North West 200: Seeley, Cooper Take Pole Positions In Northern Ireland

North West 200: Seeley, Cooper Take Pole Positions In Northern Ireland

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Alastair Seeley, riding his Milwaukee Tools BMW M 1000 RR, earned pole position with a time of 4:20.634 around the 8.97-mile Triangle Circuit in Northern Ireland on Thursday. That equates to an average speed of 123.898 mph.

American Patricia Fernandez-West, riding for JMcC Roofing Racing, qualified 48th in Superbike with a time of 5:03.143 (106.524 mph) on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Seeley, riding his Powertoolmate Ducati Panigale V2, also claimed pole position in Supersport with a lap time of 4:36.589 and an average speed of 116.751 mph. Fernandez-West qualified 42nd in Supersport with a time of 5:17.180 (101.810 mph) on a Yamaha YZF-R6.

Seeley, riding his SYNETIC BMW M 1000 RR, also took pole position in Superstock with a lap at 4:21.769 and an average speed of 123.361 mph. Fernandez-West earned the 41st spot on the Superstock grid with a time of 5:01.714 (107.029 mph) on her Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Richard Cooper, riding his KMR Kawasaki ER6 (a.k.a. Ninja 650), captured the Supertwins pole position with a time of 4:49.037 and an average speed of 111.723 mph. American Cory West, a North West 200 rookie and Fernandez-West’s husband, qualified 18th at 5:19.386 (101.106 mph) on a JMcC Roofing Racing Kawasaki ER6.

The first round of races takes place Thursday evening.

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