GLENN IRWIN WINS FEATURE NORTH WEST 200 SUPERBIKE RACE
After the first attempt at running the feature North West 200 Superbike Race was red flagged, it was local lad Glenn Irwin who eventually won the day amidst a sea of celebrations from the bumper crowd in attendance.
The PBM Ducati rider didn’t put a wheel wrong throughout on his way to a quite stunning superbike double around a sun-drenched triangle track.
As with the first start, it was Ducati man Glenn Irwin who made the best start and led the field into York Corner. In hot pursuit was Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison but as the first lap came to an end Hickman overshot the chicane at Juniper and lost time allowing his rivals through. That mistake put the Englishman back into 8th spot.
Starting lap two, Irwin had a commanding lead and was disappearing up the road leaving the rest of the pack fighting for second place. Harrison was another rider making uncharacteristic errors as he ran through Mather’s chicane allowing Michael Dunlop a clear road to chase down Irwin who was now some 4 seconds up the road. Dunlop was on a charge and posted the fastest lap a the end of lap 2 but he still couldn’t reel in Irwin.
The field had somewhat settled throughout lap 3 with Hickman being the man making up the most places. Dunlop was still in second place with Lee Johnston third and Hickman stalking him back in fourth.
Irwin by this point was coasting towards another Superbike win and Dunlop, so far back, could not take advantage of the slipstream. Lee Johnston looked as though he would consolidate third place when Hickman retired midway through lap four. Hickman intimated in the pits that a fluid leak was the likely cause of his retirement.
There was an air of invincibility about the way in which Irwin was seeing out the race as he was matching every effort of the Tyco BMW mounted Dunlop. Keeping the lead around 5 seconds as he entered the final lap, it was most certainly Irwin’s race to lose.
After a smooth final lap and a celebratory tour of the coast road for the last time, Irwin crossed the line to take his third North West 200 superbike win and make it double on the day.
Nadieh Schoots was the rider involved in the red flag incident at the Ballysally Roundabout, although her injuries aren’t thought to be serious. After a delay of 20 minutes the bikes were back out on the circuit.
Dan Kneen retired in the pits at the end of lap 2 to cap off a disappointing day for the Manx rider.
Superbike Race 2 Result
1 Glenn Irwin
2 Michael Dunlop
3 Lee Johnston
4 Martin Jessopp
5 Conor Cummins
ALASTAIR SEELEY WINS A THRILLING SUPERSTOCK RACE 2 AT THE NORTH WEST 200
Tyco BMW star Alastair Seeley made it a hat-trick of victories at the 2018 North West 200 and take his own tally to 24 wins around the world famous triangle circuit. The Wee Wizard was utterly magical as he delighted the large crowds in attendance strung out along the track.
A great start by Dunlop and Rutter saw the two BMW riders lead in to York but as the first lap unfolded it was Dan Kneen who led a four way BMW battle ahead of Rutter, Seeley and Dunlop.
Lap two seemed as though it would be more of the same with the lead constantly changing, but Hickman had other ideas as he took the lead into Metropole before overshooting and running wide. He slotted back into third position and as lap two came to an end it was the North West 200 all time record holder for race wins, Alastair Seeley, who was back in the lead.
With less than a second separating the top five riders, the race was shaping up to provide the fans in attendance with the grandstand finish they so desperately craved.
Thursday night’s top two riders, Seeley and Hickman, made the running into lap four all the while being stalked by Dan Kneen back in third. Hickman posted by the fastest time of the race so far as he was keeping Seeley honest down into York Corner.
By the time the leaders had reached University on lap four the pack had caught up via the slipstream with the top seven being covered by less than a second. A chess match was being played out with the final moves being planned for the last lap.
Hickman again posted the fastest time on the penultimate lap but even though the Smith’s Racing rider had put the hammer down going into the last lap, he still couldn’t make enough of a break to avoid being caught in the slipstream. Into University it was Silicone Engineering rider Dean Harrison who had shot up into the lead; a tantalising final few miles lay ahead.
Dan Kneen took the lead into Mathers but overshot and had to give up the lead so it was all out action as the leaders approached the coast road.
Hickman looked to be in with a great chance but Seeley was the king of the late breakers and made a sensational pass into Juniper and held off the Englishman to land his 24th victory around the triangle.
