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Summary

  1. Martin Jessopp wins Supersport and Supertwins races
  2. Alastair Seeley cruises to victory in Superstock race
  3. Seeley extends record wins tally to 18

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Ruairi Cunningham

All times stated are UK

See you on Saturday

That's all for now folks but we'll be back on Saturday morning for five more North West 200 races.

It was a night to remember for Martin Jessopp - the Englishman raced to a first NW 200 win in the Supersports and then goes and repeats the feat in the Supertwins event.

Alastair Seeley brought his record win tally up to 18 with Superstock success and the 'Wee Wizard' is looking good for more celebrations when racing resumes.

Thanks for joining us and hopefully you'll be back on Saturday for a second installment of road racing at its best.

 

Double winner makes the grade

Martin Jessopp talks to BBC Sport's Stephen Watson

Jessopp dedicates win to team

Martin Jessopp paid tribute to the Riders' Motorcycles Team after he followed up his Supersport success by winning the Supertwins race.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet - but everything is for my team and no-one else. The bike hasn't skipped a beat but I got a bit of scare when my pit board said I was six seconds. I looked around and Michael Rutter was right behind me. We won it and that's all that matters."

Double for Jessopp

Martin Jessopp completes a double by winning the Supertwins race. Michael Rutter pushed him in the latter stages but he has to settle for second with Ivan Lintin third.

Martin Jessopp wins his second race of the 2017 NW200
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Martin Jessopp wins his second race of the 2017 NW200

recordThat's a record

That didn't last long for Martin Jessopp - Michael Rutter has set a new lap record of 4.53 minutes and the pair are fighting it out on the last lap.

recordThat's a record

What a night for Martin Jessopp. He's just set a lap record of 4.55.5 minutes in the Supertwins and he is in good shape to win a second race. However, Michael Rutter is still in touch as we go into the final lap.

Jessopp in control

One lap in and Martin Jessopp has already opened up a commanding lead. Michael Rutter is struggling to stay in touch in second while Ivan Lintin lies third.

Go! Go! Go!

Martin Jessopp capitalises on pole position by storming to the front at York Corner, followed by Michael Rutter and James Cowton. 

Jessopp goes for a double

We finish with the four-lap Supertwins race and Martin Jessopp is eyeing a Thursday night double at the North West 200. The Somerset man has already won the Supersport race and he is on pole with his Riders' Motorcycles Kawasaki.

Seeley grateful for 'lady luck'

Alastair Seeley is delighted after his 18th win at the North West 200

Seeley maintains 10-year NW 200 winning run

Alastair Seeley is thrilled as he clinches a North West 200 victory for the 10th successive year as he extends his all-time event record to 18 triumphs.

"I don't know what I'm doing right," says the Carrickfergus man, who finished 12.623 seconds ahead of Fermanagh rider Lee Johnston.

"I've talked about having plenty of lady luck down through the years and it seems to be continuing. Hopefully there will be more of the same on Saturday."

Alastair Seeley on his Tyco BMW Superstock bike
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Alastair Seeley clinched a North West 200 victory for the 10th successive year

Super Seeley

Alastair Seeley wins his 18th NW200

A superb ride from Alastair Seeley as his cruises to victory. The Tyco BMW rider takes his record tally of North West 200 wins to 18 with a lap record to go with it. Lee Johnston was second with Dean Harrison third.  

Alastair Seeley wins the Thursday Superstock Race
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Alastair Seeley wins Thursday's Superstock race

Gap widens

Alastair Seeley has increased his lead to 9.8 seconds as he starts the final lap. Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston are battling it out for second spot.

recordThat's a record

Alastair Seeley sets a new lap record of 4.22.7 minutes. The 'Wee Wizard' is on his way to an 18th North West 200 win.

Seeley stays in top spot

Alastair Seeley leads by 1.94 seconds after three laps. Lee Johnston is his closest challenger with Dean Harrison third. Michael Rutter, who was leading after lap two, has retired at Mathers Cross.

Dunlop out

Michael Dunlop is in the pits and his race is over. 

Seeley surges to the front

Alastair Seeley leads after lap one in the Supertock race but he is being pushed by Michael Rutter. A gap has opened up to Dean Harrison in third.

Go! Go! Go!

Michael Rutter zips into an early lead, closely followed by Alastair Seeley and Ian Hutchinson.

Martin makes his mark

Martin Jessopp wins his first North West 200

Superstocks up next

The bikes are already on the grid as we await the six-lap Superstock race. Alastair Seeley is again on pole and the Carrickfergus man will be determined to make up for the dsappointment of retiring in the Supersport race. Guy Martin and Bruce Anstey have pulled out because of issues with their bikes.

Jessopp joy after 'family Triumph'

Somerset man Jessopp says he is "almost lost for words" after his first North West 200 triumph but then goes to articulate just what his victory means.

"We're basically a family-run team. Myself and my old man. It's huge for us. We don't really have any sponsors to worry about but all the boys involved put in a huge amount of work," says the 31-year-old Yeovil Marsh man.

"The Supersport is such a great class. There are so many guys basically with a similar pace so it's a real fight.

"This week is the first time I've ridden the bike since last year's TT so this win is a real thrill."

Jessopp's win also has North West 200 watchers wondering when the last time a Triumph bike earned victory at the meeting.

Martin Jessopp
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Martin Jessopp on the way to winning Thursday evening's opening Supersport race at the North West 200

Supersport result

Top ten

Supersport Result
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Supersport result

Jessopp wins Supersport race

English rider Martin Jessopp clinches his first North West 200 victory. Ian Hutchinson finishes second with James Hillier completing the podium places.  

Martin Jessopp
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Martin Jessopp wins his first NW200

Jessopp on course for maiden win

Martin Jessopp leads by 1.2 seconds going in to the final lap and he is closing in on a first North West 200 victory. He is followed by Ian Hutchinson, James Hillier and Dean Harrison.  

Hutchy ahead at halfway

Ian Hutchinson holds a narrow lead over Dean Harrison after three laps. Martin Jessopp is next and then Lee Johnston. 

Seeley out

Alasair Seeley has been forced out of the Supersport race on lap two because of mechanical problems. It's a big blow for the pole-setter and he remains on 17 North West 200 wins.

Hutchinson in front

One lap completed out of six and Ian Hutchinson has moved ahead with Martin Jessopp second and Michael Dunlop third. Alastair Seeley remains fourth but there's still plenty of racing to be done in this race.

Go! Go! Go!

Martin Jessopp makes a blistering start and he leads from Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston in the Supersports. Alastair Seeley was on pole but he is trailing in fourth after the first few corners.

Super Seeley

Alastair Seeley
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Alastair Seeley's tally could increase in tonight's racing

Let's go racing!

It doesn't get much better.

The sun is shining down on the Triangle circuit and we're minutes away from the opening race in the 2017 North West 200.

The Supersports are out first and then the Superstocks - Alastair Seeley has been flying in practice and is on pole for both. The 'Wee Wizard' is aiming to add to his record tally of 17 wins at the NW 200. Martin Jessopp topped the times for the Supertwins race, which completes Thursday night's action.

Best wishes go to John McGuinness after the Englishman suffered a suspected broken leg in a practice crash earlier today. We hope the 'Morecambe Missile' has a speedy recovery.

Thanks for joining us for what promises to be a thrilling few hours of road racing.