Alastair Seeley’s NW200 bikes ‘right in the ballpark’

Alastair Seeley on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in Spain
Alastair Seeley on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in Spain

Ten-time North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley feels his Mar-Train Racing Kawasaki machines are already close to a race-winning package ahead of the international race meeting in May.

The Carrick rider used two tests in Spain at Almeria and Cartagena to get to grips with the ZX-10R Superbike and Superstock bikes in addition to his British Supersport Championship Yamaha R6.

Seeley, who added another brace of North West 200 victories in the Supersport and Superstock classes to his growing tally despite the disappointment of last year’s cancellation, feels one further test at Kirkistown in County Down will be all that is required to ensure the Kawasaki machines are ready to be unleashed on the 8.9-mile Triangle course in just over two months’ time.

“Almeria gave us an opportunity to get some miles in last week on the Mar-Train ZX-10s for the North West 200 and I did a few laps on the team’s British championship R6 Yamaha,” Seeley said.

“At Cartagena we spent a full day ironing out a few chatter issues on the big bikes but we are well within the ballpark now with both the Superbike and Superstock bikes.

“One more test at Kirkistown should have us ready to roll them out at the North West and I’m happy what we achieved; they are two strong machines and well capable of giving us every chance of at least a podium at the North West.”

Seeley has joined Tim Martin’s outfit for 2014 as he sets his sights on retaining the British Supersport crown for the Northern Ireland team, which was won last year by Sottish rider Stuart Easton.

He narrowly lost out on the title to the Scot on the Gearlink Kawasaki, with the outcome only decided in a nail-biting decided in the last race of the year at Brands Hatch.

Easton has returned to the British Superbike class this year with Paul Bird’s Kawasaki team, with Seeley taking over the number one spot at Mar-Train Racing.

The Yamaha R6 proved its class in the championship last year and Seeley is relishing the opportunity to retain the title for Mar-Train and also attempt to give the team its first victory on the roads at the North West 200.

“We all know how good the Mar-Train R6 Yamaha is but we had a couple of little mechanical issues, which you have to expect in racing, but the team did a great job and after a lot of hard work we weren’t too far off the Superbike boys in terms of lap times at Cartagena,” he said.

“I’m loving working with Tim and the team. I feel like I’ve been riding for them for a lot longer than a few weeks, which can only be a good thing.

“The final day was a bit windy so we had an afternoon team meeting and it’s always good to get to know your crew,” he added.

“Overall it was very positive and I’m looking forward now to the official BSB tests in a few weeks’ time.”