Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Seeley’s weekend off proves successful

Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Alastair Seeley took time out from his British Superstock campaign, where he remains undefeated after four races, to win rounds 12and 13 of the Irish Superbike Championship at Bishopscourt on Saturday.

Seeley beat the hard charging James Dickson by less than half a second in race one with Richard Rea, brother of world superbike campaigner Jonathan, third.

In race two Seeley was over two seconds ahead of Dickson with Mark Johnston in third.

Seeley said: “My first priority is to the British superstock championship, but I feel it is always good to support the local scene when dates do not clash.

“My next outing is the fifth round of the superstock series at Snetterton next Sunday.”

Promising 19-year-old Ballyclare rider Glen Irwin was in tremendous form in the supersport class winning race one from Jonny Buckley and Kirk Jamison repeating his victory in race two where he beat defending champion Alistair Kirk by three seconds with Buckley relegated to third.

Championship leader Mark Lunney won both 250GP races and finished second to Paul Robinson in the first 125cc race, his first defeat in the class this season.

There was controversy at the meeting when the second 125cc race did not take place following a protest by competitors, who staged a grid blockade, causing an hour delay, in protest at the decision to cancel their race following a start line incident.

Lee Hill won both supertwin races, Jonathan Doran both classic events while Dylan Lynch and George Kennedy shared the sidecar honours.

The next ISB round is at Kirkistown on Tuesday July 14.

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Valentino Rossi pipped Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the finish line in a thrilling finale to the FIM MotoGP Catalunya Grand Prix yesterday.

With Lorenzo starting on pole, the two riders dominated the race throughout before exchanging the lead several times on an incredible last lap.

But Rossi, the defending champion, eventually sealed victory by 0.095 seconds in front of 90,000 fans in Barcelona, the 99th win of his remarkable career.

Casey Stoner finished third, meaning that he, Rossi and Lorenzo and are now all level at the top of the championship standings on 106 points.

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