The final programme from the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200. The world's best road racers go head to head in one of the fastest motorcycle races in the sport.
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The spectacular Causeway Coast is home to one of Northern Ireland's
biggest, fastest and most exciting sporting events, the International
North West 200. Welcome to our third highlights programme from this year
's motor cycling festival. There's been some fantastic racing so far.
Here's a reminder of what's happened. Would you look at that?
There it is, Jessop gets his first north-west wind. -- win. Oh no!
Alastair Seeley, there's the chequered flag.
He's in the dirt. Martin Jessopp, his second Northwest 200 win.
Oh no! Does it again, he's untouchable.
First Superbike race of the weekend. Unbelievable. Alastair Seeley. And
lots more high-speed drama coming up.
We've got three more races around this unique street circuit. The
SuperStock. A thrilling Superbike showdown. And a memorable battle for
the smaller machines. Next up is the superb twins race and I'm joined by
British Superbike rider Michael Lafferty. The first race was very,
very competitive, how do you see the second race panning out? Mike Jessop
looked really strong, Daniel Cooper looked strong, Lintin hasn't shown
the pacey showed last year yet. It could be a mixed bag. Weather
conditions will be critical because of the tyre choices. Lee Johnston
said he wanted full wets and the other wanted drive. It will be a
mixed bag. Time to join our commentary team. Richard Nichols and
Steve Parish. The grid forming up for the second
super twin race of the week. The track is drying out. Wet tyre on
number 20. Michael Rutter... Lee Johnston had a bit of a moment as
well off the line. There are wet patches. Looking back for Martin
Jessopp. No wonder is close to Rutter, not even Martin Jessopp.
Rutter knows the conditions a fair bit as he gets away. He has 13 winds
around the North West 200. We are with Paul Jordan. The track is
drying out all the time, getting better and better. Number 100 in the
mix. Barry Ferber got away best. No wonder is getting way in this.
Certainly not. We are with James Calton. Lee Johnston on the Quay are
machines, another 13. Very busy at the end of that run.
Michael Rutter has made the break. I wonder if he can make this stick? It
would be good if he could. 13 victories around here but the last
one was five years ago. He is ready for one. Daniel Cooper has the wet
tyre on the front, should be good at the beginning but I'm not jock at
the end because the track is drying out. Everybody trying to look at
each other's tyres. Everybody hates those conditions. Everybody more
less on the setting apart from... Losing a load of time. Closing down
Michael Rutter. Slipstreaming past that machine of Michael Rutter.
Cooper thinks he's got to make his move now while the track is as wet
at -- as it is while the wet tyre gives him an advantage. Rutter is a
maestro in the rain. He is, and he has the right tyres. Intermediate
tyres. A few tread grooves in them. Lee Johnston still hanging in at the
back, he broke down in the first race. Jessopp, the winner from
Thursday night. Was that Cowton behind him or Johnston? We with
Cooper. Last year he was involved in the Ryan Farquhar crashed and didn't
write here. I think Lee Johnston is closing down the gap touch. Cooper
gives us the ride. Rutter is in the lead. Jessopp is in touch. There's
nobody behind in fourth place, or there is, but there's a huge gap.
Rutter using all the road. Up to fourth gear as they go down through
here. They dropped down to York Corner. James Cowton is fourth. You
can't quite see him at the top of the picture, just a glimpse of him
out of the chicane and he's a long way back of these three. Having a
look down the inside. You can't get too tight. Jessopp has the faster
bike. There he goes. Martin Jessopp on cue. Look at the way he goes past
those guys. They'll be having a conversation, what on earth has he
got that engine? It's all about aerodynamics. They play such an
important part. People try different things to see if it will give them
an advantage. It seems to be working for Martin Jessopp. It does.
Aerodynamics are no -- more important than engine power,
realistically. Anything past 150 mph, it takes huge power to push it
through the air. Drag increases with the square of speed or something
like that. Computational fluid dynamics sits will know that kind of
stuff! A clean bike is a quick bite. Rutter had made a break but he was
reeled in quickly by the slipstream. Jessopp disappearing. Rutter is good
on the Coast Road, on these parts, and he'll be building up his
confidence. Ivan Lintin is out. He's had enough. Did he run deep? Maybe
ran deep. Rutter goes down the inside. He squeezes himself down the
inside. It would be lovely for Ryan Farquhar, the nightmares he's gone
through with his accident, if he still puts a good team together.
