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Alastair Seeley

Relentless North West 200. Cat has nine lives..... Adam Child Suzuki from Hook England has a narrow escape during  Thursday Supersport  practice

Relentless North West 200. Cat has nine lives..... Adam Child Suzuki from Hook England has a narrow escape during Thursday Supersport practice

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Adrian Archibald  -  Supersport, North West 200 May 2011

Adrian Archibald - Supersport, North West 200 May 2011

Rowland White/Presseye

Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011

Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011

Suzuki Team boss Hector Neil in the North West 200 padock.

Suzuki Team boss Hector Neil in the North West 200 padock.

Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011

Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011

Practice day 2, North West 200 May 2011

Practice day 2, North West 200 May 2011

Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011

Ian Hutchinson, North West 200 May 2011

Cameron Donald, North West 200 May 2011

Cameron Donald, North West 200 May 2011

Gary Mason and Philip McCallum, North West 200 May 2011

Gary Mason and Philip McCallum, North West 200 May 2011

Mark Jamison, North West 200 May 2011

Mark Jamison, North West 200 May 2011

John Burrows and William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011

John Burrows and William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011

Ryan Farquhar

Ryan Farquhar

Denver Robb, North West 200 May 2011

Denver Robb, North West 200 May 2011

Adrian Archibald, North West 200 May 2011

Adrian Archibald, North West 200 May 2011

Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011

Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011

Josh Brooks, North West 200 May 2011

Josh Brooks, North West 200 May 2011

Philip Neil, North West 200 May 2011

Philip Neil, North West 200 May 2011

Technical Director Mervyn Whyte, North West 200 May 2011

Technical Director Mervyn Whyte, North West 200 May 2011

Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011

Alastair Seeley, North West 200 May 2011

Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011

Guy Martin, North West 200 May 2011

William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011

William Dunlop, North West 200 May 2011

Cameron Donald

Cameron Donald

Cameron Donald  -  Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Cameron Donald - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Rowland White/Presseye

Michael Rutter - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Michael Rutter - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Rowland White/Presseye

Ian Lougher  -  Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Ian Lougher - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Rowland White/Presseye

Fabrice Miguet leading Paul Cranston - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Fabrice Miguet leading Paul Cranston - Superbike, North West 200 May 2011

Rowland White/Presseye

Gary Mason and Stuart Easton

Gary Mason and Stuart Easton

19.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFEATURE ON THE NORTH WEST 200 ROAD RACE PRACTICE YESTERDAY IN PORTRUSH - JAMIE MCDOWELL STORY. People watching the race from the stands

19.05.11. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFEATURE ON THE NORTH WEST 200 ROAD RACE PRACTICE YESTERDAY IN PORTRUSH - JAMIE MCDOWELL STORY. People watching the race from the stands

Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike

Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike

Rachel Vauls a local with friends Emma Sulway and Vick Morris from London

Rachel Vauls a local with friends Emma Sulway and Vick Morris from London

Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter, North West 200 May 2011

Michael Rutter, North West 200 May 2011

Hundreds of Motorcyclists arrive on the Stena Caledonia Ferry  at Belfast Harbour to watch the North West 200 May 2011

Hundreds of Motorcyclists arrive on the Stena Caledonia Ferry at Belfast Harbour to watch the North West 200 May 2011

Gary Mason and Stuart Easton, North West 200 May 2011

Gary Mason and Stuart Easton, North West 200 May 2011

Patrick Douglas (local), North West 200 May 2011

Patrick Douglas (local), North West 200 May 2011

Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike, Norrth West 200 May 2011

Simona Zaccardi, one of the only women racers from Italy working on her bike, Norrth West 200 May 2011

A girl watches on at North West 200 May 2011

A girl watches on at North West 200 May 2011

Locals Alistair Purvis and Keith Fotheringham and John Mitchell from Manchester enjoy an ice cream, North West 200 May 2011

Locals Alistair Purvis and Keith Fotheringham and John Mitchell from Manchester enjoy an ice cream, North West 200 May 2011

Gary Van Marsdyke, Gary Von Drummel, Franz Fleuren and Randy Van Marsdyke from Netherlands, North West 200 May 2011

Gary Van Marsdyke, Gary Von Drummel, Franz Fleuren and Randy Van Marsdyke from Netherlands, North West 200 May 2011

Adrian and Laura McGowan with son T.J and daughter Shannon with Rachel Stephenson and Mark Eccles, North West 200 May 2011

Adrian and Laura McGowan with son T.J and daughter Shannon with Rachel Stephenson and Mark Eccles, North West 200 May 2011

Paul Cruickshank and Edward Phillips from Derry, North West 200 May 2011

Paul Cruickshank and Edward Phillips from Derry, North West 200 May 2011

Nadine Walker with kids Chenai and Regan with her friend Karen Kelly and her son Nathaniel, North West 200 2011

Nadine Walker with kids Chenai and Regan with her friend Karen Kelly and her son Nathaniel, North West 200 2011

Joe and Sue Pilmore, Charlie and Karen Tomlinson from Derbyshire, North West 200 May 2011

Joe and Sue Pilmore, Charlie and Karen Tomlinson from Derbyshire, North West 200 May 2011

Relentless International North West 200. Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.

Relentless International North West 200. Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.

Take that!  They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush.

Take that! They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush.

He's after you! They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush!

