Alastair Seeley revving up to continue North West winning streak
Last year's double winner Alastair Seeley will be aiming to continue his winning ways as the Vauxhall International North West 200 gets underway tomorrow with the first daytime practice session.
"I've won at the North West every year since 2008 and I would like to keep that going," the Carrickfergus rider says.
The 'Wee Wizard', currently third in the British Supersport championship, will have six chances this year to add to his tally of 10 wins on the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Seeley will ride his British Supersport Mar-Train Yamaha R6 in both Supersport races alongside ZX10 Kawasakis in the Superstock and Superbike events.
"We will have a new engine and gearbox in the R6 which have been specially built for the long straights on the North West course," Seeley explained.
"The engine will give us more horsepower than the British championship bike and the gearbox has a lower first gear for York hairpin and then wider ratios for the long fast sections."
The Saintfield-based Mar-Train squad have swapped to Kawasaki power for the big bike events after running a Yamaha Superbike in 2013 for Stuart Easton.
The 34 year old explained that it was a "no brainer" to go for ZX10s.
"I won the Thursday Superstock race last year on a Kawasaki and if we were going for a Stocker version this year I thought it made sense to stick with the ZX10 for the Superbike class as well," he said.