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Saturday 3rd June

Qualifying Sessions as Follows

10.40 - 12.00 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (all Classes except Lightweight) Qualifying

12.05 - 13.05 Sidecar Qualifying

14.10 - 15.30 Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all classes) Qualifying

15.40 - 16.30 Sidecar Qualifying

16.35 Superbike/Superstock/Supersport Qualifying (1 lap)

17.00 TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)

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Weather Projection

Issued on Saturday, 03 June 2017 at 8:30am by Ronaldsway Met Office

Mostly dry today with just the slight risk of a shower for a time late morning and again this evening. The low cloud and hill fog will start to lift and thin mid to late morning into the early afternoon, with sunshine breaking through more widely. The light to moderate south or southwest wind will freshen slightly this afternoon, with temperatures up to 17 or 18 Celsius at best in sheltered spots, but staying a couple of degrees cooler along the coasts.
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Saturday 3rd June

So, here we are with a rather strange arrangement for what is normally the first day of racing.

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Looking good up on the Mountain this morning @ 10:00 hrs.

  • 10:30 - Announcement that there may be a slight delay to the start, due to a Medical Emergency out in one of the Camp Sites.
  • 10:45 - Still awaiting clearance to GO as the Medical Emergency is ongoing and must take precedence.
  • Going for a 10:54 start

Saturday Practice is GO

  • Bruce clocked at 194 through Sulby, Peter Hickman clocked at 192.3 & Michael Dunlop clocked at 191.2 
  • Michael Dunlop does a 131.062 mph Lap, Dan Kneen does a 130.225 & Hutchy at 129.885
  • Danny Webb off at Laurel Bank Reported Shoulder Injury - Taken to Nobles. 
  • Joe Ackroyd off at Glen Helen taken to Nobles for further assessment
  • 12:05 Red Flag incident at Greeba - Lee Johnstone involved, conscious and taken to Nobles
  • 12:40 - Roads clear and ready to resume Practice
  • 12:41 - Sidecars are away
  • 13:40 - Roads Open - Lunch Break
  • Roads to close again at 14:20
  • 14:20 - And We are off again for more Qualifying.
  • 14:31 - Waved Yellows just after Glen Helen 
  • 14:33 - Red Flags from Start to Cronk-y-Voddy
  • 14:40 - Chequered Flag out to bring the session to a halt (Red Flag Incident)
  • 15:00 - Lee Johnstone suffering facial and minor back injuries, Bumps & Bruises - being kept in overnight.
  • 15:10 - Hoping to restart at around 15:20. - Now put back again to 15:25 (or so).
  • 15:50 - Announcement Paul Jordan (Wrist Injury), and Bjorn Gunnarson both involved in the incident at Glen Helen earlier - Both ok.
  • 15:25 - We are off again !!!
    Jessop fastest on the Lightweight at Sulby clocking a 156.8 mph
  • William Dunlop  clocks a 125.30 Lap on the Supersport
  • 15:52 - Stationary Yellow again - Session being brought to a halt (Medical Emergency - not race related)
  • 16:05 - And we are away again
  • Martin Jessop quickest in the Lightweights, with Peter Hickman, Stefano Bonneti,  Ivan Lintin & Michael Dunlop making the top 5.
  • Sidecars to go at 16:50
  • William Dunlop quickest in Supersport, Dean Harrison, Hutchy, James Hillier & Peter Hickman making the top 5.  
  • 16:52: - Sidecars are out again.
  • Harrison/Winkle retire at Selbourne Drive
  • 115.28 mph  lap by the Birchalls - The fastest lap so far in the Sidecars.
  • Tim Reeves stopped at Kerrowmoar making adjustments
  • Birchalls are on a flyer by the looks of it.
  • Birchalls clock a 116.675 mph lap.
  • John Holden / Lee Cain clock a 115.281 mph lap
  • 17:37: start for the 2nd Superbike/Superstock/Supersport machines session
  • Newcomer Adam McLean does a 120.50 mph lap.
  • 18:04:  TTZero bikes away on their Lap
  • Both Bruce and Guy clock 160+ through Sulby on the Mugens, James Cowton clocks 143.1 on the Brunel.
  • Bruce does a 116.239 lap on the Mugen, and Guy does a 113.43 lap.
  • James Cowton retires at Guthries
  • Dean Harrison late away clocks 132.6 mph at Sulby on the Sarolea

