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Brands Hatch 20-22 April - I had a great start to the season with a 3rd place finish in the Sprint race on Sunday and a 1st place finish in the feature race on Easter Monday. For more info, please see here

Me and the team made significant progress during last week’s four-day test at Cartegena in Spain. We posted Supersport lap times within a second of the main Superbike teams. I also found a more than satisfactory base-setting on both ZX10R Kawasakis that I will ride at the forthcoming International North West 200 on May 17.


 

We’ve now found a decent base setting on the Supersport bike and yesterday [Sunday] we posted a handful of consistent mid 35s [1min 35 second laps]. In the first session of the week I was coming in knowing we could make improvements, but in yesterday’s second session, there were hardly any areas where we I was struggling, so it was a joy to mark up my track map at the end of the session.
 
Looking ahead: When we start going to the BSB tracks it will just be a matter of dialing in certain changes to suit, but I’ve every confidence in the team and my crew chief Andy Jamison and mechanic Boost. I feel very comfortable on the bike now and am well pleased with the Cartagena test as we made a lot of progress.


 

Team principal Tim Martin concluded: We came to Cartagena with a little bit of work to do on the big bikes for the North West 200. The issues we had with chatter at Almeria seem to be ironed out and Alastair is very happy with both bikes.
 
He worked well over the four days alongside Andy and Boost and they have now found a comfortable base setting for him on our Supersport Yamaha. His lap times are always impressive but yesterday he consistently stopped the watch with some very fast times.
 

 

I completed laps on the team’s British Supersport Yamaha R6 machine at Almeria and also started my familiarisation process with the Mar-Train Superstock and Superbike ZX10R Kawasakis.
 
I was really happy with my lap times when I dipped half a second under former team member Jack Kennedy’s best-ever time at the circuit in my first session.
 
I did a couple of laps on the team’s British Supersport bike pretty much the way it left Brands after winning the championship and the only thing I changed were footpeg and handlebar positions.
 
The boys tell me I was half a second under Jack’s best time so it sets us up well for the start of the year when we can be doing that in our first test. I just couldn’t fault that wee bike.
 
Recounting his ‘big bike’ runs  “The weather was far from perfect for the three days with heavy winds and a bit of rain, but we overcame a few little problems with chatter. It was all about finding the correct Metzeler tyre combinations, but I think we’ve solved the problem, although we will have another day on the ZX10s at Cartagena this week.”
 
Giving credit to the new team: “Andy Jamison and Boost are real grafters and I feel like I’ve been with the team a lot longer than one three-day test. I’m now looking forward to heading out on Wednesday morning with team owner Tim Martin and getting some more valuable miles in on all three bikes.”
 
Team Manager Tim Martin said: “Almeria did what we expected for a shakedown test and the Pirelli/Metzeler guys worked with us to help Alastair find a suitable combination. He took to the R6 Yamaha as I thought he would, and it’s now a matter of keeping the head down and working hard so we can hit the ground running at the opening round at Brands over Easter. This week is going to be busy again but it’s all about collecting as much information as possible and getting Alastair as comfortable as he can be on all three bikes. But so far so good.”

Everything is starting to come together now in readiness for the season ahead. Testing starts next week and my new leathers have been designed. Keep checking back here or on the fans group on Facebook for news.

I am holding a fundraising event on 6 April 2014  from 12pm until 4pm at Eddie Irvine Sports in Bangor. Please come along, it would be great to see you there and have some craic. Email for details.

I will be in Almeria in Spain testing the Martrain ZX10 Superstock and Superbike on 26, 27 and 28 February, and then off to Cartagena testing the Martrain R6 on 6, 7. 8 and 9 March. I will keep you informed on how it goes.

I am away to Spain at the end of February/beginning of March to get some testing underway. I will of course let you know how this goes.

It was an absolute no-brainer for me to join Mar-Train Racing for the 2014 season. I am looking forward to working with a local team again, as this has brought me success in the past - so I'll be doing my best to retain the British Supersport crown for Tim and Sonya and the whole Mar-Train team.

Looking ahead to the North West 200, I feel I can give Mar-Train Racing their first victory at the North Coast Triangle, whilst increasing my tally. I don't feel a lot of pressure going to the North West. With ten wins racked up already, my aim for the rest of my career is to equal or better the 15 wins of Robert Dunlop at the North West.

Robert was a great rider, both on the circuits and on the roads, so if I could even match what he's achieved around the North West, I'll feel pretty proud. But the main goal for next season is to get Mar-Train Racing on the top step, everything else after that is a bonus.

I am really looking forward to the next season. #34 

Brands Hatch - 19/20 October - For more info see Round 12

Silverstone - 5/6 October - For more info see Round 11

TT Assen - 21/22 Sept - For more info see Round 10

Donnington Park - 7/8 September - For more info see Round 9

Cadwell Park - 24/25/26 August - For more info see Round 8

Oulton Park - 9/10 August - For more info see Round 7

Brands Hatch 20/21 July - For more info see Round 6

On Saturday 27 July I will be at Millenium Motorcycles in St Helens and on Sunday 28 July I will be at Robinsons Motorcycles in Rochdale so please come along and say hello. I will be at both from 10.30am until around 4pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

"R&G Spoof Q&A with Gearlink Kawasaki's Alastair Seeley & Ben Wilson" - click here to watch the video and if it gets 10,000 views then R&G have pledged to donate £1000 to CJ Riders Fund. Come on - get watching and sharing please!! :-)

Snetterton 6/7 July - For more info, see Round 5

Knockhill 14-16 June - For more info see Round 4

NW200 - Due to adverse weather, main race day on Saturday was eventually abandoned. I got 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

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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.

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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.

Alastair #34

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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.” 

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