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NW200: Seeley earns 14th victory with Supersport win

Alastair Seeley becomes the second most successful rider ever at the North West 200 after winning his 14th race in the Supersport event
Alastair Seeley clinched his 14th victory at the North West 200 with a dramatic win in the Supersport race.

Seeley managed to keep his nerve on the final lap to come out on top of a three-way battle with newcomer Glenn Irwin and Lee Johnston to move to within one victory of Robert Dunlop's all-time record.

The Carrick rider had the upper hand on the brakes at the chicane on the final lap on his Tyco Suzuki to take the lead from Gearlink Kawasaki rider Irwin, while Johnston outbraked himself on his ECC/Burdens Triumph.

Irwin took to the grass at the final chicane as the trio went head-to-head for the win and Seeley capitalised on his GSX-600 to take the chequered flag to complete a Supersport double after his victory on Thursday evening.

Irwin had been the early leader after making a flying start and the top three soon broke away from Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Yamaha, who later retired from the race.

A rain shower at the midway point at Ballysally roundabout added to the tension but normal service was soon resumed and going into the final lap the outcome was wide open.

Irwin led out of Metropole while Johnston had a big moment on his Triumph, almost high-siding out of the saddle.

However, it was North West 200 master Seeley who prevailed as the British championship star took the win in the end by 2.5 seconds from the brilliant Irwin, with Johnston taking the final rostrum place.

William Dunlop was fourth on the CD/IC Racing Yamaha ahead of Keith Amor (Honda), who narrowly held off Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha for fifth.

John McGuinness was seventh on the Jackson Racing Honda ahead of James Hillier (Quattro Kawasaki) and circuit rookie Ben Wilson on the second of the Gearlink Kawasaki machines.

The race took place after a long delay after a female spectator was critically injured in an incident in the Superstock race involving three riders.

Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger were taken to hospital while Dean Harrison escaped serious injury.

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