NW200: Alastair Seeley thrilled with Tyco BMW deal

Alastair Seeley will ride for Tyco BMW at the North West 200 in the Superbike and Superstock races.
Alastair Seeley will ride for Tyco BMW at the North West 200 in the Superbike and Superstock races.

Alastair Seeley says he is delighted to have the chance to reunite with Northern Ireland’s Tyco BMW team to compete in the Superbike and Superstock races at the North West 200 in May.

Earlier this month, the News Letter exclusively revealed that the record-breaking 17-time winner was set to renew his ties with the Moneymore team and the news was officially announced on Wednesday evening at the launch of the North West 200 in Coleraine.

Seeley, who will also compete in the Supersport races for the Gearlink Kawasaki team, said: “Philip always said if I was stuck he would do his best to help me with bikes for the North West 200 and he has been true to his word.

“I’m delighted to be back working with the TAS Racing guys and riding the Tyco BMW S1000RR would always have been my first choice for the 1000cc classes.

“The Superbike class is the one everyone wants to win at the NW200 and I feel this deal gives me my best opportunity,” he added.

“I’ve continued to do my homework and train hard despite the winter uncertainty, and I’ve every confidence that working with Tyco BMW again will give me a great opportunity to add to my North West wins in May.”

Seeley, who joins Ian Hutchinson in the team, will also be backed by Charles Hurst Vauxhall at the famous race meeting in May, where his double on the Gearlink Kawasaki last year made him the event’s most successful ever rider.

Tyco BMW team manager Philip Neill added: “When the opportunity arose to offer Alastair a deal to ride Tyco BMW Motorrad machinery in the Superstock and Superbike classes at the North West 200, well it was a bit of a no-brainer to be honest.

“He’s a proven winner at the North West in many different classes and will be a popular addition to our team for the week-long event. His goal is to add to his win tally, and along with Hutchy, here’s hoping they can bag a few more in May for both ourselves and our sponsors.

“It turned into quite a complex little deal to finally see across the line, so thanks must go to NW200 event director Mervyn Whyte and his team for their support.”

The Vauxhall International North West 200 takes place from May 7-13.