NW200 - Due to adverse weather, main race day on Saturday was eventually abandoned. I got a 2 wins in the supersport and superstock races on Thursday evening and a 4th in the red flagged supersport race on Saturday. See NW200.
5/6 May - Really pleased with the weekend's results following 2 great battles with Easton. For more info, see Round 3.
14 April - Great results today, just unlucky that both races where stopped. For results and information go to Round 2
7 April 2013 - Great start to the season. For pictures, results and comments check out Round 1
Testing at Brands today (19 March) went well. Ended up P2 in last session. It's been a really cold day with damp patches about.
More testing to come at Snetterton on 20 March.
14 March - Testing at Donnington went well P4, P4 and P3 in each of the sessions respectively. The bike feels good and I am looking forward to Brands next Monday.
24 Feb - I am currently in Almeria testing the Gearlink and MSS bikes. I tested yesterday (Sat) and it went well and there are a lot of blind corners! More testing today, tomorrow and Tuesday.
Alastair Seeley back in British Supersport class for 2013
Reported by BBC NI 7 Nov:
Alastair Seeley will return to the British Supersport Championship with the Gearlink Kawasaki team in 2013 and will ride MSS Kawasaki bikes at the North West 200 in May.
Seeley won the British Supersport title with Tyco TAS Suzuki in 2011 but endured a difficult British Superbike season with the team this year.
"It will be nice to go back to the British Supersport class," said Seeley.
"My style is more smooth and suits a Supersport bike."
Seeley will compete alongside Ben Wilson in the Gearlink team in the British Supersport series.
In 2011, Seeley pipped Wilson by a single point to land the British Supersport title.
He will also compete at the North West 200 Supersport class for the Gearlink team as well as challenging in the Superbike and Superstock classes for the MSS outfit at the Northern Ireland event.
"I am glad to be going to a top team. I'll have a good team-mate and we'll be pushing each other on for the British title.
"They'll also be coming across to do the Supersport class at the North West 200 and I'll also be riding the MSS Superbike and Superstock bikes there," added Seeley, who has clinched eight victories at the event.
"The MSS bike last year won the Superstock race with Michael Rutter on board so it will be a very competitive package."
Seeley expects to head to Spain in February for some warm-weather testing with his new bikes and in the meantime will train hard for the new season at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland.
Nov 2012 - For the 2013 season, I have decided that I would like to return to the Supersport class and am also planning to race at the NW200 again in May. I am looking for sponsorship so if you would like to help, please look at my sponsorship page by clicking here and having a look at the ways you can help. Many thanks.
Latest Team News
After four successful years together, which produced two British titles and numerous North West 200 wins, TAS Racing and Alastair Seeley have decided on an amicable split with the Ulsterman looking to pastures new, while Tyco Suzuki will remain in British Superbike with a two-rider line-up in 2013.
Team manager Philip Neill openly admitted that he would be sorry to see Alastair go, but didn’t rule out the opportunity for the 2011 British Supersport champion to return to the Suzuki fold in the future.
Neill said: “It’s never an enjoyable day when you have to let a rider go, especially when he has brought success to your team, but we have parted on very good terms and who knows, we may see Alastair back on one of our GSX-Rs in the future.
“After a tough year in BSB, Alastair has decided that he would like to return to the Supersport class – a decision that I fully support. Unfortunately we are unable to offer Alastair a position in Supersport at this time, as our main focus will again be in British Superbike with Tyco and Suzuki in 2013.
“There are only a handful of top rides in any class, and the last thing I wanted to do was hold Alastair back as he needs to move swiftly to secure a deal for next season. Everyone within the team wishes him well. He has done a sterling job for TAS Racing, Suzuki, Tyco and all our other associated sponsors this past four years, and I’m sure he will be successful wherever he goes.”
Seeley was also philosophical about the announcement and added: “I’ve had a great time working with Philip and Hector, all the boys in the team, Suzuki GB and our various sponsors. They took me to two British titles and I learned a lot about all aspects of the sport during this time. For that I’d like to thank them and Suzuki, but everything comes to an end at some point and I admire Philip for being honest with me so early after the season has finished. It allows me time to find a new position but I’ll still be calling in for a ‘brew’ and a yarn with the boys next year. It’s a small industry and as Philip says, who knows, I could be back on a Suzuki at some point before I hang the leathers up.”
Suzuki GB Marketing Manager George Cheeseman has also worked closely with Seeley during his time at TAS Racing, and was more than complimentary in his summing up of the man affectionately dubbed the ‘Wee Wizard”.
Cheeseman acknowledged Seeley’s role within the TAS set-up by saying: “Alastair has been a great ambassador for Suzuki this past four years. He demonstrated in no uncertain terms the pedigree of our GSX-R1000 and GSX-R600 machinery by dominating in Superstock and Supersport, and also won races at Superbike level for us. He was an active and enthusiastic member during our GSX-R owner days and was a popular figure with our large customer base, so although we are sad to see him go – we wish him well for the future.”