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NW200: Seeley equals Dunlop's all-time record

Tyco BMW's Alastair Seeley wins the opening Superbike race at the North West 200 to seal his 15th victory, matching the all-time record held by Robert Dunlop
Alastair Seeley has matched Robert Dunlop's all-time record of 15 wins at the Vauxhall International North West 200 after winning the opening Superbike race.

The Tyco BMW rider, who earlier claimed his 14th win in the Supersport race, overhauled long time race leader Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki to seal a milestone success at the 8.9-mile course from Hutchy, with Bruce Anstey on the podium in third.

Seeley hit the front on the opening lap of five but by the time they reached the start/finish it was Hutchinson who had forced his way through to the front from Lee Johnston (ECC/Burdens BMW) with Seeley third.

Hutchinson kept his nose ahead as the pack gave chase, with Bruce Anstey moving into third place behind Johnston on lap two, pushing Seeley back to fourth ahead of Michael Rutter on the Penz13.com BMW and Honda Racing's John McGuinness.

Johnston overshot the chicane at Mather's and dropped back as Hutchinson continued to lead from Anstey and Seeley.

Seeley had taken up the running on his S1000RR at Ballysally roundabout on lap four from Hutchinson as Anstey held on to third from Johnston, Rutter and McGuinness.

However, it was all change again by the end of the lap with Hutchinson returning to the lead on his ZX-10R, while Johnston had recovered from his mistake at Mather's chicane to slot into second ahead of Seeley.

On the final lap, Seeley first picked off Johnston to line up a move on Hutchinson and made a decisive pass into Magherabuoy chicane.

He quickly opened a slight advantage and never gave Hutchinson the chance to hit back as he took the flag by 0.3 seconds, with Anstey finishing third on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda.

It was Seeley's third win of the meeting following a double in the Supersport class.

Johnston took fourth from 13-times winner Rutter, with McGuinness completing the top six.

Tyco BMW's William Dunlop got the better of a personal battle with team-mate Guy Martin for seventh.

Michael Dunlop on the Milwaukee Yamaha, Dean Harrison (Mar-Train Yamaha) and Conor Cummins (Honda) were among the retirements.

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