Tuesday 29th August - Race Comments + Reports
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Tuesday 29th August - Race Comments + Reports
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Tuesday 29th August


Roads to close at 11:30

12.00 : CTT Junior Classic TT Race (3 Laps) - Start List

13.40 : Classic Racer Magazine Classic TT Retro Parade (1 lap)

13.50 : Steve Plater Honda 6 Parade lap (1 lap)

14.40 : CTT Superbike Classic TT Race (4 Laps) - Start List

17.00 : Roads open around the Course

18.00 : Roads close around the Course

18.15 : MGP MGP Newcomers Race A&B (3 Laps)

19.40 : Manx Grand Prix Junior & Lightweight Qualifying (1 lap)

20.10 : Roads scheduled to open around the course but no later than 21.00


Detailed forecast
Issued on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 at 7:20am by Ronaldsway Met Office
Mostly dry today with some hazy sunshine and just the slight risk of a light shower later in the day.
Light or moderate west or northwest winds will back west or southwest this afternoon.
Temperature up to 17 Celsius at best.

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RE: Tuesday 29th August
Can someone explain why they cutted 3 Laps off instead of just moving the Monday Schedule to Tuesday? (1 Junior CTT, 1 Newcomer MGP and 1 Qualifying MGP)
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RE: Tuesday 29th August
because they have to start later and finish earlier on non scheduald days which is obviously less time to run things
so in turn to gain the time back they reduce the length of the race
you have to understand and respect thease are public roads and locals still need to do there daily buisness
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RE: Tuesday 29th August
To give just one example - There will be funerals booked at the crematorium on non race days mornings......
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Roads to close at 11:30

12.00 : CTT Junior Classic TT Race (3 Laps) - Start List


Non Starters
(Original Designations)

3, 10 11, 18, 21, 23, 24, 28, 36, 43, 45, 46, 49, 51, 53, 54, 57, 62, 66, 68, 71, 72, 74, 76, 86, 87


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5 minute delay to the start

12:05 - The Junior Classic TT is GO


Dan Cooper is first away, then it is Jamie Coward, next is Rutter, then Oversby, next is Chris swallow, then Cam Donald. Next is Dean Harrison, then Dom Herbertson, next is Phil McGurk, then Lee Johnston, next is Jason Markham then Pete Boast, Hefyn Owe, Alex Sinclair


Glen Helen - Lap  1

First here is Jamie Coward, then Dan Cooper. Next is Rutter, then a gap to Chris Swallow, 3 together Dean Harrison and Can Donald with A Oversby tailing them, next is Dom Herbertson, then close is Lee Johnston

L Johston
J Coward +2.7
M Rutter +0.39
H Owen
D Harrison
D Herbertson
P McGurk
J Markham
C Swallow
C McGahan


Lee Johnston clocks a 130.6 on the MV at Sulby, with Deano doing a 128.

Jeff Ward, Peter Boast and David Moffitt early retirements

Chris McGahan and A Oversby both retired. (Both OK)

Ramsey - Lap 1

Jamie Coward first to arrive., Then it is Rutter, then comes Dan Cooper, next is Dean Harrison and then A Oversby and Chris Swallow all close, next is Cam Donald and now it is Lee Johnston, and then Dom Herbertson


L Johnston
J Coward +8.7
M Rutter +1.05
D Harrison
D Herbertson
H Owen
P McGurk
C Swallow
C Donald
J Markham


Grandstand - End of Lap 1

First through is Jamie Coward, then followed by M Rutter, a gap to Dan Cooper and then A Oversby ???, next is Deano in the pits, next is Lee Johnston and Chris Swallow,

L Johnston
M Rutter +13.5
J Coward
D Harrison
D Herbertson
A Oversby
P McGurk
C Donald
C Swallow
H Owen


Glen Helen - Lap 2

Jamie Coward goes through next is Michael Rutter, a gap to A Oversby, next is D Cooper, then Lee Johnston, 3 together, S Swallow, D Harrison and Cam Donald, then Dom Herbertson, P McGurk goes through

L Johnston
M Rutter +20.7
J Coward +1.8
D Herbertson
D Harrison
A Oversby
Cam Donald
P McGurk
S Swallow
H Owen

Will Loder retired at the Highlander.


