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2019 North West 200: Seeley Edges Johnston In Tight Supersport Q1

Blue skies, moderate warm weather, dry conditions all round greeted Supersport competitors, as the middleweight class machines took centre stage at the 2019 FonaCAB International North West 200 In Association With Nicholl Oils.

Making the most of the track time available, the pace during this morning’s opening timed practice session was set by Triangle course wizard, Alastair Seeley.

Photo by Rod Neill

Seeley piloting the proven EHA Racing Yamaha, left it till the very end of the session, to top the time sheets, clocking an already impressive lap time of 4 minutes 37.073 seconds.

Photo by Road Racing Daily

Finishing just 0.173 of a second behind Seeley on the timing screens, was Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston.

Johnston (4.37.255) competing this year in the British Supersport Championship, underlined today his billing as a pre race favourite, as did third quickest James Hillier (4.38.186).

Fourth fastest behind Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki’s Hillier, was roads returnee Michael Dunlop (4.38.734).

In all out action mode aboard his own teams CBR 600RR Honda, the roads legend showcased again why you simply cannot discount him, no matter whether he’s carrying a injury, or lacking track time in comparison to his esteemed rivals.

Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison (4.40.044) looked in solid, consistent form on route to finishing fifth quickest, whilst fellow countryman, sixth fastest Peter Hickman (4.41.219) aboard the striking TROOPER Triumph also showed his proven quality on the Triangle course.

Rounding out the ten quickest Supersport competitors from today’s entertaining, keenly contested opening qualifying session were Logan Racing Yamaha mounted Paul Jordan (4.43.414), IRRC Superbike series leader Davey Todd (4.44.460), Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson (4.44.582) and twice TT winner Gary Johnson (4.44.908).

North West 200 – First Supersport qualifying results, are as follows:

1 Alastair Seeley 4.37.073
2 Lee Johnston 4.37.255
3 James Hillier 4.38.186
4 Michael Dunlop 4.38.734
5 Dean Harrison 4.40.044
6 Peter Hickman 4.41.219
7 Paul Jordan 4.43.414
8 Davey Todd 4.44.460
9 Ian Hutchinson 4.44.582
10 Gary Johnson 4.44.908
11 Conor Cummins 4.45.884
12 Derek McGee 4.46.732
13 Christian Elkin 4.49.313
14 Michael Sweeney 4.50.007
15 David Johnson 4.53.186
16 Pierre Yves Bian 4.53.217
17 Nathan Harrison 4.55.516
18 Darren Cooper 4.56.968
19 Joe Loughlin 4.57.053
20 Daley Mathison 4.57.281
21 Xavier Denis 4.57.555
22 Dominic Herbertson 4.57.758
23 Kris Duncan 4.58.574
24 Victor Lopez Santos 4.59.018
25 Paul Williams 5.00.163
26 Darryl Tweed 5.00.887
27 Francesco Curinga 5.03.771
28 Matt Rees 5.10.988
29 Marty Lennon 5.11.036
30 Steven Horne 5.14.814
31 Raul Torras Martinez 5.15.794
32 Alan Johnston 5.17.860
33 Ryan Gibson 5.19.873
34 Paul Mackey 5.19.971
35 David Murphy 5.20.027
36 Patricia Fernandez 5.20.606
37 Stephen Degnan 5.23.130
38 Ramon Basomba 5.23.880
39 Michael Rees 5.28.935

Words by Stevie Rial

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