ALASTAIR Seeley was a hat trick hero at the International North West 200, 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 riband North West 200 Superbike race. He held off Michael Rutter and John McGuinness to the win over six laps of the famous 8.9-mile North West triangle.
“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.”
“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 sponsors Tyco enjoyed their first North West 200.”
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 exercised 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 TT Races in one week’s time.
“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.”
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 eleventh and eighth in the two Superstock encounters.
Team manager Philip Neill, who heads up the team at their base in Moneymore, was delighted with the three wins and was full of praise for Seeley and the team.
“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.”