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North West 200 Latest: Seeley To Miss Superstock Encounters, Targeting Retention Of Feature Superbike Title

Aiming to enhance his record breaking event wins tally which stands presently at 24 victories, Triangle course wizard Alastair Seeley’s 2019 North West 200 tenure, will see him focus upon the Supersport, Superbike races, having made the decision to not participate within the Superstock class.

Seeley who is targeting retention of the feature Superbike crown, which he last won in 2012, stated recently the reasons behind his decision to forgo competition in the ultra competitive Superstock class:

“When I rode for Tyco BMW, the team had bikes available for the Superbike and stock races but I would have to ride for three different teams this year, and that would mean too much jumping about.

I would have three different teams to work with, three different debriefs to attend and three different bikes to set up. Plus three sets of leathers to be constantly changing.”

Runner up within the opening British Supersport Championship races of 2019, at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, the diminutive Seeley’s middleweight class record at the NW200 is nothing short of impeccable, golden, unparalleled.

Year in year out the one to beat in the hugely competitive class, since 2010 he has secured 12 race wins, scoring back to back victories in three of the last four meetings.

Looking ahead to Thursday evening’s Supersport encounter of NW200 race week, he expressed quiet, but assured confidence of securing a 25th Triangle course victory:

“Twenty five would be nice. I would like to get the job done on Thursday night in the Supersport race because that takes some of the pressure off, and anything else we can do will be a bonus.”

Photo by Stephen Davison

Adding his thoughts on this May’s Superbike encounters, the Carrickfergus racer candidly stated about his new steed, the V4 Ducati, which has proven untouchable in World Superbikes this year, in the hands of Alvaro Bautista.

“Apart from a couple of spins on Josh Brookes’s bike at the BSB test at Portimao in March, I haven’t ridden the Ducati.

It felt nice to ride but not really, really fast which is a good thing. Something that doesn’t feel fast but is fast is ideal for the North West, and the power delivery is very smooth and linear.”

Going onto add about an upcoming test aboard the Be Wiser Ducati, he stated:

“The team is planning a two day test for me next week before the North West begins, and we will need that track time to get set up and feel comfortable because this is a brand new bike.”

It’s going to take magical, stellar, tumultuous, alien like performances to stop the ever reliable Seeley increasing his North West 200 wins tally in 2019, as he targets a further increase to an event record that is already record breaking, history breaking and unrivalled.

Words by Stevie Rial