Ramsey - Lap 2

Coward arrives first on the road,  then a short gap to Rutter, a long gap now to Oversby and then it is L Johnston, next it is Deano and Dan Cooper together, now it is Dom Herbertson and C Swallow, next is Cam Donald a gap tp P McGurk,


L Johnston
M Rutter +26.9
J Coward 3.7
D Herbertson
D Harrison
A Oversby
C Swallow
C Donald
P Mc Gurk
C Swallow

Lee Johnston stretches the gap to 31.7 secs over Rutter at the Bungalow


Grandstand - End of Lap 2 (Start of Last Lap)

Jamie Coward is first to cross the line and away on the last lap. Next is M Rutter straight through.

A gap to Lee Johnston who pits for fuel as Oversby goes straight through, he fires up and is away.

L Johnston
M Rutter
J Coward
D Herbertson
D Harrison
A Oversby
C Swallow
P McGurk
C Donald
D Cooper

Positions at end of the lap.

Lee Johnston took about 40 secs for his pit stop so is now about 10 back on Rutter for Lap 3


Glen Helen - Last Lap

First on the road is Coward and close is Rutter. A gap to Oversby, next is Dean Harrison and then Herbertson, Cooper and  Oversby


M Rutter
L Johnston +12.6
J Coward +1.4
D Herbertson
D Harrison
A Oversby
C Swallow
P McGurk
H Owen
C Donald


Ramsey - Last Lap

Rutter and Coward go through, a long gap now to Oversby. Now it is Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison with Dom Herbertson, next is C Swallow and Dan Cooper together. Next is P McGurk, a short gap to Cam Donald, next is H Owen, then Jason Markham


M Rutter
L Johnston + 11.4
J Coward +9.8
D Herbertson
D Harrison
A Oversby
C Swallow
P McGurk
H Owen
J Markham

The gap between Rutter and Johnston is back to 6.9 secs at the Bungalow


Grandstand - Finish Line

Rutter crosses the line first with Jamie Coward close behind him.

A long gap back to A Oversby, then it is Lee Johnston, Herbertson, Harrison, Cooper and Swallow come on.

Conor Cummins retired at the Hairpin.

M Rutter
L Johnston +10.2
J Coward +13.9
D Herbertson
A Oversby
D Harrison
C Swallow - (First Single home - AJS7R)
P McGurk - (First Privateer)
H Owen
J Markham
D Cooper
Cam Donald
S Ferguson





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14.40 : CTT Superbike Classic TT Race (4 Laps) - Start List

Detailed forecast

Issued on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 at 1:35pm by Ronaldsway Met Office

Mostly dry today although often cloudy, with just a little hazy sunshine at times and only the slight risk of a light shower later this evening.
Light or moderate westerly winds, and temperature just about 16 Celsius at best.



14:28 - 10 minute delay to the start

14:50 and the Superbike Classic is GO


Davo Johnson leads then away down Glencrutchery, followed by Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop and then Michael Rutter, followed by James Hillier and then William Dunlop,  next is Gary Johnson, Horst Saiger and Dean Harrison, next is Conor Cummins,  and then Josh Brookes, next is Ivan Lintin and Dan Kneen

Glen Helen - Lap 1

First on the road is Davo Johnson being caught by Bruce, then it's M Dunlop. A gap to M Rutter and then Hillier, next is W Dunlop beingcaught by Gary Jonson then it is Horst Saiger and close is Deano, a gap to Connor with Josh Brookes on his tail, close is Ivan Lintin, D Kneen goes through, J Coward through.

Deano
M Dunlop
B Anstey
H Saiger
J Coward
G Johnson
D Kneen
I Lintin
D Johnson
D Shiels


Ramsey - Lap 1

First in is Bruce, next is Davo and then a long gap to M Dunlop and then M Rutter with J Hillier, W Dunlop

D Harrison
B Anstey +6.1
H Saiger +7.9
D Johnson
G Johnson
J Coward
D Kneen
I Lintin
J Brookes
D Shiels


Deano +7 at the Bungalow


Grandstand - End of Lap 1

First through is Bruce, then Davo goes through, a gap to Deano and then Hosrt Saiger. G Johnson, J Hillier, M Rutter and W Dunlop

(Michael Dunlop in the pits - retired)


D Harrison
B Anstey +7.8
H Saiger +14.1
J Coward
D Johnson
G Johnson
I Lintin
D Shiels
J Brookes
W Dunlop

Hillier retired at Ballcraine

Glen Helen - Lap 2

Bruce goes through, next is Davo Johnson, then a gap to Deano, and next through is Horst and G Johnson with w Dunlop on their tail, next is Rutter