This bike has been put together a specially for Michael Rutter. It was
originally going to be ridden by Hudson Kenner, but Rutter has it.
The Coast Road, the experience of Michael Rutter. Jessopp and Rutter
are old rivals, they know each other's style very well. Rutter has
just under nine miles to go. I think there would be more passing going
on. Jessopp will be able to get past Rutter down the straight. Of the
Coast Road counts on the last lap. Jessopp already building. Will he
drag banged Cooper with him? -- Daniel Cooper. There's that
invisible pocket of air you can get into. Cooper getting 80 as well.
Rutter getting a better one from Jessop. Rutter pulls out of the
slipstream and tea will break last and latest and longest.
Cooper saw that and nipped through. Rutter back in front. Cooper in
second and Jessopp a little way back. Then the Coast Road again.
There's this one, in fact four, because they go up towards the
chicane now. They do slipstream on the Coast Road. That's how powerful
these bikes have become. They have so much power. When you were racing
here you didn't have this kind of power at your disposal. We didn't.
And we didn't have as many chicanes. We called it the nine mile triangle.
We went even further to the hairpin and then back. There's arguably just
one place for the Jessopp to use the speed of the bike. I'm not sure if
he is close enough. It's all about this section. Michael Rutter looks
like he's got it. Looks like he will take his 14th win. He doesn't
normally make any mistakes. Is he going to get that victory after five
years drought? Everybody thinks the own, they are cheering him on. This
would be a popular win. Over the line ahead of Daniel Cooper. Martin
Jessopp third. There's the confirmation.
Absolutely amazing, proper ride. I tried so hard. I didn't want to lose
that one. Martin's bike is so fast. I had to hold him up a bit and
getting his slipstream at the right time and somehow it paid off. After
what you went through last year, to come back and put this team together
and get this victory must be very, very special. So emotional, I'm
trying not to cry. I've been to hell and back. Only Karen knows what I've
been through. Every month I'm getting stronger. Karen has helped
me. All my mates. Everybody has chipped in to make this possible.
I'm so pleased, it means the world to me. Michael Rutter proving that
experience counts around the north-west. Next up, the SuperStock
stop Alastair Seeley no doubt will favourite again. Indeed. He'll be
looking to get off the treble Marco. He's only ever won three in a day of
this is his opportunity to make it four. I can see Ian Hutchinson being
a big challenge. He's had a quiet day. These machines go almost as
quick as the Superbikes. Sometimes over 200 mph. Unbelievably so. The
lap time Alistair did in the first race was only .7 of a second off the
best at this circuit. I can see this being a fight at the front. Very
interesting race. Over to Richard and Steve. Now it's
fine and day and day for the SuperStock race. Still a bit damp
and there's rain in the air. This is the second superstock race. He the
grid. -- here is the grid. Rutter in the middle, Sealey on the
outside. Who gets the start? Johnston. We ride with William
Dunlop. It is Harrison with Johnston right behind him and Seeley is in
third place. You can see the dark clouds above. That was a flying
start from Dean Harrison. Hatch has gone deep and wide. He couldn't get
it stopped. It is a bit scrabbling around there in the first corner of
the race. Harrison back out in front with a good lead over Lee Johnston,
who did get away well but Hutch will be kicking himself. 47 in there,
Allister Coetzee. 45 going through. There's nothing like this in the
Czech Republic. James Hillier, looking back. There is Michael
Dunlop, the number three Suzuki. Look at this lot swarming down.
Extraordinary stuff. Saiger on the number 22 bike about to be passed.
So much of that going on. They punch bigger holes in the air. Number 34,
Alastair Seeley, gets to the front straightaway. You can see the dark
clouds. We are riding with Dean Harrison. He's had a very good North
West 200, but so has Michael Rutter. A fairly widespread of performance.
Hutchinson has been a demon on the brakes all week. The key is having a
bike that tracks well over the bumps, stocks well and is fast. And
a rider who does all that. Nothing wrong with that Silicon engineering
on the cow was IT. They are just touching each other. -- Calor Zaki.
Dean Harrison, make sure you stop. Disappointing for Dean Harrison. He
got wrapped up in the moment. He got a bit excited. Hutch and Seeley,
touchy-feely. Here they go. He was on the paint, didn't want to pull
the brakes too hard in the middle-of-the-road. Imagine taking
out Alastair Seeley. Is that Dan Kneen? It's not. Didn't see a
number. Rutter is fast through there. Round the outside, Seeley,
does he have the speed? Once again, Hutch is late on the brakes.