    So that's it for today folks. - RACE DAY TOMORROW
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Dunlop raises the bar with 131mph standing start lap TT 2017

Saturday's morning qualifying session saw Michael Dunlop drop a serious marker for his fellow competitors as he took his Bennetts Suzuki Superbike for a 17:16.361 lap of the TT Mountain Course - 131.062mph – from a standing start.

Dan Kneen was second quickest on the opening lap at 130.22mph, his fastest ever on the Mountain Course, and he went even quicker on the next circuit to end on 130.324mph.

Hutchinson was initially slightly off the pace but his second lap saw him up to third overall in the session at 130.327mph, 0.302 down on Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman.

Michael Rutter was the fourth BMW rider in the top five, and the only other to break the 130mph barrier, with a best lap of 130.036mph on the Bathams SMT Racing machine.

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Michael Dunlop at Barregarrow

None of the Superstock riders were able to get into 130mph territory but James Hillier impressed with 128.173mph on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki until Lee Johnston edged him out at 128.896mph.

However, shortly after recording this lap it was announced Lee had been taken to Noble’s Hospital by airmed following an incident at Greeba Castle. He was reported as being conscious. The session was red flagged to allow the track to be cleared.

Johnston had also topped the Supersport qualifying for the morning at 123.369mph in a session which had seen the newcomers Paul Jordan, Adam McLean and Joey Thompson all over 117mph, with McLean in particular impressing at just a shade under 120mph – 119.886mph, 18:52.973.

The sidecars followed the solo session with a delayed start due to the red flag at Greeba Castle. A report on that qualifying will follow shortly.


Lightweight - Fast Laps - All Laps

Superbike - Fast Laps - All Laps

Superstock - Fast Laps - All Laps

Supersport  - Fast Laps - All Laps

Sidecar  - Fast Laps - All Laps

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At 12.40pm, it was the turn of the F2 Sidecars and although Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle elected to miss the session, the Birchall brothers made their intentions clear with an opening lap of 114.61mph.

However, on their second lap, the Mansfield pair stopped at the 11th Milestone to make adjustments and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther were quickest second time around at 112.703mph.

Alan’s brother Pete, with Jevan Walmsley in the chair, was also above 110mph as were John Holden/Lee Cain despite suffering from grip issues. Steve and Matty Ramsden were also in excess of 110mph whilst Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney set a new, unofficial personal best lap at 109.091mph.

In what was an extremely busy day, the last main session of the evening saw the F2 sidecars out once more and the Birchalls got close to their own lap record with a lap of 116.675mph. Holden/Cain also improved to 115.110mph to move up to second fastest for the week with Founds/Lowther also going great guns with a lap of 113.746mph.

Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes and Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley also broke the 113mph barrier.

The sidecar crew’s will get a final chance to prepare with a 1 lap qualifying session at 16.25 ahead of Monday’s rescheduled Sure Sidecar Race 1.

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Birchall Brothers

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John Holden & Lee Caine

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Gary & Daryl Gibson
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Michael Dunlop has thrown down the gauntlet ahead of tomorrow’s RST Superbike race at the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, with a lap of 131.062mph in Saturday morning’s qualifying session.

After the session Michael Dunlop said:

"I'm happy to do the lap, but we have suffered with the lack of track time and we're still working on setup. It's the first time this bike has been round here, so we've been changing lots of things each time we go out. The time's good but we've got to ride at that pace for six laps tomorrow, so we'll see how we go."

After a slight delay due to a medical issue at Glen Lough, the morning practice session got underway at 10.54am with David Johnson and Ian Hutchinson leading the field away on their Superbikes followed by James Hillier, Michael Rutter, Gary Johnson and Dean Harrison.

