Author: Press Office Posted on: Wednesday, May 30 2007
TT2007 Practice Times
Despite the slightly overcast conditions
spectators flocked to the grandstand and were treated to some stunning laps in
the Bennetts TT practice session tonight, most notably from John McGuinness on
the HM Plant Honda. McGuinness posted an unofficial Superbike lap record of
128.492mph, although his time was slower than his outright record in last
year's Senior race. Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle continue to set the pace in the
sidecars while Bruce Anstey recorded the night's fastest times in the
Supersport and Superstock classes.
The session got underway on time at
6.15pm. A new system saw the top thirty riders lined up on Glencrutchery Road
on the signal which avoided the scramble with the rest of the riders.
Conditions were described as ideal as John McGuinness passed lead off pair
Adrian Archibald and Ryan Farquhar to be first home on the first practice lap
and followed this with his unofficial Superbike record time on his second lap.
There were other notable performances from Guy Martin (126.931mph), Ian
Lougher (126.346mph) and Ian Hutchinson (126.269mph). Michael Weynand was able
to get 4 laps on his Bolliger Kawasaki Superbike and posted a time of
121.839mph on the fourth, which left him eighth fastest on the night.
In the sidecars, Dave Molyneux and Rick Long's problems continued as
they got as far as Bray Hill before pulling in with mechanical problems. They
were forced to watch as their rivals Nick Crowe and Dan Sayle again set the
fastest practice time with a 114.208 lap. Meanwhile Klaus Klaffenbock stopped
at Sulby with reported suspension problems.
William Dunlop came off at
Water Works and was described as having minor abrasions. Alan Chamley and Conor
Cummins collided at Laurel Bank. Chamley was initially knocked out while
Cummins was described as shaken but unhurt. There were also incidents reported
with Roger Maher and Karsten Schmidt at Water Works and Quarter Bridge
respectively but both reported only minor injuries.
243 machines went
through scrutineering tonight. 5 senior, 70 Superbikes, 33 Superstock, 67
Supersport and 68 sidecars.