Absolutely flying. Seeley has been the master of this course and these
conditions. Break adjustment from Ian Hutchinson, in the chicane. I
wonder if that was to do with him going straight on earlier.
Hutch in front, Seeley third -- Seeley second. Is this the breakaway
group? It looks like it. Have a look at this. The Red Arrows have nothing
on these boys. Outstanding. Alastair Seeley using the slipstream,
Hutchinson using the slipstream. Three abreast. Rutter trying to get
through. Over the link road, up towards the
roundabout. Where is Seeley? Has he got away? No. We are on board with
William Dunlop. Was that Martin Jessopp rolling off? Possibly. We
are now with William Dunlop. Here it is the battle for the lead, and it
is a battle. Someone else down the slip road. I think that was Dan
Kneen. Alastair Seeley making no mistakes. He's leading at the
moment. This is a long race and he might not be informed all the time.
He knows you need to be leading as you go over the line. Hutchy doesn't
want that, doesn't really care about that, they will battle this out
between them. Trust me, if you're on it, you would want to be, simple as
that. If you see it on screen, you can really feel it on the bike.
Trying to get the throttle wide open is the important part. Michael has a
look over his shoulder, basically saying you can go past. Michael
Dunlop gave his brother that place quite easily. But he didn't know who
it was. He just has a problem. A problem with Hutchy! There's a lot
of this going on this weekend and we are finding places to overtake that
never used to exist before. Hutchy switches back to the inside.
Seeley had a lovely sweep into the chicane. No point arguing about it
on this lap, but on the last lap that might be worth fighting over. I
think so. Johnston clinging onto the back of them. Rutter is still there,
can't shake him off. Somebody has put something in his porridge this
weekend, Michael Rutter. He's rejuvenated. Front wheel... He would
have lost some time with that. It must have been Hutchy who stopped
because Hillier is still going. -- it must have been Jessopp who
stopped. It's all very well behaved this time. Saving themselves. Is it
raining? That was an unusual slip. Horst Saiger having a wonderful day
today, he loves this circuit. He charges up the inside. Michael
Dunlop is not having a lovely day. But he's getting on with things. And
William Dunlop has started to show us what we remember of his form. He
hasn't had a lot of opportunity lately. Put that front wheel back on
the ground! You have to jam on the rear brake when that happens.
Rutter... Rutter is still in there. Rutter was looking for a place to
get through but he couldn't find one because there are so many motorbikes
in front of him. Lee Johnston goes through on the big BMW. Lee Johnston
in second place at the moment, splitting Seeley and Hutchy. Hutchy
now back in front with Seeley behind him and Johnston in third. Rutter in
fourth. This is a great race. The bikes are so equal, they are just
about all BMWs. In fact, the top five are BMW sumac. These are fairly
heavily modified. They have different ignition is. Not a cheap
bike. Ostensibly, standard. They go on to the coast road.
This is some talent. A lot of North West 200 winners we are looking at
the moment. Alastair Seeley now has 20 victories to his name, this would
make it 21. They are all in this. Look how close they are. Anything
could happen, anybody could win this. Across the start finish line,
chicane... It will go quickly because there's no space between the
five, really. It only needs a slight mistake from anyone for Hickman to
be up there. The wind is still blowing as they head up towards the
university. This is the left turn where they'll start heading up
towards university. This is where you need all the traction control
you can get. Round the roundabout. Out onto the
fast part of the course. This is the speed section, through station
corner. So important to get this right. It's dry enough for the guys
to keep the throttle open through there.
Rutter just coming through on the inside. Sneaky old boy. No room to
get through! Who's that? Engine blow up. A big cloud of smoke. No oil on
the track as a result. Oil and water are a bad combination. It was Andrew
Duggan. Back to the front. Back on board with James Hillier looking at
Harrison Brewer hide him. -- behind him.
Seeley, has he made the split? I doubt it. Hutchy has got himself in
the slipstream. He's good on the brakes. Ian Hutchinson having a
great ride. Rain! That's not what we want. I didn't see where that
umbrella was up. Lee Johnston up the inside. Banking over to the
right-hand side. Looks dry. It's probably further around the course.
