Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Showers dampen spirits at the TT

Michael Dunlop shows his frustration yesterday after the TT was cancelled

Yesterday’s racing in the Isle of Man was abandoned due to heavy rain after the second Supersport race of the week was red flagged as the leading riders passed through Ballaugh on their second lap with Michael Dunlop holding a ten second lead over brother William.



Competitors had voiced their concerns on conditions prior to the delayed start of the race with Keith Amor saying: “Most of the top riders don’t want to go out. It is a lottery with the damp conditions on certain parts of the circuit and safety should be the factor on whether the race starts or not.”

His thoughts were echoed by John McGuinness who said: “It is dangerous. I’m starting number one on the road and basically the test pilot for the rest. It would be better to delay until dry all round.”

Those views appeared vindicated when just prior to the race stoppage Amor crashed at Union Mills luckily without injury and Cameron Donald and Guy Martin had huge moments at the same place as a rain shower hit the circuit.

Michael Dunlop said: “The first lap was all right, but I had a couple of big slides. I was going to go for a quick lap on the second circuit to show William who the boss was, but the race got stopped. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

It is planned for the race to be re-ran over four laps this afternoon with a scheduled start of 12.15pm when the Dunlop brothers will again be looking to top the leaderboard.

Tomorrow sees the Blue Riband race of the week the six-lap Senior TT and any one of half a dozen riders are in contention to lift the coveted senior trophy including Michael Dunlop, who won Monday’s Superstock race after earlier disappointments in the TT Superbike and first Supersport race.

Fastest man of the week so far is Kiwi Bruce Anstey who had the misfortune to retire from Saturday’s TT Superbike race when leading before bouncing back to win Monday’s first Supersport race.

Riding for the Padgetts Honda Team who swept all before them last year Anstey has the speed to add to his eight TT wins and score his first Superbike victory at the TT. John McGuinness made it TT win number 16 with victory on Saturday and has won the Senior event four years in succession between 2005 and 2008, but not since; suffering a broken chain when leading in 2009 and in contention last year before retiring with a mechanical problem.

The most experienced and simply the best of his generation in the field McGuinness has been having a great week to date and he has the knowledge, speed and team to make it to the top step of the podium.

Dunlop on the other hand is the young charger, a maverick with two TT wins to his name after his Superstock success earlier in the week.

Guy Martin has yet to win a TT and probably has never had a better chance riding for the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Team with two podiums to his name so far this week.

Cameron Donald has been fast all week on the Wilson Craig Honda.

He had a Superstock and Superbike double to his name in 2008, so he knows how to claim a TT victory.

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