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North West 200: Alastair Seeley takes 18th win as Martin Jessopp does the double in Supersport and Supertwins

 

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Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Pictured: The Anchor Bar Superbike race winner, Alastair Seeley along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place, Lee Johnston. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Pictured: The Anchor Bar Superbike race winner, Alastair Seeley along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place, Lee Johnston. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Saturday's Supersport Race: Race winner, Alastair Seeley with runner up William Dunlop, and third place, Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Saturday's Supersport Race: Race winner, Alastair Seeley with runner up William Dunlop, and third place, Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
The BetMcLean.com Supersport Race

Pictured: BetMcLean.com Supersport race winner, Alastair Seeley.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 The BetMcLean.com Supersport Race Pictured: BetMcLean.com Supersport race winner, Alastair Seeley. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with Dan Copper (2nd) and Martin Jessopp (3rd) the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with Dan Copper (2nd) and Martin Jessopp (3rd) the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Superbike Feature race winner Glenn Irwin. Rowland White / PressEye

Superbike Feature race winner Glenn Irwin. Rowland White / PressEye

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with team boss Ryan Farquhar and the team in the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Michael Rutter celebrates his race win with team boss Ryan Farquhar and the team in the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley is congratulated by Michael Rutter (2nd) winning in the Superbike race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley is congratulated by Michael Rutter (2nd) winning in the Superbike race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Glenn Irwin leads Ian Hutchinson and  Alastair Seeley over Black Hill during Saturday's Vauxhall NW 200 Superbike Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Glenn Irwin leads Ian Hutchinson and Alastair Seeley over Black Hill during Saturday's Vauxhall NW 200 Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Big burn-out by winner Glenn Irwin after the superbike feature race. Rowland White / PressEye

Big burn-out by winner Glenn Irwin after the superbike feature race. Rowland White / PressEye

Alastair Seeley leads Ian  Hutchinson over Black Hill during Saturday's CP Hire Superstock Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley leads Ian Hutchinson over Black Hill during Saturday's CP Hire Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) ahead of Michael Rutter (KMR Kawasaki) and Daniel Cooper (D Cooper Motorsport/KW Electrical Kawasaki) during the Supertwins race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) ahead of Michael Rutter (KMR Kawasaki) and Daniel Cooper (D Cooper Motorsport/KW Electrical Kawasaki) during the Supertwins race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Superbike race: James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) ahead of Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW BMW) during today's Superbike race at the North West 200.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Superbike race: James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) ahead of Ian Hutchinson (Tyco BMW BMW) during today's Superbike race at the North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW S1000RR cuts tracks through the wet track during the sighting lap  over Black Hill during Saturday's Anchor Bar Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW S1000RR cuts tracks through the wet track during the sighting lap over Black Hill during Saturday's Anchor Bar Superbike Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport race
Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Sam West ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Sam West ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 13-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Guy Martin (Wilson Craig Honda) during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Michael Dunlop takes the lead in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Michael Dunlop takes the lead in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley celebrates winning the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200 with girlfriend Danni.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Alastair Seeley celebrates winning the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200 with girlfriend Danni. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley leads in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/05/2016 Alastair Seeley leads in the Supersport race at todays Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki   over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki leads Martin Jessopp Riders Motorcycles Triumph over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki leads Martin Jessopp Riders Motorcycles Triumph over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki    over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the  8.9 mile Triangle course.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 13th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye William Dunlop EC/Caffrey Yamaha R6 leads Alastair Seeley Gear Link Kawasaki over Black Hill during Saturday's Bet McLean .Com Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the 8.9 mile Triangle course. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye

Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye

Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Race

Pictured: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Race Pictured: Superstock race winner Alastair Seeley. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 
This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place Ivan Lintin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp along with runner up Michael Rutter and third place Ivan Lintin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye
North West 200: Thursday Race Evening
Race: SUPERTWIN
Date: 11th May 2017
Caption: Martin Jessopp

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye North West 200: Thursday Race Evening Race: SUPERTWIN Date: 11th May 2017 Caption: Martin Jessopp

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Race

Pictured: The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Race Pictured: The Supertwin race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Derek Shiels (Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Derek Shiels (Cookstown Burrows Engineering Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) and Marty Lennon ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) and Marty Lennon ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) leads during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki) leads during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supertwin race
Michael Rutter heads towards Coleraine during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Michael Rutter heads towards Coleraine during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Matt Sadowski ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supertwin race Matt Sadowski ( Kawasaki) during today's Supertwin race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates his 2nd win of the evening taking the Supertwin race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Michael Rutter 2nd and Ivan Lintin 3rd Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th May 2017 - Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

Vauxhall International North West 200.