The marshals will put out a red and yellow flag if it is raining to
indicate diminished grip levels. White lines are not the place to be
with diminished grip levels. Trying to keep the bikes as straight as
they can. He just doesn't know when to stop, Michael Rutter. Is there
rain here? The wheels of the bikes... Looking dry as they come up
Juniper. Seeley leads again for the time being. Can he keep the lead?
Will they let him keep the lead? Hutchy with a bit of a spill up
there. Hickman is right on their tail. Definitely in it. I don't
think saving countered any rain yet. I haven't seen any indication. One
assumes it's not this part of the course. It must have been around
station. The last place you want to see the flag out indicating rain.
Seeley tucked down behind the bubble. Tom -- Hutchy, Rutter... The
road looks fine. There are some spots. I don't know if that's rain
on his camera. Horst Saiger still in there. It looks dry. Here comes
Hutchy on the slipstream. Rutter can see the race track in front of him!
Over they come. Hands are art. Hutchy wants it stopping. It's
raining a lot. They are going very gingerly. That's it. It will go back
a lap. That spoilt a really cracking race.
You're seemingly unbeatable around here at the minute. I just like the
place, I've fallen in love with it and it loves me too. Don't get
jealous! Seeley's scintillating run continues. Road racing is part of
Northern Ireland's sporting DNA. Tens of thousands of people flock
here every year to watch their heroes compete. Why is this form of
motorcycling so popular here? I caught up with two former racers to
find out. It's in our heritage. Road racing is
Northern Ireland. We just love racing. You can say what you like, I
could ride around Silverstone all week long, it would never give you
the same satisfaction as the North West 200. The speeds, the hedges
flashing by. The craziness, I guess. The madness. These roads are closed,
they all go one way and you are racing on them.
Joey Dunlop, multi-F1 world champion. You never forget him, a
fag in his mouth, greasy hands, working on his bike, engine in the
van. I'd be thinking, he won't be a threat. He would put it together and
we never saw which way he went. The Dunlop name is known worldwide. I'd
be world down the street in Japan with Joey Dunlop and hundreds of
people would appear. He was rather special and such is smooth and
stylish rider. I've raced against some of the best road races in the
world. And Carl Fogarty, King of the jungle. The hairs on the back of my
neck stand up when I see the pack head.
They are doing 208 mph. It's hard to blame to anyone. Look at the fans
that come here. 100,000 people. The North West 200 is where I've made my
name. I came here in 1992, wanting to win races. I did something no one
else ever did, I won five international road races in one day.
Alastair Seeley sensational once again and he now chases another
record. He will try an equal Bismah Maroof Philip McCallum's record of
winning five North West 200 in a single event. Do you think he can
equal your record? I think he can. He's riding superb. He's master
today this. Andy Goodwin five in an event. But Steven, I won fired in a
day. You will still have the bragging rights? I will. It is four
today, hopefully he will be aiming for that and one on Thursday. There
is one man who will cause him big trouble today and that is Glenn
Irwin. I really think Alistair's biggest rival in this race will be
Glenn Irving. -- Glenn Irwin. This is their biggest race of the week,
North West 200. Sit back and enjoy. COMMENTATOR: The final race of the
day. We've been waiting a long time for this. Glenn Irwin on the front
row with Alastair Seeley. Slick tyres. Dunlop, Dunlop and
Hutchinson. William Dunlop has come on strong this afternoon. And James
Hillier. Lee Johnston on the Honda, and of course the rest of the guys
getting ready for the lights to go out. Who will get the best start as
the Turner gets underway question what this is the feature race, the
big one. It is a cracking start from Glenn Irwin. We ride with Dan
Shields. Number two, Glenn Irwin on the Ducati gets out on front. Only
11 laps to practice, this will be like a big practice session. Michael
Rutter showing he is still up for this. In second place now. Glenn
Irwin almost pulling away from him as they go round your corner. Tyres
coming up to temperature as we ride with Martin Jessopp. Climbing up the
hill towards the Mill Road roundabout. It is that man Glenn
Irwin. He has had a second year in Supersport, first time on a
Superbike here. This is a proper tool, this machine. Look behind, 182
of the line is Denis. Back on board with Martin Jessopp. There is Ian
Hutchinson charging past on the Tyco BMW. Trying to get in the slipstream
of Michael Rutter. And it does. Both BMWs there. It is still Glenn Irwin.
