Belfast Telegraph

Record-holder Seeley pulls a real Kwacker for NW200

By Paul Lindsay

Vauxhall International North West 200 joint-record holder Alastair Seeley will be back on Gearlink Kawasaki machinery in the Supersport classes at this year's event on Saturday, May 14.

The Carrickfergus ace shares top spot in the record books with the late, great Robert Dunlop on 15 career wins at the Triangle, and teaming up with the Gearlink squad will undoubtedly give him a great chance of clinching 16 victories at the North West.

"I'll be looking to start where we left off back in 2013, when I raced for Gearlink in the British championship and also came to the NW200 and won," said the diminutive Ulsterman, who has won at least one Supersport race per year at the May showpiece since 2010.

With six of his 15 wins coming on Supersport machinery, it's fair to say he will be tough to beat on Gearlink Kawasaki's ZX-6R.

"The bike hasn't really changed since I last rode it, so it'll be just a matter of dialling in the settings from 2013 and away we go," said Seeley in his usual nonchalant and confident manner.

Later this month, the double British champion will announce his Superbike and Superstock rides for the North West 200, but for now he is fully focused on his Supersport deal.

"Anything I've ever asked for from team owner Michael de Bidaph, he has agreed to, and for this year's event, he assures me we will have strong motors, which I'm buzzing about," said Seeley.

Having taken a hat-trick last year at the North West, Seeley will again be the man to beat come May around the famous 8.9-mile circuit, but as expected Gearlink Kawasaki team owner De Bidaph would love it to be on one of his bikes.

"This will be our fourth year of racing at the North West 200 and we love coming to Northern Ireland," explained De Bidaph, whose team supported fellow Northern Ireland favourite Glenn Irwin last season in the British championship and also at the NW200, where he made his debut.

Looking ahead to this year's event, De Bidaph added: "It would be just amazing for Alastair to break the record on our bike and we will put out everything we have got for him to do the job."

Seeley will have his former British Supersport adversary Ben Wilson as a team-mate in the Gearlink squad at the showpiece event come May, where the action is sure to be hot and heavy in the middleweight class with a very strong field of participants expected.

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