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Nobody will push as hard as me to win the Isle of Man TT, warns Michael Dunlop

Time out: Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness chat at the TT
Time out: Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness chat at the TT

By Roy Harris

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson announced at 4.10pm yesterday that TT practice and qualifying had been postponed due to inclement weather.

A mixed afternoon of heavy showers and low clouds meant the session could not take place, with yesterday's schedule transferred to this evening with Superbikes, Superstock and Supersport machines due out on track from 6.20pm followed by sidecars from 8.05pm, weather permitting.

Michael Dunlop was second fastest in both the Supersport and Supertwin classes on Sunday, the only session to take place to date. He is looking to perform at the level he believes he is capable of come race time.

He completed a TT hat-trick last year with wins in the RST Superbike, Monster Energy Supersport 1 and Bennetts Lightweight, but in the race that everyone wants to win, the Pokerstars Senior TT, he could only manage fourth after suffering a 30-second pit-lane speeding penalty.

The 18-time TT winner said recently: "I don't think anyone will be prepared to push as hard as me. The target this year is to go after the Superbike and Senior TT wins. Even though we have a new Tyco BMW Superbike this year, I'm with the same team for a second year and we should be in a good place."

There was racing on the Isle of Man yesterday with the Blackford Pre TT Classic meeting around the 4.25-mile Colas Billown Circuit close to Castletown.

Brian Mateer was the best of the local runners, finishing second in the Lightweight Classic on his 250cc Suzuki with Barry Davidson in fifth. Davidson finished third in the Geoff Duke Post Classic Junior on his 250cc Yamaha behind the similar machines of Jeff Ward and Gary Vines.

Newcomer Paul Jordan finished third in the Post Classic Superbike race on a 750cc Kawasaki.

On Saturday, round three of the Irish Motocross Championship arrived at Robinson's Motocross Park in Claudy where Loughbrickland's Jason Meara (Kawasaki) raced to a MX1 treble to move to the top of the table where just 12 points separate the top four.

He is seven points clear of defending champion Richard Bird (KTM), who scored two seconds and a third on Saturday.

James Mackrel (KTM) with a second, third and fourth was third overall and is third in the Championship, five points behind Bird and tied on 179 points with John Meara (Kawasaki).

It is equally close in the MX2 class where there were three different winners in the three races.

In race one it was Glenn McCormick from Jake Sheridan and Mackrel (Lyons Yamaha), race two was Mackrel, McCormick and Sheridan, while in race three Sheridan was the winner from Mackrel and McCormick.

Overall Sheridan was the winner from Mackrel and McCormick, with just four points separating Sheridan and Mackrel at the top.

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