Michael Rutter led the way in the opening Superstock session at this year’s 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200, pipping Alastair Seeley to the top spot by just 0.141 seconds.
Seeley, who topped both the Supersport and Superbike sessions earlier today, appeared to get held up on his final lap which moved him from third to second on the timesheets.
Lee Johnston completed a BMW front row lockout in third ahead of a fourth BMW in the shape of Ian Hutchinson’s factory-backed Tyco outfit.
Dean Harrison was the first non-BMW runner in fifth, but Martin Jessopp made it five S1000RRs in the top six for Riders Motorcycles BMW.
Michael Dunlop placed seventh on the MD Racing Suzuki, although was also lapping on Richard Cooper’s Bennetts-liveried machine as well as his own MD Racing GSX-R1000 during the session, with Peter Hickman, William Dunlop and Horst Saiger rounding out the top ten.
Guy Martin was 15th for Honda Racing while team-mate John McGuinness has opted not to race his Fireblade stocker.
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