See­ley smashes more records

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Alastair See­ley claimed his first ever four-timer at the only road race meet­ing he com­petes in each year, but lost out to Glenn Ir­win in the flag­ship su­per­bike race.

“Glenn was com­ing here full of con­fi­dence af­ter fin­ish­ing on the podium in BSB races this sea­son,” said the 37-year-old as the pair shared a joint cel­e­bra­tion af­ter the race.

“I know how spe­cial a North West win is and most of my races here have been ding-dong bat­tles. I knew Glenn would be very com­pet­i­tive on the Du­cati and the best man won on the day.”

See­ley was on pole for the Su­per­sport and Superstock races af­ter qual­i­fy­ing but a fuel fil­ter prob­lem on the Gear­link Kawasaki ruled him out of con­tention in Thurs­day evening’s 600cc race. He bounced back to win the stocker event be­fore adding three wins on Satur­day.

He was also the other half of what peo­ple are de­scrib­ing as the best ever race at the sea­side venue, push­ing his younger ri­val all the way in the fi­nal big bike en­counter as he fought for a fifth win of the week.

“I am still hun­gry for suc­cess here and ev­ery North West win is spe­cial for me,” said the 21-times vic­tor. “I try not to change too much com­ing here, to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity with the same teams and the same ma­chin­ery as much as I can. I want to be just the jockey who sits on the bike and twists the throt­tle!”

Like so many dom­i­nant fig­ures, the for­mer Bri­tish Su­per­sport and Superstock cham­pion is a vic­tim of his own suc­cess. His al­most un­beat­able North West per­for­mances have left some fans ea­ger to see him de­feated but See­ley demon­strated just how deter­mined and com­mit­ted he still is dur­ing Satur­day’s su­per­bike bat­tle af­ter an ex­cur­sion into the grass verge on the 200mph run down to Univer­sity.

“I pulled out of Glenn’s slip­stream and a cross wind caught the bike and sent me wide,” See­ley ex­plained. “The track closes at that point and I caught a cou­ple of pud­dles right at the edge of the road but man­aged to wres­tle the bike out again!”

It was an­other record-break­ing North West 200 per­for­mance for See­ley. He has now won six races more than the late Robert Dun­lop in the all-time win­ner’s list, and his tally of 32 rostrum fin­ishes sees him over­take Phillip Mc­callen’s record of 28 podi­ums. See­ley also gave his TAS Rac­ing bosses, Philip and Hec­tor Neill, their 27th NW200 vic­tory.

‘I caught a cou­ple of pud­dles at the edge of the road but wres­tled it out’ ALASTAIR SEE­LEY

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