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Isle of Man TT set for bumper day of five races after more weather chaos

 

Michael Dunlop will be keen to earn a podium place for the first time this week.
Michael Dunlop will be keen to earn a podium place for the first time this week.

By Roy Harris

Thursday is set to be a bumper five-race day at the Isle of Man TT after organisers again had to concede defeat with all of Wednesday's scheduled races and qualifying cancelled.

To date there have been four solo laps of racing and three sidecar laps, with another schedule announced for today with reduced laps in an effort to at least try to get some racing completed.

The revised qualifying and race schedule for Thursday is: 1-lap Senior and Superstock qualifying at 11.50am; Supersport Race 2 over two laps, 12.45pm; Sidecar Race 2 over two laps, 1.50pm; and Superstock Race over three laps, 2.55pm. Roads open 5pm and then re-close at 6pm ahead of the three-lap Lightweight TT followed by the single lap SES TT Zero at 7.20pm and Senior qualifying from 8pm.

With the weather forecast predicting 'mainly dry' condition with only 'a small risk of an isolated shower', hopes are high that the racing will go ahead as planned.

Ashcourt Racing's Lee Johnston, who scored his maiden TT victory on Monday, will look to double up in today's second Supersport race.

Michael Dunlop, fifth on Monday, will attempt to step on the rostrum for the first time this TT, while Derek Sheils and Paul Jordan will seek top 10 finishes.

The eagerly awaited Superstock race should be a three-lap thriller between Peter Hickman (Smiths BMW), last year's winner and current lap record holder, and his main rivals Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki), Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW), North West 200 Superstock winner James Hillier (Quattro Plant Kawasaki), David Johnson (Honda) and Lee Johnston (Ashcourt BMW).

All will have to make one pit stop, which could decide the race.

Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team will have podium expectations in the Lightweight TT.

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