NW200 Superstock: Seeley makes it two from two

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Alastair Seeley has made it two from two on the opening night of action at the North West 200, adding a Superstock race win to his Supersport victory from earlier in the night, after holding off the charging BMWs of Michael Rutter and Michael Dunlop on the last lap.

Rutter was an early leader, pulling out a small gap before Seeley made the most of the Kawasaki’s speed to overhaul him. It was then Seeley’s turn to make a break at the front, pulling out his own lead.

But Rutter was far from done, and, with Michael Dunlop and Martin Jessop hot on his heels he was able to close in the gap again to lead on the last lap, with Dunlop also briefly taking a turn on the front. But it was Seeley once who was once again able to pull off a hard pass on the Coast Road, taking the lead, before Rutter too was able to pass Dunlop for second.

Martin Jessop was able to hold off hard charging Austrian Horst Saiger, with the Kawasaki rider setting a new lap record as he tried desperately to pull in Jessop in the middle of the race.

Afterwards, Seeley said: “I got past Michael just coming up to Black Hill. He got a bit squarely, and I was able to get the drive to get set up for the right-left. From there, I was able to hold my line, brake as late as I could. I pretty much knew from Juniper I was in the clear, and hopefully I can snowball on from there.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer