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BRITISH SUPERBIKE

3 WINS AND 6 PODIUMS FOR SEELEY AT NW200!


Team Suzuki Press Office – May 20.

Alastair Seeley was a hat trick hero at the International North West 200 in Northern Ireland, taking his stable of Tyco Suzuki GSX-R machinery to success in Superstock, Supersport and Superbike classes.

The British Superbike regular stood on all six podiums during Thursday and Saturday’s races, taking his win tally at the North Coast showpiece in Northern Ireland to eight victories.

A Superstock race one victory in damp conditions on Thursday was followed up with a hard-fought victory over William Dunlop in the second Supersport encounter on Saturday, but the highlight for Tyco Suzuki was his win in the Blue Ribband North West 200 Superbike race where he held off Michael Rutter and John McGuinness to the win over six laps of the famous 8.9-mile North West triangle.

Fans’ favourite Guy Martin escaped with minor cuts and bruises after a nasty crash in Supersport race one on Saturday morning, but Team Manager Philip Neill took extreme caution, pulling Martin out of the rest of the meeting as he took quite a heavy blow to the head. The Lincolnshire rider lost the front of his GSX-R600 on the run along the Coast Road, between the Railway Bridge and Black Hill, but will be fully-fit for the start of the Isle of Man TT Races in one week’s time.

Conor Cummins was also unfortunate to be taken out by another rider in the North West 200 Superbike race whilst challenging in the top six, but did post seventh in Superbike race one and 11th and eighth in the two Superstock encounters.

Alastair Seeley:

“I can’t complain too much about those results. Three wins from six podiums and winning the big one - the North West 200 Superbike race – it was really nice to do it again. I didn’t think it was going to be my day after the red flag in the first Supersport race when I’d just caught William going onto the last lap; missing a gear while leading the first Superbike race; then losing out in Superstock race one when Michael Rutter won it on corrected time from the second group, even though I’d crossed the line first. It just shows that dreams can come true if you work hard enough. I’d like to thank to team for a big effort and hope our sponsor Tyco enjoyed its first North West 200.”

Conor Cummins:

“It was good to get back onto the roads but a bit frustrating for me as I felt I had good pace in that second Superbike race, only to get wiped out by another rider turning into Mather’s Cross chicane. A few bumps and bruises we can sort and I’ll get back to the Isle of Man and relax this week before the start of the TT.”

Guy Martin:

“I’m disappointed to miss out on the meeting and pretty frustrated as I didn’t feel I was doing anything wrong when I tucked the front, even though the bike does get a bit unsettled through that bumpy section. I had a really stiff neck after the crash and I had taken a bit of a battering so it was best to sit it out. I’ll be grand for the TT.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“Taking three wins away from an International event is a great achievement for any team, although I do feel there was just a little too much hype in the media about Alastair potentially winning all five on Saturday. The North West produces a quality entry and winning one race is a big deal, so we’re very proud to have given both Suzuki and our new sponsor Tyco Security Products three this year.

“It was unfortunate that Guy had to sit out the meeting after a very nasty crash in the opening race on Saturday. He took a fairly hefty bang on the head and was just not fit enough to race on, so it was the best option. Conor had a solid enough meeting and was starting to show some good pace in that NW200 Superbike race before getting taken out. Thankfully he only has cuts and bruises, but both men will be fighting fit for the TT.

“I’d like to thank Suzuki and all our associate sponsors for their support this week. Many of them turned up to watch us race and we had a great atmosphere in and around the team environment during the event. It was very pleasing to be able to give Tyco its first International road race wins and I’m sure many of them will now have the road racing bug like the rest of us.”



For more stories about Alastair Seeley, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

For more stories about Conor Cummins, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

For more stories about Guy Martin, Click Here. For photos, Click Here.

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