IT will take a brave man to bet against Alastair Seeley adding to his eight North West wins this week.
The ‘Wee Wizard’ bagged himself a hat-trick at last year’s event before making an amicable split with TAS Suzuki after four successful season’s with Philip Neill’s team.
However, the diminutive rider has made his intentions and aspirations very clear before the off, by opting for the coveted number 1 plate on his MSS Kawasaki Superbike machine, as he looks to retain his NW200 Superbike crown in the Vauxhall sponsored feature race.
Seeley will be joined on the grid by a host of top class road racing talent this year, with no less than six former winners boasting forty wins between them at the Triangle – firmly establishing the Vauxhall North West 200 as the number one mass start road race in the world. Last year most of the hype surrounded Seeley and whether he could equal Phillip McCallen’s famous five-in-a-day at the North West.
That weight has been lifted from the 33-year-old’s shoulders, as he will compete in four races on Saturday May 18: two Superbike, Supersport and Superstock – opting out of the Supertwins’ class.
Seeley said: “The Superbike races are the ones everyone wants to win at the North West and the ones the fans always remember in years to come. In saying that, I’ll also be looking to add to my Supersport and Superstock wins at the Triangle as I’d like to give Kawasaki as many victories as possible.”
On his rivals he added: “It’s not going to be easy this year with Stuart Easton showing great form in British Supersport and returning to the North West as a top class competitor.
“John McGuinness always slips in under the radar and the likes of Rutter and the Dunlop boys have to be accounted for and we should never over-look Bruce Anstey.
“I will be doing my homework as always and come race day the Wee Wizard will be doing his best to jump on as many top steps as possible,” he smiled.