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Summary

  1. Five races on Saturday's schedule
  2. Glenn Irwin wins Superbikes thriller
  3. Alastair Seeley wins three races
  4. Seeley now has record 21 NW wins
  5. Michael Rutter takes Supertwins

Live Reporting

By Lyle Jackson

All times stated are UK

Fitting finale

After all the delays caused by the rain and an oil spill, the five races have been completed.

And what a climax! Glenn Irwin may be more used to the short circuit game, but what a battle that was with Alastair Seeley in the final Superbike event.

Seeley, the record holder for number of wins on 17 going into the week, will be more than happy to have added four more victories.

Thanks for following the racing with us. You can relive all the thrilling action on BBC1 Northern Ireland's highlights programmes. They are on Sunday (10.45pm) and Monday (10.40pm) and these will be available on the iPlayer.

Highlights of Thursday's racing are on the iPlayer now.

Farewell from the North West.

Sensational

Exciting finish to Superbike Race Two

Watch the thrilling finish to a brilliant battle for the Superbike honours at the North West 200. Glenn Irwin just saw off record holder Alastair Seeley to clinch his first ever win at the international road race meeting in Northern Ireland.

Glenn Irwin wins his first race at the North West 200

Winner's words

Glenn Irwin's reaction

It is unbelievable. The reception from the crowd - I'm speechless. It just sums this wee country up. Big credit to Alastair, it was a really intense race. He's had 21 wins here and you have to respect him. We have had our differences in the past, but for Ian and him to race that close behind me. It's insane - it's the best sport in the world. The organisers have put on a great show. People cricitise, but you cannot do anything about the weather."

Glenn IrwinNorth West 200 Superbike winner
Glenn Irwin interview

Glenn Irwin wins a thriller

What a brilliant last lap on the last race of the day! At the end of it all it is 27-year-old Glenn Irwin who is lapping up the adulation of the fans. Alastair Seeley almost came off at one point and slipped down to third, but he fought back brilliantly to lead late in the race. But Ducati rider Irwin, fifth in British Superbikes, responded magnificently.

Seeley takes it well, saying: "Fair play to Glenn - he rode a blinder. He is very strong on the brakes. For us, it is another podium and it has been a great week."

Ian Hutchinson was third, followed by Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter and Dean Harrison.

Glenn Irwin wins the second Superbike race
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Glenn Irwin wins the second Superbike race

Here comes Seeley

NW200 Superbike race

Alastair Seeley is making up ground quickly, overtaking Ian Hutchinson to power into second place. Now he has fellow Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin in his sights.

Hutchinson is in no mood to give up and battles back to have a ding-dong battle with Irwin for the lead. This is a tremendous race.

Top six order: Glenn Irwin, Ian Hutchinson, Alastair Seeley, Michael Rutter, Michael Dunlop, Peter Hickman.

Go! Go! Go!

Superbikes speed off the grid

Early race order: Glenn Irwin, Ian Hutchinson, Michael Rutter, Martin Jessopp, Alastair Seeley, Peter Hickman, Michael Dunlop.

And finally

NW200 Superbike race

The main event will bring the curtain down on the 2017 North West 200. It is the second Superbike race over seven laps of the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit.

Alastair Seeley must be favourite - and what an achievement five wins in the week would be for the 37-year-old Tyco BMW star.

'It was getting slippery'

Superstock winner Alastair Seeley

Superstock winner Alastair Seeley

Seeley says

I just rode smoothly and steadily. Parts of the course were greasy towards the end. I think we led after every lap.

Alastair Seeley21-times North West winner after his fourth victory of the week
Superstock standings
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Superstock standings

Seeley wins again

Superstock race

The race has been halted and Seeley will be declared the winner as the race was more than three-quarters completed.

So record win number 21 for Carrickfergus rider Alastair Seeley, with team-mate Ian Hutchinson in second.

"They should have stopped it two laps ago - it was terrifying," said third-placed Michael Rutter.

Hutchinson agrees that an earlier stop should have been called.

"It's dangerous. We're riding very fast motorbikes at 200mph. They are ignoring us putting our hands up.

"It's not right to force riders to ride in conditions that aren't safe. I don't know why they are playing with our lives."

Alastair Seeley wins his 21st NW200
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Alastair Seeley wins his 21st NW200 race

Seeley leads again

Superstock race

Two Tyco BMW riders are battling it out for the Superstock lead - Alastair Seeley heading his team-mate Ian Hutchinson.

Flags are out to warn riders about the conditions as it is raining and the course is getting pretty wet again. Some competitors appear to be easing up with one lap still top go.

Go! Go! Go!

Superstock race underway

Great start for Ian Hutchinson but a mistake a York costs him his early lead.

Race order at the roundabout: Alastair Seeley, Dean Harrison, Michael Rutter, Ian Hutchinson, Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Martin Jessopp.

Sweetest feeling

Supertwins race

KMR team onwer Ryan Farquhar says this victory is one of his best. Farquhar was seriously injured in a crash at last year's North West.

"After what I have been through, this is just a fairytale," said the Dungannon man.

Ryan Farquhar

'This one's for Ryan'

Rutter on his Supertwins success

Michael Rutter on his Supertwins success

Superstock next

The Superstock machines are going to be next on the grid. 

Alastair Seeley won this category on Thursday night and is back for more.

We've been warned the weather may deteriorate again. Certainly the wind is getting up.

