Roads: Seeley to race Tyco BMW at North West 200

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The most successful racer in the history of the North West 200, Alastair Seeley, will return to the Tyco BMW squad for the 1000cc races at this year’s event.

Taking a record-breaking 17th North West victory last year, Seeley will return to the local team with whom he’s raced for on both BMW and Suzuki machinery in the past.

The move comes after the Carrickfergus rider spent the winter months in uncertainty after being unable to secure a competitive ride for the British Championship. It’s now been announced he’ll compete in the British Supersport series aboard the Spirit Motorcycles machine which won’t be eligible for points in the class given its increased engine size.


“Philip always said if I was stuck he would do his best to help me with bikes for the North West 200 and he has been true to his word,” Seeley said. “I’m delighted to be back working with the TAS Racing guys and riding the Tyco BMW S1000RR would always have been my first choice for the 1000cc classes. The Superbike class is the one everyone wants to win at the NW200 and I feel this deal gives me my best opportunity. I’ve continued to do my homework and train hard despite the winter uncertainty, and I’ve every confidence that working with Tyco BMW again, will give me a great opportunity to add to my North West wins in May.”

TAS Racing boss Phillip Neill added: “When the opportunity arose to offer Alastair a deal to ride Tyco BMW Motorrad machinery in the Superstock and Superbike classes at the North West 200 – well it was a bit of a no brainer to be honest. He’s a proven winner at the North West in many different classes and will be a popular addition to our team for the week-long event. His goal is to add to his win tally, and along with Hutchy, here’s hoping they can bag a few more in May for both ourselves and our sponsors. It turned into quite a complex little deal to finally see across the line, so thanks must go to NW200 event director Mervyn Whyte and his team for their support.”

This leaves Seeley fully sorted for the 2017 North West after having already signed a deal to continue with Gearlink Kawasaki in the Supersport class. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing