Manx Grand Prix: Fulton speeding up as sun shines
Oncham’s Simon Fulton set the fastest time of the week so far at 117.793mph on his R6 Yamaha as practice for next week’s Manx Grand Prix continued in sunshine last night.
Michael Sweeney from Skerries, also on a R6 Yamaha, mounted set his fastest lap of the week at 117.319mph, four and a half seconds slower than Fulton in second place.
Ex-Irish support road race champion Ivan Lintin from Lincolnshire was third fastest on his 750cc Suzuki at 117.061mph.
Manxman Sayle, on his 250cc Honda, came within two-seconds of unofficially breaking the Lightweight 250cc lap record set in 1999 by now rider liaison officer at the Manx and TT Milky Quayle.
Second and third behind Sayle in the Lightweight class last night were Dungannon rider Nigel Moore and Davy Morgan from Saintfield, who was fastest in the junior classic session.
Michael Dunlop set the fastest time of the week so far in the Post Classic Senior class on his third and final lap at 115.097mph on John Simms’ 997cc Suzuki, edging out 22-year old Ollie Linsdell (Flitwick 750cc Yamaha) by 1.7secs, Linsdell clocking 114.931mph.
Dunlop had been three and a half seconds down on Linsdell after two laps, but pitted to make a few adjustments that saw the Ballymoney rider up on Linsdell’s speed all the way round his third lap to record the fastest lap in the class. Both Dunlop and Linsdell unofficially broke the class lap record set a year ago by Ryan Farquhar at 108.045mph in dismal conditions in the inaugural year of this particular class. Post Classic Junior saw last year’s winner Brian Mateer from Lisburn second fastest last night
In Newcomers ‘A’ 32-year old Andy Fenton (113.192mph) from Bradden outside Douglas was slightly slower than Tuesday evening, but still well clear of Tim Venables, who set his fastest speed of the week at 112.141mph last evening and Shaun Anderson from Banbridge who also improved his times by a massive 29secs to average 110.579mph.