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Plater and Dunlop in NW200 double

Steve Plater comes in ahead of Bruce Anstey at the NW200
Steve Plater comes in ahead of Bruce Anstey at the NW200

Steve Plater and William Dunlop won two races each at the North-West 200 with Alastair Seeley claiming victory in the other on a rain-curtailed programme.

Forty-year-old Honda rider Plater won the Superbike race and followed that with the 600 Supersport which was his eighth career win at the North-West.

Dunlop got his first ever North-West win in the opening 250 race and then raced away with the 125 event.

Alastair Seeley won the Superstock before racing was called to a halt.

Four races had to be red-flagged because of racing accidents or rain which put the racing well behind schedule.

Cookstown rider Mark Young was injured and taken to hospital after an accident during the 250 race.

Winner Dunlop had seemed certain to finish third in the 250 race as his brother Michael was involved in a ding-dong battle for the lead with Christian Elkin.

But coming out of the Juniper chicane near the end of the three-lap 250cc race, Elkin came off and 2008 winner Michael Dunlop ploughed into him.

That left the way for William to win with Chris Palmer second.

After the race, Michael Dunlop said he had been unfairly robbed of another victory.

"He took a mad dive and wiped me out," he said after the collision with Elkin who sustained a broken leg.

Plater, who won three races at the 2008 North-West, emerged victorious again after two exciting duels with New Zealander Bruce Anstey in the Superbike and 600cc Supersport events.

In the Superbike race, John McGuinness completed the podium and Cameron Donald, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin made up the top six.

Michael Dunlop was third in the Supersport race after qualifying in pole position, with McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson next.

Honda man William Dunlop raced away with the 125, winning by 7.2 seconds from runner-up Chris Palmer.

Seeley, racing in Relentless TAS Suzuki colours, recovered from an earlier accident to be declared the winner of the Superstock which was cut short because of rain.

Results

250cc race: 1 W Dunlop; 2 C Palmer; 3 P Harvey

Superbike Race One: 1 S Plater; 2 B Anstey; 3 J McGuinness

600cc Supersport: 1 S Plater; 2 B Anstey; 3 M Dunlop

125cc race: 1 W Dunlop; 2 C Palmer; 3 O Linsdell

Superstock: 1 A Seeley; 2 R Farquhar; 3 K Amor



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see also
Rider dies following race crash
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Anstey quickest in NW200 practice
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Plater starts as NW200 favourite
11 May 09 |  Motorsport
Behind the scenes at the NW 200
14 May 09 |  Motorsport
Johnny still in the fast lane
09 May 09 |  Motorsport
Dunlop's son races to NW 200 win
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