Jessop goes through there. Alastair Seeley, he has a sniff on these
guys, has the magnets on. Alastair Seeley isn't worried about being
this far back this early in the race but doesn't like to fall a long way
back. They run down towards the braking zone. Is he going to do
another one on brakes? Not really close enough. Not really. This is a
seven lap race, nearly 70 miles of racing on these roads around here.
The crowds are loving this one. They've all dried out nicely and are
ready for this big race. It's been awhile since we had a form race like
this with this kind of talent in it. Great Ducati's here. The rain has
come and gone during the day, it has left the circuit patchy but it is OK
for racing on. We have got a full race in front of you. We are just
coming to the race of the first of those seven laps and Glenn Irwin,
surprising a lot of people... Is this Bruce Anstey going slowly or
still on the pace? He is still on the pace. He has had a torrid time
of things so far. The Honda has not been working for him but it is
working for this man. Hutchinson, sliding into the corners using the
rear brakes. Sealey neat and tidy. Michael Dunlop on the big Suzuki,
number three, first time out for that bike. 1000 R, very powerful.
Michael Dunlop a formidable competitor. Hutchinson is the man
behind them. Glenn Irwin, should he be doing this? Alastair Seeley does
on this to happen, does he? He has his sights on this bid of equalling
the record of winds that are North West 200, even if he can't do it in
a single day. At the time he is tracking James Hillier with Michael
Rutter breathing down his neck. Irwin is the way up the road. Very
much so. Sealey far through station corner. He will be tracking Jessop,
as you can see. Closing. I think he is going to pass him. He does. Look
at the way he is fighting that bike. Only a little guide that he is
tenacious. It's got himself through station corner, going absolutely
full on, about 185 miles an hour. There is Jessop in the slipstream.
The front wheel comes up in the air. The wind starts getting under it, he
climbs up to the bikes, pushing himself up
off the foot rest, trying to get his weight there. Jessop looking for the
inside line as they come to the braking zone. Rutter has two bikes
in front of him but he goes round them. Is a demon on the brakes.
On-board Jessop. It is Rutter. Get past those guys into third but Glenn
Irwin was still leading. Ian Hutchinson, right on his back wheel.
This is super bikes for the price of a 600, they are scrapping like
circuit races. Hutchinson, late on the brakes. Is he going to get it
stopped? He slams it down in front of Glenn Irwin. Almost sideswiped in
going through. A very committed pass. A committed overtake from
Glenn Irwin. Here is the replay. Slithering and sliding. This is
short circuit racing. You can see the little clip off. Here he goes in
the slipstream. Glenn Irwin late on the brakes. Very, very late on the
brakes. This time Hutchinson didn't have a chance as they go to the
chicane. Glenn Irwin through the chicanes have so much confidence
that Ducati. Look how much he stretches himself on the exit. Get
on the power and use that rear tyre. Manage the chicane very cleanly MED.
Back on board with Martin Jessopp. Here is Glenn Irwin with Hutchinson
behind him, Hutchinson is going to follow him around. Both of those
right on the last inch of braking zone. They couldn't have left that
any later. They couldn't. As I said, that Suzuki is brand-new. Hutchinson
doing everything he can to cling on the back of the Ducati right now.
And again, every time of the corners use the Glenn Irwin in that Ducati,
a twin cylinder, lots of torque and grip. Using every bit of his skill
he's got coming off bursts corners. Let's see what Michael Dunlop has...
Going down the inside, is he going to squeeze through? Not this time.
Sealey now in third place. Alastair Seeley has really got to get a move
on. The other two are scooting off up the road. Glenn Irwin, his deadly
rival... What a shame. Bruce is out. Terrible day for Bruce Anstey.