Super stock race.

Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th May 2017 - Picture by Desmond Loughery / Press Eye. Vauxhall International North West 200. Super stock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani

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Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison.
This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison. This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  11/05/2017
Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 
This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
He is welcomed into the winners enclosure by team mechanics and family
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. This is Seeley's 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 He is welcomed into the winners enclosure by team mechanics and family Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  11/05/2017
Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison.
This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Alastair Seeley celebrates victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. 2nd Lee Johnston, 3rd Dean Harrison. This is Seeleys 28th Podium and The Was teams 25 win at the North West 200 Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

 Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW     over black Hill during Thursday night's Bayview Hotel Superstock Race  at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 10th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Alastair Seeley TYCO BMW over black Hill during Thursday night's Bayview Hotel Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye
North West 200: Thursday Race Evening
Race: SUPERSTOCK
Date: 11th May 2017
Caption: Alastair Seeley opening up

Mandatory Credit: Rowland White / PressEye North West 200: Thursday Race Evening Race: SUPERSTOCK Date: 11th May 2017 Caption: Alastair Seeley opening up

Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport race
Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) leads during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) leads during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp celebrates victory with his team mates during the Supersport race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 Martin Jessopp celebrates victory with his team mates during the Supersport race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 on Thursday evening. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Close racing during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 28-4-17 North West 200 - Supersport race Close racing during today's Supersport race at the North West 200 in Co Londonderry. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Alastair Seeley after his third victory in the Superstock race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Ian Hutchinson 2nd and Michael Rutter 3rd - Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley continued his record breaking ways at the North West 200 as he smashed the Superstock lap record to claim his 18th victory on the famous Triangle circuit on his Tyco BMW.

The ‘Wee Wizard’ set a new mark of 122.898mph to win from Lee Johnston (East Coast Construction) and Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki). Seeley has now won a race at the North West every year since his first victory in 2008. His Superstock race victory was the 25th win for TAS Racing team bosses Hector and Philip Neill but it wasn’t without its drama.

“I hit a false neutral on lap two at the roundabout after I got into the lead and had to run up over the grass and on to a footpath.” the 35 year old said.

“I had to work my way back to the front and I thought I’d better not do anything silly on the last lap. Hopefully we can continue this form on Saturday for the massive crowds who are around the circuit.”

Tyco BMW boss Philip Neill was delighted with Seeley’s success.

“It is fantastic to get our 25th NW200 win.,” he said.

“This is what racing is all about and it is fitting that Alastair is the man who is bringing it to us.”

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Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

 Michael Dunlop Yamaha leads Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki  over black Hill during Thursday night's HEL Performance Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Michael Dunlop Yamaha leads Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki over black Hill during Thursday night's HEL Performance Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle circuit. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

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Superstock race: Race winner Alastair Seeley along with fiancee Dani. Photo: Desmond Loughery / Press Eye.

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It was also a major consolation for the Carrickfergus rider after his retirement on lap two of the Supersport race with an engine problem earlier in the evening. Seeley had been fastest in practice but Martin Jessopp took advantage of the local man’s absence to win his first North West race on the Riders Motorcycles Triumph.

“I am lost for words.” the Yeovil man said.

“I have been trying to win a race here for ten years and now I have done it.”

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The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. 
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  11/05/2017
The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. 
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST  11/05/2017
The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. 
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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John McGuinness goes through the start and finish chicane on his Honda Racing Fireblade during the Superbike practice session at the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 today. McGuinness crashed a few seconds later at Primrose sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. 
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 John McGuinness goes through the start and finish chicane on his Honda Racing Fireblade during the Superbike practice session at the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 today. McGuinness crashed a few seconds later at Primrose sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: James Cowton. 

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: James Cowton. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice. Mark Dangerfield crashes out of the Thursday Supertwin practice session. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice. Mark Dangerfield crashes out of the Thursday Supertwin practice session. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Martin Jessopp. 

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Paul Jordan. 

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Paul Jordan. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Michael Sweeney. 

