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Old 06-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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IOMTT Fridays practice session

Michael Dunlop has qualified the BMW S1000RR for the Superbike and Senior races


DESPITE rain and grey skies this morning, this evenings Isle of Man TT practice session got underway with dry roads and clear skies as the F2 sidecars led the way.

The F2 sidecars were first away from the grandstands starting in numerical order. Dave Molyneux/Ben Binns led the way and were first across the line at 113.12mph with Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott second with a speed of 111.96mph.

Once again, it was John Holden/Dan Sayle who topped the leaderboard with a speed of 113.22mph, but they pitted immediately after to make suspension adjustments.

Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance had a slow lap at 104.91, whilst the Birchall brothers clearly had issues as they completed a lap at only 90.65mph.

Molyneux continued on to a flying lap at 114.687mph, just outside of Holden’s fastest lap of the week which was set on Thursday. Reeves posted a speed of 113.30 whilst running in an engine.

At 7:22pm the Supersport and Lightweight machines were away. Most of the riders were mounted on their 600cc machines with the exception of Michael Rutter who was on the Paton.

Ian Hutchinson was first back at 123.13mph, whilst Lee Johnston posted a first lap time of 119.85mph, Gary Johnson 117.49mph. William and Michael Dunlop along with Dan Kneen were all in the 115-117mph bracket.

James Hillier had the quickest Lightweight lap at 113.74mph as Rutter pulled in with a broken steering damper, but it was James Hamilton who went to the top of the timesheets with 115.74mph.

Hutchinson improved on his second lap with a speed of 124.92mph whilst McGuinness the two Dunlops and Dean Harrison all broke the 124mph mark.

The Superbikes got underway shorted after 8pm. Martin Jessopp was first away on the Riders BMW followed by Tyco BMW’s Guy Martin and PBM Kawasaki’s Hutchinson.

Martin was first back with a speed of 127.861mph whilst Michael’s opening lap on the BMW Superbike was slightly slower at 127.755mph, however it only arrived on the island yesterday evening.

Bruce Anstey topped the leaderboard at 129.394mph and nobody managed to get close to this lap on the second time around. Dan Kneen improved to almost 126mph and one man who did manage to get over the 126mph mark was Dean Harrison who put himself at the top of the Superstock timesheets.

At the end of the evening a few of the Zero machines also had their first outing ahead of Wednesday’s SES TT Zero with lap record holder John McGuinness finished a lap of 113mph although his Mugen Shinden teammate Bruce Anstey broke down.

The Victory Racing pair of William Dunlop and Lee Johnston both posted hugely impressive debut laps of 105.185 and 104.185 respectively.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson has changed Saturday’s race schedule due to near gale force winds forecast. Due to high winds the Superbike TT race will now be on Sunday. The first F2 sidecar race is still due to go ahead tomorrow as well as solo practice and TT zero qualifying.

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