The second instalment of racing from the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200. Can local favourite Alastair Seeley extend his record number of wins?
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The breathtaking causeway coast can rival any of the spectacular views
of the world. And in May, as this coastline springs to the roads, live
to the sound of motorcycle engines for one of Northern Ireland's guest
and fastest sporting events. The international Northwest 200. Here's
a reminder what has happened. COMMENTATOR: And they're off. How
close is that? What a beautiful sight. Look at that back. How close
are they? They are all in line. Four abreast. Oh, Rutter with his wheel
in the air. On board with William Dunlop. Sealey has gone wide, he is
over the pavement. Dunlop has done enough, in the dirt. And Sealey does
it again. Jubilate in for Alistair Seeley. He extends his number of
wins in record-breaking fashion. Here is what is coming up onto
nights show. With three more thrilling races for you, a super
sport battle and then the first Superbike race. But first it is the
ultracompetitive super Twins. This unique circuit always produces some
memorable racing. Its triangle in shape, almost nine miles long on
closed public roads. Here is a quick 60 second guide. Win number 18 for
the wizard. It is all about slipstream. The nickname is just
very high speed, the bikes are in top gear for a long time. 180 mph.
Coming from high speed down to slow speed for the chicane, it is easy to
out-brake yourself. It gets quite physical on the big bikes on the
coastal roads, you have the church up through the Hill, it can change
direction quickly. Hard work there but the satisfaction is you get to
Juniper Hill and that is where they say races are won and lost. Some
riders are better on the brakes than others. Already we have cracked 200
mph this week but if we can get the wind blowing in the right direction,
a tailwind, with my stature and size and machinery, I would like to take
the speed record. The next race is for the super twin machine. I am
joined by British Superbike rider Michael Lafferty, the racing with
very competitive, who should we keep an eye on here? It will be a very
close race. Number one and two on the grid are Martin Jessup and
Michael Rutter. They have shown how fast they are. They will be brimming
with confidence. Michael Rutter will be disappointed after the superstock
race. Also, the double win around here last year, he has form in the
super twin class. He seems to be the master of the super trim machine so
rule him out at your peril. A winner of the Ulster Grand Prix as well. We
will join our commentary team. COMMENTATOR: Super twin action at
the North West 200 and here is the group with Martin Jessup a surprise
pole position. It is a fast bike, Michael Rutter going well on the K
machine. We know how fast Ben Cooper is. Ivan Linton. Derek Shiels, and
the youngster Paul Jordan. They are about 100 brake horsepower and they
look for the lights and they drive off the line. Will it be Rutter or
Jessup? How to and going past and Derek Sheils going past. They keep
it going backwards, four laps, Jessup already in the lead. Perfect
weather conditions. I could Dunlop didn't make the grid, they didn't
get his bike finished in time. Michael Rutter, I am not sure if he
has raced one of these twins before. Way up the hill find Derek Sheils.
Lovely evening sun on the final race of the opening day of the 200 2017.
Looking back to Ivan Linton. A double winner last year of course.
It is not lap 306I can assure you, that is the revs we are getting on
the data screen. I think he will be clinging onto this bike and using
the slipstream. On board with Dan Cooper, down towards station corner.
On one of these 650 cc machines. Absolutely underneath the screen and
flat out. Getting back on with the race. James Cowton gets boast of
them. This road is not wide at the best of times. Ivan Linton, where
will he find space? Kind of getting squeezed out again. Looking back at
Calton -- James Cowton, on the run towards university now. He got that
horribly wrong. Gone deep but he has managed to get it stopped. All the
time that has been going on, Jessup has pulled out some margin. This
built at their own workshop. This brand-new machine, modified heavily.
This is the view up to the chicane and into the evening sun. Back with
Ivan Linton, going past Dan Cooper. Through the tight chicane. They have
opened that up a tiny bit this year. A little faster going in. Looked
like he was a little faster going out, Martin Jessup fastest. This is
a great performance. He has come alive this year. He has or had
promised but this year he is delivering. Dan Cooper doing his
best to stop him. Lee Johnson is out, he was on the other machine
around here, didn't complete a lap. Around the chicane. I think he is
pulling away. He has made all the breaking needs and wants, rising his
-- racing his own race. Rutter will close up
a bit there is Dan Cooper behind us. Look at the former Jessopp is in.
