Johnston denies Seeley in superstock race

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Lee Johnston has denied Alastair Seeley the chance to become the most successful North West 200 racer of all time, with a last lap move to take the win from his fellow Northern Irishman.

The duo were early race leaders in the delayed five lap race, before eventually being pulled in first by the Yamaha of Michael Dunlop and then Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki.

However, the fight was still to be between Johnston and Seeley, and the Tyco BMW rider made his move at Metropole on the last lap. Johnston was able to come back, though, taking the lead in the slipstream at Black Hill and holding his defensive line to the end.

“With all the red flags, I led the damn thing three times, so if I didn’t come out of that with a win I would have been seriously upset. Alastair is riding brilliantly, but fair play to the BMW – the little thing is unreal!”

Behind them, Hutchinson was able to take his second podium of the day from Dunlop, with William finishing fifth in the second of the Tyco bikes.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer