Belfast Telegraph

Seeley vows to hit back at Dony

By Paul Lindsay

Despite a heavy crash and having to watch his British Supersport Championship lead cut in half last time out at Cadwell Park, Carrickfergus's Alastair Seeley says it will not affect his title aspirations – with his focus firmly on two wins this weekend at Donington Park.

"I'd tried a different tyre in practice and qualifying at Cadwell and it seemed to work for me," recounted the Gearlink Kawasaki rider.

"But in race one it was spinning up from about two laps in and I just got caught out. It pinged me off and I got bashed up a bit," he added.

A cracked rib and heavy bruising to his hip and elbow wasn't ideal preparation for the second race at the Bank Holiday meeting at Cadwell's sinuous Mountain Circuit. Ever the fighter, the 2011 champion nursed himself to an unfamiliar eighth place – his lowest ever finish in British Supersport – and will take a heavily reduced 22 point advantage into round nine of the twelve round series this weekend.

"I started to suffer in race two at half distance and they worked out where I was struggling," Seeley openly admitted, before adding a positive spin on a tough weekend, slipping in a cheeky little pop at his main rival in the Mar-Train Racing camp.

"Yes, Easton was able to claw 25 points back on me at Cadwell, but I'm sure Tim Martin [Mar-Train team boss] gave him a rollocking, as he missed a great opportunity to bring it down to a single figure gap."

If we look back at Seeley's run in from the 2011 season, then it looks a tad ominous for his main rivals: a double at Donington, followed by a double at Silverstone in 2011 brought the title race down to the final day at Brands Hatch, with Seeley out-gunning his now team-mate at Gearlink Kawasaki to the crown by a solitary point.

Despite the hiccup in the Lincolnshire countryside last time out, the diminutive Carrick man , known in racing circles as the 'Wee Wizard', is still firmly in the driving seat for this year's title – but openly admitted, he already has one eye on 2014.

"Ideally a ride in World Supersport on good machinery would be my number one goal, but it's a big ask and unless someone tips in a load of money to back me, it wont happen," was his honest assessment.

With ten career wins and counting, the International North West 200 will always feature strongly in any decision Seeley makes, but his raison d'etre will always be the Supersport class – whether in BSB or if the opportunity arises, at world level.

"Supersport is the class that suits me best and I'd be happy to continue in the British championship, as it's competitive and a well run series," he said, before throwing out the net to potential teams for 2014.

"I'd like to be in a team where ideally I wouldn't have to keep changing my leathers for different classes at the North West.

"Whether that be with a team running bikes for one manufacturer or a mix of bikes best suited to each class, I'm not bothered."

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