NW200: Seeley doubles up for Supersport pole

Published: 11 May 2017

Alastair Seeley took his second pole position of the day in this afternoon’s final Supersport qualifying session for the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200.

The Carrickfergus rider will start both of this evening’s opening two races from the head of the front row after a dominant display so far.

His time of 4’36.444 (116.812mph) may be some way off the lap record but the most successful man ever around the Triangle circuit looks in a strong position to further add to that tally of 17 victories as racing gets underway later today.

Jackson Honda’s Lee Johnston put in an impressive showing to secure second on the grid, some 1.222 behind countryman Seeley with Michael Dunlop leaving it late to complete the front row on the MD Racing Yamaha.

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Martin Jessopp will start fourth on the Riders Motorcycles Triumph, ahead of Dean Harrison and James Hillier.

Peter Hickman jumped up the order late in the session to head the third row, ahead of Ian Hutchinson who continues to get to grips with the brand new McAMS Yamaha R6.

William Dunlop starts ninth ahead of Adam McLean who completes the top ten, edging out the second Jackson Honda of TT hero John McGuinness.

Guy Martin continues to struggle as he makes his return to road racing, the Lincolnshireman down in 27th place for Wilson Craig Honda.

The opening Supersport encounter is scheduled to get underway at approximately 17.45 this evening. 

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