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Michael Dunlop laps it up out in front at the Manx Grand Prix

By Paul Lindsay

Michael Dunlop posted a blistering standing start lap of 122.964mph during practice at the Manx Grand Prix, putting his 1986 Team Classic Suzuki at the top of the F1 Classic TT leaderboard.

Dunlop had been quickest on Wednesday night prior to the red flag incident at the 13th Milestone, which sadly claimed the life of 42-year-old Dutch newcomer Dennis Hoffer, but last night's lap speed proves the 11-time TT winner is well up to the task for Monday's F1 race.

Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar wasn't far behind his old adversary on the timesheets, posting the second fastest lap time last night on Roger Winfield's 1100cc Harris Yamaha with a 122.134mph effort, just over seven seconds down on Dunlop.

ZXR750 Kawasaki-mounted James Hillier [118.569mh] was third quickest, albeit 27 seconds adrift of Farquhar, with Ivan Lintin [118.563mph] posting an almost identical time to Hillier on yet another 750cc Kawasaki.

Aussie David Johnson [Suzuki, 117.817mph], Russ Mountford [Kawasaki, 117.461mph], BSB double podium man from last weekend, Peter Hickman [Kawasaki, 117.267mph], Dean Harrison [Kawasaki, 117.246mph], Manxman Dan Kneen [Yamaha, 117.139mph] and American Mark Miller [Kawasaki, 117.109mph] completed the top 10.

Twenty-three time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness topped the 500cc Classic TT timesheets with a lap speed of 110mph on Roger Winfield's Italian Paton machine.

Tonight's practice session will again commence at 6.20pm, with Classic TT machines followed by the modern Supertwin, Lightweight and Newcomers classes.

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