Having won a first Northwest 200 new superclass, can he make it a double?
You can win one and then you have cracked it somehow, the secret is
known to you and you can go on and win the next race more easily than
it was to win the first race. Slightly more relaxed. That bike
does look good. Like someone has spent some time in a wind tunnel
with it working it out. You can choose whatever bodywork you want
for these machines. Adam McLean is bind, good riding by him. 21 years
old and all of a sudden he is right there with the front runners. In a
major international road race. Good riding from him and he will be
learning a lot from these experienced riders in front of him.
Over the start and finish line he goes, Jessopp goes, he will get a
pit board to get an indication of what is going on. I am guessing that
is around a three second advantage. The rest of them will be plus
nothing because they are all locked in this little scrap. Rutter has a
bit of breathing space but with the slipstream working on it is not very
much. McLean thinking about fourth place. Ivan Lewis and running his
own race. He did have that double win at last year, Linton, the
machine colloquy has stepped up a bit. Everyone improving each year.
There is still the odd Suzuki in this class but mainly dominated by
Kawasaki. Dan Cooper has closed up underbrakes. Linton gets out a
little quicker. The camera makes the gap look bigger than it is. It wide
look big enough for Martin Jessopp. Whatever he sees behind him. He
wrapped himself around the bike. Dan Cooper uses the slipstream and
charges by, through station again. Blasting through there and back on
board. You can see the revs down at the bottom, 10,000 rpm is about
maximum for these bikes. Trying to squeeze out more power. Duelling out
in the sunshine. Side-by-side. We have seen the super twin riders more
or less talking to each other on the run down to university. But these
two are not talking to each other at the moment. Linton in front of
Cooper. Turning in nicely. Well in the lead as he goes around the Magic
roundabout. He looks so comfortable riding. Rutter is just there. Martin
Jessopp will be getting pit boards to see what is going on. He will
know he has a reasonable lead but cannot afford to back it down too
much. If you can just get within, around 50 metres, that is something
like the optimum drafting position. If he can get a good run on the
Coast Road, there is no question, Michael Rutter has the magnets on.
Linton the fastest? No, he is not. Left turn. Looking for the tight
line there. This is where you try and pull out some advantage so you
can drop the other guy behind you. Cooper clinging on like a Jack
Russell on the back of Linton. Martin Jessopp riding his own race.
He is closer again. The gap is coming down the whole time. Wouldn't
it be extraordinary if Michael Rutter were to win this mate -- win
this race. The hill towards the line. His team manager this year, it
would be special for him. Help sponsoring the bike. Rutter steaming
into that. The last lap flag is out. Indicating to the riders they have
nine miles to see what they can sort out. Does he have a game plan? It is
not as easy as that. Rutter going down the inside. He will know that
Martin Jessopp's bike is fastest. The best thing is to hang into that
slipstream as long as possible. Adam McLean.
That has probably given Linton breathing space. This is where
Michael Rutter will use the slipstream down towards church
corner. Down towards station corner. The Kawasaki is pulling away. He
will be good on the brakes and close him down. It is the last run down to
Metropole, that is where he wants to try and do something about it. You
have to be close enough coming out of the chicane. Last lap remember.
These two, old adversary is. They have stoked each other around the
streets of Macau many times. Jessopp has been ill, he has had a sciatic
nerve problem. That is clearly sorted out. Rutter is closing, using
the speed. There are coming down to Juniper Hill. Not close enough this
time. Maybe this is his last chance. This is looking very commanding, the
lead for Jessopp. Rutter only has one chance. Is it too late? I do not
know if he is brave enough. An audacious move to go down the
inside. It looks like Jessopp has got it. Rutter has gone in. Jessopp
was out of line. Jessopp and smashed it. Michael Rutter was going to have
a go. There was not enough room. That is a relief for him in grand
style. Martin Jessopp takes victory number two. From zero to two. Dan
Cooper in fourth. Adam McLean with the penalty that moved him back to
six bank Derek Sheils. The idea was to, and qualify well. Race day last
year, I never had a podium, now I have had three. I never had a
victory, now I have had two on my first day. It has not sunk in. The
same as with Supersport, everything is for a team and no one else.
