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Alastair Seeley is ready to deliver more success at NW200

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Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley is aiming to make it win number 25 at the North West 200 tonight and extend his extraordinary record of successes at the Triangle circuit.

Since the Carrickfergus rider first roared to victory on the roads around Portrush 14 years ago, he has become a legendary figure at the event racing to the top of the North West winners list with 24 ahead of greats such as Robert Dunlop (15 triumphs), Michael Rutter (14), Joey Dunlop (13) and Philip McCallen (11).

Seeley, who away from the bikes has been working as a postman, topped the podium at least once every year from 2008 to 2018 but missed out in 2019, the last time the North West 200 was held before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Back now and with the fans out in force, Seeley will have plenty of support this evening in the Supersport and Superstock classes on his IFS Yamahas.

The opening Supertwin race also takes place with five more races scheduled for Saturday, including two on Superbikes which ‘the Wee Wizard’ will compete in.

“There are boys who have been trying to win one race here for years and haven’t done it yet so we count our blessings that we have 24 racked up,” Seeley told the Belfast Telegraph.

“I’d like to get to 25. I think that is a nicer rounded up number and to get that one to reach 25 would be fantastic and great for IFS Yamaha.

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“This is their first year coming to the event and hopefully we can have a good one and everybody is happy, then we can keep that ball rolling for continuous years and keep coming back and put on a spectacle for the fans, businesses and sponsors, both personal and team. The Supersport and Superstock classes at the moment feel pretty good for me.

“On Thursday if the roads are dry we will have a good crack at it.

“If it is there for the taking I will have a go like I always do.”

It promises to be a thrilling night’s racing with Michael Dunlop, Lee Johnston, Dean Harrison, Ian Hutchinson and Jeremy McWilliams amongst a host of high profile riders hoping for success.


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