Posted: 14 May 2013
With the first practice sessions kicking off the annual North West 200 today, it would seem that two of the top riders have already overcome potentially disastrous events – and it’s not even race day yet!
Returning to the course after his huge crash in 2011, Stuart Easton suffered an early scare while aboard his Mar-Train Yamaha R1. While travelling at 195 mph, he had to take rapid action after the bike in front of him sprayed oil from its blown engine. Not only did he need to avoid the newly-formed oil slick, he also had to avoid the bike, which with no power, consequently slowed down directly in his path.
And it wasn’t plain sailing for eight-times-winner Alastair Seeley either. During a dramatic opening practice session at the Northern Ireland event, the Gearlink Supersport Kawasaki suffered a hole in the radiator, while his MSS Kawasaki seized a piston! If the wet weather forecast is correct for Thursday, these mechanical difficulties will affect his overall qualification and therefore his starting grid position ahead of the races. Alastair left the NW200 with three wins under his leathers last year and will surely want to improve on his record this year…
It’s likely that these two lads will be battling it out for victory this year as they will both be going head-to-head in the 600cc class and Superbikes. We can’t wait for the action to unfold in the first race on Thursday evening. Let the battle commence!