D Harrison
B Anstey +8.5
H Saiger +20.5
D Johnson
G Johnson
I Lintin
J Brookes
W Dunlop
D Webb
C Cummins
D Kneen
M Rutter

Bruce clocked at 172.5 at Sulby
Dan Cooper retired
J Coward Retired

Ramsey - Lap 2

First on the road is Bruce, next through is D Johnson, then comes Dean Harrison, a gap to Saiger, G Johnson and W Dunlop, then Rutter, a gap to Brookes, Cummins and Lintin, a gap to D Kneen, then D Webb and D Shiels 


D Harrison
B Anstey +9.48
H Saiger
D Johnson
G Johnson
I Lintin
J Brookes
D Shiels
W Dunlop
C Cummins
D Webb

Deano is +10.4 at the Bungalow


Grandstand - End of Lap 2

Bruce in for fuel with a 126.995 lap (record)

Next in is D Johnson, then Deano at 127.212 (new record),

Bruce is away, a gap to Davo away, Horst is in, Deano is fired up and away, G Johnson is in, Rutter comes in sideways (ooops)

D Harrison
B Anstey + 9.6
H Saiger
D Johnson
G Johnson
I Lintin
J Brookes
W Dunlop
C Cummins
D Kneen


Glen Helen - Lap 3

Bruce goes through first, a short gap to D Johnson and close is Dean Harrison, a gap to Horst Saiger, next is G Johnson and then W Dunlop. A long gap back to Rutter and then Cummins, Brookes and Lintin

D Harrison
B Anstey + 29.7
H Saiger +29.08
D Johnson
G Johnson
I Lintin
D Kneen
J Brookes
D Shiels
W Dunlop
C Cummins

Josh Brookes retires at Gen Tramman


Ramsey - Lap 3

Bruce is first to appear and then a gap to Deano and next is D Johnson, then a gap to Horst Saiger and then G Johnson, next is  W Dunlop, a gap to Conor and Lintin with Rutter, then D Kneen,


D Harrison
B Anstey +30.2
H Saiger
D Johnson
G Johnson
D Kneen
I Lintin
C Cummins
D Shiels
W Dunlop

G Johnson retires on the mountain


Grandstand - End of Lap 3 - Last lap

Bruce through and sounding well. A Gap to Dean Harrison and then Davo Johnson, a gap to Horst, a long gap to W Dunlop then M Rutter and D Kneen

D Harrison
B Anstey
H Saiger
D Johnson
D Kneen
C Cummins
W Dunlop
M Rutter


Glen Helen - Last Lap

Bruce goes through in traffic. likewise Dean Harrison, next is Davo Johnson, then it is Horst Saiger, and a gap to W Dunlop then Conor and Dan Kneen close, next is Michael Rutter. Danny Webb and D Shiels go through close together.

D Harrison
B Anstey + 291.1
H Saiger +41.4
D Johnson
D Kneen
C Cummins
W Dunlop
D Shiels
D Webb
M Rutter


Ramsey - Last Lap

Bruce goes through very neatly, a gap to Deano and then another gap to Davo Johnson. Now it is Horst Saiger and then a long gap to  William Dunlop. next it is DanKneen and followed by Conor Cummins. A gap to Michael Rutter


D Harrison
B Anstey +22.4
H Saiger +51.7
D Johnson
D Kneen
C Cummins
W Dunlop
D Shiels
D Webb
M Rutter


Grandstand - Finish Line

First to finish is Bruce Anstey, (127.496 - another new record)
Next across the line is Dean Harrison, then a gap to Dave Johnson and next in is Horst Saiger


D Harrison
B Anstey +16.048
H Saiger
D Johnson
D Kneen
C Cummins
W Dunlop
D Shiels
D Webb
A Dudgeon



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18.15 : MGP MGP Newcomers Race A&B (3 Laps)

Detailed forecast
Issued on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 at 4:05pm by Ronaldsway Met Office

Mostly dry this evening and tonight, with only the odd passing shower possible in one or two places between dusk and midnight, then a few clear intervals.
Temperatures dipping to a rather cool 9 Celsius overnight.





 18:15 - The Newcomers A & B race is GO

18:20 - Race stopped "Red Flag" - Incident at the "Oak Tree" (Braddan Bridge) Bike on fire.
Nicolo Capelli - Taken to Nobles with Leg Fractures, Condition "Serious" but NOT Life Threatening.

