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Alvin McCaig

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  1. See you next year

    That's the end of our live text commentary on the North West 200 for 2015.

    It's been a meeting to remember for Alastair Seeley - the 'Wee Wizard' moving level with Robert Dunlop on a record 15 North West wins.

    It has also been a good year for Northern Ireland riders, who won all six races.

    Hopefully you enjoyed our coverage and we'll be back with all the action in 2016.

  2. Post update

    I'm number one - Jeremy McWilliams celebrates his victory in Saturday's Supertwins race
    Image caption: I'm number one - Jeremy McWilliams celebrates his victory in Saturday's Supertwins race
  3. Post update

    Race director Mervyn Whyte: "We've had a difficult day with two serious incidents.

    "The last weather forecast said there would be gusts of up to 40mph. It's just too dangerous to allow racing to continue."

  4. That's all folks!

    I'm afraid the Blue Riband race of the meeting will not go ahead because of strong winds.

    So that's racing finished for the 2015 North West 200.

  5. Post update

    Saturday's big race is in doubt - wind strength has increased and it could lead to the second Superbike race being called off. Riders are in discussion with race director Mervyn Whyte.

  6. Post update

    Lee Johnston leads the way from Alastair Seeley at Dhu Varren in the second Superstock race
    Image caption: Lee Johnston leads the way from Alastair Seeley at Dhu Varren in the second Superstock race
  7. Post update

    We now await the final action of the meeting - the feature North West 200 Superbike race.

  8. Johnston persistence pays off

    Fermanagh man Johnston is thrilled as he finally manages to nail down a Superstock win at the North West meeting.

    Johnston, 26, had led the opening Superstock race on three occasions before it was was eventually abandoned following a series of red flags.

    "I led the damn thing three times and if I didn't win it I would have been severely upset," said Johnston who was claiming his third North West victory after his two Supertwins triumphs last year.

    Ian Hutchinson is also delighted with his podium finish after all his injury problems in recent seasons.

  9. New record

    Ian Hutchinson set a new Superstock lap record with 121.680mph on his Paul Bird Kawasaki machine.

  10. Superstock Race Two - Final Positions

    1. Lee Johnston

    2. Alastair Seeley

    3. Ian Hutchinson

    4. Michael Dunlop

    5. William Dunlop

    6. Martin Jessop

  11. Chequered flag

    Lee Johnston denies Alastair Seeley a record-breaking 16th North West win by clinching victory in the Superstock race.

    The Fermanagh rider held his nerve on the final corners to pip Seeley - Ian Hutchinson completes the podium places.

  12. Post update

    It's a three-way battle in the Superstock race - after two laps Lee Johnston leads from Alastair Seeley and Michael Dunlop.

  13. Legend Grant back at the North West

    Motorcycling legend Mick Grant is back at the North West 200 40 years after setting a British record lap speed at the event.

    "I can remember it as if it was yesterday," says the 70-year-old Englishman.

  14. Post update

    They have braved the wind and the rain - North West 200 spectators are a hardy breed
    Image caption: They have braved the wind and the rain - North West 200 spectators are a hardy breed
  15. Go! Go! Go!

    Alastair Seeley zips into the lead, followed by Martin Jessop and Lee Johnston.

    The earlier rain has resulted in the Superstock race being reduced from six laps to five.

  16. Struggling Dunlop frustrated

    Michael Dunlop does little to hide his frustration after his struggles so far today but retains hopes of an improvement in the remaining Superstock and Superbike races.

    "I've had different problems in all the races. But there are still two races to go so we'll see what happens," says the Ballymoney man.

  17. 'Never say never' - Guy Martin

    "Never say never" is Guy Martin's reply when Stephen Watson asks him whether he will return to the North West 200 after his eventful week on the North Coast.

    But the Lincolnshire man is a lot calmer than he was during THAT OUTBURST two days ago.

  18. The sun is out again

    Thankfully the sun has reappeared on the North Coast.

  19. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Phil Shotton: Good to see the pensioners showing the young guns how to go on. Excellent.

    Rebecca Eaton: Go on Guy Martin! Hilarious with Stephen Watson.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  20. It's raining

    The rain starts to fall as the Superstock riders get away for their sighting lap.

  21. Celeb spot!

    Former Ulster and Ireland rugby star Stephen Ferris has been talking to BBC Sport NI's Stephen Watson.

    "The last few hours have been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to the next race," said Ferris.

  22. Post update

    Time for a chat - Ian Hutchinson, winner Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey on the Superbike podium
    Image caption: Time for a chat - Ian Hutchinson, winner Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey on the Superbike podium
  23. McWilliams thrilled by NW 200 win

    Former Grand Prix star Jeremy McWilliams says his second North West 200 victory is "right up there" as a career highlight after he pipped Ryan Farquhar in the Supertwins race at the Triangle event.