Alastair Seeley may be one of Northern Ireland's most accomplished
motorcycle racers, but he only gets to ride his bike on the roads once a
year. That is at the North West 200. Why? Because he has not got his
motorbike licence. We caught up with him as he went through his test with
another of her top bikers, Martin Bauer.
It is strange, because you do not have to teach them how to work the
clutch or engage gear, where the throttle is, the front and back
brakes. They know. There are balances of power. We are working on
life-saver checks, emergency checks, the position on the roads.
Alastair Seeley, the record holder at the North West 200, he has not
got his bike has? That is the thing. I remember Joey Dunlop did his bike
has later on. There is lots of pressure on the instructor to fill
someone of that calibre. How could he fail? The past is past, fair
play. Hopefully I can pass as well. What is easier, closed-door open
roads? Closed roads. I can give what I want and leave black lines on the
tarmac. Also trying to get his licence, his good friend and top
British motocross rider, Martin. I am a keen road racer. I have always
wanted to get my case, my dad used to race. He has been at me for ages
to get it done. I got speaking to Alastair Seeley. We are doing it
now. It is exciting. It is always wanting to go, go, go. Going as fast
as we can win we get out onto the roads. It is the other road users,
cars and bicycles around us that we have to watch out for and then there
is the traffic light. Seeley has already surpassed the North West 200
achievements of Joey Dunlop and Robert Dunlop. Now he is targeting
Philipp McCallan's podium record. I am with a good team, I am back with
duelling Kawasaki. I am riding for them. They will be with me. --
Gearlink. It is an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as
those guys. I want to step onto the podium and take the record, and if
it is on the top step, that is even better. You will be pleased to know
that they both passed. Certainly no learner plates for Alastair Seeley,
very much the man to beat again. Definitely, in my opinion the
favourite for all classes. Every races entered in, the favourite. He
is at home or in the Kawasaki in Supersport. In the Superstock
racing, he looked like he had extra in the locker. It will be tough for
the guys to rise to the challenge to defeat them. I can see extending his
win record today. Enjoy, it is time to race.
It is time to race, not perfect conditions, but here we go with
Alastair Seeley on pole position. Two victories for Martin Jessopp at
the North West 200. Ian Hutchinson, a bit lucky, and William Dunlop
likewise. We like veterans as we get older.
Who will it be? Seeley on pole position, need stick camera. It is
going to be close. It looks like it is Alastair Seeley. Dean Harrison
got a good start from the second row. What about the mature man, the
veteran, Bruce. That was a great start from Brits. Alastair Seeley in
the lead. Lee Johnston from Hutchinson. Dunlop at the back of
the grave. Then it is James Cowton. Harrison up the inside. The leaders
get thrown clear. That was very close. We saw Jamie Coward diving up
the inside. Not perfect conditions, but it is drying all the time, they
are on dry tyres. Seeley is looking good, as is Ian Hutchinson on the
brand-new hour six Yamahas. We can see the odd spot of rain. Look at
the revs, 15,000. 16,000 rpm from the Honda. A little red light will
be blinking. He is going into the red. That is the spray coming back
on the screen. Yes, he will be telling of Brucie PCs the red
counter. There are through Station Corner. The sky Link scrape, but at
the moment it is not raining. Bruce is being chased by Martin Jessopp.
There is Lee Johnston, he is getting smoked. He is on the Triumph. You
will get used to that, you can feel them coming and tear them coming.
