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Seeley banking on new bike at Thruxton


Suzuki's Alistair Seeley

Suzuki's Alistair Seeley

Suzuki's Alistair Seeley

The MCE British Superbike Championship heads to Hampshire for the fourth round of the series on Bank Holiday Monday with North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley and the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Team determined to continue their winning form at the high-speed Thruxton circuit.

Seeley is looking to claw back valuable points in the Silkolene Supersport championship chase on current leader Ben Wilson who has won five of the six races so far this season.

Seeley is in third position some 49 points adrift, but only 10 behind second-placed man Jack Kennedy, while Australian Josh Brookes is keen to score his first podium of the season for the team in the superbike championship.

Seeley said: “The North West is behind me now and it is back to the ‘day job’ at Thruxton where I’ll be looking to get back on the podium and make life hard for the boys in front of me in the championship.

“I was really impressed with the new GSX-R600 at the North West, and I’m looking forward to the weekend on the wee bike.”

Brookes has had a tough start to the season at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park with two huge crashes, but bounced back at Croft last time out with two points-scoring rides, and rates Thruxton as the circuit where he can bid for that first season podium.

“Thruxton is my favourite circuit,” he says. “I sc ored my first BSB win and podium there. It’s real fast and always has some close racing.”

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For Swan Yamaha rider Michael Laverty it will also be a case of making up lost ground in the superbike championship after a disappointing start to the 2011 season for the Toomebridge rider.

“I just need to turn my fortunes around this weekend,” he says. “I have proved I have the speed throughout practice and qualifying, but haven’t translated that into race results so far.”

HM Plant Honda rider Shane Byrne currently leads the BSB championship by three points from American John Hopkins.

In the national 600cc superstock series Clogher rider Keith Farmer currently leads the way after two wins in a row and is looking to make it a hat-trick at Thruxton with Glenn Irwin likely to be a leading challenger.

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