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Class act Michael Dunlop sets a hot pace at 122mph at Manx Grand Prix

By Paul Lindsay

Despite changeable weather conditions, which effectively ended last night's session at the Manx Grand Prix somewhat prematurely, Ballymoney's Michael Dunlop was still able to record a 122.650mph lap on his XR69 Suzuki in the Superbike Classic TT qualifying.

Bradford's Dean Harrison set the second fastest time at 121.101mph aboard his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, but was some 14 seconds slower than Dunlop, who will no doubt get quicker as this week's practice and qualifying continues, prior to next Monday's 4-lap race.

Michael Rutter [120.763mph] was third quickest on his Team Winfield machine, ahead of James Hiller [120.336mph], Ivan Lintin [120.160mph] and Dan Kneen [118.112mph], who were all Kawasaki mounted for various Classic TT sponsors. William Dunlop was 11th, also Kawasaki mounted, and posted a time of 115.557mph.

Welshman Ian Lougher managed to squeeze in two laps on his Laylaw Racing Yamaha in last night's Lightweight Classic TT qualifying, topping the timesheets with a best effort of 113.893mph.

Second placed man on last night's Lightweight Classic TT timesheet was Honda mounted Phil Harvey [107.649mph], over a minute behind TT legend Lougher, with Paul Owen third quickest on the Team #98 Honda. Banbridge rider Shaun Anderson who works for KTM, set the fifth fastest time on the CB Racing Honda at 102.420mph.

Michael Rutter was the name at the top of the timesheet in the Okells Brewery Junior Classic TT qualifying last night for 350cc machinery. He was the only rider to lap at over 100mph with his 100.182mph lap speed.

William Dunlop was second quickest, but 46 seconds down on Rutter's time aboard his 350cc Davies Motorsport Honda with a lap speed of 96.885mph.

Third placed man last night was Dave Moffitt [96.232mph], 10 seconds down on WilliamDunlop.

Michael Dunlop, who is standing in for the injured Lee Johnston, posted the sixth fastest time on the exotic Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta.

Dean Harrison topped the Bennetts Senior Classic TT qualifying aboard the Black Eagle Racing 500cc MV Agusta with a time of 107.041mph. Local favourite Conor Cummins [104.857mph] was second fastest on the 500cc Paton with Jamie Coward third at 104.628mph.

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