Alastair Seeley may have been crowned 2011 British Supersport Champion on Sunday, but it was back to work yesterday at Kirkistown.
This time the ‘Wee Wizard’ was riding the Relentless Suzuki by TAS GSX-R1000 Superbike, campaigned in BSB this season by Aussie Josh Brookes.
Seeley will ride the factory-supported 1000cc Suzuki and headline the Superbike class at the Sunflower Trophy Races at Bishopscourt on October 21 and 22, and despite not having ridden the 200bhp weapon since May at the NW200, he was in blistering form.
“It was wet when we arrived so I could only be really committed in the final session in the afternoon, but I think my lap times were pretty respectable.
“I actually think we could have broken the fifty-threes had we stayed a while longer,” Seeley nonchalantly explained.
During a final 10-lap stint, he consistently dipped inside the circuit lap record with a best lap of 54.0 seconds flat — a warning shot to his main rivals for the Sunflower.
“I’ve taken half a second off my own personal best here today, but that comes with confidence.
“I could have pushed that bit harder, but we’re still getting dialled in with the Superbike and we’ve another Pirelli front tyre to try out next week,” he added.
Joining Seeley in Relentless Suzuki colours at Kirkistown was Gary Johnson, the team’s new recruit for the forthcoming Macau Grand Prix.
Johnson won the second Supersport race at this year’s TT in the Isle of Man and the Lincolnshire electrician is confident of adding a Macau GP win to his CV after yesterday’s test.
“I just couldn’t believe how smooth the power delivery was on the bike when I first jumped onto it,” Johnson said with a look of disbelief on his face.
“We have found some good direction and I’m feeling comfy on it, which is important when you’re racing it round an Armco lined circuit. I’m not going out there to mess around. I really want to win the thing.”
With Josh Brookes en-route to Australia, Moira’s Ian Lowry is expected to line up at the Sunflower in Relentless Suzuki colours for a one-off Superbike ride, which is a major boost for the organisers.