Derek McGee tops second Supertwin practice, Jamie Coward holds pole
Derek McGee finished top of Thursday morning's second Supertwins practice at the North West 200, however it wasn't enough to take Jamie Coward off pole position.
The Irishman clocked a time of 4:58.492 on his Kawasaki in the first run this morning, holding off the challenge of a much-improved Glenn Irwin and another fine time from Coward.
In damp and colder conditions than what all riders got in Tuesday's first practice, the times were understandably a lot slower as riders coped with the change in the weather.
Irwin, who was very upset with how he performed on Tuesday, was markedly better on his Kawasaki and thought he had finished on top with a strong late time.
However, he would have to settle for finishing 0.133 seconds behind McGee, who came in behind him with the session-leading time to throw his name back in the mix as a contender.
A surprise package was Italian rider Stefano Bonetti on his Paton, coming home in fourth with a time just 0.338 seconds behind leader McGee.
McGee's time was fast enough to get him onto the front row of the grid for tonight's race in third postion, with Coward starting first and Michael Rutter joining them in second.
There was concern for Jeremy McWilliams in the session when he came off his bike at the Magherabuoy Chicane, fortunately, however, he sustained no serious injuries and was back in the paddock later on.
Belfast Telegraph Digital