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Friday 1st September -(Delayed) - Race Comments + Report
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Friday 1st September

10.15 : MGP Senior Manx Grand Prix Race (4 Laps)


Detailed Forecast
Issued on Friday, 01 September 2017 at 4:00am by Ronaldsway Met Office

Today will be essentially dry and bright with sunny intervals, with just a small chance of a shower.
Temperatures reaching up to 17 or 18°C at best in the light to moderate north-westerly wind.


07:30 - Weather causing problems again

The final day's racing at the FOM 2017 has been affected by the weather once again.
Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson has confirmed a one hour delay to today's (Fri) proceedings, to allow mist and low cloud on the Mountain to clear.
Roads will now close at 10.30 ahead of the four lap Senior MGP, which will start at 11.15.
Roads should open from 1.25pm

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The Bungalow Looking South at 08:00


10:10 - Roads now closing at 11.30 with a race start at 12.15

11:30 - Roads are now CLOSING




12:15 - And the Race is GO

Michael Evans leads away, then Dean Osborne and Jamie Williams. Next is Barry Lee Evans and next Glen Harrison, Joe Faragher and Tom Robinson, Dave Lumsden, Darren Cooper & Brendan Fargher. Dave Butler, next Mark Ironside, Andy Farrell and James Chawke. Steven Smith and Darryl Tweed

Glen Helen - Lap 1

First through is M Evans, a gap to Osborne, now Williams,  being caught by BL Evans, now G Harrison, next J Faragher, then T Robinson and catching him D Lumsden and D Cooper. next B Fargher, then D BUtler,

M Evans
BL Evans +5.7
W Humble +2
J Williams
J Faragher
G Harrison
D Cooper
D Osborne
D Lumsden
B Fargher
T Robinson

M Evans and BL Evans both clock 172 at Sulby

Ramsey - Lap 1

M Evans, Osborne Williams & BL Evans through, J Faragher and Harrison, T Robinson next, D Lumsden & D Cooper. gap tp B Farger and D Butler

M Evans
B L Evans
J Williams
J Faragher
D Cooper
T Robinson
D Osborne
D Lumsden
G Harrison
D Butler
W Humble


Grandstand - End of Lap 1

M Evans, 122.65 (New Record)

M Evans
BL Evans
J Williams
D Osborne
J Faragher
D Cooper
T Robinson
D Lumsden
G Harrison
B Fargher


Glen Helen - Lap 2

First through is M Evans, then BL Evans, next is D Osborne and then J Williams, next is J Faragher and close G Harrison, next is T Robinson, then it is D Lumsden and D Cooper, B Fargher

M Evans
BL Evans +9.5
J Williams +27.015
D Osborne
J Faragher
D Coopper
T Robinson
N Anderson
D Lumsden
G Harrison
B Fargher


Ramsey - Lap 2

First to show is M Evans, then a gap to BL Evans, then D Osborne and next is J Williams, now comes J Faragher,  T Robinson and G Harrison very close together, nect is D Lumsden, B Fargher, a gap to M Ironside.

M Evans
BL Evans +8.4 
J Williams +33
J Faragher
D Osborne
D Cooper
T Robinson
D Lumsden
D Tweed
G Harrison
B Fargher

M Evans now +10 at the Bungalow
Joe Faragher retired at the Gooseneck.

Grandstand - End of Lap 2 (Pits)

Mike Evans in with a 122.866 (new lap record again) , next in is BL Evans (122.344), then comes D Osborne and now J Williams, a gap to T Robinson and G Harrison, D Cooper D Lumsden, all in.

M Evans
BL Evans +10.2
J Williams +47
D Osborne
D Cooper
T Robinson
D Lumsden
G Harrison
B Farger
M Ironside


Glen Helen - Lap 3

M Evans through, a gap now to BL Evans. We wait for D Osbourne and then J Williams follows, next is another gap to G Harrison and then T Robinson, D Lumsden and D Cooper, a gap to B Fargher, then it is M Ironside and D Tweed with S Smith on his tail

M Evans
BL Evans +13.5
D Osbourne +47.3
J Williams
D Lumsden
T Robinson
D Tweed
G Harrison
D Cooper
S Smith

M Evans clocked at 171 through Sulby

Ramsey - Lap 3

M Evans in and away up the hill. A gap to BL Evans and he is through safely. Next is D Osborne, and then J Williams. Next a gap to G Harrison, D Lumsden and To Robinson together, then D Cooper, a gap to B Fargher, now it is M Ironside, Darryl Tweed is next through

M Evans
BL Evans +14
D Osborne +56
J Williams +2.6
D Lumsden
T Harrison
D Tweed
D Cooper
G Harrison
B Fargher
M Ironside

M Evans now + 14 at the Bungalow

Grandstand - End of lap 3

M Evans through and away on his last lap. Next is BL Evans (into the pits, chain issue, now out again), and D Osborne, next J Williams, D Lumsden and G Harrison through. D Cooper and T Robinson together

M Evans
BL Evans +23.4
D Osborne +49.9
J Williams
D Lumsden
T Robinson
D Cooper
G Harrison
B Fargher


Glen Helen - Last Lap

Mike Evans through, a long gap to D Osborne and then BL Evans and J Williams together, a long gap to D Lumsden, next is G Harrison, next D Cooper and then T Robinson, big gap to B Fargher, then M Ironside, D Tweed and S Smith through

M Evans
BL Evans +1:17:72
D Osborne +1.25
J Williams
D Lumsden
T Robinson
G Harrison
D Cooper
D Tweed
B Fargher
M Ironside

