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Boosting my North West 200 record will be a huge task, admits Alastair Seeley

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Point made: Alastair Seeley celebrates his 27th win around the Triangle circuit. Credit: Stephen Davison

Point made: Alastair Seeley celebrates his 27th win around the Triangle circuit. Credit: Stephen Davison

Point made: Alastair Seeley celebrates his 27th win around the Triangle circuit. Credit: Stephen Davison

Alastair Seeley is reluctant to speculate on how far he can go at the North West 200 after the Carrickfergus man increased his tally to 27 victories around the Triangle course.

Seeley won the Supersport and Superstock races on Thursday in the wet and brought up his fourth career hat-trick at the event with another Superstock success in glorious sunshine on Saturday.

The 42-year-old had been targeting a milestone 25th win, but now that he has surpassed that mark Seeley admits he doesn’t know where his remarkable run of NW200 success will end.

“I always said I’d like to get to 25 and now I have two more than that,” said Seeley, whose wins all came on IFS-backed Yamaha machinery.

“To reach my race number (34) would be nice, but the level is so high here now and to win one race is an achievement, so we will see where we end up.”

Seeley and fellow Carrick man Glenn Irwin won five of the eight races held in total across the two race days on the north coast, where Irwin made it a sensational six Superbike victories in-a-row.

The Honda Racing rider had to dig deep to fend off Davey Todd (Milenco by Padgett’s Honda) in the first showdown, holding on to win by only 0.253s for his fifth triumph. With Todd plus other leading contenders including Peter Hickman, Dean Harrison and Michael Dunlop absent from the Superbike finale due to a safety issue with a batch of Dunlop Superbike slick tyres, Irwin’s task was made a little easier.

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The 32-year-old shot into the lead and gradually eased away from Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki), closing out his second Superbike double at the North West by 2.5s.

“Fair play to my team, today has just been a dream,” Irwin said.

“We came here to win the big ones, the level here is so high, so to win both the Superbike races this year and lead that calibre of field is such a good feeling.

“The last lap of the feature Superbike race was incredible, it was so overwhelming with the support out there along the course.”


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