Superstock Race 2 Result
1 Alastair Seeley
2 Peter Hickman
3 Dean Harrison
4 Michael Dunlop
Photo by Road Racing Daily
JAMES COWTON TAKES A MAIDEN WIN IN SUPERTWIN RACE 2 AT THE NORTH WEST 200
McAdoo Racing rider James Cowton earned a hard fought victory in a thrilling supertwin contest at the North West 200.
In the early stages Joey Thompson made the running on the resplendent Paton machine as he riddled with veteran Jeremy McWilliams.
By the end of lap two James Cowton had taken the lead with McWilliams closely behind but on lap three Thompson had reeled in the front two using the slipstream to great effect. Into Metropole McWilliams had taken the lead but he ran wide and almost clashed with James Cowton.
As the top three entered the last lap it was unclear who would prevail and although he was way back at Station Corner, Thompson, riding for Team ILR, had catapulted himself into the lead by University, setting up a grandstand finish.
So onto the coast road on the final lap it was Thompson in the lead from Cowton and McWilliams but huge drama at Juniper saw Thompson’s lead disappear as he went from first to third with Cowton taking a very dramatic win ahead of McWilliams in second spot.
Martin Jessopp was a retirement at the end of lap 2 and Adam McLean riding the Roy Hanna Motors Kawasaki, retired from fourth spot on lap 3.
Supertwin Race 2 Result
1 James Cowton
2 Jeremy McWilliams
3 Joey Thompson
GLENN IRWINS STORMS TO A SUPERBIKE RACE ONE VICTORY AT THE NORTH WEST 200
Glenn Irwin won the first superbike race today at the North West 200 as he produced an unrivalled and utterly dominant performance on the PBM BeWiser Ducati.
Irwin stormed off the line and led from start to finish. By the end of the second lap he was nigh on six seconds ahead of the nearest rider but drama was to follow as it appeared as though Irwin made a mistake and suddenly the lead was reduced to one second.
However, the Ducati rider steadied himself and posted the fastest lap of the race to increase his gap once more and put some clear air between himself and Lee Johnston who by now was up into second spot. Behind Irwin it was Johnston enjoying a battle with Seeley, Harrison and Michael Rutter as the riders entered the last lap.
Irwin remained calm and collected around the world famous triangle circuit on the final lap as he coasted to a truly magical victory to the delight of the thousands of fans adorning the coast road, his second big bike win at the North West.
In second place was Dean Harrison with Michael Rutter rounding out the podium places.
Alastair Seeley, perhaps Irwin’s fiercest rival, jumped the start and received a five second penalty.
Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop both retired on the Tyco BMW’s.
Superbike Race 1 Result
1 Glenn Irwin
2 Dean Harrison
3 Michael Rutter
4 Lee Johnston
5 Alastair Seeley
SEELEY WINS SUPERSPORT RACE 2 AT THE NORTH WEST 200 AND BREAKS THE LAP RECORD IN THE PROCESS
Supersport kingpin Alastair Seeley produced a magical display of road racing as he stormed to a Supersport double at the North West 200 and take his tally of wins around the triangle to an astonishing tally of 23!
The Wee Wizard was in contention throughout and enjoyed a tremendous tussle with James Hillier and Lee Johnston, but he waited until the last lap before putting the hammer down and creating an unassailable lead.
As he arrived at the coast road section on the final lap, he was seconds clear of the rest of the field and he eventually crossed the line to land a double for his EHA Racing outfit and also broke the lap record in the process.
In second place was James Hillier with Lee Johnston rounding out the podium places.
Davey Todd and Adam McLean retired on the sighting lap
Supersport Race 2 Results
1 Alastair Seeley
2 James Hillier
3 Lee Johnston
4 Dean Harrison
5 Michael Dunlop
ROAD RACING CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM FOR TYCO BMW
Tyco BMW continued their positive start to the international roads campaign today at the North West 200, with Alastair Seeley recording a fastest lap and placing the BMW S 1000 RR firmly on the podium in second place during a spectacularly close Superstock 1000 race. Holding first place for the majority of the race, the Carrickfergus man was pipped to the post during the closing stages of the final lap, with just 1.1s covering the top three rostrum places.
With near-perfect conditions at the 8.9mile Triangle circuit, track action was also tight in the final Superbike qualifying session, with less than one-tenth of a second separating the front three riders. 15-times TT winner and current NW200 Superbike lap record holder Michael Dunlop posted a lap time of 4mins 23.802s securing a front row start for Saturday’s opening Superbike race. Alastair Seeley and Dan Kneen also showed superb form aboard the BMW S 1000 RR, with the ‘Wee Wizard’ placing himself on the second row of the grid (fourth) and Dan Kneen in 15th.