Martin Jessopp still in the middle of this but what we want is the is
if Seeley... Dunlop goes passed easily in the slipstream. Closing
and closing any has that speed through their very much so. He will
be going past in a minute. Dunlop, I'm sure, Michael Dunlop will be
pleased with this Suzuki's performance. They are trying to get
this bike sorted out. Most importantly, this is the battle for
the lead. Look at them, fighting the bikes. When they get in the dirty
air, it start upsetting the bike and they start wriggling around. Glenn
Irwin's bike seems to wriggle around on its own. Not the best handling
bike out there but he is youthful enough to fight it. They have all
done a bit of wriggling in the course of these last few laps. On
board with Martin Jessopp, looking back at Peter Hickman. I think
Dunlop is away and up the road. So is Glenn Irwin. Alastair Seeley is
coming. You work together, probably won't want to work together. Seeley
using the slipstream, charging down there. Same deal, coming up towards
the coast road. Who will be the fastest? I think Glenn Irwin is
learning every single lap what this bike is doing. He only had 11 laps
practice prior to this race. Every single lap years working out where
the line and grip is. Irwin, Seeley, Hutchinson. These three are close
enough together. Any of them could win it. They could cross the line
almost side by side the way they are going at the moment. Irwin, a bit of
a shock to everyone, I think. Especially Alastair Seeley. Nobody
expected someone... Hutchinson! Slides it in a really -- and really
aggressive on the rear brake. Hutchinson broke that left leg badly
and has shifted to a right shift. Mr get coming out of the chicane. If
Rutter can capitalise remains to be seen. Irwin hasn't seen as much of
this racetrack as of them. Alastair Seeley has won 18 times and an 18
laps, and now he is out in front. There is the replay of Hutchinson
slithering in their nicely. And again, wriggling around. Very, very
fast. Rather nervous. It comes Hutchinson on Seeley, this will help
them both pull up towards. You can see them closing on Glenn Irwin. One
either side. Surely. He is holding onto it. He is. I think it is
arguably the most powerful bike here today. I think it is probably the
slip wrist. Look at that, like red arrows formation. He is up to his
elbows in it, Glenn Irwin. Hutchinson and Seeley side-by-side
that he is so cool. Michael Rutter is not done with yet. Number 11 on
the back of this four. Just behind them is Michael Dunlop. We have a
long, long way to go for this race yet. Wouldn't want to put any money
on anyone at this moment in time. Seeley looking for another win. That
would give him his maximum amount of wins here on any occasion. But a lot
of work to do. It would upset Philip McCallum if he did it. A long way to
go yet. Glenn Erwin. If you can sit moving from here, trust me, if you
were on it would horrendous. It starts barking around. It look so
balanced by comparison... Desperately late on the brakes. When
that we'll came down it was locked up and went sideways. Look, again
trying to get on the power, trying to put that 200 and odd horsepower
on the break. And now again, you can see him fighting, the big exhaust
pipe sticking out the back and rattling around everywhere. On board
with Martin Jessopp, very calm and collected. These boys all ought to
be behaving like grown-ups. . Not at all. There goes Dean Harrison down
the inside on the Kawasaki. Look at this, Hutchinson, back wheel up in
the air and when it comes down, sideways. Glenn Irwin thinking he
will never make it. How close was that?! Alastair Seeley on the
outside not close enough. Hutcheon on the inside not close enough.
Glenn Irwin, he hasn't got the experience of the others. He might
not have that bike set up as neatly as they have for the high-speed
straights. If he comes back next year, will know an awful lot more
than he does now. He certainly will. They have found another formidable
competitor here. Paul Byrd will be loving this one, I'm sure. I think
Glenn Irwin is enjoying himself as well. Michael Dunlop likes winning
races, but with a brand-new motorcycle, he is setting up for the
season. He is probably thinking, this is coming together nicely. I
would say he's very happy with his performance and where he is at the
moment. With the other bikes that are sorted and fixed up. Glenn Irwin
looking best of all. Seeley and Hutchinson side-by-side out of the
chicane. I think Michael Dunlop is waiting for these boys to bump into
each other. Or at least go up the slip road something! Glenn Irwin
said he is to come here and write his BMX bike on the golf course, I
know you shouldn't have done that, and dreams are coming to race here.
I imagine he dreams of winning here as well. Still a long way to go. So,
so fast. Look at that! He has pulled out a lead again, six or seven bike
lengths in front. Seeley and Hutchinson are tripping over one
another a little bit. The Ducati off the corner seems to have that
advantage, that lovely growl. They Paul Lim in under braking. That is
often a fast way of doing it, slow in and fast out. The important thing
around the north-west is being fast on the exits. Every five miles an
hour you carry from the corner you are carrying down the straight. No
point trying to get into a corner too fast and then screwing it all up
and not getting a good exit. Are they close enough? Yes, they are.
The helicopter doing its best up there. It can't keep up, absolutely
flat out. We are seeing exhaust pipes here. The big double pipes out
the back of the bike. Not able to get past. It is like a formation.
