Belfast Telegraph

McGuinness is fastest on his racing comeback before the rain returns


By Roy Harris

The weather continued to play havoc with schedules in the Isle of Man yesterday with the first session of last night's practice cut short by heavy rain and the second cancelled.

Earlier, the afternon contingency session was also cancelled.

In what practice took place the fastest rider was local man Dan Sayle on his 250cc Yamaha with a lap of 109.406mph to head the Classic TT Lightweight class.

In the Senior Classic TT session John McGuinness, on his Mountain Course comeback following injury, was fastest on his second lap with a speed of 106.585mph on board the 500cc Winfield Paton, 35 seconds clear of the Manx Norton of Jamie Coward at 103.65mph. Lee Johnston was fourth fastest with a lap of 101.478mph on the Davies Honda.

After his two laps McGuinness said: "Conditions were very patchy on the opening lap, but much better on lap two. It was really very, very windy over the mountain especially at Windy Corner (aptly named) and the 33rd Milestone and you had to be really careful."

Ballymoney rider Darryl Tweed was fastest in the Manx Grand Prix Ultra Lightweight session on his 400cc Kawasaki with a second lap speed of 103.24mph, over 12 seconds faster than his opener. Adam McLean was second fastest in the Classic Lightweight class on his Ripley Land Honda with a lap of 95.054mph.

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