May Day Victory lifts Alastair Seeley ahead of North West 200
Alastair Seeley took his first win of the year in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class at yesterday's May Day meeting at Oulton Park, setting him up well for the Vauxhall International North West 200 in two weeks' time with Tyco BMW.
Starting from pole position, he enjoyed a race-long battle with fellow Ulsterman and front-row qualifier Josh Elliott, but just when everyone was expecting a grandstand finish, the red flags were raised on lap 11 and Seeley was declared the winner.
Speaking afterwards, Seeley, who had road racing team-mate William Dunlop in the garage at Oulton, said: "It might have looked comfortable but Josh is riding really well and I was expecting to see him on those last couple of laps, so for once I was happy to see the red flags.
"Having also watched my team-mate Tommy Bridewell win on the Tyco BMW Superbike, I'm feeling very happy going into the North West 200."
Elliott's second-place points tally keeps him at the top of the championship table on his Morello Racing Kawasaki, with South African Hudson Kennaugh, who took third place at Oulton, second in the championship standings just eight points adrift of Elliott. Seeley is up to third after his win, and just five points behind Kennaugh.
Castledawson's Nico Mawhinney and Lisburn's David Haire finished just outside the points in 16th and 20th on the Team Polaris Racing Kawasaki and Sliders UK Ducati respectively.
Andy Reid took his first British Supersport podium at Oulton Park. The Jordanstown racer did enjoy a short spell at the front, as did Carrick's Glenn Irwin on the Gearlink Kawasaki, but the win went to Londoner Jake Dixon on the Smiths Triumph.
Yamaha-mounted Kyle Ryde, who pipped Reid to last season's Superstock 600 title, was second with Irwin fourth, ahead of Joe Collier who was the first Evo bike across the line.
Reid said afterwards: "It's great to get my first British Supersport podium, and hopefully it's the first of many. I was really able to pick the pace up in the last part of the race, but it was a tough battle."
Portadown's Marshall Neill was 11th overall and third in the Evo class aboard the IN Competition Racing Yamaha.
In the British Superbike class, local team Tyco BMW took their first win for BMW in BSB with Wiltshire's Tommy Bridewell. Newtownards-based Aussie Josh Brookes was second on the Milwaukee Yamaha.
Popular Scottish rider Stuart Easton won race two on the PBM Kawasaki after Bridewell, Kiyonari and Byrne all crashed out. James Ellison (Kawasaki) was second and Brookes third.