Seeley takes experience to superbike win

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Alastair Seeley has matched Robert Dunlop’s fifteen-win record at the North West 200 by capitalising on his experience to take the win in the first of the day’s superbike races at the Northern Irish race.

Ian Hutchinson led most of the race on the PBM Kawasaki, powering ahead of the four-way scrap for second behind Seeley, Bruce Anstey, Lee Johnston and dark horse Michael Rutter.

Trading places in the slipstream, it was Seeley who seemed to have a game plan from the start, cruising at the start before picking his way through for a last lap move on Hutchy to take the lead and the win.

“I really really enjoy here – and I think it’s because we can bring the scratching circuit racing to here – but you can still never count out the road racers! I spent the first few laps switching from supersport to superbike mode, chipped away through the last few laps, made the move and brought her home for the win!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer