Assen victory keeps Seeley in Championship

Alastair Seeley kept both his and Mar-Train Racing’s British Supersport Championship hopes alive after his sixth victory of the season in today’s Sprint Race at Assen in the Netherlands during round 10 of the 12 round series.

It was a welcome return to the top step for both Seeley and the Mar-Train Yamaha after barren spells at Cadwell and Donington Park, and the Ulsterman is now looking forward to Sunday’s feature race to potentially further reduce the 40-point deficit to championship leader Billy McConnell.

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Alastair Seeley:
“I want to dig deep and fight for this championship after a bit of a lull this past few rounds. We started the weekend off well but tipped-off yesterday, although it didn’t affect my confidence and when we got to the front today I just commanded it, watched my pit board and was able to take the win. It was a good call from my Mar-Train Racing crew with a good tyre choice in difficult conditions and a top class set-up that helped me win the race. The championship is still there to fight for, starting tomorrow in the feature race.”

Tim Martin – Team Principal:
“We have had good results at Assen before but full credit to Alastair, as when his back’s against the wall he comes out fighting, which is a quality I’ve always admired in him. I have to also mention my team today as they gave Alastair the perfect set in tough conditions. There’s no doubt our rivals are still in the driving seat in the championship, but we are not out of it just yet and will keep fighting until it is mathematically impossible.”

British Supersport Championship, Assen, Sprint race result:
1: Alastair Seeley (MarTrain Yamaha) 20m 26.371s
2: James Rispoli (Yamaha) +9.776s
3: Luke Jones (Triumph) +9.893s
4: Glenn Irwin (Kawasaki) +12.137s
5: Kervin Bos (Honda) +12.438s

British Supersport Championship standings:
1: Billy McConnell (Triumph) 307
2: Graeme Gowland (Triumph) 300
3: Alastair Seeley (Mar-Train Yamaha 267
4: Glenn Irwin (Kawasaki) 245
5: Luke Jones (Triumph) 219