Seeley aiming for podium record while Johnston will ride charity-inspired bike

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Lee Johnston

By Simon Hunter

Course record-holder Alastair Seeley says he's aiming for the podium record at this year's Vauxhall International North West 200.

The racer from Carrickfergus needs one more podium finish for the all-time record of 28, held by legend Phillip McCallen.

More than 1000 fans descended on Coleraine's Vineyard complex for this year's launch.

Speaking to Q Radio Sport, Seeley says it's a great way to involve the fans.

He says he's come a long way since waving programmes in the air as a boy.

He'll be part of the Tyco BMW team in the Superbike and Superstock races, and Gearlink Kawasaki for his Supersport race.

He told us he's excited for the changes this year.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh's Lee Johnston will ride an air ambulance-coloured bike in the supertwins race.

The bike is provided by Ryan Farquhar, who was in a coma after crashing on the circuit in 2016.

Johnston told us he's looking forward to the challenges ahead.

He has a new team this year, Jackson Racing Honda.


The Fermanagh racer says the launch is a good way to see some familiar faces.

Ian Hutchinson was also at the event, hoping for a continuation of his stellar form from 2017.

He says the NW200 is returning to its best.



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