by Gary Inman
British Superbike star and Northwest 200 favourite, the Northern Irish rider is one of Dainese’s newest signings
Date of Birth
4 October 1979
Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing
Yes, Lewis, he’s five.
If you weren’t racing, what would you be doing?
I’d like to be a rally driver. I enjoy go-karting, so if it wasn’t two wheels it would be racing on four wheels.
What’s your favourite corner?
Probably Station Corner at the Northwest 200. On a Supersport 600 it’s flat-out in top here. On a Superbike you roll the throttle a bit. You carry so much speed into it there’s no room for error. It’s a right-hander before the big, long straight into Coleraine. It’s out in the countryside, with trees and fields around.
What’s the best thing about being a professional racer?
The best thing is it gives me a lot of time to spend with my son. I train in the morning and it frees me up be with my wee fella.
There is no worst thing. It’s a dream come true. Every rider wants to be paid to do what he loves and I’m lucky enough to be in that position at the moment.
Finish this sentence:
Winning is… a priority.
temporary, glory lasts forever.
If you could race in any era, when would it be?
Probably Kevin Schwantz’s era. Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey, Randy Mamola, all those guys. Kevin Schwantz is a hero of mine, I ride with his number, 34. Those guys were riding bikes with no traction control, no gizmos, no gadgets, and the throttle was like an on-off switch. They went from no power to all power. Those guys really knew how to ride a motorbike. I’d love to ride a 500 two-stroke GP bike.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
To be able to fly.
Do you have a motto you live your life by?
Take life as easy as you can get it. I like to chill out a lot. I don’t over stress my body.
Finally, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
My dad told me to use my head when I was on the bike. It’s stopped me from crashing sometimes. Head for thinking, feet for dancing.
Alastair Seeley kept his cool to win the 2011 British Supersport title for his TAS Suzuki team at the very last race, and performances like that saw him be voted the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year in January 2012. For this season, The Wee Wizard has moved back into the British Superbike class after a year on 600s and is scoring podiums on the Tyco GSX-R1000. He is also the man to beat at the famous Northwest 200 International Road Races, in his home country, where he competes against (and regularly beats) his team-mates Conor Cummins and Guy Martin, plus the rest of the world’s best real roads specialists. Seeley already has five NW200 wins under his belt going into the 2012 race.