    McWilliams, 51, won by .4 seconds from 39-year-old Farquhar.

    "I never thought on the wrong side of 50, I'd be sitting on the top step of the podium at the North West 200," said a delighted McWilliams.

  24. Supertwins Race Two - Final Positions

    1. Jeremy McWilliams

    2. Ryan Farquhar

    3. Jamie Hamilton

    4. Christian Elkin

    5. Jamie Coward

    6. Michael Russell

    Jeremy McWilliams won by 0.4 seconds and the Glengormley man set the fastest lap at 107.97mph.

  25. Chequered flag

    Jeremy Williams secures his second NW200 win with Ryan Farquhar second and Jamie Hamilton third.

    "To win here is beyond a dream - it's an enormous sense of relief to get the win," said the 51-year-old KMR Kawasaki rider.

  26. Post update

    The Minions are out in force to watch the action at the North West 200 on Saturday
    Image caption: The Minions are out in force to watch the action at the North West 200 on Saturday
  27. Seeley 'overwhelmed' as he equals NW record

    Alastair Seeley says he is "overwhelmed" after his Superbike victory moves him level with all-time record holder Robert Dunlop on 15 North West 200 wins.

    "To be up there on 15 wins with Robert Dunlop is a dream come true and to even have matched Joey's 13 wins here was special," said Carrickfergus man Seeley, 35, after his Superbike victory.

  28. Go! Go! Go!

    Ryan Farquhar is first away in the Supertwins race with Jamie Hamilton next and Christian Elkin third.

    James Hillier and Martin Jessop failed to start the race.

  29. Starting soon

    The main focus will be on Alastair Seeley's bid to set a new North West record of 16 wins - he has two more opportunities, in the Superstock and feature Superbike races.

    But the Supertwins are next on the Triangle course, with Ryan Farquhar aiming to repeat his victory in the class on Thursday night.

  30. Superbike Race One - Final Positions

    1. Alastair Seeley

    2. Ian Hutchinson

    3. Bruce Anstey

    4. Lee Johnston

    5. Michael Rutter

    6. John McGuinness

    Alastair Seeley won by 0.305 seconds and set the fastest lap of the race at 121.96mph

  31. Chequered flag

    He's done it! Alastair Seeley makes it win number 15 and he equals Robert Dunlop's record of North West 200 victories.

    Englishman Ian Hutchinson comes in second with Bruce Anstey third.

  32. Hutchinson in front

    Superbikes leader Ian Hutchinson is fighting off the challenge of Alastair Seeley while Bruce Anstey is also applying pressure in third.

  33. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    John Laverty: I really think @M_Dunlop3 has his best chance at the TT with his new R1 this year. It's not up to speed yet for the NW200.

    Paul Buckley: Great to see @tweethutchy back on form.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  34. Post update

    Lee Johnston was in second place and just behind Ian Hutchinson when he over-shoots at a chicane - he suffers a 10-second penalty for the second straight race.

  35. Go! Go! Go!

    Alastair Seeley takes the lead again on the restart - Lee Johnston slips past John McGuinness to go second.

  36. Post update

    Alastair Seeley on the podium as he celebrates a Supersport double at this year's NW200
    Image caption: Alastair Seeley on the podium as he celebrates a Supersport double at this year's NW200
  37. Get Involved

    Dwayne McGowan: loving the coverage guys. Didn't make it home this year for it, so watching it in bed since 4am in Calgary

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  38. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Tim Singleton: Is this really Glenn Irwin's debut here? The lad's got some talent to be sure.

    Rachael Ferguson: Wow what a race! Watching from east London. Miss the NW200 very much.

    Conor Henry: @BBC_NI_Bikes do you think Glenn Irwin would excel at the other major road races or does the @northwest200 suit his style?

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  39. Red flag

    The Superbike race is halted with less than a lap completed - Alastair Seeley was leading.

  40. Woman 'critical' after NW200 crash

    A woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit following a crash involving three riders at the North West 200.

    Organisers said the "serious incident" happened on the section of the course between York Corner and Mill Road Roundabout.

    In a statement, they said riders Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger were involved in the accident. Dean Harrison was unhurt.

    The woman was a spectator at the event.

    She was taken to hospital by helicopter.

    The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust described the woman's condition as critical.

    Mervyn Whyte, NW200 race director, said the two riders, Thompson and Saiger, were conscious when they were transferred to hospital in Coleraine.

  41. Local heroes

    It's been a successful meeting so far for Northern Ireland riders, who have occupied all nine podium spots.

    The big machines are out next for the opening Superbike race.