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
Another great NW 200 race, the juniper chicane really has become the make or break section of the course. Alastair did everything right but Peter had rehearsed the move a few times and it was clear he would have a go on the last lap. Dan suffered more bad luck after being pushed wide on entry to the chicane which destroyed any chance for a podium finish. Michael can be very satisfied with his ride to third in his first race on his own S 1000 RR Superstock bike.
MARTIN JESSOP WINS ENTHRALLING SUPERTWIN RACE 1 AT THE NORTH WEST 200
1. Martin JESSOPP - 4min 56.228 secs, 109.011mph
2. Jeremy McWILLIAMS - 4min 57.366 secs, 108.593mph
3. Joey THOMPSON – 4min 57.571 secs, 108.519mph
4. Adam McLEAN – 4min 57.775 sec 108.444mph
5. James COWTON – 4min 56.453 sec, 108.928mph
PETER HICKMAN WINS SUPERSTOCK RACE ONE AT THE NORTH WEST 200
Peter Hickman took his maiden win at the North West 200 in Superstock Race 1 as he fought tooth and nail throughout with record holder Alastair Seeley and 5 time winner Michael Dunlop.
The Smith’s BMW rider had a quite stunning start which put him in contention and set up a thrilling three way tussle for the win.
With positions consistently changing, aided by the slipstreaming, it was difficult to know who would come out on top and as the leaders entered the final lap, Seeley led by the slightest margin. By the time he reached the Mill Road Roundabout he had stepped on the gas and increased his lead enough to escape the tow, and more importantly Hickman’s clutches!
But with half a lap to go the lead was somewhat reduced and Hickman was on the move into Metropole, but drama was to follow. Seeley led onto the coast road and into the chicane Hickman took the inside line which forced Seeley to cross the gravel and hand his rival a well deserved victory.
Michael Dunlop rounded out the podium.
ALASTAIR SEELEY WINS SUPERSPORT RACE ONE AT THE NORTH WEST 200
Alastair Seeley made it 22 wins at the North West 200 as he won a close race after battling throughout against Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston.
The EHA Racing rider swapped places with Johnston in the early part of the race before Harrison made his presence known and took the fight to the Carrickfergus rider.
With one lap to go the Wee Wizard put the hammer down and had a huge moment as he hit the kerb on the exit of the start / finish chicane but his mistake wasn’t capitalised upon by his rivals.
As Seeley rounded the final few corners he had pulled out an unassailable lead and eventually finished ahead of Hillier in second and Johnston in third. Harrison who had for a long time looked a potential winner, finished in fourth spot.
Earlier in the race Martin Jessopp came unstuck at the Mill Road Roundabout which created havoc for the riders. Race control announced that any rider who took the left access road and didn’t put their foot down would receive a ten second penalty.
NORTH WEST 200 TUESDAY PRACTICE: JOHNSTON TOPS SUPERBIKE TIMES, SEELEY HEADS THE STOCKERS, MCGEE QUICKEST IN THE TWINS AND THE DUNLOP BROTHERS MAKE IT A SUPERSPORT ONE-TWO
Lee Johnston set the fastest superbike lap time on the Honda Racing Fireblade during the opening day of practice at the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200. The diminutive Fermanagh racer was almost 2.7 seconds faster than the rest of the field.
“Everything felt good with the bike and so do I.” the 29 year old smiled after his first outing at a race meeting on the CBR1000RR.
“We still have to make changes, lots of changes, and we have very little data from last year so there is plenty of work to do with the bike. But I feel good in myself on the Honda.”
A shower of rain before the start of the superbike session, plus a red flag when Dutch rider Johan Fredriks’ crashed at University, played havoc with the superbike qualifying session.
Ballymoney man Michael Dunlop finished second quickest on the Tyco BMW with James Cowton third on the McAdoo Kawasaki.
Last year’s feature superbike race winner, Glenn Irwin, set the fourth fastest time on the PBM Ducati but the Carrickfergus man, who has all of his North West eggs in just one basket in the superbike class, was far from happy.
“I would have been better off going to the BSB test at Snetterton.” Irwin said after managing just three laps on the Ducati Panigale before the red flag incident stopped play.
James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Padgett’s Honda) completed the top six.
Many of the superbike riders were just beginning their fastest laps when the session was stopped, catching out 21 times winner Alastair Seeley, Dan Kneen, Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison and Michael Rutter. Hickman’s issues were typical.
