Irwin and Seeley put down markers
Glenn Irwin took second place in yesterday's British Supersport sprint race at Oulton Park, and now trails race winner and championship leader Luke Stapleford by 29 points going into today's 16-lap feature race. Kyle Ryde took the final podium position with Jordanstown's Andy Reid fourth on the TTC Yamaha.
Carrick rider Irwin said: "I had a bit of a plan to get away with the front guys and I'm pleased that we were competitive and didn't lack speed today on the Gearlink Kawasaki, so credit to the team. I would have liked to have had a go at Luke but the red flag came out and there's always the Monday feature race."
Alastair Seeley will be looking for lady luck to shine on him today from his pole position berth in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc class at Oulton.
The Tyco BMW racer ran short of fuel and suffered an electrical problem in the opening two races of the season at Donington Park and Brands Hatch, but an Oulton victory would be just the tonic he requires as he aims to close down championship leader Josh Elliott.
Seeley said: "I've been asked so many times about the North West and would I be taking it conservative this weekend, but I'll be blanking it out and looking for a win here at Oulton as I need 25 points to keep the pressure on the guys ahead of me in the championship. Pole position is part one of the job completed on the Tyco BMW, the rest has to be done on Monday."
Hudson Kennaugh and David Johnson join Seeley on the front row with Ulsterman and championship leader Josh Elliott heading up row two. Newtownards based Aussie Josh Brookes is on pole position for today's opening British Superbike race at Oulton with Tyco BMW's Tommy Bridewell and PBM Kawasaki's Stuart Easton also on the front row. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) starts on row three in eighth.
Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo took his 55th World championship victory with a superb MotoGP top step yesterday at Jerez in Spain, on a day when Valentino Rossi claimed his 200th podium.
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took second ahead of Rossi despite nursing a broken finger, with Coventry's Cal Crutchlow continuing his rich vein of form in fourth for CWM LCR Honda.
Toome's Eugene Laverty was 18th, just one place behind his Aspar team-mate and former world champion Nicky Hayden.