Glen Helen - Lap 1

Daryl Tweed, Brad Vicars, Stephen Parsons, Andrew Fisher, Francesco Curinga, Arnaud Sedoux, Mike Norbury, Matt Stevenson, David McConnachy, Kris Duncan,  Richard Stubbs, Teddy Bresson, Andy Hayes, Stephen Casey, Miroslav Sloboda all made it to Glen Helen safely.

All bikes being brought back to the Start Line for a race re-start

Clerk of the Course 
"No practice lap tonight for the Junior, Senior & LightWeight classes"

Clerk of the Course:
Gives a rollockin to many Newcomers who did not reduce their speed under the waved yellows. (Reported by Marshals).
Told that if there are any instances again, they are on the boat home.


Now looking at a Race restart at 19:05hrs


19:05 Race is on again with Darryl Tweed first away.


Glen Helen - Lap 1

First Through is Darryl Tweed, then Brad Vicars, next is Andrew Fisher. now it is Francesco Curinga and Stephen Parsons, then David  McConnaghy, next is Matt Stevenson close is Arnaux Sedoux

Vicars
Fisher
Parsons
Tweed
McConnachy
Norbury
Seydoux
Curinga
Duncan
Stevenson

Vicars clocks a 163.3 at Sulby


Ramsey - Lap 1

Tweed and Vicars are through close together, now comes Fisher, a short gap to Parsons, next is Curinga,  McConnachy and Stevenson, now its Norbury and Sedoux

Vicars
Tweed +9.8
Fisher
Parsons
Norbury
McConnachy
Curinga
Stevenson
Seydoux
Duncan

Newcomer B Leader D Quine retires out on the circuit. Derek Wilson now leads.

Grandstand - End of Lap 1

Tweed & Vicars go through (Both breaking the lap record Vicars -118.786: Tweed - 117.993), Fisher through, Parsons and Curinga through, Norbury,  Sedoux, Stevenson and McConnachy all through.


Vicars
Tweed +7.6
Fisher
Parsons
Norbury
Curinga
Seydoux
Stevenson
McConnachy
Duncan


Glen Helen - Lap 2

Tweed through then it is Vicars, next is Fisher, then a gap to Parsons and Curinga close, next is McConnachie, then Stevenson and Norbury and Seydoux. Stubbs goes through. then Duncan and Slobodova


Vicars
Tweed +9.4
Fisher
Parsons
Norbury
Curinga
Seydoux
McConnachy
Stevenson
Duncan

Wilson leading Newcomers B at Ballaugh

Ramsey - Lap 2

Tweed and Vicars go through together, next is Fisher, then a gap to Parsons. next is Curinga, then a gap back to McConnachy, Norbury, Stevenson and Seydoux,


Vicars
Tweed +9.8
Parsons
Fisher
Norbury
Curinga
Seydoux
Stevenson
McConnachy
Stubbs


Grandstand - end of Lap 2 (Pits)

First in is -Tweed and close is Vicars, this could make or break this race. FIrst out is Vicars and followed by Tweed a few secs later.
Fisher is in, next is  Parsons, then Curinga, Norbury in,

Vicars
Tweed +7.6
Parsons
Fisher
Norbury
Curinga
Seydoux
Stevenson
McConnachy
Stubbs

Vicars had the quickest pit stop and increases his lead.

Kris Duncan 30 sec Pit Lane Time Penalty


Glen Helen - Last Lap

Vicars through then a gap to Tweed, a long gap to Fisher, then it is Parsons, next is Curinga, next is Norbury, then Seydoux and then Stevenson. A long gap back to Stubbs

Vicars
Tweed +17
Parsons +21
Fisher +10
Norbury
Curinga
Seydoux
Stevenson
Stubbs
Sloboda


Ramsey - Last Lap

First on the road is Vicars then followed in by Tweed, next a gap to Fisher, then Parsons, a gap to Curinga and then Norbury, next is Stevenson, and then a gap to Stubbs.

