Bian triumphs while Hind revved up for Junior tilt
French rider Pierre-Yves Bian (600cc Yamaha) convincingly won the Manx Grand Prix Newcomers 'A' four-lap race (150.92miles) yesterday on the Isle of Man.
The 'B' class was easily won by Mark Kirby on his ER6 Kawasaki while Andrew Jackson won the three-lap 'C' class on his NSF 250 Moto3 Honda.
Fastest in qualifying, Bian (27) was six seconds ahead at Glen Helen on lap one and never looked back, extending the gap over Samuel Mousley to 35 seconds going onto his final lap, cruising round the Mountain Circuit to win by 16 and a half seconds in the end over the Plymouth man with Welshpool rider Alun Brooks third, 1m 08secs behind Mousley.
Hot favourite in the 'B' class was Swiss rider Andrea Majola, but with a comfortable 31sec lead at Ramsey on his opening lap his Paton bike went to one cylinder and he had to retire a few miles later at the Gooseneck leaving Kirby, from Hexham, basically just having to ride round to record a 6m 08.279sec win over Portadown rider Robert Cairns, both ER6 Kawasaki mounted.
In the 113.19mile 'C' class Jackson, who raced at Cookstown and Tandragee this year, won by a minute and seven seconds from Adrian Skaife, both riding Moto3 NSF 250cc Hondas.
This morning the Mylchreests Junior Manx Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 10.15am over four laps and appears to be one of the most hotly contested races of the Manx programme.
Michael Evans' lap record of 120.619mph from 2017 could well be in jeopardy with 19-year old James Hind on his R6 Yamaha lapping at 121.10mph in final qualifying yesterday with Nathan Harrison (21), from nearby Onchan, last year's Ultra-Lightweight double winner Darryl Tweed from Ballymoney, Stephen Parsons, Dave Butler, David McConnaghy and Andy Farrell all likely to be in podium contention.
In the afternoon the Manx Grand Prix Supporters Club Lightweight (four laps) and Ultra-Lightweight (three laps) races, run concurrently, are scheduled for a 1.15pm start.
Skerries rider Farrell, out to repeat his success of a year ago on his ER6 Kawasaki, faces tough competition from Dublin rival Butler, Italian Francesco Curinga (Paton) in his second year at the Manx, Australian Royce Rowe, back on track having missed last year through an injury sustained in 2017, Tweed and Kells rider Dennis Booth.
It will be interesting to see how young Hind goes in this particular race, mounted on a 250cc Yamaha against the Kawasaki, Suzuki and Paton machines, one of which will be ridden by frequent Irish road race visitor, Czech racer Veronika Hankocyova.
The Ultra-Lightweight class has seen Daniel Ingham set the qualifying pace on his Honda RVF 400cc NC35 with Alex Sinclair, Frenchman Lancelot Unissart and Rad Hughes on their 400cc machines likely front runners.
Dungannon rider Nigel Moore and Tom Snow compete on Moto3 machines.