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NW200: Pole treble for Superbike pacesetter Seeley

Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley continued his dominance of the North West 200 by powering to pole in the Superbike class to complete a stunning practice treble
There was no stopping Alastair Seeley at the North West 200 as the Tyco BMW rider repeated his feat from Tuesday by topping all three practice sessions for the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport classes.

Seeley blasted his S1000RR to a pole lap of 121.552mph to take the prime spot on the Superbike grid in Portrush ahead of fellow countryman Lee Johnston on the ECC/ Burdens BMW, who was almost two-and-a-half seconds in arrears as he too clocked a 120mph lap.

John McGuinness showed he was back to his best after injury last year by taking third place on the Honda Racing Fireblade (120.001mph).

Bruce Anstey was fourth on the Padgetts Honda with a speed of 119.678mph followed by Tyco BMW's William Dunlop, who ventured back out in the Superbike session after a high-side on the Supersport machine.

The top six was completed by Michael Rutter on the Penz13.com BMW, who lapped at 119.061mph to lead Milwaukee Yamaha's Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha R1.

Manx rider Conor Cummins (Honda) and Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles BMW were the top ten.

Guy Martin was only 14th fastest (Tyco BMW) behind Ryan Farquhar on his SGS/KMR Kawasaki, while Ian Hutchinson was 11th quickest on the PBM Kawasaki head of Quattro Plant Kawasaki's James Hillier.

The session was stopped short to allow the emergency services to attend a non-racing emergency on the course.

Both Superbike races at the North West 200 will take place on Saturday as part of the main race programme.

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Alastair Seeley on the Tyco BMW at the North West 200
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May 15, 2015 8:42 AM

I wasnt making a direct comparison even though there are some similarities. Both extremely dangerous for one thing and public roads for another. I just imagine Seeley would go very well on the Island and would also learn it very quickly too. He obviously has his reasons for not riding there but newcomers like Brookes and Hickman have gone round in record breaking times so theres no reason why Seeley wouldnt either.

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