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METZELER achieved great result at North West 200 with seven wins

North West 200 returns to racing after a three year wait and saw a dominant week of racing for METZELER riders. They managed to secured seven wins from RACETEC RR Slick and road-legal RACETEC RR equipped riders across the Superbike, Supersport, Superstock and Supertwin races.

The opening day of practice on Tuesday saw riders take time to dial themselves back into the high-speed nature of the 8.9 miles North West 200 circuit. With the weather remaining dry for qualifying on Thursday, it saw lap times tumble, and it was a clean sweep of pole positions for METZELER riders, as Richard Cooper topped the Supertwin qualifying, with Alastair Seeley taking Supersport pole and Glenn Irwin Superstock. In the blue-riband Superbike class, Irwin took that even further with an incredible ride to set the then fastest-ever lap to claim pole.

Gleen Irwin in Superbike

THURSDAY RACES

Cold and wet weather greeted the riders for the opening evening of racing, but despite the tricky conditions, North West 200 specialist Seeley dominated proceedings. The opening Supersport race saw him battling throughout the four-lap race, eventually taking the win by 1.984s. Fellow METZELER rider Jeremy McWilliams made it a memorable race, with the 58-year-old taking third place.

The Superstock race was a different affair, with Seeley controlling the race from the front, taking the win by 12.894s. Despite it only being his second year at the event, Cooper was able to claim third place to make it four podium finishes from the six available on Thursday. With the weather continuing to deteriorate, the opening Supertwin race was pushed back to Saturday.

Alastair Seeley in Superstock

SATURDAY RACES

Thankfully, the main race day dawned with beautiful blue skies and warm weather, ensuring near-perfect conditions for the six races. Kick-starting the day in perfect style, Pierre Yves Bian took victory in the opening Supertwin race ahead of Paul Jordan, while Joe Loughlin would win the second race in the afternoon, joined once again by McWilliams in third.

The first of the Superbike races proved one of the best races of the week, with Irwin going head-to-head with Davey Todd, with the duo continuously swapping places throughout the six laps. Coming down to the final lap, Irwin was able to find a way through at Metropole corner, seeing him become the first rider to win five North West 200 Superbike races in a row.

The second of the Superstock races saw a similar performance from Seeley on the IFS Racing Yamaha. Fending off an early race challenge, he was able to make full use of his road-legal RACETEC RR over the six laps to take his third win of the weekend and his 27th around the
iconic course.

With the Superbike feature race being held over seven laps, safety concerns saw only METZELER riders advised to compete. Just as he did in the opening race, Irwin launched off the line to control the race from the front, being closely pushed by the impressive Cooper on the Hawk Racing Suzuki. The Honda rider was able to eventually pull away to take his sixth consecutive North West 200 Superbike win, with each victory coming on METZELER RACETEC™ RR Slick tyres. Completing the podium in third was Josh Brookes, who made his first return to the event since 2014.

Josh Brookes in Superbike Race Two

METZELER UK Racing Manager Jason Griffiths: “A huge crowd witnessed this amazing spectacle on the North Coast today. Our thanks to the Metzeler riders for their fantastic performances. Alastair Seeley produced a masterclass of wet weather riding on Thursday night to take a double victory, while Richard Cooper showed his class across multiple classes and Glenn Irwin continued his domination of the Superbike class at the event, achieving a winning debut for the new Metzeler partnership with Honda Racing. The conditions encountered across the practice sessions and the races meant the full Metzeler racing range was in action this week. Taking all the pole positions in itself was an achievement and the race results are, of course, incredible. The quality work carried out by the R&D team and of course the Metzeler manufacturing facility cannot be overlooked. A real team effort.”

Please find below the final rankings (METZELER riders in bold)

Thursday:

Supersport Race One

Alastair Seeley in Supersport Race One
  1. Alastair Seeley
  2. Davey Todd
  3. Jeremy McWilliam

Superstock Race One

  1. Alastair Seeley
  2. Davey Todd
  3. Richard Cooper

Saturday:

Supertwin Race One

Paul Jordan in Supertwin
  1. Pierre Yves Bian
  2. Paul Jordan
  3. Lee Johnston

Supersport Race Two

  1. Lee Johnston
  2. Davey Todd
  3. Michael Dunlop

Superbike Race One

  1. Glenn Irwin
  2. Davey Todd
  3. Richard Cooper

Supertwin Race Two

  1. Joe Loughlin
  2. Lee Johnston
  3. Jeremy McWilliams

Superstock Race Two

  1. Alastair Seeley
  2. Lee Johnston
  3. Dean Harrison

Superbike Race Two

Gleen Irwin Superbike podium
  1. Glenn Irwin
  2. Richard Cooper
  3. Josh Brookes

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