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Alastair Seeley completes double at North West 200

British Superbike rider Alastair Seeley increases tally of North West 200 wins to eight after brace of wins in Superbike and Supersport races
Alastair Seeley wrapped up a man of the meeting performance with a stunning victory in the feature Superbike race at the Relentless International North West 200 to complete a terrific double in Northern Ireland.

The Tyco Suzuki British Superbike rider had earlier won the second Supersport race to bring his tally of victories at the international road race to eight in the wake of his dominant effort in Thursday evening's Superstock race.

His chances of winning all five races at the event on Saturday to equal Phillip McCallen's record feat in 1992 dominated much of the hype surrounding the first big international road race of the season, but Seeley was thwarted at the first hurdle when William Dunlop gave team boss Wilson Craig his maiden victory on the big stage.

British Supersport champion Seeley had to settle for the runner-up spot on the GSX-R600 and found himself denied again in the opening Superbike race, which was won by Honda TT Legends star John McGuinness after Seeley overshot at Church Corner while leading.

MSS Bathams Kawasaki's Michael Rutter scaled the top step on the rostrum as he secured victory in the Superstock race, which he won on corrected time after starting from the second group following a poor qualifying.

It was Rutter's 13th victory at the North West 200, a haul that puts him level with Ulster road racing superpower Joey Dunlop and leaves the Midlands rider two wins short of Robert Dunlop's record total of 15 victories on the 8.9-mile public roads circuit.

Seeley again finished as the runner-up, but just when it looked as though it wasn't going to be his day, the 32-year-old turned the tables on Dunlop to win the second Supersport race before prevailing in the big Superbike race of the day, with Rutter continuing to wind back the years by finishing on the rostrum again in second position.

He may not have managed to master McCallen's famous five, but Seeley's haul of three wins and three runner-up finishes was a phenomenal achievement and he will be more than satisfied with his performances on a memorable day at the North West, where sunshine and dry roads drew huge crowds.

Last year's weather-hit meeting, which was cancelled after rain, a hoax bomb alert and an oil spill left the organisers with no option but to abandon the event with one race held, is all but a distant memory after a day of high-speed thrills and spectacular action that has reinstalled the NW200 as one of the sport's greatest spectacles.

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Win at ALL costs - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 7:09 PM

Disgraceful move by Seeley on Michael Dunlop in the second supersport race and then an equally disgraceful and ignorant response when asked about it afterwards. Nudging someone into a gravel trap is one thing, nudging them to with a few yards of a solid stone wall is something else. Lost all respect for the guy asboth a racer and a person today.

fireblade - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 9:03 PM

seeley is a dirty rider!!!! good job he only rides in nw200 or he would kill someone,that type of riding is not for road racing thats because seeley is not a roadracer he only rides nw200 cause it is like a circuit and hes greedy for the money, william dunlop is twice the lad seeley will ever be

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