This is what it feels like when you're on the bike. I beg your
pardon, Lee Johnston on the Honda. The Kawasaki. Hutchinson is tucked
underneath the screen. Already, Alastair Seeley, number 34, has
stretched out some margin. I think Philipp McCallan's podium record is
in jeopardy. And his win record. That was bad news. What happened,
did he miss a day, Peter Hickman? Of the start line we go with James
Cowton. Screening through first, second, third gears. They have had
the siting lap. Primrose Hill. Around the outside. A brave move by
James Cowton. Around the outside of everyone. Their bodies all moving at
the same point on the track when they get there. The clear visor is
no good with the piercing eyes of Bruce. Hutchinson is on the back of
number 34, trying to go round the outside. Surely he is not going to
be able to. It is a dry line around here, but these guys look
threatening. The podium record is under threat. I think Seeley came
for the most wins in a meeting record. He did on and on Thursday
night. If he can win four races today, he can arguably say that he
has done more than Philipp McCallan. He is under attack. That is the
Yamaha of Ian Hutchinson. Dry at the moment. I can see the lap record
going at the moment, held by Alastair Seeley from last year. High
speed. There is a spot of rain. A little bit of robbing. That is
bracing. Robbing and missing a gear. The fastest top speed we have seen
on a Supersport machine, 600, William Dunlop. 184.5 mph. We may
not see that today because the wind is on their noise as they head
towards University. Look at the wind working. That is Jessopp on the
Triumph. Someone laid on the brakes, that was Bruce. There are years,
number five. You option sponsors this weekend because Clive had lost
one of his sponsors but fortunately he had held this weekend. The
slipstream giving everyone an some help. They are together, we have a
freight train on the move. On board with Dean Harrison. They got a good
start. Everyone is in the pack. The slipstream can work for anyone and
it can all change. Nine of them bunched up within 1.5 seconds.
You're riding with Bruce. That is Ian Hutchinson in front of us. The
lights are run, part of the regulations. If we have rain, you
have to switch on the rear lights. We're going to have rain. At the
moment, we're running in a window of opportunity for the Supersport race.
This is window of opportunity for Bruce. Almost. This is Tom, look at
the eyes, licking 250 metres up the road. That is where you will end up
in split seconds, it is about focusing a long way in front of you.
Oh dear. That was a lack of focus, locking the front up going into a
chicane. I am sure he will be walking away from that and kicking
himself. It was an easy part of the circuit. Alastair Seeley comedies
behind, in the slipstream. His Kawasaki is singing. Back through
the gears. There we go. Jessopp, Martin Jessopp. He has already won a
couple of races this weekend, on Thursday. Martin Jessopp knows he
can do it. Once you know, then you can do it again. That is what Fogler
says, we will see if it is true for Martin Jessopp. We will see of
Alastair Seeley can start nudging up the victories. Look at them. 15, an
real. What a freight train we have. So many of them, the entire first
wave is in the train and in the slipstream. Here it goes, working
for Alastair Seeley. The little lad, the Wii Wizard. He is tiny, capable
of getting himself in behind the screen. He is trying to keep himself
on the bike. They all get on the brakes. Chris Lait on the brakes,
Hutchinson even later. He jams it down the inside. -- Bruce was late.
Alastair Seeley will be liking this better than anyone else. Can he get
away, that is his trademark. Break the town. William Dunlop just got
past Bruce. He is passing the new model as well. Jessopp in front.
Swapping places in the draft. These boys all know it is the last lap
that makes a difference. If you're in this together, you have an
opportunity when the last lap comes along. That is what they will be
thinking about. This is the Triumph were passing. Jessopp on board.
Alastair Seeley. William Dunlop is made up so much ground. The bike is
fast. He's going for the inside line, slotting into second. Almost a
touch. Did you see? I did and Bruce was pushed out wide. The cutback in.
William Dunlop, number 16. They are six Yamaha. He is right behind
Alastair Seeley as we come onto the coast road. Left under the bridge
and up to this sweeping left turn at the Christ. Still bunched up.
Hutchinson on the inside, can he slot into third? Not this time
around. William Dunlop hits the front. They are slipstreaming along
the coast road. It used to be just on the long straights, but they are
getting towed along. William Dunlop has the inside line. How brave will
Alastair Seeley be around the outside? He owns the chicanes along
the coast road, Seeley. He is the man. They are getting squeezed in.
Lee Johnston is down. Adam McLean touched him and they got caught out.
Lee Johnston has gone down, the number 13 Raider are in the racing
Honda. Seeley did extraordinary things. Now everybody is trying it
including William Dunlop. Yes, William is back in front. This is
the wet patch on the chicane. Superb from the 22-year-old from Ballymena.
Straight back in front. Primrose Hill and onto York Corner.
