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McGuinness sets lightning pace in Isle of Man TT


John McGuinness

John McGuinness

John McGuinness

In excellent conditions for the second TT practice session on the Isle of Man last night, the fastest speeds of the week so far were recorded with 15-time TT winner John McGuinness setting the fastest lap at 129.041mph to top the Superbike time sheet for the second evening running.

McGuinness set this speed on his second lap and commented: “Things were a lot better tonight, although it was still a bit dusty in places.

“My leathers were far too tight and were strangling me, but other than that it felt good for only the second evening and I’m well pleased with that time.”

It was also a good evening for Michael Dunlop who topped both the Superstock and Supersport sessions on his Street Sweep machines.

On his Supersport Yamaha Dunlop recorded a speed of 125.464mph on his second lap before switching to his Superstock Kawasaki, and on his only lap on this machine went round the 37-mile Mountain Circuit at a speed of 126.260mph.

Michael then had a couple of laps on his Paul Bird Motorsport-prepared Superbike slotting into fifth position in the class with a speed of 126.300mph set on his final lap of the evening.

Dunlop said: “Everything seems to be going well, but this is only the second night and we’ve a long way to go yet.

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“I’m happy enough so far and we seem to be in the ballpark as far as things stand at the moment.”

Second-fastest man of the evening behind McGuinness was Relentless Suzuki by TAS rider Guy Martin.

He was some six seconds adrift of the TT Legends Honda rider at 128.261mph, with the Wilson Craig Honda of Cameron Donald putting in a final lap of 128.089mph in third spot, although he was fastest through the Sulby speed trap at just over 192mph.

Martin was also second-fastest rider in the Superstock class with a speed of 125.720mph, five seconds behind Dunlop, with McGuinness this time in third position lapping at 124.461mph with Donald fourth and Bruce Anstey fifth.

Anstey it was who powered his

Padgetts Honda into second place in the Supersport class 11 seconds behind Dunlop at a speed of 124.236mph with William Dunlop an excellent third on 120.158mph.

Ballymoney rider Adrian Archibald had his first outing on his new ZX-10R Kawasaki Superbike and said: “The bike only arrived on the island today and to sit on first thing down Bray Hill is not what I was looking for. Hopefully it will be ok.”

Two relatively slow laps for Archibald showed that some adjustments are required on his new machine, but in the Superstock class Archibald, this time BMW mounted, was fastest through the speed trap at 185.9mph on his way to seventh fastest time in the class.

The sidecar session was abandoned after being red flagged halfway around the first lap following an incident at Ballacrye involving the outfit of Bill Currie and passenger Kevin Morgan.

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