Vicars
Tweed +19.7
Parsons
Fisher
Norbury
Curinga
Stevenson
Stubbs
Sloboda
Duncan

Pit Lane closed - no more pit stops (bad light)

Jordan McFerran retired at Crosby

Grandstand - Finish Line

Brad Vicars & Darryl Tweed cross the line , then a gap to Fisher and Parsons


Brad Vicars
Darryl Tweed +8.9
Stephen Parsons
Andrew Fisher
Mike Norbury
Francesco Curinga
Matt Stevenson
Richard Stubbs
Miroslav Sloboda
Stephen Casey

B Race

Derek Wilson leads, 7.6 secs ahead of Ben Rosendall, 43 secs ahead of Lee Bass at Ramsey

Derek Wilson
Ben Rosendall +8.1
Lee Bass



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Michael Rutter clinches thrilling Sure Junior Classic TT Race


Michael Rutter beat the Lee Johnston in a head to head of former race winners in today’s Sure Junior Classic TT Race, the third race in the 2017 Isle of Man Classic TT presented by Bennetts.

After the race Rutter revealed how pleased he was after a tough week:

“It’s been a hard week so I’m really happy to get the win. You’ve got to have good corner speed with these bikes.  I knew things were going well because I was getting the thumbs up around the course.  Once I got the lead I just had to treat the bike with respect and not over rev it. Jamie (Coward) helped on the last lap as I was getting a tow and the spectators should have seen some good wheel to wheel stuff.”

After a short delay to get marshals in position around the Mountain Course, the race got underway at 12.05pm.

With the race reduced to three laps following yesterday’s postponement, the pre-race debate centred around the impact that pit stops would have on the thirstier multi-cylinder bikes compared with the ability of the twin machines to go without refilling and so it proved with Rutter, having run straight through, narrowly holding off Johnston who pitted at the end of the second lap.

Gloucestershire based Dan Cooper, riding the CSC Racing Honda, was first away followed by fastest qualifier Jamie Coward, riding the 1980 Ted Woof Honda Craven K4 with a twenty second gap to fourth placed starter Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing 1972 Honda K4 Drixton following Michael Dunlop’s withdrawl.

Jamie Coward was first to Glen Helen but Lee Johnson, from a starting place of thirteenth on the grid, jumped to the top of the leader board almost three seconds ahead of Coward with Rutter, the 2015 race winner three seconds behind the race leader in third. Hefyn Owen, riding an Owen Racing Honda and Dean Harrison, Johnston’s Black Eagle Racing teammate, completed the top five.

Coward was still first on the road to Ramsey but Johnston’s lead has grown to 8 seconds with Michael Rutter holding third a further second back.  Dean Harrison moved up to fourth place with Dominic Herbertson, riding a Davies Motorsport Honda, now in fifth.

Michael Rutter moved up into second place ahead of Coward by the Bungalow and at the end of the opening lap Rutter trailed Lee Johnston, the 2014 Junior Classic TT Race winner, by almost fourteen seconds with Coward (101.125mph) who was first through the Grandstand holding third and Harrison (100.953) and Herbertson (100.180) completing the top five.

Dean Harrison splash and dash fuel stop at the end of the opening lap dropped him  a place by Glen Helen with the gap to race leader Johnston, his Black Eagle Racing teammate, growing to fifty-five seconds.

Meanwhile Alan Oversby was enjoying a remarkable ride having stopped just after Quarterbridge to make adjustments.  He moved from 20th place at Ballaugh to be sixth by the Grandstand with an opening lap of 98.381.

Coward moved ahead of Rutter by Ballaugh on the second lap but Rutter came back at him to move almost four seconds ahead of Coward on the run in to Ramsey. However Johnston was dominating proceedings and his second lap of 103.421, slowing into the pits gave him a twenty-five second lead over Rutter (102.525) with Coward holding the final podium position after his second lap of 101.966.

All eyes were on Lee Johnston at the Grandstand as he came into the pits for the critical second lap fuel stop and, with a pit stop of thirty-nine seconds, attention switched to Glen Helen where Rutter was revealed as the new race leader twelve seconds ahead of Johnston. Coward was a second and a half back in third with Herbertson and Harrison fourth and fifth respectively.

Although Johnston had cut Rutter’s lead to six seconds by the Bungalow, Rutter last lap of 104.002 gave him the race win in a time of 1:06.09.267/ 102.660mph by ten seconds from Johnston (1:06:19.519/ 102.395) with Coward third in 1:06:33.428/ 102.039).

Herbertson (1:07.07.356/ 101.170) and Oversby 107.24.368/ 100.753) – who moved infront of Harrison (1:07.28.658/ 100.647) on the last lap to complete the top five.  Phil McGurk took the privateers award with an eighth placed finish in 1:08.32.911/ 99.074.