Hutchinson is not done with either. Adam McLean is not done. Hutchinson
thinks about William Dunlop. Adam McLean is having a go at Martin
Jessopp, I think. White, gets passed. That is Michael. Yes, very
much so. This was the pass, William Dunlop snicking underneath Alastair
Seeley. Coming out with some road but he did not get the drive from
the corner. If you going fast, you come out slow and Alastair Seeley to
the advantage back. It is reaction time. Adam McLean land on top of Lee
Johnston. There is definitely rain on the screen. This is the move from
the outside, the replay. Really, he had nowhere to go. He was only an
side. I am sure he will be having words. Adam McLean needs a
sensible... There you can see, diminished grip levels with the
flag. Spots of rain at Station Corner, the worst place in the world
you would want it. In the meantime, Alastair Seeley is in front. Bruce
is not enjoying these conditions. We can see the rev counter. It can
go another 3000 on top of that. Alastair Seeley at the front. They
are not stopping. Dunlop goes shooting through. Late braking-mac
Alastair Seeley. Into University. Hutchinson on the inside. It is
getting greasy. A few spots of rain still falling. Difficult on a nine
mile course. It can be raining in one place, dry in another. William
Dunlop looking to add to his tally of wins. Michael Dunlop looking to.
Quite low down on the list of North West 200 winners. Right there at the
top, especially after Thursday, and he is looking to tackle the podium,
and win tally records of Philipp McCallan and Hutchinson is looking
to tackle the slipstream. That work frame. It did. You can start seeing
wetness on the rear tyres. Hutchinson late on the brakes. Down
the inside. Adam McLean in third place. We're looking at Michael
Dunlop in fourth. Straight back in the slipstream and on the throttle.
Here we go, Hutchinson in front. Still all to play for for these
writers. Anyone in front will always get a
tricky situation because you don't really know how much rain there has
been. It looks worse as we ride with Seeley.
These short circuit races, they can go either way. That is not normally
a place you would pass but it is Dunlop out in front.
Who will break the latest? Seeley managed to get over and take his
piece of track but William is going to lead over the line again. Will
they stop this race? It looks drizzly. I don't like the look of
this. Getting spots of rain on your visor, it is extremely difficult to
know how wet it is on the track. When you see tracks from the tyres.
A big blob of water on the camera. Oh, he's having a big slide issues.
Arms are coming out. Hutch has put his arm out. Will they stop it?
Bruce is retiring. Whether he has a problem or probably the weather.
Over that patch, you see, he gets on the power. Alistair Seeley take the
advantage, people putting their hands up wanting it stopped. Very
gingerly. You don't know where it is dry, that is the problem. When you
are in second or third place, you can see tracks coming up from the
tyres in front of you. When the tyres are quite hot, they will grip
on the damp but it won't stay hot for long. You need to be working the
tyre to get it hot but if it is the brief dumber he decides that is it.
It was all over the place. Way too old to do that. This is Michael
Dunlop. Adam McLean. We have seen this before a couple of times. We
have at that. Three local lads, Peter Hickman, we look back at him.
Seeley has made the break. Look at Adam McLean. He just missed a gear,
Adam McLean. Didn't quite get that right. They come through the
Ballysally Roundabout. Reasonably dry here. The weather all seems to
be at the top of the circuit near the coast. Clearly there are no red
flags coming out, the rain must have abated, one assumes. The battle
hasn't abated. He is so clever with conditions, Alistair Seeley. He can
ride in poor conditions, driving away from this group. Adam McLean
with his Kawasaki bouncing into the corner. Alistair Seeley leads this
race. Not far to go to the finishing line. Flat out all the way. The
Dunlop Brothers, William 32 and Michael 28. William gets through.
His bike is faster, no question. He is probably slightly more narrow
built as well. I would say William has that Yamaha engine that seems to
be pulling him away. Michael is the younger brother but bigger. There is
nothing stocky about this man at the front, Alistair Seeley. Absolutely
superb around this course. Going for his 19th win here. It is going
exactly according to his plan. He needed to be out in front of this
race and that is what he has done. The Dunlop brothers still slugging
it out behind him. Listen to the sound of the three cylinder machine.
Seeley is cruising, a 3.5 second advantage. No lap records going, but
the podium record may go, that of Philip McCallum. He worry has 18
wins, it could be his 19th. Phenomenal stuff. What he is looking
for after that is number 20 summit as the four in a day, or five in a
day. Can he do it? Can he take all the records that are up for grabs
this week? There it is, Alistair Seeley takes that win and he has 19
now. Made that look easy. He is very happy. A nice way to start your day
in tricky conditions. A four second advantage he has over William
Dunlop. Win number 19, impressive stuff. I
just used my head, riding smart, managed to work it out where the
grip was and I put my head down on the last lap. I saw there was a bit
of a gap. Brought it home for another win.
