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Confident Seeley aims to get off to a flyer after big Supersport switch

 

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley has switched both teams and classes prior to this weekend's sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

Seeley, a treble winner at the North West 200 in May, re-joins his favoured Supersport class after signing a deal with MV Agusta UK.

The Carrickfergus rider had been plying his trade in the Superstock 1000 class with limited success on a GR Motorsport Kawasaki but hopes this move back to the Supersport class should see him competing at the front of races again.

A former Supersport race and championship winner, Seeley said: "It's good to be back in the class again, although MV is a new manufacturer to me. It will be good to spice things up in the class and I aim to go for a podium from the off."

Seeley is a proven winner in the class, and yesterday in his first outing on the MV Agusta he was second fastest in free practice a third of a second behind Ben Currie.

Championship leader Jack Kennedy could well see his run of form - he has won eight of the 10 races to date and finished second in the other two - come to an end this weekend due to an accident in America when testing as a guest of Yamaha USA ahead of a ride in a Moto America round later this year.

Kennedy crashed at the test, resulting in three broken metatarsals and a chipped collarbone, and although declared medically fit at Brands Hatch yesterday, he never ventured onto the track in the first two sessions.

The talented Dubliner insists he will attempt to salvage crucial points in today's Sprint race and tomorrow's feature Supersport race.

"It will be challenging, but I never give up and will give it my best shot," he said.

Meanwhile, Glenn Irwin led the way in Superbike FP1, setting an early time that was never bettered throughout the session.

As the chequered flag fell, Josh Brookes came within a tenth of a second of the PBM Be Wiser Ducati with the second McAms Yamaha of Tarran Mackenzie third fastest.

Michael Laverty was tenth quickest on the Tyco BMW, just six tenths slower than Glenn Irwin.

Irwin said: "Brands Hatch GP track suits the Ducati and the intention is to push for my first win of the year. In the damp FP2 I set out with new brake pads and discs to scrub them in.

"It was nice to finish on top and I'm looking forward to qualifying and I'll be disappointed if I don't come away with at least one win."

Only three riders went under the 1m 27sec bracket in Superstock 1000 practice - championship leader Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW), second placed Billy McConnell and third man Joe Collier (EHA Aprilia).

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