Erwin, foot comes down. He is punching the hole in the air and
bringing them forward, they don't seem to have anything left to go
past. It's like in order to go past him they need another gear they
never even thought of fitting to the bikes. That they never even dreamt
would be needed. The trouble is, for those guys, he is so good on the
brakes, Glenn Irwin. Ray Sharp, been on the podium twice in Superbike
races this year. He's on top form. I think our breaking him is going to
take another of those wild dives from Hutchinson. Maybe it will be
Seeley for us. Alastair Seeley has the run on in this time, on the
inside for the corner. Look at it now, wriggling around. Unreal!
Hutchinson again, again! CHUCKLES That was very forceful from Ian
Hutchinson. There is no other way to get through and get past that
machine but he definitely stuck it to Glenn Irwin. Glenn Irwin coming
back at him out of the slipstream, using the power of the Ducati,
alongside Ian Hutchinson. There is Hutchinson. This temple might go
straight in front of him and closes the door. Inches away at 185 miles
an hour. On the brakes again, Irwin jammed against the fuel tank. 1.5
Gs. Michael Dunlop at about it is looking very strong. An excellent
weekend at the North West 200. He has.
This man we are looking at has 21 wins, Seeley. Irwin on the inside.
Slithering into the corner. Is this it, is this the moment Seeley has
been waiting for? Is this the moment where he goes, I'm free and clear
and going to break away? That's how he likes to write his races. He will
have to be very good on the coast Road to do it. I don't think there's
any way he can pull away on the straights. On the corner, Glenn
Irwin jams it down the inside. That might be Seeley's chicane but Glenn
Irwin has taken charge of it, he has adopted it! That was stern stuff
from Glenn Irwin. He is so determined, isn't he? We are looking
at Derek Sheils, as you can see. Getting a good idea of how much work
is going into this if you are actually in the sea doing that. Look
at Glenn Irwin. I think Glenn Irwin has worked it out. If there is any
chance of rain and a red flag, if it goes back a lap it will be his, I
think that's what he's working out. You never know. Look at the people
stood there, clapping and cheering. Trying to get some clear vision.
Michael Rutter... Having a battle of their own at the back. This is just
an extraordinary performance from Glenn Irwin. A Superbike rookie
around here effectively. So few laps on that machine, and yet look at the
way he is riding. Making Seeley right out of his skin, isn't he? --
ride out of his skin? Brakes, going down through the gears going through
the chicane. Seeley lady running into the back of him that time.
Glenn Irwin punching off the corner, using drive and grit. It is all very
well having power but you have to have good throttle feel. Seeley is
gaining. Is he going to try and passing before they get to station
corner? They won't get through two abreast. Seeley drops back. The
crowd loving this and so I! Hutchinson Aubert up the back of
Michael Dunlop. Michael Dunlop moving forward and Seeley still
stuck behind Glenn Irwin. I'm surprised all those people weren't
running away! What I can tell you, the performance of these bikes, it's
going to happen on the Coast Road, as it often does that the North West
200. I don't see Seeley getting away. Each time he tries it, Glenn
Irwin comes back at him. As they do it again and again. Just look at
theirs. They keep saying, if I was in the draft I'd be all right.
You're not planning anything here. They are just racing and scratching
and taking what they can when they can. It's just going to go on like
that until they run out of laps and whoever is in front will be the
winner. Absolutely right. I think the plans have all gone out the
window. Michael Dunlop looking good. He has adapted to that bikes.
Ridden so many different bikes run here. Last year he started with a
Yamaha and then switched back to the BMW after a few races. He has ridden
BMWs around this course. OK, helicopter view. This time around
Glenn Irwin gets through the chicane first. Gets through without being
attacked by a sliding Hutchinson. There's no question that tyres will
be past their optimum. I know it's not a hugely long race. Here he
comes. Seeley jamming it down the inside. Neck and neck on the braking
zone. Who dares wins. Who will break the latest? Who has the wheels on
the ground? Round the outside... Surely not! He does it. Did not want
to be beaten into the chicane, Glenn Irwin. Generally you would say
whoever has the inside line, has the corner. He had track position but
Irwin had his eyes shut, I think. Or didn't know the rules! Now a
splinter group, just about got away from Hutchinson, I think. What an
extraordinary races has turned out to be. A long wait for the final
race of the day at the North West 200 but was it worth waiting for?
