Belfast Telegraph

Seeley slips up in race for title

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley lost ground in his quest for the 2014 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Snetterton yesterday by dramatically slipping off his Mar-Train Yamaha on the warm-up lap ahead of the 15-lap race.

The Carrickfergus rider had snatched second position in the 10-lap sprint race on Saturday, three tenths of a second behind Graeme Gowland with championship leader Billy McConnell three one thousandths behind Seeley.

However it all went astray yesterday with the slip off and he could only watch on as championship rivals Gowland and McConnell finished 1-2.

Glenn Irwin, also from Carrickfergus, rode his Gearlink Kawasaki gamely to fifth and sixth place finishes at the weekend despite suffering from a pre-meeting ankle break playing football.

In the championship chase, McConnell now leads his team-mate Gowland 112 points to 86 with Irwin third on 86 and Seeley dropping to fourth on 84.

David Allingham was the first Supersport Cup runner home on Saturday, but with a comfortable lead in yesterday's race, the Eglinton rider crashed out uninjured on lap 11.

Newtownabbey rider Andy Reid fought tooth and nail with Kyle Ryde in the Superstock 600 race, but after 12 hectic laps of continual position changing and setting new lap records, Ryde outmanoeuvred Reid at the end of the back straight on the final lap and fended off a late challenge to win by a fifth of a second.

Reid had the satisfaction of setting the final lap record and extending his championship lead to 22 points.

Ballinamallard rider Josh Elliott finished a creditable fifth in the six-lap re-ran Superstock race following an earlier stoppage due to an oil spillage.

Meanwhile, Shayne Byrne rode to a superb double in the British Superbike Championship races yesterday to make it five wins from six races so far this season to consolidate his championship lead – dedicating the wins to Simon Andrews and Karl Harris, who both lost their lives recently.

His main rival, Josh Brookes, second in race one, crashed out of race two uninjured.

In another disappointing day for Tyco Suzuki, John Hopkins and Josh Waters were ninth and 10th in race one and seventh and 10th in race two.

Michael Laverty finished in 17th position just 0.378seconds behind his PBM team mate Broc Parkes in yesterday's MotoGP race at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain.

Marc Marquez took his seventh successive win of the season after a race long battle with Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa settled for third as Rossi accepted the runner-up position with Lorenzo fourth.

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