North West 200 Saturday Results 2015

May 18, 2015
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Six races were on schedule for Saturday’s 2015 Vauxhall International Northwest 200, but owing to some unfortunate events in the morning and evening, only four of those races were completed. The Spidi Superstock race, which was rescheduled from Thursday to Saturday after a crash halted the first outing, was cancelled outright after a three-rider crash on Saturday morning. Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger were involved in the incident between York Corner and Mill Road Roundabout, as was a female spectator later identified as Violet McAfee. Harrison was unhurt and Saiger escaped with a broken arm. Thompson and McAfee on the other hand were in critical condition for a period, but on Monday were both announced to be stable.Later in the day, the Vauxhall International North West 200, the marquee event of the week, was called off due to high winds on the course.

Of the races staged, Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley figured prominently in all but the Anchor Complex Supertwin event. The Carrickfergus rider won the Bet McLean Supersport contest then tied Robert Dunlop’s 15 race-win record at the NW 200 with victory in Monster Energy Superbike. Seeley was on pace to top the podium in the CP Hire Limited Superstock race as well, but ECR/Burdens BMW’s Lee Johnston emerged victorious after a final lap pass for the lead.

“I have been coming here since I was child and Robert and Joey Dunlop were heroes of mine,” said Seeley. “To be with those guys is totally awesome and to equal Robert’s record is very special to me.”

Johnston and Gearlink Kawasaki’s Glenn Irwin gave Seeley a serious challenge to the checkers in Supersport. Irwin led through the opening laps with Seeley and Johnston trailing close in second and third. Seely was recorded at the front on Lap 4, then Johnston took over on the following rotation. Seeley was determined to get the victory though, and dove through to the front at Juniper Hill chicane. Johnston crossed in second but was issued a 10 second penalty after overshooting the chicane. Irwin moved up to second position in adjusted time with Johnston rounding out the podium.

CD-IC Racing’s William Dunlop finished fourth in Supersport trailed by Rig-Deluge Road Racing’s Keith Amor in fifth. Dean Harrison managed sixth-position with Jackson Racing’s John McGuinness finishing in seventh.

North West 200 Bet McLean Supersport Race Resullts 2015
1. Alastair Seeley (BMW)
2. Glenn Irwin (Kawasaki)
3. Lee Johnston (Triumph)
4. William Dunlop (Yamaha)
5. Keith Amor (Honda)
6. Dean Harrison (Yamaha)
7. John McGuinness (Honda)
8. James Hillier (Kawasaki)
9. Ben Wilson (Kawasaki)
10. Michael Rutter (Kawasaki)

The second completed race of the day, Monster Energy Superbike, eventually gave Seeley the 15 career North West 200 race wins he needed to equal Robert Dunlop’s record. But it wasn’t without a fight. PBM Kawasaki’s Ian Hutchinson opened the road on Lap 1 and remained a top contender through the first four laps. Seely paced back in fourth behind Johnston and Valvoline Racing by Padgetts’ Bruce Anstey early on in a lead-pack battle which also included Penz13.com’s Michael Rutter.

Positions changed hands throughout the five-lap event and riders remained locked in battle to the finish, but Seeley was able to pull out all the stops on the final rotation to get ahead of the field. The BMW ace grabbed the top-step by a scant three-tenths of a second ahead of Hutchinson while Anstey finished third an additional two-tenths back. Johnston ended the day in fourth with Rutter following in fifth.

Honda Racing’s John McGuinness finished in sixth trailed by Seeley’s teammates William Dunlop and Guy Martin in seventh and eighth, respectively. Ice Valley’s David Johnson finished in ninth and Amor rounded out the top-10.

North West 200 Monster Energy Superbike Results 2015
1. Alastair Seeley (BMW)
2. Ian Hutchinson (Kawasaki)
3. Bruce Anstey (Honda)
4. Lee Johnston (BMW)
5. Michael Rutter (BMW)
6. John McGuinness (Honda)
7. William Dunlop (BMW)
8. Guy Martin (BMW)
9. David Johnson (BMW)
10. Keith Amor (BMW)

Anchor Complex Supertwins came next, highlighted by a battle between SGS/Manx Gas by KMR teammates Jeremy McWilliams and Ryan Farquhar. McWilliams would end the event at the top of the ranks, edging past Thursday’s Supertwin race winner Farquhar on the final lap. Cookstown BW Racing’s Jamie Hamilton made the podium for a second time as well in third-place.

McKinstry Racing’s Christian Elkin finished the Supertwin event in fourth followed by Scott Racing’s Jamie Coward in fifth and Emerald Road Racing’s Michael Russell in sixth.

North West 200 Anchor Complex Supertwin Results 2015
1. Jeremy McWilliams (Kawasaki)
2. Ryan Farquhar (Kawasaki)
3. Jamie Hamilton (Kawasaki)
4. Christian Elkin (Kawasaki)
5. Jamie Coward (Aprilia)
6. Michael Russell (Kawasaki)
7. Ian Morrell (Suzuki)
8. Maria Costello (Kawasaki)
9. David Madsen Mygdal (Kawasaki)
10. Graham English (Kawasaki)

Finally, the CP Hire Superstock race would end the day with another heated battle between Seeley and Johnston. The two fought hard alongside Hutchinson and MD Racing’s Michael Dunlop through the five-lap race, with Johnston pulling the win after a move on Seeley at Juniper on the final lap. It was a close battle to the line, with Seeley coming just 0.192 seconds short of scoring a hat-trick and taking over position as the all-time winningest rider in North West 200 history.

Dunlop was in the mix for a podium until the final lap as well, but there Hutchinson pushed past the Yamaha rider for the number-three spot. Dunlop crossed the line in fourth.

Tyco BMW’s William Dunlop trailed his brother in fifth followed by Riders Motorcycles’ Martin Jessopp in sixth. Quattro Plant’s James Hillier finished seventh ahead of Amor in eighth and Jackson Racing’s Conor Cummins in ninth.

North West 200 CP Hire Superstock Results 2015
1. Lee Johnston (BMW)
2. Alastair Seeley (BMW)
3. Ian Hutchinson (Kawasaki)
4. Michael Dunlop (Yamaha)
5. William Dunlop (BMW)
6. Martin Jessopp (BMW)
7. James Hillier (Kawasaki)
8. Keith Amor (BMW)
9. Conor Cummins (Honda)
10. David Johnson (BMW)