M Evans clocked at 172+ at Sulby

Ramsey - Last Lap

M Evans though, a long wait now to BL Evans and then D Osborne next J Williams

M Evans
BL Evans
D Osborne
J Williams
D Lumsden
N Anderson
G Harrison
T Robinson
D Cooper
D Tweed


Grandstand - Finish Line

M Evans
BL Evans + 1:00.34
D Osborne + 11.3
D Lumsden
J Williams
N Anderson
G Harrison
D Tweed
D Cooper
T Robinson

Mike Evans takes Lap & Race Records
Makes it a Junior & Senior Double





(Sorry about the intermittent breaks in the above - due to ISP server connectivity issue)

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Manxman Evans takes Senior MGP win in record time

The Isle of Man’s Michael Evans, riding for Martin Bullock Motorsport, became only the third Manx rider in the event’s history to do the MGP Senior and Junior double in today’s Senior Manx Grand Prix, following up his Junior win from earlier in the week.  The Senior / Junior MGP double was last achieved in 2011 by Northern Ireland rider Andrew Brady.

Evans set a new lap record of 122.657mph on his opening lap, improved it to 122.866 on his second lap and was never headed over the four laps to complete the victory in a new race record of 1:15.06.669/ 120.557.

Afterwards in the winner’s enclosure he revealed that he didn’t always know how well he was going:

“I wasn’t feeling great on the first lap and the bike was moving around but obviously it’s the quickest I’ve been.  Barry was pushing me on the opening lap and I kept seeing the time coming down on the boards so I just wanted to get my head down and get through the first lap.”

He continued:

“I saw a board with 78 seconds and thought it was 7.8 so I kept pushing. The fuel light was flashing so I was really nervous. Thanks to everyone around the course. I wanted to wave but I didn’t get the chance.”

After a frustrating two-hour delay due to mist and low cloud on the Mountain, the Manx Grand Prix Senior MGP Race, the final race of the 2017 Manx Grand Prix meeting, finally got underway at 12.15pm.

The starting positions on the grid were based entirely on qualifying times and the first three riders were all from the Isle of Man so there was much local interest in the blue riband race.

Michael Evans was first away on his Martin Bullock Motorsport Suzuki following the 122.188 he set in last Saturday’s final qualifying session.   Evans was looking to add the Senior title to his MGP Junior win from Wednesday.

Dean Osborne set off ten seconds later on the same Kawasaki 600 that he raced in the Junior race with Jamie Williams third away from the Glencrutchery Road start line.  With Royce Rowe recovering from his injuries from the Junior race, Barry Lee Evans was fourth off the line on a Suzuki GSXR 750.

Michael Evans was fastest on the clock, and first on the road, to Glen Helen, establishing a lead of over 5 seconds from second placed Barry Lee Evans with Wayne Humble making a mockery of the qualifying times by moving into the top three from a grid position of 24 although he had dropped to twelve by Ramsey, possibly encountering traffic from his low starting position.

Evans’ lap record on the opening lap gave him a six second lead from Barry Lee Evans (121.980). There was a local battle emerging behind the Welsh rider with Manx rider Jamie Williams (119.939) completing the top three and fellow Islanders Osborne (119.348) and Joe Faragher (119.091) completing the top five.

Faragher was reported to be a retirement at the Gooseneck, which saw Tom Robinson move into the top five at the Bungalow. However Evans at the front of the pack was experiencing no such misfortunate and his second lap record of the race, slowing down into the pits, moved his lead up to over ten seconds from Barry Lee Evans.

By Glen Helen on the third lap, the battle of the Evans’s saw Michael’s lead grow to thirteen seconds over Barry Lee. Behind the leading pair, Osborne moved into the final podium place with a quicker pit stop than Williams and was six seconds ahead of Williams at Glen Helen in the battle of the local riders for the final podium place.  

 Darren Cooper’s second lap of 118.692 nudged him ahead of Tom Robinson into the top five but he immediately lost time with a thirty second pit lane speeding penalty which saw David Lumsden move into the top five.

Michael Evans consolidated his lead with a third lap of 116.413,which included the pit stop. However there was drama for the PRF team with Barry Lee Evans pulling into the pits at the end of the third lap with a loose chain.

With Barry Lee Evans’ unscheduled stop, Michael Evans’ lead grew to over a minute at Glen Helen but Dean Osborne, taking advantage of Barry Lee Evans’s problems, was chasing the runner-up place only a second behind the Welsh rider at Glen Helen on the final lap.

Michael Evans took the chequered flag with a fourth lap of 120.520 to win the race by over a minute in a new record time (1:15.06.669/ 120.557mph). Barry Lee Evans (1:16.07.013/ 118.964) held off the challenge of Dean Osborne (1:16.18.323/ 118.671) to take the runner up slot by 11 seconds. Osborne was the first 600cc machine home behind the two 750’s. David Lumsden (1:16:43.347/ 118.025) edged ahead of Jamie Williams (1:16.46.136/ 117.954) to take fourth with the Manx rider completing the top five.

Ballymoney’s Darryl Tweed, runner up in Monday’s Newcomer A race performed impressively to finish as the first newcomer in 8th place with 1:17.35.279/ 116.709. Three more riders joined the 120mph ‘Tommy’ Club during the race – Barry Lee Evans, Dean Osborne and David Lumsden.


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Michael Evans (Suzuki GSX-R750/Martin Bullock Motorsport) at St Ninian's on his way to winning the Senior Manx Grand Prix race




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