Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Alastair Seeley maintained his British Supersport Championship challenge after two solid results at Croft last weekend.

After starting third on the grid, the Northern Irishman had to settle for fifth in the opening race of the weekend which was curtailed by a red flag after an accident for Hornsey Steels Racing rider Sam Hornsey.

Seeley went one better in the second race, claiming fourth after coming out on top in a battle with Jack Kennedy. The Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha rider is ten points ahead of Seeley in the championship standings, but he, in turn, trails the dominant Ben Wilson by 39 points after the Gearlink Kawasaki rider won both races in North Yorkshire.

Seeley admitted he was disappointed to miss out on the podium but believes the Suzuki machine will get stronger as the season progresses and will keep him in the title hunt.

“That’s two solid results for me from the weekend at Croft and the important thing is, I’m fit and healthy going into Tuesday night’s first practice session at the North West 200. I’m never happy to be off the podium at any circuit, but we’re still developing a new bike and there will be more to come from the GSX-R600. We all know what we need, so all I can do is keep twisting that throttle and giving it my best shot.”

The Relentless Suzuki team will now set their sights in the North West 200, an event where they have enjoyed success in the past, and team manager Phillip Neill expects the team to be a major force in British Supersport when spring turns to summer.

“Alastair got mugged at the end of that shortened Supersport race on Saturday, but we have to be mindful that we are still developing the new GSX-R600 and the Championship will not be won or lost at Croft. He’s still third in the table and with some set-up changes in the morning, I’m sure we can find that little bit of extra grip to have him challenging at the front in race two.

“He did the best he could this weekend and once he gets the NW200 out of the way, those other boys will not get it just so easy.