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TT Superbike race put back to Sunday

 

By Jim Gracey

Frustrated riders were left kicking their heels in the TT paddock last night as yet another qualifying session was washed out by the incessant rain saturating the Isle of Man this week.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson called off the session mid-afternoon yesterday with no possibility of bikes going out onto the Mountain course.

Persistent low cloud and imminent heavy rain, forecast to last most of the evening, rendered the decision relatively straightforward. So far just one of five scheduled practice sessions has been completed.

Gary later announced to the paddock that Thursday's schedule will now be run today, for which the forecast is much more promising.

Saturday's opening Superbike race has put back to Sunday, starting at 2.00pm with Saturday's scheduled sidecar race moved to Monday.

There will be a full day of practice on Saturday from 10.40am to 5.00pm. Friday's practice session will be at the usual time of 6.20pm while the opening Superstock race moves from Monday to Tuesday.

Bingley Bullet Ian Hutchinson has posted the quickest lap so far this week at 128.987mph on his Ulster-owned Tyco BMW on Wednesday night's single lap before the weather closed in.

Revised weekend schedule: Saturday: 10.40-12.00: Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying; 12.05-13.05: Sidecar Qualifying; 14.10-15.30: Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) qualifying session; 15.40-16.30: Sidecar qualifying session; 16.35: 1 lap for Superbike/Superstock/Supersport qualifying; 17.00: 1 lap for TT Zero qualifying.

Sunday: 14.00: Superbike Race (6 laps); 16.25: Sidecar 1 lap qualifying; 16.40: 1 lap for TT Zero qualifying.

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