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As it happened - NW 200 practice

Alastair Seeley was fastest in Superbike and Supersport
Alastair Seeley from Carrickfergus was fastest in Tuesday's Superbike and Supersport sessions


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By Lyle Jackson
BBC Sport NI

That is all folks from the North West 200 on BBC Sport for tonight. We will be back on Thursday morning with live coverage of the second practice session (1000-1400 BST), you can watch it on the BBC Sport NI website and can also listen to Radio Ulster's coverage. Check out our Bikes! section for the latest from the North West

Seeley topped the Superstock leaderboard at a speed of 118.42, just over two seconds outside Michael Rutter's lap record for the class. Michael Dunlop was close behind on 118.40, with 12-time North West winner Rutter third at 116.74.

William Dunlop improved on his earlier form by taking fourth, Ian Lougher was fifth and Adrian Archibald sixth.

2038: Superstock session ends with Alastair Seeley on top again. The Carrickfergus rider also topped the Superbike timings and was second in the Supersport to Cameron Donald

Stu has sent an to email Greetings from the South of England, many thanks for the great coverage of this scintillating event. All the best to all the brave riders and their supporting crews, well done to all the marshalls too - stay safe and keep warm

Race Technical Director Mervyn Whyte: "We knew the rain was coming so we have kept the sessions to the minimum. We are on the third session now and things are going good. It is a bit slippery at Ballysally Roundabout."

2015: Ian Lougher, Guy Martin and William Dunlop are currently the top three in this Superstock session

Supersport update from BBC's Richard Petrie: Australian Cameron Donald sets the fastest time in the Supersport practice session at 114.29mph on his Wilson Craig Honda. Suzuki rider Alastair Seeley close behind at 114.25, followed by Michael Dunlop in third on 112.64. Gary Johnson, Bruce Anstey and Guy Martin make up the top six.

Alastair Seeley before the Superstock session: "Superstock has been good to me, with my first podium in 2007 and first win in 2008. You have to watch out there as parts are slippery. But I am relaxed, pressure is for tyres I always say!"

Text in your views on 81771
Joe from Sunderland via text (81771): Good luck to all the riders, especially Jamie Robinson from Ballyclare. Fingers crossed the weather is kind on race day

Julie Stewart via email: Hi from Reaper Racing in Brighouse, just want to wish Guy the best of luck this year, time for the win chief. Safe riding to all involved

1925: The Superport riders are off on their practice session

It's raining
1910: Oh no! It has started raining as the riders line up for the Supersport practice. The brollies are blowing inside out and the rain is getting heavier

1900: Live worldwide streaming of the NW200 practice starts on

Phillip McCallen on BBC commentary: Alastair Seeley means business. These TAS boys have been preparing bikes for years for this Alastair Seeley confirms his status as favourite for the North West 200 Superbike races by setting the fastest time in the opening practice session at 119.10mph on his Relentless TAS Suzuki

Donna Lockwood emails us from Huddersfield on "I am supporting Michael and William Dunlop. Tell them to have a safe ride out there in practice"

BBC Radio Ulster
1825: Richard Petrie reports on Radio Ulster: Conditions are dry and breezy. With the weather forecast for Thursday's second practice session uncertain, the riders will be going all out for fast times tonight

1800: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the North West 200 - starting with Tuesday night's first practice session. On Saturday you will be able to see all five races on the BBC Sport website and listen to the commentary on BBC Radio Ulster. There's more - the first two races are on BBC television behind the red button with highlights programmes on BBC1 on Sunday and Monday

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