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Vauxhall International North West 200 – Supersport Practice Report

Virtually ideal conditions greeted competitors for the opening Supersport practice session, of the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200.

Alastair Seeley (Gearlink Kawasaki) underlined once again his undoubted prowess around the Triangle, setting an already impressive pace, lapping at 4 minutes 41.480 seconds to comfortably finish quickest.

Photo by Rod Neill

Second quickest, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison, was 1.495 seconds behind his fellow ZX-6R Kawasaki mounted exponent, the Bradford rider is eyeing up this week a maiden North West podium finish.

He’s showing the kind of form to achieve this goal, whilst good friend Lee Johnston lead the Honda challenge, lapping under 4 minutes 44 seconds, on Jackson Racing’s CBR 600RR Honda.

Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles Triumph) was next up on the timing sheets, John McGuinness fifth fastest was 0.8 behind the multiple times Macau GP runner up.

Michael Dunlop having his first outing on his new YZF R6 Yamaha in MD Racing colours, was sixth quickest, followed by James Hillier and Bruce Anstey on the plane white Padgetts Honda, who where both closely matched.

Completing the top ten in practice, was two times Junior Manx GP winner Michael Sweeney, and Horst Saiger.

William Dunlop encountered early problems on the IC Racing/Caffrey International Yamaha, whilst fellow anticipated front runner Ian Hutchinson had his first taste of the 2017 spec YZF R6 Yamaha.

Vauxhall International North West 200 – Supersport Practice Results:

1 Alastair Seeley 4.41.480
2 Dean Harrison 4.42.975
3 Lee Johnston 4.43.968
4 Martin Jessopp 4.45.063
5 John McGuinness 4.45.893
6 Michael Dunlop 4.47.344
7 James Hillier 4.47.899
8 Bruce Anstey 4.48.529
9 Michael Sweeney 4.49.452
10 Horst Saiger 4.49.908
11 Christian Elkin 4.50.483
12 Paul Jordan 4.50.840
13 Jamie Coward 4.53.605
14 Steve Mercer 4.53.741
15 Adam McLean 4.53.991
16 Guy Martin 4.54.597
17 Dan Stewart 4.54.726
18 Daley Mathison 4.54.977
19 Sam West 4.55.040
20 Dan Cooper 4.55.232

Words by Stevie Rial