  42. Supersport Race Two - Final Positions

    1. Alastair Seeley (won by 2.5 seconds)

    2. Glenn Irwin

    3. Lee Johnston

    4. William Dunlop

    5. Keith Amor

    6. Dean Harrison

  43. Seeley thrilled

    Alastair Seeley is thrilled as his Supersport win moves him to within one victory of Robert Dunlop's all-time record of 15 North West 200 triumphs.

    "It was exciting stuff. Glenn and Lee made me fight all the way," said the 35-year-old Carrickfergus man.

  44. Post update

    Lee Johnston's time penalty of 10 seconds, after he left the track on the final lap, means he moves down to third with Glenn Irwin up to second.

  45. Chequered flag

    What a superb race! Alastair Seeley clinches his second Supersport win of the meeting to move to within one of Robert Dunlop's record total of 15 NW200 victories.

    In a drama-filled race Lee Johnston came over the line second, but he could face a time penalty after over-running on the final lap. Glenn Irwin has secured a first podium place on his NW200 debut.

    That was worth the wait - road racing at its very best.

  46. No quarter given!

    It's thrilling stuff out there. The top three are inches apart and the lead is constantly changing hands.

  47. Retirement

    Michael Dunlop pulls into the pits - his race is over.

  48. Three-way tussle

    Glenn Irwin stays in front on lap two but the Carrickfergus rider, who is making his NW200 debut, is under pressure from Alastair Seeley and Lee Johnston.

  49. Go! Go! Go!

    Glenn Irwin makes a blistering start to take an early lead, followed by Lee Johnston and Alastair Seeley - let's hope we can finally get a race completed.

  50. Starting soon

    It's sunny now on the north coast and the grid is being cleared in preparation for the Supersport race.

  51. Three injured in crash

    North West 200 organisers have released a statement on the crash near York Corner this morning.

    "There has been a serious incident during the opening Superstock race at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200," they said.

    "A crash, involving three riders, occurred on the section of the course between York Corner and Mill Road Roundabout on the second lap of the race.

    "Three riders - Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger- were involved in the incident. Dean Harrison was unhurt.

    "Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger have both been taken to hospital by ambulance after being treated by the race medical team at the scene.

    "A female spectator was also injured in the incident and after being treated at the scene has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast by helicopter. "

    Race director Mervyn White discussed Saturday's incidents with BBC Sport NI's Stephen Watson.

  52. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Gavin Halls: Oh no not again. I hope everyone is ok.

    Aaron Clarke: Lads you'd have to give Lee Johnson the race. Three red flags will we ever see this race.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  53. Post update

    Organisers have decided not to re-run the Superstock race, so it's on to the Supersport event.

    The red flag was for incidents at the Mather's Cross and Magheraboy chicanes.

  54. Red flag

    For the third time this race is red-flagged - Lee Johnston was leading on lap two, ahead of Ian Hutchinson and Alastair Seeley.

  55. Go! Go! Go!

    They're away once again and it's Alastair Seeley in front with Bruce Anstey second and Lee Johnston third.

  56. Post update

    Fans in the grandstands at the NW200 start finish line
  57. Post update

    The opening Superstock race was halted after only one lap following an incident
    Image caption: Alastair Seeley, Lee Johnston, Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop battle before the Superstock race was halted on Saturday morning
  58. Starting soon

    Organisers hope it's third time lucky for the Superstock race. After two failed attempts to get the event completed, the riders are back on the grid. Distance has been reduced to four laps.

  59. Post update

    Yorkshire rider James Cowton is planning to race in the Superstock and Supersport races this afternoon despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder in Supertwins practice on Thursday.

    Cowton's Supertwins bike was badly damaged in the spill so he will not be competing in that class.

    "I'm have a ride on the Superstock and Supersport bikes though I'm not going to go overboard," added Cowton.

  60. 'Dreadful conditions'

    John McGuinness is looking chilly in the paddock as he is interviewed by BBC Sport's Larry Carter.

    "Dreadful conditions. It's just gutting for everybody. But we just have to be patient and hopefully we will have some racing today," says McGuinness.

  61. Post update

    Bruce Anstey is his usual cheerful self despite the continuing delays.

    Unlike a certain Mrs Martin, the 11-times North West winner is a big fan of the circuit.

    "I like the speed and some of the fast corners. I won't mention the chicanes though," jokes the popular New Zealander.

  62. It's Raining Again

    Wasn't that a Supertramp number? But alas, it's bucketing down once more and the wind is whipping up too. Things aren't quite going to plan at the North West 200...again. Hopefully a shower. We've said that a few times already today.

  63. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Angus Clark: Really enjoying the NW200 from Melbourne, Aust. Thanks BBC! Shout out to my father-in-law Murray also watching in Adelaide.

    Ruud: The Dutch love @Lee_johnston13 and ofcourse the great @BBC_NI_Bikes

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  64. Post update

    Tyco BMW team boss Philip Neill says he is not sure when the meeting is going to restart and an imminent resumption doesn't appear in the offing.

