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Old 06-03-2015, 06:20 AM   #1
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Isle of Man TT Tuesdays practice session

Deteriorating weather conditions once again cause problems for TT practice


RIDERS were back out on the Mountain course on Tuesday for an untimed TT practice session due to severe winds and deteriorating weather conditions on the Isle of Man.

Monday evening’s practice session was cancelled due to severe winds and heavy rain, and Tuesday’s practice session was hampered by showers and strong winds, but at 6:25pm those in the Superbike and Superstock class were able to unleash their 1000cc machines for untimed practice.

Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter led the way followed by Ian Hutchinson and James Hillier. Gary Johnson made a good start, but only managed to make it to Ballaugh before his machine broke down. Dan Stewart also suffered problems with his Superbike machine, but he was able to return to the Grandstand for further practice.

All riders were out on their Superbikes, but it was Hutchinson who completed the first lap ahead of Dunlop, Rutter and Guy Martin. The latter three pulled in after their first lap to either make chances or switch to their Superstock machines.

Conor Cummins also pulled in after reporting that ‘Windy Corner was living up to its name’ whilst Ryan Farquhar stated there were more damp patches than he first thought.

The Superbike and Superstock session ended at 7:05pm. Six riders, which included Hutchinson, Hillier, Martin, Rutter, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey, managed two laps on their Superbike machines and one on their Superstock.

At 7:10pm, the Supersports and Lightweights took off from Glencrutchery Road, but rain was already reported on the west side of the Island.

Martin Jessopp was first away on his Lightweight machine, but the majority of the field were on their Supersport 600cc machines.

The first riders to leave the Grandstand were about two thirds of the way round their first lap before the rain began to get heavier on the west coast and over the Mountain. McGuinness reported that conditions were freezing and ‘very sketchy’ on his third lap.

Conditions began to worsen and Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson decided to flag all at 7:35pm. Riders were brought back to the start finish line under waved yellow flags after Travelling Marshal’s said conditions were unsafe. An incident a Laurel Bank led to a spillage and was unlikely to have been cleared up promptly.

There were several incidents in the solo’s session on Tuesday: American Brandon Cretu and Philip Crowe were reported off at Kerrowmoar and Laurel Bank respectively, but both are said to be OK by Travelling Marshal’s whilst Mark Herbertson was airlifted to Nobles after coming off at the Mountain Box with a suspected shoulder injury.

The F2 Sidecars are unfortunately yet to have any practice time on the Mountain course after practice was called off for the evening on Tuesday due to conditions.

Wednesday’s Superbikes, Superstocks and Supersports qualifying session is due to get underway at 6:20pm with roads closing at 6pm (Mountain road closes at 5:30pm). Sidecars are due out at 8pm, but considering the Sidecars are yet to have a practice session it is possible they may start proceedings due to their lack of time on the Mountain course.

The roads are currently dry on the Isle of Man and around the TT course with bright blue skies meaning there is a good chance of a time qualifying session hopefully without the threat of rain.

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