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Seeley set to race 24 hours after crash

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley saw his 47 point British Supersport Championship lead slashed during yesterday's first race at Cadwell Park when he dramatically crashed out while second behind his Gearlink Kawasaki team mate Ben Wilson on the fifth lap of 12 at Mansfield Corner.

Seeley suffered a grazed elbow and hip, sore ribs and a sore thumb, but will be fit for today's second race.

His closest challenger Stuart Easton finished second on his Mar-Train Yamaha, a 10th of a second behind Wilson, and goes into today's second race now only 27 points behind Seeley, whose fellow Carrick rider Glenn Irwin (Mar-Train Yamaha) crashed out unhurt from eighth position.

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes will start today's opening British Superbike Championship race at Cadwell Park from the third row of the grid having crashed out of the final qualifying session after only one timed lap.

Ulster-based Aussie Brookes said: "We were trying a few things on the bike, but to fall off was just me trying too hard.

"I'm not hurt and the bike's not too bad, so we should be in good shape for the races."

Team mate PJ Jacobsen, on his debut at the Lincolnshire circuit, heads row two having qualified superbly in fourth alongside Tommy Bridewell and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Alex Lowes starts the first of two races from pole alongside series leader Shayne Byrne with James Ellison completing the front row.

The festival of racing continues on the Isle of Man today with the 250/350cc Classic TT (10.15am) followed by Formula 1 and 2 plus Formula Classic TT (2pm).

Michael Dunlop set the fastest lap of the week during qualifying for the F1 classic race with a speed of 122.838mph on the Team Classic Suzuki.

Dunlop finished Saturday's 500cc Classic TT in seventh having recovered from 13th.

Brother William Dunlop, second in the 500cc Classic TT, will have his work cut out for a repeat podium in the 350cc today on his Davies Motorsport Honda with Chris Palmer, Jamie Hamilton and Saturday's winner Ollie Linsdell starting as potential podium finishers following qualifying in which Dunlop was 16th.

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