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NW200: Seeley returns to Gearlink Kawasaki alongside Wilson

Alastair Seeley and Ben Wilson have been announced as Gearlink Kawasaki's riders for the Vauxhall North West 200.
Alastair Seeley and Ben Wilson have been announced as Gearlink Kawasaki's riders for the Vauxhall North West 200.

The pair will be reunited after competing as team-mates for Gearlink Kawasaki on Supersport machines in 2013, with Seeley returning to Michael de Bidaph's squad looking to add to his 15 victories at the North West 200 and become the outright holder of most wins. Seeley is currently tied on most wins with Robert Dunlop at the NW200.

Seeley is confident of rediscovering his form with Gearlink Kawasaki from 2013, when he claimed a supersport victory and a superstock win.

"I'm very happy to be riding for the family team of Michael and Norma at Gearlink Kawasaki again, plus back working with my former crew chief Arron Phillips,” Seeley said. “I hope we can start where we left off at the NW200 in 2013, where I won with them. As the bike model hasn't changed for a number of years, hopefully I can just dial in my previous settings and be good to go from the start.

“Anything I've asked for the event this year, Michael has agreed and assures me that we will have strong motors, which I'm buzzing about."

Wilson is preparing for his second outing at the NW200 and is looking to build upon the experience he gained on his maiden outing last year.

"I am looking forward to making my return to the NW200 this year, last year was a learning year and I really enjoyed the experience that I got there,” Wilson said. “I know the Gearlink Kawasaki team so well and I know that we can achieve some really strong results there.

“I secured an 11th and 9th last year and will be pushing hard to improve on those results this year and thank Michael and Norma for the opportunity."

Michael de Bidaph says he's thrilled to sign up a strong rider line-up, having announced Vittorio Iannuzzo as the team's sole rider in the MCE British Superbike championship for 2016.

"It is really exciting for the team to have secured such a strong line-up to compete at the NW200 this year with Alastair and Ben,” de Bidaph says. “Alastair rode our Supersport bike there in 2013 but due to unfortunate circumstances, Norma and I were unable to attend, so it will be great to be fully involved this year.

“It was Ben's first time there last year so now that he knows his way around I am sure he will also be very competitive. Ben and Alastair both had a successful season with us in the British Supersport Championship in 2013 and it would be great to get some strong results at the North West 200."

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Alaistar Seeley, Gearlink Kawasaki [Credit: Gearlink Kawasaki]
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Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Peter Hickman on the GBmoto Kawasaki.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
James Hillier on the Muc-Off Quattro Plant Kawasaki.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki Supersport machine during practice for the Isle of Man TT
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200
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Alastair Seeley celebrates winning his 16th North West 200 in the Supersport race from Ian Hutchinson and Martin Jessopp.
Alastair Seeley on the Briggs BMW Superbike at the North West 200.
Alastair Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Briggs BMW at the North West 200
James Hillier, Quattro Plant Kawasaki, [Credit: Quattro Plant Kawasaki]
Jeremy McWilliams on the KMR Kawasaki at the North West 200 in 2015.
William Dunlop on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki during pre-season testing at Cartagena in Spain.

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