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Seeley is all fired up as focus turns to NW200

 

Hot wheels: Alastair Seeley is ready for the NW200 after a pair of second places at Oulton Park
Hot wheels: Alastair Seeley is ready for the NW200 after a pair of second places at Oulton Park

By Roy Harris

Alastair Seeley warmed up for next week's North West 200 with two second places in the British Supersport races at Oulton Park over the weekend.

However, he had to give best to his arch-rival Jack Kennedy in the sprint and feature races, finishing yesterday's red-flagged contest almost two and a half seconds behind the Dubliner.

A delayed start after the starting lights malfunctioned saw Kennedy get the hole shot and he was never headed as Ulsterman Seeley became embroiled in a great battle with Kennedy's Integro Yamaha team-mate Brad Jones and Kyle Ryde on a GP2 machine.

The 16-lap race was reduced to 14 thanks to the delayed start and then red-flagged on lap 12 after an incident left debris on the track with the result declared.

After the race, Seeley said: "I had to use my experience in this class to keep ahead of Brad.

"We had a couple of close passes, but that's proper Supersport racing. Jack had the pace all weekend and we could not match him. It's off to the North West now, then it will be back to Donington Park to try and get one over on Jack."

Seeley would have been impressed with the PBM Be Wiser Ducati V4 in the hands of Josh Brookes, as the Australian raced to a stylish double in the British Superbike races - the Carrickfergus rider is set to ride one of the Italian rocket ships at Portrush in the 'big bike' races.

In fact, it was a good weekend for Ducati as the Oxford Products version of the V4 was runner-up in both races with Tommy Bridewell on board.

Josh Elliott, the joint Championship leader going into Oulton Park, could not replicate his Silverstone form. He had 10th and 15th-place finishes after suffering chatter with his OGM Suzuki.

Tyco BMW had a better weekend, with Christian Iddon running fourth in race one before an electrical problem sidelined him and Keith Farmer seventh.

In race two, Iddon was sixth and Farmer eighth while in Superstock 1000, Andy Reid brought his Tyco BMW home in ninth position in patchy conditions.

Elliott drops to fourth in the standings ahead of Donington.

Glenn Irwin had another poor weekend on the JG Speedfit Quattro Plant Kawasaki.

He retired from race one and then, after a spot of grass tracking in race two, he finished well outside the points in 22nd position. A change of fortune is needed ahead of the North West.

Honda Racing's Andrew Irwin had a steady two races, finishing 11th in race one - half a bike length behind Elliott - and ninth in race two, four and a half seconds behind Farmer.

In Superstock 600, it looked like an Irish 2-3-4 before Korie McGreevy (21), from Ballynahinch, was excluded from second, his Triumph failing the post-race technical inspection. That elevated Eugene McGlinchey (21) from Aghadowey to second and Aaron Clifford (19) from Tara to third.

Carrick's Scott Swann (16) had a terrific weekend in the British Motostar Championship with second and third-place finishes, with both races being won by American Brandon Paasch.

Swann, on the IFS KTM, was two seconds behind in race one, and in race two was involved in a scrap over the final laps.

He finished 0.747sec behind Paasch, a tenth behind Dan Jones and 0.023 ahead of Asher Durham.

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