Hutchinson, Dunlop hunting him down. Seeley likes the Coast Road and
overtaking on these sweeping corners. Glenn Irwin doesn't like
being overtaken and is resisting fat. They turn left into the Juniper
chicane. Seeley on the gas as fast as he can but Irwin is faster.
Hutchinson and Dunlop closing in. The gap is closing down. It might
well be. This looks like a two horse race at the moment. Both riders from
Carrickfergus. Surely Seeley isn't going down the inside here? There is
a wet patch there, watch it. If they were better friends you would call
them the Carrick Crusaders. Not that I know of. But I'm going to say they
will have a lot of respect for one another at the end of this race. It
has been a proper duel in the sunset here tonight at the North West 200.
Still more laps to go. Who is getting tired? Alastair Seeley on
his fitness, is done about five races so far today. That's a point.
Glenn Irwin is fresh out of the box. We are on the final lap. That thing
is all over the place going up to the roundabout. Seeley Solder and
tries to come round the outside. Glenn Irwin having none of it. Stops
in the middle of the corner, pretty smart. Really backed it down the
corner, in the middle of the roundabout, so he could fire it off
the corner. They might do now. Seeley has got the run out of the
chicane and wriggling all over the place. Oh my goodness me. It's like
a broken toilet seat. That BMW is normally so tidy and shipshape with
him on board. Slipstream city here we go. Seeley in the slipstream,
going to go left or right. Oh, he's on the grass! My goodness me.
Seeley, the camera, the road dragged him into Annie had to shut the
throttle. In the dirt at 175 miles an hour. Hutchinson took advantage.
Probably got sprayed in water and stones. I cannot believe what I have
seen. Alastair Seeley back on the throttle. Glenn Irwin breaking into
the corner but Seeley right behind Hutchinson. He should have been
passed by Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter in theory. Look at that. The
wheels are in the dirt on in the gutter at that point. He just had to
roll out of it. That was so close to the edge. That would have confuse
the traction control. I would have been off to the toilet myself!
Alastair Seeley has just got back into gear. He's coming again. It's
not over yet. We have half a lap to go. Irwin won't know what happened
behind him, he won't know that Seeley shouldn't be doing this at
this particular time. He's going to treat him like he has throughout the
race. Closing on traffic. This is a black marker was going through the
bottom of the screen. Here's another 24, that could be awkward. Andrew
Sellars. He will get a lesson in a minute because these two are
charging through. This had to shut the throttle a little bit. Seeley
has gone down the inside into Church. I think we still have
another run down to the Juniper hill chicane. Over the top of Blackhill
in a minute. That was close. No question Glenn Irwin had to just
compromise his line, shut the throttle of it. Seeley didn't need a
second invitation. Irwin is slipstreaming him up the hill.
Coming out of the draft and going over the top. This is close. Seeley
is wriggling around! Now Irwin has the inside line. That was a
magnificent charge from Glenn Irwin. Alastair Seeley almost out of
control trying to stay out in front and couldn't do it. Irwin just went
sizing past him so neatly. Look at them, power sliding through June
poll that my Juniper. Seeley hasn't got a chance of going past as they
go towards the line. It is Irwin and Seeley and Hutchinson. What a
breathtaking, what a fantastic race that was. That was an astonishing
performance from those two. Absolutely stunning. 0.1 72. Irwin
with his first-ever win here. Great drive, 20 wins run here, can't
disrespect him. We've had our differences in the past for him and
Ian to race that close, I didn't look behind, I don't know who else
was there. It's insane, it's awesome, the best sport in the
world. The way the confidence carried from my wins it would be an
epic battle. It was just made for good entertainment. What an
incredible finish to this year's North West 200. Unbelievable. It has
been an awesome week. Thursday's races were great but Saturday blew
my head. That finale, the Superbike race was unreal. Glenn Irwin rode
well beyond his years. In some ways a little disappointed for Alistair
because he was the man. He won four times. His best ever North West 200
and will go home to a bit disappointed not to win the big one,
the one they were all after. Thank you very much for your company this
week. We have more North West 200 highlights for you next Sunday
afternoon on BBC Two. All television programmes available on BBC iPlayer
as well. But for now, from all of us here on the north coast, until this
time next year, it's bye-bye. First up, Monaghan take on
The final programme from the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200. The world's best road racers go head to head in one of the fastest motorcycle races in the sport, with bikes reaching speeds of over 200mph.
Presented by Stephen Watson with analysis from Michael Laverty and commentary by Steve Parrish and Richard Nichols.