clean sweep of all five races on Saturday to equal the record set by Ulster road racing hero Phillip McCallen in 1992.



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notfastenuff - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 8:15 PM

Nice one Alastair well ridden. It makes you wonder whats the best preperation for the North West The Seeley get loads of miles approach, or the Martin i'm a hero i just need to turn up to win approach. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

mysticmeg - Unregistered

May 18, 2012 2:03 PM

very,very impressive from seeley,hes wringing the neck of that screamer,b surprised if anyone else gets close to him on saturday,but like he said, its slipstream city



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