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Summary

  1. Glenn Irwin clinches Superbike pole
  2. Alastair Seeley leads Superstock and Supersport qualifiers
  3. Martin Jessopp tops Supertwin times
  4. Three races on Thursday evening
  5. Main five-race schedule on Saturday
  6. Contact commentators - @BBC_Bikes
  7. Email: nw200@bbc.co.uk

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Irwin snatches Superbike pole

    North West 200 practice

    Glenn Irwin pips Alastair Seeley in qualifying for the Superbike class at the NW200.

    Irwin won a thrilling duel against fellow Carrickfergus man Seeley at last year's North West and we could be in for more drama in Saturday's two Superbike contests.

    Dean Harrison was second-fastest in practice, followed by Michael Dunlop and Seeley.

    Superbike timings from Thursday's practice sessions
    Image caption: Superbike timings from Thursday's practice sessions
  2. Red flag

    North West 200 practice

    The Superbike session is held up because of an oil spill on the course.

  3. Second pole for Seeley

    North West 200 practice

    Alastair Seeley grabs another pole position - this time in the Supersport class.

    The Sports are the opening race on Thursday evening and they also open proceedings for main race day on Saturday.

    The top six in Supersport
    Image caption: The top six in Supersport
  4. Enjoying the view

    Road racing fans are enjoying the weather as well as watching high-speed practice rounds here.

    Tonight, thousands will be taking up vantage points around the 8.9-mile circuit for the opening three races of the 2018 international road racing festival.

    Spectators at Thursday's practice session for the North West 200 races
    Image caption: Spectators at Thursday's practice session for the North West 200 races
  5. Seeley seeks to add to wins record

    North West 200 practice

    Northern Ireland's Alastair Seeley holds the record for wins at the North West 200 - and the wee wizard from Carrickfergus is clearly hungry to add to his remarkable tally of 21 wins around the Triangle circuit.

    He claims pole position in the Superstock class with Yorkshire man Dean Harrison next best and Michael Dunlop third.

    Superstock final practice times
    Image caption: Superstock final practice times
  6. McLean off but unscathed in Supertwin spill

    North West 200 practice

    Kawasaki rider Adam McLean is unhurt after coming off his machine during Thursday's practice for the Supertwin class.

    "On the last lap I was trying to put in a fast one and clipped a kerb at the chicane and down I went," said the 22-year-old from Tobermore.

    Video content

    Video caption: Adam McLean is interviewed after his practice crash
  7. Get Inspired: How to get into motorsport

    Get Inspired

    #GetInspired

    If you like fast-paced activities that get your heart pumping and your brain working, then motorsport is for you!

    It’s big business these days, thanks in no small part to the glitz and glamour of Formula 1, but if you prefer your thrills on two wheels rather than four then motorcycle events may be your best option

    With several different disciplines at your disposal, such as MotoGP, Speedway, Trial Biking and motocross, you can check out MSAUK, the Auto-Cycle Union or Motorcycle Sport Scotland to find opportunities near you.

    Video content

    Video caption: Rea aims to inspire young riders
  8. BBC coverage

    BBC Sport will be broadcasting action from the NW 200 throughout race week, including practice sessions and the race itself.

    Thursday, 17 May

    10:00-14:30 BST: NW 200 Practice – Connected TV and BBC Sport website and app.

    17:30-20:45 BST: NW 200 Evening Racing – Connected TV and BBC Sport website and app.

    Saturday, 19 May

    North West 200 – Race Day

    09:45-18:00 BST– Connected TV and BBC Sport website and app.

    14:00-18:00 BST– BBC Red Button

  9. Top twin

    Supertwin session

    Last year's Supertwin winner Martin Jessopp from England secures pole position for tonight's race.

    Tobermore rider Adam McLean is second fastest.

    Thursday's practice times for the Supertwins
    Image caption: Thursday's practice times for the Supertwins
  10. Bright Lee

    North West 200 practice

    Quote Message: This part of Northern Ireland is beautiful when the weather is like this. Long may it continue. from Lee Johnston
    Lee Johnston
    Lee Johnston set the pace in Superbike practice at the North West 200 on Tuesday
    Image caption: Lee Johnston set the pace in Superbike practice at the North West 200 on Tuesday