Alistair Seeley's hometown is there. Another rider from there, making his
second North West 200 appearance, who could make a big impact. The
parish went to meet Glenn Erwin when the weather was a bit more sunny
this week. I am sad to add the beach in
Northern Ireland and you probably think it is Tenerife looking at the
weather. I have Glenn Erwin with me. You live in a beautiful country and
when it is like this it is fantastic. Really lucky being in
Northern Ireland on a day like this. It is awesome. In perfect time for
the north-west as well. You were here two years ago. We came here
with the 600 and week it was so new to me then and I had no
expectations. Ended up nearly winning the race. They are all going
in there. He is almost of it on the gravel. You only get out what you
put in. Everyone started training so we have all done it. I want to be
one that is doing everything. It is not like you need a sports
psychologist, some people seem to think that but I want to win. So I
want something to help me. I have a challenge for you. On older than
your dad but I want to give you a challenge on the beach to see how
fit you are. We are on this beautiful beach which
I am sure you have run on before. But you have a tyre strapped to your
back. I am going to get it weighs four kilos. I've got one tied onto
me and we will have a run down their and see how quick you are. Any money
on this? 20 quid. 20, not as rich as you.
It pains me but, there is the 20 quid. I will donate it to the air
ambulance. Good idea, well done. What a great man and I will put
another 20 quid on him for the race. Glenn Erwin on the front row of the
grid but it is Michael Rutter in pole position for this Superbike
race. In these conditions, he will be very good. Always known as the
rain man for a long time in his career. He looked at home in the dry
conditions in practice and in qualifying. He looked good in the
superstock bike so he will bring the fight to Alistair Seeley who is
pretty much the favourite for every class today. On the other side of
the grid, you have Irwin, he is the dark horse. He is good in rain
conditions but he is out to prove a point. Can Michael Dunlop be
competitive on this brand-new Suzuki? I think so. It is still
early days for them with the new bike but out of his three bikes,
what I have seen in practice, he looks best on the Superbike. The
more horsepower you give him, the better off he is. I would not rule
him out for this one. Thank you Michael. One team missing from the
grid is ponder racing, they have withdrawn after the writer John
McGuinness crashed during practice. Here is their manager, Johnny
Twelvetrees. John has come out of surgery, they have been working on
his leg. It has been more work than they hoped but the surgery has gone
really well and as good as can be expected. They are positive with
that and Neil and myself will be going to see him this evening. And
we wish him a speedy recovery. The Superbikes are ready. Back to Steve
and Richard. The bikes are ready but the question over the weather again.
Lee Johnston is back on after that crash. What will we make of this,
another win for Seeley? They are gone full wet tyres, it has been
declared a four lap race. They will be trying to get grip as the lights
go green. Not the start Alistair Seeley wanted. He bogged down a bit.
To is there. Michael Rutter round the outside and Dean Harrison is
there. Hutchinson also there. We are riding with Irwin. There is Seeley.
Going round the outside to everyone and getting boxed in. Michael
Rutter, strike one for the old guys out in front. Looking very strong.
Michael Rutter like some damp road. She was trying to get up the inside
and making it work at your corner. The tyre technicians have advised
four laps because of the high speeds on the wet tyres. I feel amount of
grip. The back wheel of Michael Rutter was up in the air, virtually.
The second row gets of the lane and legs just as good. Guy Martin
missing from that. We're raiding with Derek Sheils. This is the
rundown towards Station Corner. There is Michael Rutter, the bike
weaving around and the tyres with the tread make them weave a little
bit. But they give grip in the heat. That is commitment through Station
Corner in these conditions. It did not take Seeley long to come back
from the bad start. There they are, side-by-side, the two tackle BMWs.
The spray coming up from the tyres. Michael Rutter is getting blasted.
E-mailed him. They went through side-by-side. He took little from
Michael Rutter. A little bit of shape from Hutchinson's machine.
