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As it happened - NW 200

Spectators walk past an oil-covered section of the circuit
Spectators walk past an oil-covered section of the circuit

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By Lyle Jackson
BBC Sport NI

So that is it from the North West 200. Not exactly the day we had hoped for. There was one exciting Supersport race but we wanted to see more. Thanks for following - and as Arsenal fans say "there is always next year"

Race boss Mervyn Whyte describes the day as disastrous for the North West. "We did our best and people worked hard to get the oil cleared up"

1717: It has been announced that there will be no more racing today. So there are a lot of disappointed fans now starting to head home having watched just one race. They wanted patiently in the rain but it was the oil spill which ultimately proved this meeting's downfall. The one race which did take place was an thrilling one with Alastair Seeley shading it from Cameron Donald

1645: It is now five hours since the Supersport race ended. There is a stewards' meeting going on to work out what is going to happen. Heavy rain, bomb scare, oil spill - it has been a long, frustrating day

Phillip McCallen
Phillip McCallen on BBC: "The fans are still here and want to see racing. The riders know to be careful on parts of the course which are slippery"

The track is being examined again after some riders express concern that parts of the circuit are still slippery

There will be two warm-up laps again and then a four-lap Superbike race. It is a completely new race so the riders who opted not to start the first aborted race can start this one

North West Technical Director Mervyn Whyte: "It was a fairly major oil spill from the railway line down to the Juniper chicane. It has taken some time but it has been cleared up. We have to be 100% sure things are OK for racing before we start"

1510: It has been another frustrating delay, but word is the organisers hope to restart in 15 minutes or so

1416: Alastair Seeley says it is too dangerous for racing but Michael Dunlop wants to "have another dart at it"

Red flag
1405: The race has been red-flagged because of oil on the road. Apparently, there was a problem with Ryan Farquhar's bike and the problem could take some time to sort out

1404: After the first lap, Alastair Seeley leads from William Dunlop with Cameron Donald third and Ian Lougher fourth

1400: The Superbikes are off but pole position man Michael Rutter, team-mate Martin Jessopp and Guy Martin have opted not to race because of the conditions. The race has been reduced to four laps

1355: Technical Director Mervyn Whyte: "There is a lot of surface water on the course. We are going to give it a few minutes and then decide what we are doing"

1350: Ducati rider Martin Jessopp says he is concerned about visibility problems caused by spray coming from bikes in front. Still waiting for the start of the first Superbike race

It's raining
1320: There will again be two sighting laps for the riders to familiarise themselves with the conditions. It has been raining heavily and a 'standing water' warning sign has gone up

1308: Better news as the Superbike riders are called to the grid. Looks like we will soon be in action again

BBC Radio Ulster
North West Technical Director Mervyn Whyte on Radio Ulster: "It is very depressing. I feel for the spectators, there are massive crowds on the coast road. A huge amount of work has been put into this event"

1255: An announcement is due to be made at 1300 BST on what is going to happen here. So a further delay is inevitable

The latest is that a coded warning was received and a suspicious package found


News update
1220: There has been a security alert in the paddock area and the first Superbike race has been delayed until 1300 BST. NW200 Technical Director Mervyn Whyte says the paddock area has had to be evacuated on the advice of the police

"Who said wet days do not produce fantastic racing! That first race was stunning. Big thanks to all the riders who are providing us with a spectacular of road racing and to the BBC for transmitting it all live. Will be back to watch next year" - Dave Stewart, Liverpool

Final Supersport standings: 1 A Seeley average speed 107.97mph, 2 C Donald 107.91, 3 B Anstey 106.96, 4 M Dunlop 106.32, 5 G Johnson 106.18, 6 W Dunlop 105.92

Couple of comments on our Facebook page - "Think i stopped breathing in the middle of that! Great race" - Bobby Cox; "Well done Seeley - demon on the brakes" - Paul Simpson

Chequered flag
1141: A brilliant last-lap duel ends with Alastair Seeley beating Cameron Donald by .824 of a second with Bruce Anstey finishing third

1130: Cameron Donald, attempting to become the first Australian to win at the North West, gets into the lead but it is only temporary as Alastair Seeley soon responds. It is a ding-dong battle between the two who are ahead of Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson

1124: On the second lap and four-times North West winner Alastair Seeley has hit the front with Cameron Donald up to second place

1116: They're off in the Supersport with Gary Johnson quickly overtaking pole position man Alastair Seeley

Text in your views on 81771
Text message: Good luck to Welshmen Ian Lougher and Paul Owen from Ben and his twin brothers Sam and Zak

1053: The Supersport riders are off on their two sighting laps

"Hi all, I am from Ulster originally but now living in Perth Western, Australia. Just wanting to wish all competitors a safe and successful day's racing. Shame about the rain. Good luck to the Dunlop boys." - John Laverty

1030: It has been announced that the races will be five laps, instead of the planned six. There will be two sighting laps before each event.

First email of the day: "Hi, I'm a Scot working in Dubai at the moment, loving your coverage. As an ex-racer I really appreciate the real road racing" - Dave Copland

Digital television viewers can watch the first two races live behind the red button. Radio Ulster's race day coverage begins at 1030 BST on 1341 medium wave

Raining at the North West 200
Told you it is raining - this is the view from the BBC box. However, the racing is definitely going ahead. There will be two 'sighting' laps and then the first race will be Supersport One, not the first Superbike event as had been originally planned. British Supersport star Alastair Seeley is on pole position having posted the fastest time in Thursday's qualifying


There will be live video streaming of today's five races - two Superbike, two Supersport 600s and a Superstock. The first Superbike race is scheduled for 1100 but there may be a wet practice before that, giving the competitors a chance to get used to testing conditions.


It's raining
9.00: Morning all. Well, we had been warned that race day would be a wet one and I am afraid the forecasters were right. It is raining up on the north coast, a grey dull day so far.




see also
NW200 race day photos
21 May 11 |  Bikes!
North West 200 racing abandoned
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Cummins 'over the moon' with 10th
21 May 11 |  Motorsport
As it happened - NW 200 practice
19 May 11 |  Bikes!
Seeley top in North West practice
18 May 11 |  Bikes!


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