The North West 200 festival is well and truly under-way and yesterday’s qualifying session was cut short after two riders were involved in separate crashes during a spell of wet and damp conditions.Dutch Kawasaki rider Johan Fredriks crashed at University Corner and had to be airlifted to Royal Victoria in Belfast after suffering from ankle injuries. The Supertwins practice was also halted after KMR Kawasaki’s rider Darren James crashed at University and had to be treated for hand injuries at Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.
Michael Dunlop set the record for the fastest time in the opening round for the Supersport class, finishing 0.087 seconds faster than his brother William. Fermanagh man, Lee Johnson was in fierce form outclassing the rest of the field in the Superbikes session by 2.7 seconds. Alaistair Seeley the twenty-one times winner at the NW200 clocked the fastest time on his Tyco BMW in the Superstock bike class.
The Final qualifying rounds will be held tomorrow morning starting at 10am. Tomorrow evening’s racing will consist of three races in the Supersport, Superstock and Supertwins classes. The headline races will take place on Saturday including both Superbike races.