Alistair Seeley, Relentless Suzuki by TAS, is topping time sheets so far in the North West 200
Last weekend Alistair Seeley was battling in the British supersport championship and now the Irishman is topping the practice timing sheets in the terrifyingly fast North West 200 road races in Northern Ireland. And the man some call 'the Wee Wizard' – presumably taller chaps who don't have to deal with the quietly-spoken Irishman on a daily basis – is on the case and looking good for Saturday's races.
Reigning North West 200 Superbike champion Seeley dominated last night’s opening practice sessions for this year’s Relentless International North West 200. In overcast and blustery conditions, Seeley topped the Superbike leaderboard with a lap time of 4min 31.148sec [119.094mph] and a 'trap' top speed of 190mph on his GSX-R1000.
The Carrickfergus rider also headed the Superstock class with a lap time of 4mins 32.690sec [118.420mph] and brought his Supersport GSX-R600 home in second place [4mins 42.638sec/114.252mph], just 1/10th of a second off top spot.
Alastair Seeley: “I kept my powder dry as I was towing (Honda rider) Cameron [Donald] round in the Supersport session, but I’m happy to be at the top of the timesheets at this stage in the Superbike and Superstock classes. Everything is working really well and the bikes are very stable which is so important round here. Thursday is a longer session and we’ve a few more things to try with the bike and also with Pirelli, but so far I’m very happy.”