They come down to University. No one will catch on the brakes, but
Michael Rutter might catch Hutchinson on the brakes. He has
squeezed back up the inside. Hutchinson goes past Rutter. Glenn
Irwin will have a look as they go by Ballysally Roundabout. You can see
the piercing eyes looking out in front, trying to focus on what is
going on, looking for the dry part of the course. When the rear tyres
get hot, you look for a wet part of the track to keep the temperature
down. Not many dry parts of the course. We can see that better than
the riders. It is an experiment for them. Glenn Irwin using the
slipstream. He has not had the track time he likes, but he knows how to
make the draft work. Yes, and he is using all the lock as the bike box
around. Down the slip road for Glenn Irwin. He has got to stop. He did
not put his foot down. He virtually stopped. That was Hutchinson as
well. Someone came out of the side of the escape road. Glenn Irwin
recovering and back on it. Look at the bike moving around. It is not
the most stable. I think Ian Hutchinson went down there as well.
Yes, he takes the normal line, and Glenn Irwin takes to the grass. I
would not recommend those tyres on the grass. He is back in the
running, and there is Hutchinson. We saw Lee Johnston, raiding with a
lump on his arm, but the Doctor says he's fine. He says he's fine, so
years good to go. He has had a good start is race day at the North West
200. He was so full of confidence from Thursday. Speaking of
confidence, straight onto the inside, Glenn Irwin, recovering. He
is a circuit racer. This is second nature. We saw Peter Hickman in the
mix as well. The 30-year-old from Lincolnshire. It will be greasy
through year. Seeley has pulled the pin. He is hunting records, Alastair
Seeley. He knows this course in a way that other people do not seem
too. He understands is race track. He knows where the grip is and he
can feel the traction. He can move about on the bike, move it on the
road, place it and aim it. He can do anything he wants, it seems. He is
untouchable. To be the first guy out there, years when encountering all
the problems but it does not seem to bother him. Glenn Irwin going back
through the gearbox, going back to second year, maybe even first in
these conditions. Yes, it is first, and he grabs second. You sound do
that with his left foot. One up and five down, as opposed to a road
bike. Bruce Anstey not having the best at the North West 200. Seeley
over the line from Michael Rutter. Michael Rutter back on form, the way
we like the same. Glenn Irwin was strong at the start. Perhaps we were
all expecting a bit too much from Glenn Irwin coming into this race.
He really does not plan his way around like some of the others, Lee
Johnston included. Glenn Irwin has not had that many laps. Bruce
Anstey, another retirement for him. Unfortunately for Clive in the team.
That is sad news because Bruce normally has a podium here. Lee
Johnston slithering around. The dark visor on, probably so he cannot see
the damp patches. Lots of riders going for the clear visor, including
Michael Rutter. He is coming through. Lee Johnston's front wheel
lives as he comes out of that corner. Derek Sheils, on his
machine. You can understand Derek Sheils looking over his shoulder. He
is afraid of being pushed off. Look at this. It is slithering and
sliding around. 200 horsepower. Just shifting his body weight around a
little. He stands another gear to try and tame the 200 horsepower that
the bike as, probably 220. If that happened on your road bike he would
go home and lie down but Michael Rutter carries on racing. Hickman
goes through, pass easily Ducati. Derek Sheils having a late as they
come down to this amazingly fast corner, even in wet conditions, they
are doing about 165 males per hour. Just backing of the power, trying to
find grip, making sure the front wheel is firmly planted on the
ground. Lots of spectators along here. There is the real line on the
left-hand side. They will go over the top of that at the link road.
That is the straight but it has some kinks in it. Straight steel and
thereby joined by curves. Shoulder to shoulder, Glenn Irwin will not be
outdone, but he might be out-braked. Peter Hickman. Peter Hickman
generally rides well in these type of conditions. Lee Johnston, around
the Ballysally Roundabout, he is looking lonely in third place. Yes,
just a touch. Batman Seeley, already we up the road. We go back with
Derek Sheils. The camera giving you a really good idea of how the bike
is moving about. He is having a go. Easy going past Irwin, alongside
now. He's trying to see where he is going because of the spray. They get
rain behind them. He is having to wipe his visor to see where he is
going. Just as you accelerate through 160, one 70. And. As you do.
