North West 200: Thursday Qualifying Round Up

Super Twins:

The second timed Super Twins practice session of the 2018 Vauxhall International North West 200, saw a battle royal for pole position between Riders Motorcycles Martin Jessopp and next gen roads star Adam McLean.

Roy Hanna Motors backed McLean headed the time sheets throughout, prior to Yeovil’s Jessopp beginning a late qualifying charge, steadily chipping away at the Tobermore racer’s advantage.

Within the last minutes of the session, Jessopp dramatically secured pole position lapping at 4 minutes 56.536 seconds to finish just 0.038 of a second in front of McLean.

Third fastest, McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton (4.57.716) wasn’t to far off the pace, whilst York’s Joe Thompson (4.59.178) aboard the factory backed Team ILR Paton, it’s fair to say surprised many by qualifying a fine fourth.

Next up on the time sheets was the KMR Kawasaki duo of Derek McGee (5.00.337) and Jeremy McWilliams (5.00.927), who were both over four seconds clear of seventh quickest Christian Elkin.

The top ten in a qualifying session filled with top draw performances was concluded by Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis, the on form Michael Sweeney and 2017 Super Twins Manx GP winner Darren Cooper.

Others to impress outside the ten fastest qualifiers included leading newcomers New Zealand’s Daniel Mettam and Jonathan Perry, respectively 13th and 14th quickest.

Super Twins Q2 results:

1 Martin Jessopp 4.56.536

2 Adam McLean 4.56.574

3 James Cowton 4.57.716

4 Joe Thompson 4.59.178

5 Derek McGee 5.00.337

6 Jeremy McWilliams 5.00.927

7 Christian Elkin 5.05.774

8 Xavier Denis 5.09.753

9 Michael Sweeney 5.11.157

10 Darren Cooper 5.13.491

11 Denver Robb 5.13.856

12 Victor Lopez Santos 5.14.026

13 Daniel Mettam 5.15.596

14 Jonathan Perry 5.16.938

15 Marty Lennon 5.17.188

16 Kris Duncan 5.19.403

17 Seamus Elliott 5.19.832

18 Matt Sadowski 5.20.547

19 Neil Kernohan 5.22.266

20 Steven Horne 5.24.602

21 Bruce Birnie 5.24.735

22 Jamie Williams 5.28.381

23 Robert McCrum 5.32.968

24 Rikki McGovern 5.41.558

Superstock:

Showing yet more wizardry around the Triangle, Tyco BMW’s Alastair Seeley (4.26.061) powered to Superstock pole, finishing over two seconds clear of nearest challenger in second qualifying, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison.

Bradford’s Harrison (4.28.140), the only non BMW Motorrad mounted competitor within the top six in qualifying, was under 0.070 of a second clear of third fastest Michael Dunlop (4.28.204), who looked in good form aboard his own teams Carl Cox Motorsport backed S1000RR BMW.

Fourth, fifth and sixth fastest respectively, were the all star trio of Bathams SMT Racing’s Michael Rutter (4.29.051), Dan Kneen (4.29.644) and Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman (4.30.247).

Seventh quickest James Hillier (4.30.467) as always consistent, strong pace, as did next on the time sheets, Riders Motorcycles Martin Jessopp (4.31.972).

Finalising the ten fastest qualifiers were RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki’s Gary Johnson (4.32.350), Honda Racing’s Lee Johnston (4.32.979).

Davey Todd who qualified a very respectable 18th, firmly lead the newcomers challenge, whilst added notable performances included the three riders finishing 20th, 21st and 22nd quickest, Italy’s Stefano Bonetti, Shirlaws Motorcycles backed Kris Duncan and new BHR (Bob Henderson Racing) signing, Dominic Herbertson.

Superstock Q2 results:

1 Alastair Seeley 4.26.061

2 Dean Harrison 4.28.140

3 Michael Dunlop 4.28.204

4 Michael Rutter 4.29.051

5 Dan Kneen 4.29.644

6 Peter Hickman 4.30.247

7 James Hillier 4.30.467

8 Martin Jessopp 4.31.972

9 Gary Johnson 4.32.350

10 Lee Johnston 4.32.979

11 William Dunlop 4.34.917

12 Derek McGee 4.35.267

13 Michael Sweeney 4.36.349

14 Sam West 4.36.824

15 David Johnson 4.36.974

16 Conor Cummins 4.37.352

17 Dan Cooper 4.38.779

18 Davey Todd 4.39.868

19 James Cowton 4.39.992

20 Stefano Bonetti 4.41.832

21 Kris Duncan 4.44.408

22 Dominic Herbertson 4.44.604

23 Laurent Hoffmann 4.44.957

24 Darren Cooper 4.45.228

25 Ian Hutchinson 4.45.394

26 Craig Neve 4.45.549

27 Seamus Elliott 4.45.687

28 Raul Torras Martinez 4.48.129

29 Xavier Denis 4.48.750

30 Adrian Clark 4.48.863

31 Forest Dunn 4.49.244

32 Bruce Birnie 4.51.244

33 Nadieh Schoots 4.54.212

34 Paul Williams 4.55.589

35 Mike Norbury 4.56.129

36 Chris Green 4.56.505

37 Donald MacFadyen 4.56.768

38 Marty Lennon 4.58.290

39 Sam Johnson 4.58.590

40 Toni Rechberger 5.03.283

41 Jean Pierre Polet 5.10.113

42 Andy Sellars 5.12.466

43 Paul Mackey 5.18.031

44 Stephen Degnan 5.21.006

Supersport:

Looking at one with the EHA Racing Yamaha, Alastair Seeley carried on his middleweight class supremacy at the North West 200, as he secured in dominant fashion, pole position for tonight’s opening Supersport race.

The 21 times North West 200 race winner, quickest lap time of 4 minutes 36.088 seconds, gave him a pace advantage at the end of the session of almost three seconds over an all star chasing pack.

Photo by Rod Neill

Riders Motorcycles Martin Jessopp (4.38.909) won a tight four rider battle for second in qualifying, which saw just 0.310 separate him and close pursuers Dean Harrison (4.39.138), Michael Dunlop (4.39.180) and leading Padgetts racer Lee Johnston (4.39.219).

Temple Golf Club Yamaha’s William Dunlop (4.40.306) qualified sixth, as Adam McLean (4.41.244), Conor Cummins (4.41.296), twice Junior Manx GP champion Michael Sweeney (4.41.421) and Stroud’s Dan Cooper rounded out the ten quickest Supersport qualifiers.

PRL Worthington Racing’s Sam West finished an excellent 12th quickest in front of leading international roads names such as Ian Hutchinson, Dan Kneen and Gary Johnson.

Whilst others to catch the eye included the undoubted standout newcomer thus far of this years North West 200, Davey Todd, who finished 17th fastest.

Supersport Q2 results:

1 Alastair Seeley 4.36.088

2 Martin Jessopp 4.38.909

3 Dean Harrison 4.39.138

4 Michael Dunlop 4.39.180

5 Lee Johnston 4.39.219

6 William Dunlop 4.40.306

7 Adam McLean 4.41.244

8 Conor Cummins 4.41.296

9 Michael Sweeney 4.41.421

10 Dan Cooper 4.44.563

11 James Cowton 4.44.682

12 Sam West 4.45.001

13 Ian Hutchinson 4.45.168

14 Dan Kneen 4.46.014

15 Gary Johnson 4.46.556

16 Joe Thompson 4.46.794

17 Davey Todd 4.46.831

18 Craig Neve 4.47.980

19 Christian Elkin 4.48.089

20 Paul Jordan 4.48.345

21 Laurent Hoffmann 4.49.273

22 Darryl Tweed 4.52.485

23 Darren Cooper 4.52.602

24 Kris Duncan 4.53.242

25 Daniel Mettam 4.53.563

26 Neil Kernohan 4.54.339

27 Pierre Yves Bian 4.55.265

28 Xavier Denis 4.57.045

29 Matthew Rees 4.58.426

30 Mark Goodings 5.00.151

31 Ilja Caljouw 5.01.727

32 Mike Norbury 5.01.958

33 Raul Torras Martinez 5.02.979

34 Frederic Besnard 5.04.197

35 Paul Williams 5.04.255

36 Steven Horne 5.07.168

37 Paul Cranston 5.08.258

38 Jamie Williams 5.11.576

39 Andy Sellars 5.18.206

40 Callum Paterson 5.19.166

41 David Murphy 5.19.336

42 Daniele Giorgini 5.20.855

43 Paul Mackey 5.22.287

44 Ramon Basomba 5.23.031

45 Stephen Degnan 5.23.395

46 Jonathan Perry 9.05.322

Words by Stevie Rial

Original Source – Road Racing News