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Friday 26 December 2014

North West 200: There's no catching super Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki (34) leads from Gary Johnston (7) and Bruce Anstey  during the  LIVEWIRE AV Superstock Race at  Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.
Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki (34) leads from Gary Johnston (7) and Bruce Anstey during the LIVEWIRE AV Superstock Race at Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Alastair Seeley pictured on the podium after he wins the race.
PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: DO YOU WANT TO RACE THIS MAN? Michael Dunlop (Honda TT Legends) was fastest in practice in Superbike, Superstock and Supersport categories for the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with team boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Josh Brookes.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Left to right. Sarah Shand, Tracey Willowford and Lisa wright in the paddock.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Eugene O'Neill with his wife Eliazbeth and two sons Daire(4) and five-month-old Niall.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Dean Harrison(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Bruce Anstey takes a photograph on an iPas while waiting on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Alastair Seeley on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Paul Owens on the grid.
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Honda TT legends duo John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Alastair Seeley and his girlfriend Danielle Henry during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013:Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki duo Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton and Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Jeremy McWilliams (99) and William Davison (50)
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley with his Dad Joe.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. William Dunlop.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
Bruce Anstey (HM Plant/Padgetts Honda) and Alastair Seeley (MSS Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Left to right on the podium. Third Guy Martin, first Alastair Seeley and second Michael Dunlop.
Michael Dunlop (Honda) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Alastair Seeley on the podium after he wins the race.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Race 2 - Vauxhall Supertwin. Jeremy McWilliams on the grid.
Jeremy McWilliams (Vauxhall Dealers KMR Kawasaki) and William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
James Hillier Quattro Plant Kawasaki (37) gets the 'holeshot' at the start of the Vauxhall Supertwin Race during Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.
Derek Shields (Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Milwaukee Yamaha) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing.com Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnston.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: Guy Martin at the North West 200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2. Technical Director Mervyn Whyte.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Miss North West 200 Bronagh Letters pictured on the North Coast with Portrush in the background.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes chats with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at Black Hill during a sighting lap of the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes on the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 28/2/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki new recruit Brian McCormack pictured at the North West 200 course this week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Jamie Hamilton.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Last year's Supertwins race winner Ryan Farquhar had a new role at today's opening practice session for the Vauxhall North West 200 as he worked on the race bikes of Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams, who are riding for his Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki squad. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Alastair Seeley MSS Kawasaki during Superstock Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop on his Honda Legends bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Stuart Easton on his Mar-Train Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Stuart Easton
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Jamie Hamilton on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar(left) and Michael Rutter on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. John McGuinness on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter(left) and Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. James Hillier on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: BSB star Josh Brookes with his special newcomer leathers made for his Vauxhall North West 200 debut today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Guy Martin on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
14.05.2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Bruce Ansty on his Padgetts bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Guy Martin
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Alastair Seeley.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Simon Andrews
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Ian Lougher
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Josh Brookes on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superstock practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Guy martin (4) Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing followed by Ian Lougher (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. John McGuinness.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. Bruce Anstey.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. James Hillier.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Guy Martin.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Michael Dunlop (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Australian BSB star Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday BSB star Karl 'Bomber' Harris PR Racing Kawasaki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Alastair Seeley made it a sensational North West double yesterday evening by holding off Bruce Anstey in a last lap shoot out to win the Livewire AV superstock race by three-tenths of a second after six pulsating laps.

Gary Johnson and Anstey looked in control of the race over the first two laps separated by two tenths of a second with Seeley third at the end of lap one three and-a-half seconds back.

On lap two Seeley dropped to fourth behind Guy Martin as his rear intermediate tyre struggled on the wet road from University to Magherabuoy Chicane against the wets of the leaders.

On lap three Seeley was back to third 4.3 secs behind the battle at the front that now had Anstey in the lead from Johnson.

A sensational lap four saw Seeley close right up on Anstey, the three flashing across the finish line three-tenths of a second apart with Seeley edging into second at the Start/finish chicane and nipping inside leader Johnson at Primrose heading onto lap five.

Johnson dropped off the pace at this stage with Anstey taking the fight to Seeley on the penultimate lap of six both nose to tail at Ballysally Roundabout and rushing past Seeley entering Mathers Chicane, but losing the drive out handing the lead back to Seeley, the 33-year-old Carrickfergus rider stretching his lead towards Metropole.

Going onto the last lap Seeley had half-a-second advantage, but on the wet part of the circuit Anstey closed right up on his rival by Ballysally.

A slower rider at Magherabuoy Chicane got a fright as Seeley and then Anstey flashed up his inside.

Try as he might Anstey could not put a final pass on Seeley and the ‘Wee Wizard’ flashed past the chequered flag three-tenths ahead of the New Zealander, who kept up his record of a podium finish each year since his debut at the North West in 2002.

Afterwards a jubilant Seeley said, “I had a rear intermediate tyre on and I had to take it careful in the Roundabout area where it was soaking.

“Once into the lead I knew I could not shake off Bruce and heard him catching up on me.

“I was power sliding all the way from the roundabout to Metropole having to use the throttle liberally round the roundabout to stop from sliding off.

“That’s win number 10 here and into fifth on the all-time winner’s league.

“It has been a tremendous evening in difficult conditions and I have to thank MSS and Gearlink Kawasaki for providing superb machines. Roll on Saturday.”

Johnson dropped well off the leading duo 16-and-a-half seconds behind Anstey in third with Guy Martin taking his Tyco Suzuki to fourth four seconds adrift of Johnson, but three clear of a tremendous ride from ex-Irish Superbike champion Derek Sheils on his CD Racing Kawasaki getting the better of a race long battle for fifth with Milwaukee Yamaha’s Conor Cummins.

Australian Josh Brookes in his debut road race finished a remarkable seventh ahead of Michael Rutter, James Hillier and Jamie Hamilton.

It was a disappointing race for the Dunlop brothers Michael retiring his MD Racing Honda on lap two with William suffering the same fate with his Milwaukee Yamaha two laps later.

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