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IOMTT: Thursday's practice times

Michael Dunlop unphased by weather conditions setting the fastest Supersport lap so far

IT WAS another difficult Isle of Man TT practice session with damp patches and rain reported on the mountain, but despite this Michael Dunlop was still able to complete a 124.5mph lap on his MD Racing Honda 600cc machine.

Due to very limited track time so far this week, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson sent out the F2 sidecars first with the forewarning of damp patches particularly on the mountain mile. Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance were first on the road and going well until they were forced to stop at Ballaugh with a punctured rear tyre.

Lap times reflected the conditions around the 37 and three quarter mile course as Tim Reeves/Gregory Cluze completed a lap at 106.527mph compared to Molyneux’s 114.350mph lap set on Monday evenings.

The sidecar session was red flagged whilst they were just beginning their first flying lap due to a civilian emergency in the Quarter Bridge area. However, this turned out to be in the sidecars favour as it was reported the road conditions up the mountain had improved and it was John Holden/Andy Winkle who set the pace of the evening at 111.586mph closely followed by the Birchall brother, Ben and Tom, at 111.280mph.

Ewan Walker and Dickie Gale were involved in an incident at Pinfold Cottage which led to a delay for the Supersport and Lighweight session whilst Gale was airlifted to Nobles hospital with back and knee injuries.

Reports of rain on the mountain once again meant that the Clerk of the Course opted not to send out the Superbike machines (except for Cameron Donald on the Norton) out due to weather conditions, however riders still took advantage of the time they had on their Supersport and Lightweight machines.

Ian Hutchinson remained out of luck retiring on the first lap on his Yamaha R6, however his team-mate Josh Brookes ended the session fifth quickest after putting in a 122.011mph on his second lap of the evening.

William Dunlop, Michael Rutter and Gary Johnson were the first to make it over the 120mph mark last night on their first lap followed by Bruce Anstey who wasn’t as quick as previous session, but still managing a 122.290mph lap.

It was obvious conditions were not great over the mountain as John McGuinness was quickest to Ramsey, but only completed a lap of 118.039mph as he eased off through the damp patches over the mountain.  

Unphased by the conditions, Michael Dunlop got his head down and set the fastest Supersport lap of the week at 124.530mph closely followed by Mar-Train Yamaha’s Dean Harrison five seconds behind.

Two KMR Kawasaki machines of Keith Amor and Ryan Farquhar, who have just come out of retirement, topped the timesheets in the Lightweight category lapping at 116.206mph and 115.593mph respectively.

After a practice week of very little track time due to the weather, Superbikes, Supersport and Superstock machines will take to the roads on Friday at 6:20pm with the Sidecar session due to start at 8:05pm. The TT Zero machines will get their first outing of the week after the sidecars at 8:40pm. 

Supersport

 1. Michael Dunlop Honda/MD Racing 18:10.724 124.530mph
2. Dean Harrison Yamaha/MARTRAIN YAMAHA 18:16.397 123.886mph
3. William Dunlop Suzuki/Tyco Suzuki 18:24.489 122.978mph
4. Bruce Anstey Honda/Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motocycle 18:30.706 122.290mph
5. Joshua Brookes Yamaha/Milwaukee Yamaha 18:33.246 122.011mph
6. Conor Cummins Honda/W.A.Corless/Jackson Racing 18:45.625 120.669mph
7. Michael Rutter Triumph/Smiths Triumph 18:46.513 120.574mph
8. Gary Johnson Triumph/Smiths 18:50.858 120.111mph
9. James Hillier Kawasaki/Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki 18:51.880 120.002mph
10. Dan Stewart Honda/SMT / WILCOCK Racing 18:53.209 119.861mph
Fastest newcomer: 24. Alan Bonner* Yamaha/thepeoplesbike.com/das trans 19:33.050 115.790mph

Lightweight

1. Keith Amor Kawasaki/KMR Kawasaki/SGS International 19:28.854 116.206mph
2. Ryan Farquhar Kawasaki/KMR kawasaki/SGS International 19:35.052 115.593mph
3. Jamie Hamilton Kawasaki/Stewart Smith Racing. 19:49.267 114.212mph
4. Gary Johnson WK Bikes/CF Moto/WK Bikes 19:53.122 113.843mph
5. Ivan Lintin Kawasaki/Mckinstry Racing 19:56.952 113.478mph
6. Dean Harrison Kawasaki/RC Express racing by MSS Performance 20:01.361 113.062mph
7. Michael Russell Kawasaki/TrackElectronics 20:07.270 112.508mph
8. James Cowton Kawasaki/STUART SMITH RACING 20:14.084 111.877mph
9. David Johnson Kawasaki/DP Coldplaning / Mick Charnock 20:23.537 111.013mph
10. Connor Behan Kawasaki/KMR Kawasaki/SGS International 20:29.553 110.469mph
Fastest newcomer: 13. Martin Jessopp* Kawasaki/ 20:38.781 109.646mph

Sidecars

1. John Holden / Andrew Winkle LCR/Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing 20:17.253 111.586mph
2. Ben Birchall / Tom Birchall Hanni LCR/Cofain Racing by Klaffi 20:20.601 111.280mph
3. Tim Reeves / Gregory Cluze DMR/SMT 20:54.108 108.306mph
4. Carl Fenwick / Phil Knapton Yamaha /P&H Construction Services Ltd 21:02.505 107.586mph
5. Frank Lelias / Paul Knapton Suzuki/AOS Racing 21:08.599 107.069mph
6. Conrad Harrison / Mike Aylott Shelbourne Honda/PRINTING ROLLER SERVICES 21:29.619 105.324mph
7. Gregory Lambert / Kenny Honda/ 21:32.275 105.108mph
8. Darren Hope / Paul Bumf Kawasaki/ABLEC/BARLOGO 21:41.667 104.349mph
9. Wayne Lockey / Mark Sa Ireson Honda/Real Racing 21:45.166 104.070mph
10. Gordon Shand / Phil Hyd Shand F2/Kevin Ashworth Machined Timber 21:49.923 103.692mph

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