Seeley smashes more records
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