He is hanging on the back of Glenn Irwin, who has not had many laps
this week. He only has the one bike and lots of the Superbike sessions
were stopped. On Thursday night he only got about four laps. Derek
Sheils cannot see where he is going. There is Alastair Seeley with 19
wins, and Glenn Irwin, Yazd and about 18 laps around here. He did
have a second in the Supersport class in 2015. We look at the vastly
experienced Michael Rutter. Seeley is doing the disappearing act. His
name is in the record books like no other. He will make it even harder
to catch him now, and even easier to catch the likes of Philipp McCallan.
There is only one Philipp McCallan, really, there is no one like Philipp
McCallan. Michael Rutter splashing through the water, the same for Lee
Johnston. It is wet. That is good, the riders say they wanted wet or
dry, they do not wanted in between, they are running wet tyres. You
often put wax on your visor and it allows the rain to blog. Derek
Sheils get to spend coming out of there. They did not want to start
when it was very wet. When the spray comes up, it is like fog. Derek
Sheils is trying to see what is going on. Can you imagine if it was
really wet? It is virtually impossible to see. If you were
overtaking lorry in the pouring rain, you have a point where you
cannot see. One of these bags doing 185 males prior, with a wet track,
it will be throwing up similar spray to an April truck. What no one can
see is where Alastair Seeley is going. He has gone. This is his
race. He is doing it again. Sheils, using his experience and bravery
through Station Corner. Trying to gain on it. Then the Ducati gets
those tabs opened up, and massively powerful motorcycle, in a dynamic as
well, probably the fastest bike here this weekend. Alastair Seeley is the
fastest rider this weekend and in the race at the moment. Another
Superbike win coming his way. He knows it, he has seen the pit
boards. We know, we have watched him racing, and everyone else has
watched him disappear. We're riding with Glenn Irwin, wriggling around.
Every straight he gets on, it is moving around. Even Alastair Seeley,
and that is the trade on the tyre, shifting around on the dry part of
the course, but you have to have it that way to give you the grip on the
wet parts. It is drying out. We are lucky to be ending this race on four
pits -- laps, because the tyres will dry out. The track will dry out.
Sheils, still getting spray from the track and Glenn Irwin in front of
him. Yes. Down into metal pole, or in the brakes. -- Metropole Corner.
The beautifully clean BMW needs a wash. It does not matter how dirty
it is, as long as it runs smoothly. Generally they do. People are waving
Alastair Seeley on. Looking for his 20th victory. He does not have to
look far because he's about a mile away. If he turns around, he is
about a mile away from any challenge. He could almost cruise
home. Lee Johnston, the arms stood up well to the pressures of
Superbike racing. This is stood up well to Superbike racing as well.
What can you say about a man who keeps winning when everyone is to?
It is like shelling peas frame. It keeps coming to him in any
conditions that are. Alastair Seeley goes over the line to take his 20th
victory at the North West 200. That was a formality, the chequered flag.
Seeley dominant in these conditions. If you are any of the riders in the
finishing roster, you would have to think, what can we do about Alastair
Seeley? 21 seconds over Rutter, Lee Johnston and Glenn Irwin.
Congratulations, your 20th North West 200 victory, and did I say,
that looked like a cruise? It was not a cruise when I was sitting. The
bike was moving around quite a bit, because the track was half wet and
have dry, drying all the time. It has been a good week so for.
Everything we changed in me better, it has been good. It is good to
convert of the superstar, and the Superbike. -- the superstar. 20th
victory and a 30th podium for Alastair. Incredible. We'll have to
pull out of the sorrows. I am running out of superlatives to
describe him around the North West 200. Another hat-trick and still two
more races on the cards frame. He could make it five and equalled the
Philipp McCallan record of five victories and one event. Philipp
McCallan could argue the technicality that he did his in one
day. But supreme, Alastair Seeley made it look easy, comfortable,
composed, measured. It is not easy but he makes it look that way.
Thanks indeed. Lots more to come on BBC One tomorrow night, in our final
highlights programme at 10:40 p.m.. You can see the first two programmes
again on the BBCi player and we have loads of extra content on the BBC
website. For now, from all of us, it is by buy. -- it is bye-bye.
I have never slept with a man that I just met.
The second instalment of racing from the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200. Can local favourite Alastair Seeley extend his record number of wins?
Presented by Stephen Watson with analysis from Michael Laverty and commentary by Steve Parrish and Richard Nichols.