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Double joy as Evans makes Manx history

 

By Roy Harris

Isle of Man rider Michael Evans, riding a Martin Bullock Motorsport 750cc Suzuki became only the third Manx rider in the 94 year history of the Manx Grand Prix to complete the Junior and Senior Manx Grand Prix double when he raced to a comfortable victory in the 4-lap Senior Manx Grand Prix.

The last rider to complete the Junior/Senior Manx double was Northern Ireland's Andrew Brady, from Roslea, in 2011.

Evans set a new lap record on his opening lap of 122.657mph improving on lap two to 122.866mph and was never headed throughout the 4-laps to complete the victory in a new race record time of 1hr 15mins 06.669secs a speed of 120.557mph.

Evans said: "I wasn't feeling great on the first lap and the bike was moving around, but that was because it's the quickest I've been around here.

"Barry (Lee Evans) was keeping with me on the first lap, so I just got my head down on lap two and the lap record was a bonus."

The final race of the Classic TT/ Manx Grand Prix fortnight was delayed for two hours due to mist and low cloud on the Mountain section and eventually got away at 12.15pm.

Evans, starting number one on the road, led by five seconds at Glen Helen on lap one and by the end of the first lap was six seconds ahead of Welshman Barry Lee Evans, with three Manx riders, Jamie Williams, Dean Osborne and Joe Faragher completing the top five places.

Faragher retired on lap two at the Gooseneck, but Evans was stretching away at the front with that new lap record of 122.866mph, slowing for his fuel stop, now ten seconds ahead.

Darren Cooper received a 30 second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane after his fuel stop dropping him from third at the end of lap two to ninth by the end of lap three.

Barry Lee Evans, some 20 seconds behind Michael Evans, had an unscheduled pit stop at the end of lap three with a loose chain, dropping to over a minute behind Evans and now just a second ahead of Osborne at Glen Helen on the last lap after his stop, but winding the wick up extended that to 11 seconds at the chequered flag.

Skerries rider David Lumsden finished a creditable fourth in the race and lapped at over 120mph on his final lap.

An impressive ride came from newcomer to the Mountain Circuit Darryl Tweed, the Ballymoney rider come home in eighth position on his GMC Autos Triumph with his fastest ever lap of the torturous 37-mile circuit of 118.680mph, taking some seven and a half seconds off his previous best time set in Tuesday's Newcomers 'A' race in which he managed to finish second.

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