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Malachi puts down marker as a TT star of the future

By Paul Lindsay

Malachi Mitchell-Thomas won yesterday's Senior Manx Grand Prix aboard his Silicone Engineering 600 Kawasaki and, at just 19 years of age, the Horwich racer is undoubtedly a TT star of the future.

In the end it was a comfortable victory for Mitchell-Thomas, taking the victory by more than a minute and a half from Rod Hodson, who won the Manx Grand Prix Supertwin race earlier in the day.

Mitchell-Thomas also set a new lap and race records in the process, which have stood since 2005.

The youngster was pushed all the way by Wednesday's Junior Manx Grand Prix winner Billy Redmayne, who posted a phenomenal opening lap of 121.021mph. Unfortunately for Redmayne, his bid for a MGP double was scuppered at the pit stops at the end of lap two.

He dropped five seconds to his rival as he struggled to put the bike back in gear but then, as if things could not get worse, he was hit with a 30-second time penalty for disobeying a marshal's flag at Creg-ny-baa on the penultimate lap of four.

Despite his comfortable lead and Redmayne retiring at Cruickshanks on the final lap, Mitchell-Thomas continued to pile on the pressure, improving on his Junior lap record of 120.568mph with a last-lap charge of 122.221mph.

Suzuki-mounted Andrew Dudgeon took third place behind Mitchell-Thomas and Hodson, with 33 of the 59 finishers all guaranteed Manx Grand Prix replicas.

Mark Purslow was the winner of the Lightweight race, from Dan Hobson and Alex Sinclair.

The ninth round of the British Superbike Championship takes place this weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire with a number of local riders taking part.

In the Superbike class, Tyco BMW mounted Michael Laverty finished yesterday's second free practice session in seventh place. The Toomebridge man will be looking for a top result in this weekend's BSB triple header, as he bids to make the top six Showdown. The first race is today at 4.30pm.

Superstock 1000 championship leader Josh Elliott topped the early timesheets yesterday, with main rival Alastair Seeley down in fourth.

In the Supersport class local lads Andy Reid and Glenn Irwin were third and sixth respectively in the second free practice session.

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