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Michael Dunlop on top but Manx GP practice is cut short again

By Paul Lindsay

Red flag incidents and inclement weather cut short last night's practice sessions at the Manx Grand Prix, with just a few riders being afforded the luxury of completing one lap.

The session got under way on time at 6.20pm with Michael Dunlop (Team Classic Suzuki) and Michael Rutter (F1 Ducati) leading the riders away.

However, two incidents near the 13th milestone resulted in the session being red flagged before the weather closed in, with the night's action called off shortly after 7.00pm.

Dunlop (114.29mph) and Dean Harrison, on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki, were the only riders to complete laps in excess of 110mph, ahead of Russ Mountford on the Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki (109.72mph) and Michael Rutter (105.47mph).

Michael Russell (Bragg Creek Powersports Honda), Timothee Monot (TMR Performances Moto Honda), Jamie Coward (Mistral Racing Kawasaki), Dan Stewart (Wilcock Racing Kawasaki) and Nick Jefferies (Team Classic Suzuki) were the only other riders to clock over 100mph.

And considering the first attempt at a full practice was also cut short, a small handful of lucky competitors have had a total of just 13 miles of action in two days, but organisers will be hoping that it's third time lucky as they try again tonight from 6.20pm.

It leaves just two nights left to complete practice and qualifying before the opening races get under way on Saturday, when the 350cc Classic TT for Formula 1 and 2 machines will kick off this Classic TT.

There's plenty of action still to come.

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