    "We don't know much more than anybody else as Mervyn Whyte hasn't said anything to us yet but there is obviously going to be a significant delay," says Neill.

  65. Dean's on his feet

    Dean Harrison has just a slight limp as he makes his way back to the pits after the York Corner crash - the Yorkshireman may even be fit enough to take part in racing later today.

    "It's just one of things - I hit the kerb. I'll have to make sure I'm okay and hopefully I will be back racing."

  66. Conditions 'tricky' says William Dunlop

    As he waits for news of when the Superstock race will restart, William Dunlop says the blustery conditions are causing difficulties out on the course.

    "These conditions are as tricky as I've ever ridden in here," said the Ballymoney man.

  67. Post update

    Two riders were involved in the incident at York Corner - Dean Harrison's team manager Tim Marshall says he believes the Mar-Train Yamaha rider's injuries are "not life-threatening".

  68. Crash!

    The red flag came out after Yorkshire rider Dean Harrison came off close to York Corner - a further update soon.

  69. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Sherrif Lonestar: For the last 20 minutes I thought I was watching a weather documentary.

    Anthony A R: We can see Donegal again, rain has stopped and wind eased. #nw200

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  70. Red flag

    The race has been stopped - we'll bring you news as soon as we get it.

  71. Go! Go! Go!

    At last! - it may be almost an hour late but racing has started and the Superstock riders blast away from the start line.

    Lee Johnson edges in front ahead of Alastair Seeley and Michael Dunlop.

  72. Post update

    News from the pits - the Superstock race has been reduced from six laps to five. It's dry at the minute and, fingers crossed, we can get away soon.

  73. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Rab Morrow: Could someone not get the pit board girls an umbrella or a jacket? They are freezing.

    Pete Richardson: Can't predict the lottery, but you can always predict it will rain on race day! Mervyn Whyte's got a hard job.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  74. It's raining again

    It's just one of those days - another shower rolls in and there will be a further delay.

  75. Starting soon

    The riders are out on the sighting lap - the circuit looks dry and racing will soon be under way.

  76. Guy Martin 'sorry' for outburst

    Guy Martin and North West 200 race director Mervyn Whyte are all smiles as they chat on the grid despite the Lincolnshire rider's paddock outburst on Thursday.

    Martin had expressed his exasperation with the chicanes on the course, adding that he had "no interest" in racing.

    However, a calmer Martin tells BBC Sport that he is "sorry for the way the comments came out".

    "You stuck a microphone in my face in the heat of the moment," jabs a smiling Martin at BBC Sport presenter Stephen Watson.

    "I don't like chicanes but I'm sorry for the way my words came out. As an event, the North West 200 is mega."

  77. William is racing

    William Dunlop is taking his place on the start line for the opening Superstock race despite his heavy tumble in practice on Thursday

    "I'm feeling a bit better. I'm not 100 per cent but the bikes are good so I'm giving it a go," said Dunlop, who landed heavily on his back during the spill.

  78. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    Louise Shaw: @BBC_NI_Bikes folks could you give a massive shout out to all the NW200 marshals who volunteer their free time to keep everyone safe? Thanks.

    Trevor Goldsworthy: Watching down in Cornwall, looking forward to a good day's racing. I'm supporting Forest Dunn from Falmouth, our local racer.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  79. Starting soon

    I bring you good news - the sun has reappeared, the riders are on the grid and we're good to go for the opening Superstock race.

  80. Post update

    Racing delayed

    I'm afraid the rain is back on and there will be a 10-15 minutes delay before the race action starts.

  81. Post update

    Irish dancers are providing the early entertainment, doing a wee jig in front of the main grandstand. It's quite blustery although the rain has stopped.

    Alastair Seeley could make history today - sitting on 13 North West victories and two short of Robert Dunlop's record.

    Alastair Seeley

    The 'Wee Wizard' from Carrickfergus starts from pole in five races so there's a good chance he can do it.

  82. Join the debate at #NorthWest200

    John Laverty: Getting myself organised here in Perth Australia for the upcoming races. Hoping no hold ups today.

    You can get in touch at #NorthWest200 or pop on to the BBC bikes Facebook page.

  83. Post update

    Good morning from the North West 200. There's a bit of rain about on the north coast but hopefully it's just a shower. The weather forecasters were telling us that it was going to be a dry day but now we're not so sure.

    Racing begins with the Superstock event rescheduled from Thursday evening which is down to start at 10:30 BST.

    The Supersport race follows and then the opening Superbike race over seven laps.

    The Supertwins contenders will battle it out before the second Superstock race and the event will conclude with the Blue Riband North West 200 Superbike race. That's the plan anyway.