Third man

Michael Rutter now has 14 career wins at the North West, he's the third most successful man ever behind Alastair Seeley and the late Robert Dunlop.

The 45-year-old's last North West win was back in 2012 and his late deal to do the Twins on Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki pays off handsomely.

How they finished in the Supertwins
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How they finished in the Supertwins

Ryan high

You don't know how much this means to me. Last year I was fighting for my life and here we are celebrating a victory. I have been to hell and back - I am trying not to cry.

Ryan FarquharKMR team boss

Rutter's victory

Supertwins race

Michael Rutter wins the Supertwins race at the NW200
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Michael Rutter wins the Supertwins race at the NW200

Last lap

Supertwins

Going into the last lap, Michael Rutter leads from Martin Jessopp and Dan Cooper.

Go! Go! Go!

Supertwins start

Superstar Seeley isn't in this class - so a chance for someone else to occupy the top step of the podium.

Four laps in this one.

Early race order: Michael Rutter, Dan Cooper, Martin Jessopp and Lee Johnston.

'Good week so far'

Seeley on latest success

Superbike win for Alastair Seeley

Next up

Supertwins race

The third race of the day will be the Supertwins.

Thursday's race winner Martin Jessopp is on pole position. The 31-year-old from Somerset set a lap record for the class in that victory - 110.423mph.

Top man

Seeley dominates Superbikes

Twenty is a nice round figure - dear knows where it will end.

Alastair SeeleyNorth West 200 record holder
The top 10 finishers in Superbike Race One
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The top 10 finishers in Superbike Race One

Supreme Seeley

Superbike Race One

Alastair Seeley started the week having won a record 17 times at the North West 200.

The 'Wee  Wizard' from Carrickfergus is now on an amazing 20 having won Thursday's Superstock event and both of the races run so far today. The 37-year-old adds Superbike Race One to his opening Supersport victory.

It is Seeley's fourth career Superbike victory at this international road race meeting and his winning margin over England's Michael Rutter is 21.61 seconds

Alastair Seeley wins the first Superbike Race at the North West 200
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Alastair Seeley wins the first Superbike Race at the North West 200

Clear leader

Superbike Race One

Alastair Seeley is dominating the race and leads by seven seconds from Michael Rutter with over half of the race completed. 

The Carrickfergus looks to have North West win number 20 in the bag - what an incredible record!

Go! Go! Go!

First Superbike race

At last - after the rain delay, oil spill problem, sighting laps and debates over tyre choices - the Superbikes are underway. No Michael Dunlop on the grid, though.

It's 45-year-old English rider Michael Rutter who gets away best.

But Alastair Seeley quickly hits the front on the opening lap. Glenn Irwin and Ian Hutchinson were just behind but a mistake at the chicane hampers both.

Order at the end of lap one: Seeley, Rutter, Johnston, Irwin.

Brightening up

It is hoped that the Superbike race will start at 2.45pm. 

It will be a four-lap race, with a sighting lap beforehand.

Tea for three

During the break

BBC commentators Steve Parrish and Richard Nichols are joined by former British Supersport champion Michael Laverty.

Time for a brew in the commentary box

We're still waiting

Further delay

North West 200 officials have decided to put back a resumption of racing until 2.30pm at least. They will make a further announcement at that point.

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Riders concerned

Delay until 2.00pm

The riders return from the latest sighting lap and Alastair Seeley reports that is it just too wet for the 'big bikes'. Organisers appear to be contemplating changing the schedule, with perhaps putting the Supertwins out.

Riders' liaison Steve Plater says: "It is tough out there. The lying water is causing serious problems in seeing where you are going." 

It is announced that racing will not resume until 2.00pm at the earliest.

Alastair Seeley
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Alastair Seeley

Race length reduced

First Superbike race

We are told the Superbike race will be run over five laps, rather than the planned six, and there will be another sighting lap before the race gets underway. Michael Rutter will start on pole ahead of Alastair Seeley and Glenn Irwin.

It is still raining, but it looks like they're planning to resume.

Main men

Third-placed Michael Dunlop, race winner Alastair Seeley and runner-up William Dunlop on the podium after the Supersport race

Supersport Podium
The top three in the Supersport race
The top three in the Supersport race

Wise Guy

Superbike race

Guy Martin predicts who the main contenders are likely to be in the Superbikes.

Guy Martin rode in the opening Supersport race

Red Flag

Oil on course

The Superbike sighting laps have been stopped because of oil on the road.

Officials report the oil came from Michael Dunlop's Suzuki machine and as soon as he realised he pulled over and reported the problem.

Superbike warm-up has been stopped
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Superbike warm-up has been stopped

Waiting game

Superbikes held up

North West 200 Race Director Mervyn Whyte
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North West 200 Race Director Mervyn Whyte

The conditions are damp out on the course. There will be two sighting laps and we will have a better idea when the riders come back. We'd hope to get the race on after that but have still to make a decision.

Mervyn WhyteNW200 Race Director

'We did our best'

The thoughts of third-placed Supersport finisher Michael Dunlop.

Michael Dunlop was third behind Alastair Seeley and William Dunlop

Delay

First Superbike race

The riders are out for the Superbikes but organisers have decided to wait for the promised drier conditions.

Weather worsens

It is raining more heavily now and we're told it could be an hour or so before the wet stuff is blown away. The first Superbike race is next on the schedule but it could be a while before that one gets underway.

The umbrellas are up at the North West 200
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The umbrellas are up at the North West 200