He's after you! They might be brothers but there is intense rivalry between William Dunlop and his brother Michael, even if its only on the dodgems at Barry's in Portrush!

Three year old Alfie Orr from Kells met his hero Bruce Anstey  at Coleraine Town Hall this morning at a 'Meet the Fans' event ahead of Saturday's Relentless North West 200.

Three year old Alfie Orr from Kells met his hero Bruce Anstey at Coleraine Town Hall this morning at a 'Meet the Fans' event ahead of Saturday's Relentless North West 200.

Newly crowned Miss North West 200 Jade Toner from Limavady was on the beach at Portrush

Newly crowned Miss North West 200 Jade Toner from Limavady was on the beach at Portrush

Kirk Jamison BMW during Tuesday night  Superstock  practice for the North West 200.

Kirk Jamison BMW during Tuesday night Superstock practice for the North West 200.

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Relentless International North West 200. Miss North West 2011 Jade Toner along with and Lee Johnston from East Coast Racing.

Relentless International North West 200. Miss North West 2011 Jade Toner along with and Lee Johnston from East Coast Racing.

 Relentless International North West 200.Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.

Relentless International North West 200.Irish road racer Kirk Jamison.

North West 200 practice night. Superbike practice session. Alastair Seeley

North West 200 practice night. Superbike practice session. Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Gary Mason.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Gary Mason.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop.

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Guy Martin. 17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Guy Martin. 17th May 2011

Michael Dunlop Street Sweep Kawasaki at Blacks hill during  17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.

Michael Dunlop Street Sweep Kawasaki at Blacks hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.

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North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing honda.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing honda.

Guy Martin Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike  practice for the North West 200.

Guy Martin Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.

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Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing setting the fastest Superbike time of 119mph during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.

Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing setting the fastest Superbike time of 119mph during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.

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Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Michael Rutter.17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Michael Rutter.17th May 2011

Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda  at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.

Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 Superbike practice for the North West 200.

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Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Alastair Seeley. 17th May 2011

Ian Lougher Blackhorse Kawasaki (No2) at Blacks Hill leads Adrain Archibald Kawasaki (No 13) during 17th May 2011  practice for the North West 200.

Ian Lougher Blackhorse Kawasaki (No2) at Blacks Hill leads Adrain Archibald Kawasaki (No 13) during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.

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Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Conor Cummins. 17 May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Conor Cummins. 17 May 2011

Michael Rutter  Riders Bathams  Ducati at Blacks Hill during  17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.

Michael Rutter Riders Bathams Ducati at Blacks Hill during 17th May 2011 practice for the North West 200.

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North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Adrian Archibald.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Adrian Archibald.

North West 200 practice night 17th may 2011.Bruce Anstey get a good luck kiss from his partner Annie.

North West 200 practice night 17th may 2011.Bruce Anstey get a good luck kiss from his partner Annie.

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011

William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing Honda during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.

William Dunlop Wilson Craig Racing Honda during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.

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Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011

Relentless International North West 200 practice night.Cameron Donald. 17th May 2011

Stephen Thompson (No 11) BMW  leads Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.

Stephen Thompson (No 11) BMW leads Alastair Seeley Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing during 17th May 2011 Superstock practice for the North West 200.

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North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Bruce Anstey Padgett Honda.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Cameron Donald.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Cameron Donald.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop has problems with his Superbike.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Michael Dunlop has problems with his Superbike.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Michael Dunlop.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Alastair Seeley, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Alastair Seeley, Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing.

Guy Martin

Guy Martin

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Cameron Donald, Wilson Craig Racing.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Superbike practice session.Cameron Donald, Wilson Craig Racing.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Ian Lougher.

North West 200 practice night 17th May 2011.Ian Lougher.

Michael Rutter

Michael Rutter

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Alastair Seeley

It says much for Alastair Seeley’s burning ambition to succeed at the North West 200 that the Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider was disappointed with two pole positions out of three.

The Carrickfergus ace will start from the front in both the Superstock and Supersport classes, but the sought-after Superbike honours evaded him.

Team boss Hector Neill revealed that the gremlins had hampered his man’s efforts, but was confident that these would be sorted out in time for race day tomorrow.

“There were mechanical problems with the bike and it's away now being rebuilt,” he revealed.

“I could see the disappointment in Alastair's eyes. We thought he was good for three pole positions. But the second row of the grid is good enough. I've always felt confident about our chances of winning here this year.”

Seeley consolidated his position as favourite for the Superstock race with a lap of 119.706mph, unofficially breaking the class lap record by three-10ths of a second, finishing the session less than a second ahead of Michael Dunlop at 119.310mph.

Completing the front row tomorrow will be Michael Rutter while Gary Johnson, William Dunlop and Ryan Farquhar complete row two for the six-lap race.

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The Supersport final qualifying session saw Johnson, Bruce Anstey, Seeley and Michael Dunlop as the early pace setters, some four seconds faster than Tuesday evening’s times, before Seeley once again stamped his authority on the class with a time of 4mins 38.530secs, a speed of 115.937mph, to gain pole position ahead of Johnson (115.437mph, 1.2secs adrift) and Michael Dunlop (115.149mph).

Five seconds covered the top six with Anstey, William Dunlop and Guy Martin making up that elite group. Cameron Donald, fastest on Tuesday, was a first lap retirement.


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