Conditions all around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course were ideal and Hutchinson was first to complete a lap on the Tyco BMW at 129.89mph although this was upstaged by Dunlop’s 131mph+ lap on the Bennetts Suzuki.

Dan Kneen was also quicker than Hutchinson with Peter Hickman and Harrison the only other riders above 129mph. Dunlop wasn’t able to improve upon his lap second time around but Hickman went second quickest on the Smiths Racing BMW with a lap of 130.629mph.

Hutchinson moved up to third with 130.327mph but Kneen was only three hundredths of a second behind with a lap of 130.324mph, which was his quickest ever lap of the Mountain Course, albeit unofficially. Michael Rutter (Bathams/SMT Racing BMW) was the fifth and final rider to break the 130mph barrier with Bruce Anstey and James Hillier getting into the 129s.

David Johnson and Josh Brookes both lapped at just under 127mph on the Nortons whilst impressive laps were recorded by, among others, Derek Sheils, Jamie Coward, Phil Crowe and Andrew Dudgeon.

As the session wore on, the riders constantly pitted to either make changes to their Superbike or switch to their Supersport or Superstock machines and Lee Johnston was quickest in both of the latter. However, he crashed out towards the end of the session at Greeba Castle, sustaining minor injuries, and the session came to an early end.  It was later reported that Johnston would be transferred to Liverpool for further assessment and treatment. Joe Akroyd on his Superstock machine was reported off at Glentramman and was also transferred to Liverpool while Danny Webb sustained a shoulder injury in an incident at Laurel Bank.

After a break for Sidecar qualifying, the solo’s were back on track at 2.20pm with a session for the Supersport and Lightweight machines but the session was soon red flagged after an incident involving Paul Jordan and Bjorn Gunnarsson at Sarah’s Cottage.  Both were taken to Nobles Hospital with Jordan sustaining a wrist injury and Gunnarsson complaining of neck pains but both were later discharged.

At 3.25pm, the action resumed and William Dunlop was quickest out the blocks with a lap of 125.297mph to go to the top of the Supersport leaderboard. Dean Harrison wasn’t far behind with 125.188mph with Ian Hutchinson, James Hillier and Peter Hickman also over 124mph.

However, the session was stopped due to a non-racing incident at Union Mills eventually restarting just after 4pm.

Hutchinson went slightly quicker to maintain his third place with Gary Johnson improving to 123.336mph and seventh overall. A superb performance came from newcomer Adam McLean with a lap of 120.499mph whilst fellow debutante Joey Thompson also improved, his best lap being 117.287mph.

In the Lightweight class, Martin Jessopp set the fastest lap of the week with a speed of 116.535mph on the Riders Motorcycles Kawasaki. 2015 and 2016 winner Ivan Lintin was less than half a second behind in second with Hickman’s final lap of 116.239mph seeing him jump up to third on the KMR/IEG Kawasaki.

Dan Cooper also lapped in excess of 116mph to place fourth ahead of Stefano Bonetti with Michael Dunlop putting in his first laps of the week on the McAdoo Racing Kawasaki to go sixth at 115.572mph. Gary Johnson, Josh Brookes and James Cowton were the other riders to lap at more than 115mph whilst McLean was again flying in tenth.

Tomorrow’s schedule, the first race day of the 2017 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy is as follows:

12.45                                      -           Road closed Barrule Park, Ramsey to Bungalow
13.00                                      -           Road closed Bungalow to Creg Ny Baa
13.30                                      -           Roads closed rest of the course
14.00                                      -           RST Superbike Race (6 laps)
16.25                                      -           Sidecar Qualifying (1 lap)
16.40                                      -           TT Zero Qualifying (1 lap)
17.30                                      -           Roads scheduled to be open except mountain section
18.30                                      -           Roads scheduled to be open around the course

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Michael Dunlop

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William Dunlop

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Lee Johnston

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