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Michael Dunlop and Alastair Seeley setting sights on Bishopscourt joy

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On track: Alastair Seeley in action on his IFS Yamaha Supersport at Kirkistown. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

On track: Alastair Seeley in action on his IFS Yamaha Supersport at Kirkistown. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

On track: Alastair Seeley in action on his IFS Yamaha Supersport at Kirkistown. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Michael Dunlop and Alastair Seeley headline an impressive entry for this weekend’s two-day Neil and Donny Robinson Memorial short circuit meeting at Bishopscourt.

Former Irish Superbike champion Seeley was in fine form at the opening round of the Ulster Superbike Championship last weekend at Kirkistown in Co Down, where he clinched a treble on the IFS Global Logistics Yamaha machines.

The 41-year-old is competing on the domestic scene at home this season for the first time since 2009 after his opportunities to race in the British Championship dried up.

Seeley, though, has not given up hope of returning to race in England before the end of the year, should any wildcard openings present themselves.

He bagged a double in the Superbike class at Kirkistown and secured victory in the first Supersport race to mark his return to racing in Northern Ireland in style, setting a new outright lap record at the 1.5-mile airfield circuit.

The 24-time record North West 200 winner also appeared on course for a quadruple-sealing triumph in the second Supersport race until he was forced out with a technical problem, leaving the door open for Ballymoney man Dunlop to take the win on his Yamaha R6.

Dunlop has been noticeably more active this year and the 19-time Isle of Man TT winner is building towards this month’s Armoy Road Races, where he is bidding to make it nine ‘Race of Legends’ wins in a row.

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He rode the new SYNETIQ BMW M1000RR at Kirkistown for the Moneymore-based TAS Racing team and Dunlop will again be among the favourites this weekend at Bishopscourt near Downpatrick.

A quality line-up also includes Derek Sheils on the Roadhouse Macau BMW, who twice finished as the runner-up in the Superbike races behind Seeley at Kirkistown.

McAdoo Racing’s Adam McLean is another leading road racer in action at the Mid Antrim Club’s meeting this weekend along with southern Irish riders Michael Sweeney and Derek McGee.

Ali Kirk made an impressive return at Kirkistown with a brace of thirds on the AKR/McCurry BMW and the Dromara man will be targeting the rostrum again.

British Junior Supersport frontrunner Cameron Dawson will be out to add to his two wins at Kirkistown, while Cork’s Mike Browne will make his debut on the Joey’s Bar Honda Moto3 machine for Gary Dunlop in preparation for Armoy.

Dunlop said: “Mike was supposed to ride for me last year but in the end he never got the chance because of coronavirus. We looked at doing the Cookstown 100 but then decided against it because I’d like Mike to have some experience on the bike first before doing a road race.

“The Mid Antrim Club’s meeting at Bishopscourt is perfect because it’s over two days, which will give Mike a fair bit of time on the bike before we go to Armoy.”

The entry also includes Jason Lynn, Nico Mawhinney, Joe Loughlin and former minibike world champion Jonny Campbell.

Practice takes place today from 9am followed by an 11-race programme.

Tomorrow, a packed schedule of 18 races is planned.

Admission is by online booking only, via www.midantrim150.co.uk


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