“There was a damp start to the superbike session so we took our time getting going and by the time we were up to speed the red flag came out.” BSB star Hickman said.
Dean Harrison faced similar problems.
“We did a lap and then stopped to adjust the chain.” the Bradford rider explained.
“When we went out again the session was stopped.”
Alastair Seeley also struggled in the Supersport session before bouncing back to top the time sheets on his Tyco BMW in the Superstock category.
14 times North West winner, Michael Rutter was second fastest on the Bathams BMW in the damp session with Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) and Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) third and fourth to make it a good day at the office for Tyco boss Philip Neill.
“It was a difficult day for the organisers who did the best they could in the circumstances.” Neill said. “We are happy with the team’s performances today.”
Lee Johnston’s Honda teammate, Ian Hutchinson, is having his first roads outing at the North West since breaking his left leg in a crash during last year’s Senior TT.
“I am glad to get today out of the way and I felt comfortable on the bike.” the 38 year old said after outings in the superbike and superstock machines. He eventually finished 11thfastest during superbike qualifying.
The Dunlop brothers, Michael (MD Racing Honda) and William (Caffrey Yamaha), dominated Supersport qualifying, finishing first and second. James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki was third ahead of Lee Johnston on the Padgett’s Honda and last year’s 600cc winner Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Triumph). Tobermore’s Adam McLean, who finished fourth in last year’s Saturday Supersport race was sixth quickest on the McAdoo Kawasaki.
54 year old Jeremy McWilliams, a double North West 200 winner, is making his return to the seaside races this year after sitting out the 2017 event. Machine problems saw the former MotoGP star fail to qualify his Ryan Farquhar prepared KMR Kawasaki in the Supertwins session. Derek McGee topped the time sheets on a similar KMR machine before another of Farquhar’s riders, Darren James, crashed out to bring the session to a premature close. Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) was second quickest and Adam McLean third on the McAdoo Kawasaki.
Final qualifying resumes on Thursday with roads closing at 9.15am and the action beginning at 10 am. Three races in the Supersport, Superstock and Supertwins classes will be run on Thursday evening.
A TWO-HORSE RACE, OR ARE THERE SURPRISES IN STORE FOR PREMIER CLASS HONOURS AT THE 2018 VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200?
The North Coast has played host to some scintillating racing over the years and last year was no different as road racing fans witnessed one of the event’s greatest ever battles unfold, between local riders Alastair Seeley and Glenn Irwin.
The crowd was delirious as one of the closest races in recent memory went right down to the wire; the lead continually changing hands over the course of the race, it was Irwin who eventually came out on top to take his first win around the triangle.
No doubt Seeley, the record holder at the event with 21 wins, will be looking to reverse that result when racing gets underway next week. Seeley’s speed and short circuit skills have turned the Carrickfergus rider into a formidable force at the event and being backed by Tyco BMW should see him start as favourite.
Glenn Irwin’s victory last year resulted in thunderous celebrations around the circuit. He will be back this year on the PBM BeWiser Ducati and will be focused repeating last year’s stellar performance.
But will the two aforementioned riders have it all their own way?
Michael Dunlop had a subdued North West 200 in 2017 as he was still trying to dial in a rather testy Suzuki GSXR1000. Not entirely competitive at that point, it was all about gathering time on the bike for the Isle of Man TT outright lap record holder.
This year however the Ballymoney man is back riding a BMW and will partner Alastair Seeley at Tyco BMW. It’s worth noting that the last time Dunlop rode a BMW superbike at the North West he scored a victory in a shortened superbike race. On that day he was over five seconds clear of Ian Hutchinson after five laps when the red flag came out. He also managed to break the lap record with a time of 123.207mph.
A BMW mounted Michael Dunlop cannot be discounted.
Last year’s road racing sensation Peter Hickman is another man who refuses to be ignored. Hickman, riding for Smith’s Racing again in 2018, is currently enjoying copious amounts of track time, and with his meteoric improvements year on year, he is a rider who will most certainly be in the mix.
Hickman will be BMW mounted in the premier class, as will Michael Rutter, Martin Jessop, and David Johnson; the Australian riding the resplendent Gulf BMW S1000RR.
The German marque’s S1000RR is now widely considered to be the preferred option for the international road racing events and it has serious pedigree.
Manx rider Dan Kneen, signed to Tyco BMW in 2018 and fresh off a quite stunning grand final victory at the Around-A-Pound Tandragee 100 will certainly fancy his chances. Consistent improving performances throughout last season and a winning start to 2018 will no doubt make him a favourite for honours.
