Belfast Telegraph

Alastair Seeley scorches towards title in a Supersport double

By Roy Harris

Supercharged Alastair Seeley enjoyed the perfect weekend at Snetterton winning both Supersport races at the British Superbikes meeting to take a 40 point title lead as his closest rival Stuart Easton lost ground with 10th and 13th place finishes.

The 'Wee Wizard' from Carrickfergus had no equals at the Norfolk circuit, winning the sprint race on Saturday by over five seconds and yesterday's feature race by over three seconds.

After his breathtaking victory yesterday, the Gearlink Kawasaki rider said: "It was nice to come to a circuit I knew I was very strong at and after a test here recently the bike felt on rails all weekend.

"On the first lap, I banged elbows with my team-mate Ben Wilson, then he made a mistake on lap two and from then on I controlled the race.

"I was able to keep extending the lead and bring it home safely.

"I've also opened up a strong gap at the top of the championship, so it was a terrific weekend."

Two years ago Seeley also did the double at Snetterton on his way to winning the championship – is this latest double another omen?

Easton, feeling under the weather all weekend, never got to grips with things and it was his Mar-Train team-mate Glenn Irwin who led the Temple based team's efforts with seventh and ninth positions.

In the two British Superbike championship races, Ulster-based Tyco Suzuki rider Josh Brookes finished second and third but dropped from second to third in the championship chase behind yesterday's race winners Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes.

Aussie Brookes, who now jets off to Japan for a test prior to the Suzuka 8-hour race, commented: "You can't win them all, in fact I have not won any this year yet.

"Of course I really want to win, but podium credits are also important before the cut-off point prior to the championship deciders and I'm happy enough to finish on the podium."

Keith Farmer was declared unfit to race after crashing in the final free practice session on Saturday, the Clogher man saying: "It was a simple crash, but the bike landed on me and I have a blood clot in the back of my leg.

"I'm now concentrating on getting fit for the next round at Brands Hatch."

Castlerock rider Marty Nutt finished first and second in his two Ducati 848 challenge races to lie second in this particular championship.

The Dunlop brothers Michael and William were dominant during Saturday's Skerries 100 road races with four-time TT winner Michael successful in both Superbike races, also setting a new lap record for the 2.9 mile Milverton circuit of 110.373mph.

William was also a double winner with victory over Michael by less than half a second in the Supersport class, the pair never more than a few yards apart in their high speed duel in the sun, having earlier beaten Davy Morgan by less than a second in the 250GP race.

Both are now on the Isle of Man where practice for the Southern 100 road races begins this evening at 6.20pm and where Michael won five races last year.

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