Despite posting the pole position qualifying time and leading both Supersport races, the 2019 International North West 200 didn’t quite return the results both EHA Racing and rider Alastair Seeley were expecting, but as the saying goes, ‘that’s racing’.
During Thursday night’s Supersport race, which was undoubtedly the race of the meeting, Alastair came unstuck on the final lap of six – less than a mile from home when he slid off in the Juniper Hill chicane – moments after taking the lead and seconds from the chequered flag. It was a titanic battle throughout the 53-miles of hard charging with eventual race winner Lee Johnston – whom all at EHA Racing, congratulate on his victory.
Then in Saturday’s Supersport race, again whilst leading, Alastair’s EHA Racing machine suffered mechanical complications in less than ideal conditions, which forced his retirement. That said, it has fuelled the desire of EHA Racing and our technical partners, CFM Motorsport, to return in twelve months’ time and redress the balance.
Despite this, the record breaking 24 time NW200 winner – who set the class lap record and two sector records on EHA Racing machinery just twelve months ago – made many friends and new fans at the International Triangle event, that links Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine on the picturesque and rugged northern coastline in Northern Ireland.
There are many people to thank for their support, not least our product partners and title sponsor for the event, JP Corry. We must also make special mention of our hospitality partner, Lynas Food Services, who certainly ‘delivered more’, and local restaurants Tides in Portrush and The Newbridge, Coleraine – who kept the team well fed and watered during the event.
To everyone who made the effort to join us on site, support us on track, and to those who provided financial assistance during our home event – we thank you all in equal measure.
EHA Racing is back in action this coming weekend at Donington Park for the third round of the British Superbike and Supersport Championship campaigns with David Allingham and Alastair Seeley respectively.