Leading the non-BMW charge is the Ulster Grand Prix’s outright lap record holder and current Duke Road Racing Champ, Dean Harrison. The Silicone Engineering rider is now a true master of his craft and will be favoured on his tried and trusted Kawasaki.
James Hillier and Gary Johnson will also be on Kawasaki machinery.
Honda Racing’s Lee Johnston, already a North West 200 winner, will be looking to add to his tally of international wins. A proven contender, The General should expect to be at the sharp end come race week. His teammate, Ian Hutchinson has returned to the road racing fold following the harrowing injury which he sustained at last year’s TT Races.
The Bingley Bullet has had time on the bike now that his leg fixator has been removed but for many, questions still linger over his fitness. His legendary fortitude, self-belief and conviction may all be required if he is to compete at the top. Few would bet against Hutchy, but could this be a step too far and too soon for the 16 time TT winner?
William Dunlop, another big bike winner at the North West 200, will contest this year’s event on the Temple Golf Club Yamaha R1. William has enjoyed a mixed start to the road racing season but will be a big crowd favourite and would prove to be hugely popular winner.
Conor Cummins leads the charge for Padgett’s Racing on the Honda CBR1000RR with perennial contender Bruce Anstey missing the event this year. Bruce will be sorely missed and we wish him well.
Mullingar’s own Derek McGee has shown some truly majestic form in the nationals so far this season and the Irishman is a proven talent on any class of machinery. After an immensely impressive big bike performance at Tandragee, could this be the year that he gets a win at the North West?
Another Irishman who was mightily impressive and also involved in that spectacular Tandragee grand final is Michael Sweeney. Micko is always consistent and matched with the might of the BMW, a victory for him would bring the house down. An outside bet perhaps but his talent should never be ignored.
It all means we have a hugely tantalising event in prospect and a script as yet unwritten. When it all plays out there can be only one winner, it’s just who that winner will be.
Photos by Ben Moore and Road Racing Daily
JEREMY MCWILLIAMS MAKES A RETURN TO THE VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200
Former Grand Prix racer Jeremy McWilliams is making a sensational return to this year’s North West 200 with Ryan Farquhar’s KMR Team.
The 54 year old will ride a Kawasaki ER6, a machine which brought him success around the world famous triangular circuit in 2013 and 2015.
Farquhar’s machines are always expertly prepared and with the pedigree McWilliams brings to the class, it could once more prove to be a dream partnership when the event kicks off on the 13th-19th
“I would never take part in any race if I didn’t think I could win. Standing on the North West podium has been such a highlight of my career and I still think I can do it again. But with riders like Martin Jessopp, James Cowton, Adam McLean, Derek McGee and Dan Cooper in the field riding as hard as they do I know I will be up against it.”
“The Supertwins class is as tough a race win as any. We have taken a big step forward with our bikes this year, making them more powerful and lighter. But we won’t know what we are up against until we get to the North West.”
RECORD BREAKER SEELEY LOOKING TO ADD TO HIS TALLY AT THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200
Alastair Seeley, the all-time record holder for most wins at the The International North West 200, will be in buoyant mood ahead of this year’s event.
The ‘Wee Wizard’ produced an almost perfect display in 2017 as he sealed four wins in a week, taking his overall tally of victories around the world famous triangular circuit to a quite astonishing 21.
The Carrickfergus rider followed up his win on the Thursday evening by claiming a hat-trick on Saturday and was only foiled by Glenn Irwin in a thrilling blue riband event; a race that would eventually go on to win, ‘race of the year’, at the Cornmarket awards.
This year, Seeley has once again teamed up with Tyco BMW, a partnership which should prove to be a formidable force to be reckoned with.
In the Supersport class, Seeley will ride for EHA Racing on board a Yamaha R6. A masterful exponent of 600cc racing, few would bet against him adding to his already illustrious tally around the 8.9 mile circuit.
Speaking of his deal with EHA Racing, he said:
“I’m delighted to have secured, what I know already, is a very strong package. I raced against the EHA boys this season in British championship and I know the pedigree of the R6 they prepare. That, twinned with the experience they have on the technical side, with well-respected crew chief Adrian Gorst and former North West 200 winner Ian Newton, made it an easy decision.”
