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Seeley wraps up brace with Superstock success

'It was a long race and I knew the track would become drier with the amount of bikes out there' - Alastair Seeley
Alastair Seeley became the fifth most successful rider in the history of the North West 200 as triumphed in the Superstock race on Thursday night to complete a superb double.

The Northern Ireland rider had earlier won the Supersport race from Michael Dunlop and rounded off the evening in style as he took the top spot on his MSS Colchester Kawasaki ZX-10R from Bruce Anstey in the first Superstock race.

Seeley has now won ten races at the Ulster road race, one less than roads hero Phillip McCallen.

Robert Dunlop holds the all-time record with 15 victories, followed by Michael Rutter and Joey Dunlop on 13 wins and McCallen with 11.

Seeley opted to use slicks for the Superstock race and it proved a shrewd move as he really came into his own in the closing stages of the six-lap event, overhauling Gary Johnson and Anstey to take the chequered flag by 0.296 seconds.

“Gary and Bruce set off at the front and then Guy came past me and I could see he had an intermediate tyre on the rear,” said Seeley.

“I tried to let the track come to me and on the really damp stuff at University it was dodgy braking into there plus the rear was trying to break away as well at the 'Magic' roundabout.

“It was a long race and I knew the track would become drier with the amount of bikes out there, although they were gaining on me on the damp patches,” he added.

“It's nice to bring it home and it's a great result for MSS Colchester Kawasaki and a big thank-you to all the boys and Nick Morgan for giving me a ride.”

Behind the top three of Seeley, Anstey and Johnson, Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin finished some way behind in fourth with Derek Sheils from Dublin and Milwaukee Yamaha rider Conor Cummins occupying the leading six positions.

British Superbike star Josh Brookes was seventh on his roads debut on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000.

William and Michael Dunlop plus John McGuinness retired from the race.



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Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey in the first Superstock race
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Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop testing his new BMW S1000RR Superbike at Mallory Park
Michael Dunlop
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda
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John McGuinness
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John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2013
William Dunlop tests the Tyco Suzuki Superbike at Cartagena in Spain
William Dunlop testing the Tyco Suzuki at Cartagena in Spain
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Dan Hegarty on the Norton SG2 at the Isle of Man TT

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