Seeley sets blistering times in Spain tests

East Antrim rider Alastair Seeley
East Antrim rider Alastair Seeley

East Antrim’s Alastair Seeley and Mar-Train Racing made significant progress during last week’s four-day test at Cartagena in Spain.

The diminutive Carrick man posted Supersport lap times within a second of the main Superbike teams.

The 10-times NW 200 winner also found a more than satisfactory base-setting on both ZX10R Kawasakis that he will ride at the forthcoming International North West 200 on May 17.

The double British champion said: “We’ve now found a decent base setting on the Supersport bike and on Sunday we posted a handful of consistent mid-35s (1:35].

“In the first session of the week I was coming in knowing we could make improvements, but in Sunday’s second session, there were hardly any areas where we I was struggling, so it was a joy to mark up my track map at the end of the session.”

Looking ahead, Seeley added: “When we start going to the BSB tracks it will just be a matter of dialing in certain changes to suit, but I’ve every confidence in the team and my crew chief Andy Jamison and mechanic Boost.

“I feel very comfortable on the bike now and am well pleased with the Cartagena test as we made a lot of progress.”