Belfast Telegraph

Seeley heads Down Under

By Paul Lindsay

Winning the Irish Superbike Championship would be a lifetime goal for many of the current crop of local competitors, but Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley admitted, it wasn’t part of his pre-season ‘to do list.’

But now he’s headed on a dream trip to Western Australia next Wednesday for the King of Wanneroo meeting.

Relentless Suzuki’s British Superstock champion said: “I’m not quite sure of the statistics, as I didn’t really pay much attention to the ISB series at the start of the season, but the trip to Australia was certainly an incentive and I’m sure there are a few of the regular ISB guys who would love to be on that trip.

“We only used the ISB championship as a way of keeping sharp, but I suppose it’s another title for Relentless Suzuki and shows just how good a package we had this year with the K9 Suzuki.”

It was Seeley’s third ISB title in the past five seasons, also taking the top prize in 2005 and 2006, but the diminutive racer — known affectionately as the Wee Wizard — is not planning to retain it in 2010.

“I’m obviously hoping to do a full season in the British Superbike series in 2010,” explained the 30-year-old.

“I’m not saying we won’t use a round or two to test or sharpen up, but I won’t be actively chasing a fourth title.

In the past all a rider got for his efforts was a medal at the end of the year, and the first time I won it, I must admit I was disappointed.

“A medal is not much to shout about, but the Kings of Wanneroo Trip was we talked about this year in the paddock and hopefully another prize like that can be put up next season.”

Seeley missed six race meetings in the series during the summer months due to his British Championship commitments, but a run of 12 successive victories put him back in command in the final third.

All he then had to do, was get his big Suzuki over the line in the opening Superbike race at the Sunflower to guarantee the title, and second place behind team-mate Ian Lowry was more than enough.

Seeley will now join the likes of Jonathan Rea, Ian Lowry, Michael Laverty and Ryan Farquhar on the trip to Australia next Wednesday, and with 27 race wins to date in 2009 — who would bet against Northern Ireland’s ‘little prince’, becoming the King of Wanneroo?

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