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North West 200 Seeley wins first Supersport race
Seeley takes a record breaking 16th victory
ALASTAIR Seeley took the win in the first Supersport race at the North West 200 with a record-breaking 16th victory placing him ahead of all the Dunlop's.
Riding the Gearlink Kawasaki, Seeley was involved in an eight-rider battle for most of the race, but managed to pull out a lead in the final lap to get the better CAME BPT Yamaha's Ian Hutchinson and the Riders Motorcycles Triumph of Martin Jessopp.
Michael Dunlop started off the drama early on as he decided on some last-minute changes to his Yamaha which saw him run out of time and pulled off the start grid. From then it was Jessopp who took the whole shot from Seeley and Lee Johnston, but it was Jessopp and Seeley who diced for the lead.
Seeley led Jessopp, Johnston, James Hillier and Hutchinson across the line, but 'General Lee Johnston' hit the front at Station only for the Wee Wizard to re-take the lead at University. By the end of the lap only four seconds covered the top ten, but it was Seeley first across the line again.
Hutchinson began to make his move through the pack and on lap three he took the lead for the first time as he dived up the inside at Metropole. The lead was minuscule and only around 0.03s. Dean Harrison and Bruce Anstey were also on the move and were nearing the top six adding on to the already substantial freight train.
On lap four, Seeley was ahead again at Magherabuoy with Hutchinson reclaiming the lead at Metropole. Only 2.7s then covered the top eight with Michael Rutter and John McGuinness losing touch with the leading pack.
Two laps remained when Seeley decided to pull his last card as he began to pull away and eke out a lead into the final lap. Hutchinson attempted to bridge the gap, but unfortunately it was just not enough. Seeley took the win by 1.2s, Hutchinson took fourth and Jessopp third for his first ever NW200 podium. William Dunlop, Harrison, Johnston and Hiller completed the top five with Anstey slipping back to tenth on the final lap.
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