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Michael Sweeney. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Christian Elkin.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Christian Elkin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Michael Sweeney.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Michael Sweeney. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Paul Jordan.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Paul Jordan. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Pictured: Michael Rutter chases Lee Johnson and Dan Cooper.  Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Pictured: Michael Rutter chases Lee Johnson and Dan Cooper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Philip Magowan / PressEye

Martin Jessopp topped the leaderboard. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Martin Jessopp topped the leaderboard. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Glenn Irwin and his partner Laura Magee at the North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Glenn Irwin and his partner Laura Magee at the North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Chris Dixon ( Yamaha) during Tuesday's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Chris Dixon ( Yamaha) during Tuesday's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Robenya Farlow was the winner of the Miss North West 200 competition on Tuesday night in the paddock marquee. Rachel Mulligan (right) was second and Ciara Magee was third.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Robenya Farlow was the winner of the Miss North West 200 competition on Tuesday night in the paddock marquee. Rachel Mulligan (right) was second and Ciara Magee was third. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Glenn Irwin at the North West 200.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Glenn Irwin at the North West 200. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Alastair Seeley during Tuesday's North West 200 practice .Photo: Rowland White / PressEye

Alastair Seeley during Tuesday's North West 200 practice .Photo: Rowland White / PressEye

Michael Dunlop during Tuesday's North West 200 practice .Photo: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Michael Dunlop during Tuesday's North West 200 practice .Photo: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha  through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Michael Dunlop.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Lee Johnston Jackson Racing Honda   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Lee Johnston Jackson Racing Honda through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: William Dunlop.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Paul Jordan and William Dunlop.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Paul Jordan and William Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Ryan Farquhar.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Ryan Farquhar. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Chris Dixon (28) Yamaha involved in a red flag incident   during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Chris Dixon (28) Yamaha involved in a red flag incident during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Michael Dunlop.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Michael Dunlop. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Daniel Cooper.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Daniel Cooper. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Breuce Anstey Padgetts Honda  through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Breuce Anstey Padgetts Honda through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

Bruce Anstey now has 12 TT wins to his name after claiming SES TT Zero success in Friday's opening race.

Bruce Anstey now has 12 TT wins to his name after claiming SES TT Zero success in Friday's opening race.

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Peter Hickman Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Peter Hickman Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Dean Harrison.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Dean Harrison. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Lee Johnston Jackson Racing Honda   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Lee Johnston Jackson Racing Honda through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Michael Rutter.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Michael Rutter. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Guy Martin Wilson Craig Honda   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Guy Martin Wilson Craig Honda through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Lee Johnston.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Lee Johnston. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha  through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: James Hillier.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: James Hillier. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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John McGuinness Jackson Racing/Bet Victor Honda   through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye John McGuinness Jackson Racing/Bet Victor Honda through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Derek Sheils.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Derek Sheils. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Glenn Irwin speaks to Stephen Watson.

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Glenn Irwin speaks to Stephen Watson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha  through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Alastair Seeley and Danni.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Alastair Seeley and Danni. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Paul Jordan ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Dan Hegarty (Top Gun Racing Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Dan Hegarty (Top Gun Racing Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha  through Dhu Varren during  Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Michael Dunlop wheelies his Yamaha through Dhu Varren during Supersport practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Daniel Cooper (Ruby Site Services Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Daniel Cooper (Ruby Site Services Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Christian Elkin ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Christian Elkin ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017

Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions.

Pictured: Lee Johnston and Guy Martin.

Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 practice sessions. Pictured: Lee Johnston and Guy Martin. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Peter Hickman (Trooper Beer by Smiths Racing Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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John McGuinness (Jackson Racing/Bet Victor Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session John McGuinness (Jackson Racing/Bet Victor Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcyles Triumph) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Lee Johnston (Jackson Racing Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Lee Johnston (Jackson Racing Honda) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session James Hillier (JG Speedfit Kawasaki Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
James Cowton ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session James Cowton ( Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Steve Mercer (Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Steve Mercer (Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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William Dunlop and John McGuinness at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/05/2017 William Dunlop and John McGuinness at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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North West 200 - Supersport practice session
Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Michael Dunlop ( Yamaha) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 7-5-17 North West 200 - Supersport practice session Michael Dunlop ( Yamaha) during today's Supersport practice session at the North West 200 in Portrush. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Ian Hutchinson speaks to Riders Liaison officer Steve Plater at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/05/2017 Ian Hutchinson speaks to Riders Liaison officer Steve Plater at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May  2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course.
Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 9th May 2017-Picture by Brian Little/PressEye Newcomers rider races pass the garden walls through Dhu Varren during practice for the Vauxhall International 2017 North West 200 around the Triangle Course. Picture by Brian Little / PressEye

