BRITISH SUPERSPORT: Alastair Seeley battles to fifth after injury

Alastair Seeley
Alastair Seeley

Carrick rider Alastair Seeley suffered a British Supersport title setback on Saturday at Oulton Park after a crash during qualifying.

The Mar-Train Racing Yamaha rider sustained reported broken ribs in the incident, but after treatment in the medical centre at the Cheshire track he took his place on the grid.

Seeley battled through the pain barrier to finish in a creditable fifth place to earn some crucial championship points.

The race was won by Smiths Triumph rider Billy McConnell, who clinched the victory after 10 laps by 0.092s from team-mate Graeme Gowland.

Luke Mossey on the Profile Triumph finished third ahead of Jake Dixon.

Carrick’s Glenn Irwin was involved in a battle for third place on the Gearlink Kawasaki with Mossey but crashed out at Lodge after attempting a last-gasp pass on the brakes.

The feature Supersport race takes place at Oulton on Sunday.

McConnell now leads the series by four points from Gowland, with Seeley occupying third place, 17 points in arrears.

Irwin remains in sixth position in the standings but will be kicking himself after his mistake on the last lap.

Oulton Park is hosting a triple-header in the British Superbike class and Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari won the opening race after starting from the fourth row of the grid.

The Japanese rider had missed the chance of setting a fast time in final qualifying after damaging his machine in a crash in Q2.

However, he charged through the pack to clinch the win from Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes and championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Ulster’s Keith Farmer came home in 17th on the PR Racing Kawasaki.

In the opening Ducati TriOptions Cup race, Castlerock man and defending champion Marty Nutt finished in fourth place on the Ducati Coventry/JHP Racing machine.

The race was won by Leon Morris from Dennis Hobbs.