Super Alastair Seeley’s delight after he creates North West 200 history
Alastair Seeley’s record breaking 16th and subsequently 17th win came on Gearlink Kawasaki machinery during this year’s Vauxhall International North West 200.
The double British champion started this year’s North West 200 on 15 wins alongside the late great Robert Dunlop, but having won 600cc races on consecutive years at the north coast event since 2010, it was the one class where we knew he would excel.
The former British Supersport champion took Thursday night’s victory in fine style, which set him apart from his rivals with a record breaking 16th win on the north coast.
A jubilant Seeley, who also set a new lap record at 117.835mph, said afterwards: “The dream has finally come true. I’ve put a lot of work into this and I’m delighted. All the Press has been about the potential of this 16th win and I always said, ‘if it comes it comes, and if it doesn’t it doesn’t’ but of course I wanted to break the record.
“Now that we’ve done it, it takes a bit of pressure off me and both my teams and allows us to just concentrate on trying to win some more races this weekend.”
Always respectful of the Dunlop dynasty and the man he shared the record with since his hat-trick last year put him level with Robert Dunlop, Seeley added: “The North West has been very kind to me and put me on the map back in 2008. To be mentioned in the same name as Robert Dunlop is just unbelievable and I’m a bit overwhelmed.”
Recounting the race Seeley said: “It was a typical Supersport race and I was made to work for it and dropped down to fifth or six at one point. But I re-programmed the brain for the last lap and treated it like a qualifying lap: I just hit all the apexes, didn’t miss my braking markers and brought it home for the 16th win.”
Ian Hutchinson took second place on Thursday night with Martin Jessopp taking his debut NW200 podium in third.
In Saturday’s second race, Seeley again blitzed is rivals with his 17th International North West 200 win, taking victory by almost seven second over Martin Jessopp with Peter Hickman third and Malachi Mitchell-Thomas a fine fourth on his NW200 debut.