Round-up of some of the most interesting stats, facts to emerge from last evening’s race action at the returning FonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200.
Alastair Seeley is now just four shy of joining a very select group of racers to have claimed 30 wins or more at pure road racing’s majors (North West 200/TT/Ulster GP/Macau GP/Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup).
Remaining tenth on the all-time majors’ winners list, 26 times NW200 winner Seeley has also now recorded since 2010 no less than 39 top six finishes and race wins with seven different teams.
Seeley, alongside lead chaser Davey Todd were the only racers to register sub 5-minute lap times during the Strain Engineering Supersport race.
Amongst the first twenty finishers included three IRRC stalwarts Pierre Yves Bian (10th), Jorn Hamberg (17th) and Yann Galli (20th).
Racers from nine different nations overall finished the re-started four-lap race.
Just 21 riders completed the Turkington Superstock race including 2021 IRRC Superbike runner-up Lukas Maurer.
On route to placing 12th, Maurer set the eighth fastest lap time of the race, lapping at 5 minutes 06.942 seconds.
Finishing four places behind Switzerland’s top pure road racer was Kris Duncan, holder of the highest start number, 119.
Top BMW pilot was 14 times NW200 victor Michael Rutter, who it’s worth reminding has taken to date 29 combined NW200, TT, Macau GP victories.
It’s not been mentioned yet by me but yesterday’s races were the first NW200 race stints of this decade!
Photo credit: Tommy Vennard
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou