Seeley extends NW200 wins haul to 19

Alastair Seeley has extended his record haul of NW200 wins with victory in Saturday's Supersport race

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Submitted by Haydn Cobb on Sat, 13/05/2017 - 19:59

Alastair Seeley

Alastair Seeley has extended his record haul of NW200 wins with victory in Saturday's Supersport race.

There was a lengthy delay before the first race of the day due to rain showers but once the action got underway, it was Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki who shot into the lead pursued by Ian Hutchinson on his McAMS Yamaha. 

A frenetic battle developed at the front with Martin Jessopp, Lee Johnston, Bruce Anstey, William and Michael Dunlop and Adam McLean chasing the leaders.

As the pack slowly stretched out, William Dunlop was leading and hunted by Seeley at the end of the fourth lap when the rain began to increase. Some riders signalled for the race to be stopped but the race continued allowing Seeley to maintain his charge against Dunlop who was now being closed in by brother Michael.

Seeley extended his lead in the closing stage to secure victory number 19 at the iconic event with the fastest lap of the race on the final lap of 113.940mph to win by four seconds. 

William Dunlop kept his brother Michael at bay for second place, with young Northern Ireland rider Adam McLean in fourth ahead of Hutchinson. James Hillier finished sixth followed by Jamie Coward and Peter Hickman.

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