Seeley added: “I’ve spoken to Edward on several occasions, about potentially riding for him in British championship, but to now join the team for the North West on their Supersport bike is a great starting point for me to add to my win tally. I’ve had a lot of success on the ‘wee bikes’ and the goal is to give EHA Racing their first win here next season.”
EHA Racing is currently based in Hertfordshire, but the team’s roots are very much deep set in Eglinton, Northern Ireland, which is team owner Edward Allingham’s home town, and the base for his core business, EHA Group.
Speaking of his team’s return to the North West 200, which is co-managed by his wife Gail, Edward explained trackside yesterday: “Our main objective is of course to go on and win British championship titles, but coming from Ireland it’s hard to overlook the North West 200 and its importance on the racing calendar.
“So, when we decided to add it to our racing programme for 2018, then there really was only one man we wanted for the job: Alastair Seeley. His record speaks for itself and he’s been the dominant force in the Supersport class here on the north coast over the years.”
He added: “It’s also a great way for us to showcase our sponsors in front of the biggest outdoor sporting audience in Ireland, both north and south, and that aside, it’s an amazingly warm and welcoming event to compete in. Yeah, we’re delighted to be coming and we know Alastair will do a great job for EHA Racing and our associate sponsors who will be joining us during race week.”
2017 VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200 WINS FOR ALASTAIR SEELEY
2017 NW200 CP Hire Superstock Race Results
1. Alastair SEELEY – BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad, 17:54.458, 119.748mph
2. Ian HUTCHINSON – BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad, 17:54.684, 119.723mph
3. Michael RUTTER – BMW – Bathams / SMT Racing, 17:55.148, 119.671mph
4. Lee JOHNSTON – BMW – East Coast Construction – 17:55.376, 119.646mph
5. Peter HICKMAN – BMW – Smith’s Racing, 17:55.825, 119.596mph
2017 NW200 The Anchor Complex Superbike Race Results
1. Alastair SEELEY – BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad, 18:53.624, 113.498mph
2. Michael RUTTER – BMW – Bathams / SMT Racing, 19:15.234, 111.375mph
3. Lee JOHNSTON – Honda – Jackson Racing, 19:21.701, 110.755mph
4. Glenn IRWIN – Ducati – Be Wiser Ducati Racing, 19:24.844, 110.456mph
5. Peter HICKMAN – BMW – Smith’s Racing, 19:25.756, 110.370mph
2017 NW200 Bet McLean Supersport
1. Alastair SEELEY – Kawasaki – Gearlink Kawasaki, 29:07.172, 110.606mph
2. William DUNLOP – Yamaha – IC / Caffrey Racing, 29:11.250, 110.349mph
3. Michael DUNLOP – Yamaha – MD Racing, 29:11.724, 110.319mph
4. Adam McLEAN – Kawasaki – MSS, 29:13.309, 110.219mph
5. Ian HUTCHINSON – Yamaha – McAMS Yamaha, 29:17.431, 109.961mph
THURSDAY 12th May
Superstock 1000 North West 200 Results
1. Alastair SEELEY – Tyco BMW Motorrad, 26:22.328, 122.898mph
2. Lee JOHNSTON – East Coast Construction, 26:34.951, 122.281mph
3. Dean HARRISON – Silicone Engineering, 26:37.129, 121.743mph
4. Ian HUTCHINSON – Tyco BMW Motorrad, 26:54.329, 120.854mph
5. Martin JESSOPP – Riders Motorcycles, 26:54.537, 120.030mph
ALASTAIR SEELEY TO PILOT TYCO BMW MACHINERY AT THE 2018 VAUXHALL INTERNATIONAL NORTH WEST 200
With 21 victories at the North West, Alastair Seeley is the most successful rider around the famous triangular circuit. The 38 year old has decided to stick with familiar machinery that has helped bring him such great success in the past.
This year the event takes place on the 13-19th May and Seeley will be looking to better his four wins in a day which was racked up during last year’s blistering event.
Seeley had this to say:
“I am more motivated than ever for this year because I want to get back on the top step of the podium in the feature superbike race.” the Carrickfergus man said.
“Every race is important and I want to win every race I start but it would be nice to get a win in the big one again.”
“It won’t be easy because there are so many riders racing at the North West now who compete in the British championship and that means they are coming to Portrush sharp, fit and with good race craft.” Seeley said.
“But I am training hard and working with the Tyco BMW team again means that very little has to change for us.”
The International North West 200 The Official Alastair Seeley ( Wee Wizard 34 ) Supporters Club Tyco BMW