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Guy Martin at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/05/2017 Guy Martin at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Bruce Anstey at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/05/2017 Bruce Anstey at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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Ian Hutchinson at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 09/05/2017 Ian Hutchinson at the Vauxhall International North West 200 before he heads out on his Tuesday practice laps. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/05/2017 The scene at Primrose corner on the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 circuit where John McGuinness crashed his Honda Racing Fireblade sustaining a suspected fracture to his leg. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

 “I tried to ride my own race and open a gap on the rest of the field.” he explained.

Jessopp won by 0.772 seconds from Ian Hutchinson on the McAMS Yamaha with James Hillier third on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki a further 1,2 seconds back.

It was the Triumph’s first win at the North West since 1970.

Jessopp  didn’t have to wait long for his second North West win, taking victory in the final race of the evening, the Supertwins event on his Riders Motorcycles ER6 Kawasaki.

 “I had pushed hard all race and was taking it a little bit easier on the last lap when I saw I had a six second lead on my board.” Jessop explained.

“But I looked back at the roundabout and saw Rutter behind me so I had to get my head down again.”

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Vauxhall International North West 200
Thursday Practice

Pictured: Martin Jessopp. 

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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PressEye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th May 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 Thursday Practice Pictured: Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Rutter’s Kawasaki was built by Ryan Farquhar, who had been seriously injured in the same race twelve months ago, and it took a new lap record from Jessopp on the final circuit of 110.423mph to win by 0.8 seconds from Rutter with Ivan Lintin (Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki) third.

John McGuinness crash

Earlier in the day the superbike practice session was red flagged after a crash at Primrose corner.

Rider John McGuinness came off his bike and was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with a suspected broken leg. The 45-year-old Morecambe rider is a six time winner at the event.

The practice session was abandoned due to the red flag.

A tweet from the English road racer's team said he was "conscious and is going to hospital with a suspected broken leg".

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Thursday race results

Supertwins

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Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Supersport race winner Martin Jessopp. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

1 Martin Jessopp

2 Michael Rutter

3 Ivan Lintin

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Pictured: John McGuinness. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Pictured: John McGuinness. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

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Pictured: John McGuinness. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

Superstock

1 Alastair Seeley

2 Lee Johnston

3 Dean Harrison

4 Ian Hutchinson

5 Martin Jessopp

6 Hames Hillier

7 Derek Sheils

8 William Dunlop

9 Daniel Cooper

10 Sam West

Supersport

1 M Jessopp

2 I Hutchinson

3 J Hillier

4 Dean Harrison

5 Lee Johnston

6 William Dunlop

7 Michael Dunlop

8 James Cowton

9 Jamie Coward

10 Horst Saiger

Supersport practice

Alastair Seeley secured another pole position in the final Supersport practice session at the North West 200 with a lap time of 4.36.

Second was Lee Johnston with a time of 4.37.

Michael Dunlop qualified in third with 4.38 a lap time.

Superstock practice

Earlier, Seeley was fastest in the Superstocks session 2 with a lap time of 4.22.

Followed by Bathams Michael Rutter coming in second with a lap of 4.24.

Lee Johnston makes up the top 3 with a lap time of 4.25 on Jackson racing machinery.

Ballymoney's Michaels Dunlop with be in 7th position on the grid with his brother William 10th

Guy Martin black flagged

Meanwhile, Guy Martin was black flagged at Metropole as he didn't put his foot down at Mather's Cross.

And Martin Jessopp topped the leaderboard in Thursday morning's Supertwin practice session.

With a lap time of 4.55, Jessopp will start from pole on the grid. Michael Rutter followed closely on his heels with a lap time of 4.56.

Yorkshires Ivan Lintin completed the top three with a lap of 4.59.

Riding the Air ambulance charities supertwin, Fermanagh's Lee Johnston came in fourth with a time of 4.59.

Mark Dangerfield crashed out of the session.

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