Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Hutchinson top of the pile at the Isle of Man

Adrian Archibald and Ian Hutchinson at the TT practice yesterday
Adrian Archibald and Ian Hutchinson at the TT practice yesterday

Ian Hutchinson continued his fine form in the second practice session for the 2010 Isle of Man TT races by topping both the Superbike and Superstock classes yesterday evening.

Time trial: Adrian Archibald and Ian Hutchinson at the TT practice yesterday. MATT MACKEY/PRESSEYE

Although fractionally slower than his Monday evening time due to damp patches around the 37-mile circuit Hutchinson still managed a 128.017mph lap on his Padgetts Honda superbike over six seconds faster than the Relentless by TAS Suzuki of Cameron Donald at 127.212mph with his team mate Bruce Anstey third fastest on 126.919mph.

Hutchinson said: “I’m happy with that. The bike felt great and but for a little incident coming out of Ramsey where the yellow flags were being displayed I might have gone a bit faster. It was wet in a couple of places earlier in the session especially in the Ramsey Hairpin and Waterworks areas, but other than that conditions were good and I got quicker as the session went on.”

Guy Martin (126.752mph), Keith Amor (126.043mph) and Michael Dunlop with his fastest time of the week so far around the Mountain Circuit at 125.688mph on the Street Sweep Robinson Concrete Honda completing the superbike top six.

Michael is always the assured and optimistic competitor saying earlier in the week, “I’m here to win races and not just make up the numbers.”

Given his practice times so far he might not be so far away, the 21-year-old Ballymoney rider saying: “Aye, things are going fair enough so far, but it is the races that matter not practice times.”

Dunlop, winner of a Supersport race last year, headed that particular class last evening with a lap time of 18m 26.74secs, a speed of 122.728mph edging out Scotsman Amor by less than a second, Amor’s speed 122.649mph with Conor Cummins third on 121.527mph.

William Dunlop (121.484mph), Ryan Farquhar (121.452mph) and Adrian Archibald (119.960mph) completed the top six in the Supersport class.

Hutchinson made it a double by topping the superstock class times with a speed of 126.339mph just ahead of the McAdoo Kawasaki of Conor Cummins who lapped at 125.812mph with Michael Rutter getting the HM Plant Honda around at 125.429mph in third place.

Martin (124.319mph), Archibald (122.928mph) and the impressive Michael Dunlop (122.406mph) were fourth, fifth and sixth.

Dave Molyneux and passenger Patrick Farrance topped the sidecar class with a speed of 114.355mph eighteen seconds faster than Simon Neary and Paul Knapton who clocked 112.661mph.

Practice continues this evening from 6.20pm and with the weather forecast looking good speeds will be expected to climb towards the 130mph barrier as riders continue to familiarise themselves with the circuit.

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