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Alastair Seeley starts as red-hot favourite at North West 200

'Five wins on the same day can be done, but you need a lot of luck on the day. I'll go out and try my best to do it' - Alastair Seeley
British Supersport champion Alastair Seeley may be a red-hot favourite to add to his tally of six wins at tomorrow's Relentless International North West 200, but the Ulster rider says he's immune to any pressure.

Seeley, who is riding in the MCE British Superbike championship for the Northern Ireland Tyco Suzuki team this season, has established a reputation as the new master of the 8.9-mile 'Triangle' circuit following former North West 200 king Steve Plater's retirement from road racing.

And such is the hype surrounding the emergence of the reigning British Supersport champion as the new star of the Causeway Coast showpiece that he's being tipped to equal road racing great Philip McCallen's record of five victories on the same day at the famous old event.

The spotlight is shining brightly on the 32-year-old, but Seeley – renowned for his coolness in the heat of battle – is taking it all in his stride.

“I don't feel any pressure, I have a relaxed attitude to the North West 200 and that's how I approach the event – if I do well, I do well,” the Carrick man told the Belfast News Letter.

“Five wins on the same day can be done, but you need a lot of luck on the day. I'll go out and try my best to do it, but there's a lot of things that need to be in the right place at the right time.

“It usually boils down to the last lap at the North West and it's all about getting your bikes dialled in during the week in practice and qualifying.”

Seeley has proved his prowess in all three of the feature classes at the North West in the past, with Superbike, Superstock and Supersport wins already in his pocket.

On Thursday, he obliterated the opposition in the mixed conditions to win the first Superstock race by over 22 seconds

He's a formidable opponent in any class and his extra mileage on the GSX-R1000 Superbike in the opening three BSB rounds so far this season only serves to enhance his chances of following up his memorable victory in the blue riband class in 2010, when he edged out Scotsman Stuart Easton.

“There's no point in changing the bike too much from what I've been riding in BSB,” Seeley said.

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magoos in town - Unregistered

May 21, 2012 1:11 PM

haw haw haw,eyes 5 wins,the boy shudda went to spec savers! never gonna happen,he pumped himself up big time,and thought he was gonna come home from bsb and whip the road men easily,they are a little faster than he thought.then he resorted to bad ridin,and very bad sportsmanship, ego quickly deflated.needs to grow up

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