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Seeley happy with new Ducati as he gets vital laps under his belt

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley has enjoyed his first full test on the PBM/Be Wiser Ducati he will race in the Superbike races at this week's North West 200.

The 24 times North West winner declared himself happy with the V4RR Superbike’s performance after completing dozens of laps during a track day at Kirkistown yesterday.

“It is a bit of a lastminute.com test but at least I am getting time out on the bike.” the 39-year-old Carrick rider said as he sported new PBM leathers and helmet design.

“It’s a case of doing nothing silly, gathering up the laps and learning the bike. It feels good and it will feel even better going up the big, long straights at the North West.”

Aside from a brief outing on PBM Ducati team-mate Josh Brookes’ machine during the Portimao British Superbikes test in March, the ‘wee wizard’ rider had not ridden the new Superbike he hopes will bring him his 25th North West success.

“Each time we come in, we are changing the bike more to my preference and we are slowly getting there. By the end of the day we will have changed quite a bit and hopefully found a happy place for me,” Seeley explained.

It was Seeley’s second visit to the Co Down track in a week as he makes his final preparations for North West 200 practice. The British Supersport rider rode the EHA Yamaha R6 at Portrush during a day of filming for BBC NI’s North West coverage.

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