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Michael Rutter at the Gooseneck on his way to winning the Sure Junior Classic TT Race


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Lee Johnston (350 MV Agusta/Black Eagle Racing) at the Gooseneck during the Sure Junior Classic TT race


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Jamie Coward (350 Honda/Ted Woof/Craven Honda K4) at Tower Bends during the Sure Junior Classic TT race.


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HARRISON WINS SENSATIONAL SUPERBIKE RACE AS RECORDS TUMBLE AT CLASSIC TT RACES PRESENTED BY BENNETTS

Bruce Anstey broke the outright lap record twice in today’s Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT Race, the final race of the 2017 Isle of Man Classic TT presented by Bennetts but had to settle for second place as Dean Harrison won a thrilling race by sixteen seconds, breaking the race record in the process.

After the race Harrison revealed that he eased off on the last lap and had been feeling unwell:

“I could see that we’d got a lead of thirty seconds so I cruised a bit on the last lap because I’ve been under the weather so I was over the moon to win. The team has been together all year and we had a great pit stop – they are just getting slicker and slicker. I’d like to thank everyone for cheering me on and the marshals for doing a great job all week.”

At the end of the race, Bruce Anstey revealed that he’d had a few visibility problems, which caused him problems:

“I had a bit of dust kicked up so I just took it easy on the first lap and then we lost time in the pits because we have to take on more fuel than the four strokes. However I was pretty determined on the last lap and just thought I’d go for the lap record.”

At the start of the race, riders were advised of a number of damp patches around the course following yesterday’s rain ahead of the delayed Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Race, the final race of the 2017 Classic TT Races presented by Bennetts.

Australian David Johnson the Team York Suzuki was first away from the grandstand at 2.50pm followed by Bruce Anstey, riding the Padgetts Motorcycles.com Yamaha YZR 500 and Michael Dunlop, the fastest qualifier, on the Team Classic Suzuki machine.

Ahead of the start, Anstey stated that he intended to try and establish an early gap from Michael Dunlop but the Northern Ireland rider was ahead of Anstey, albeit only marginally by less than a second with Johnson a further six seconds back.

However, Dean Harrison, on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki ZXR 750 was the early race leader – almost four seconds ahead of Dunlop on the clock at the opening sector. Horst Saiger, promoted up the order from an original start number of 16 following a strong qualifying session, was fourth on the Greenall Racing Kawasaki, two seconds behind Anstey, with Jamie Coward on the 1992 Mistral Racing Kawasaki completing the top five.

Anstey moved ahead of Dunlop at Ballaugh with Dunlop clearly experiencing problems, dropping to eleventh place by Ramsey with Saiger moving into the final podium place but at the front of the field Harrison extended his lead to over six seconds.  David was leading teammate Gary in a Team York Suzuki battle of the Johnsons for fourth and fifth.

Harrison’s opening lap of 126.387 put him almost eight seconds ahead of second placed rider Bruce Anstey (125.450) with Horst Saiger (123.837) completing the top three a further fourteen seconds back from Anstey.  Jamie Coward’s lap of 123.258 put him in fourth place ahead of David Johnson (123.122) and Gary Johnson (122.549).

However, Michael Dunlop pulled in at the Grandstand at the end of the opening lap. James Hillier on the Oxford Products Ducati was also reported as a retirement at Ballacraine on his second lap when running in 13th place.

However, at the front of the field the top three were unchanged at Glen Helen on the second lap but behind the leading trio Jamie Coward was reported as a retirement at the Vaaish on the run in to Glen Helen moving David and Gary Johnson back into fourth and fifth respectively.

Anstey broke Michael Dunlop’s lap record from last year with his second lap of 126.995 but held the record for less than a minute with Harrison clocking 127.212mph on his second lap, giving the Bradford based rider a lead of almost ten seconds.  The times were all the more remarkable as the leading pair were slowing down coming in to the pits.

Harrison’s Silicone Engineering team gained time on the Padgetts Motorcycles.com outfit in the pits with a fifty-seven second turn around to Anstey’s time of 1 minute 11 seconds, with the two stroke requiring more fuel than the four strokes, and Harrison’s lead duly grew decisively to almost thirty seconds by Glen Helen on the third lap.

Saiger maintained third place ahead of the Team York Suzuki pair David and Gary Johnson in fourth and fifth with Ivan Lintin on the Kraus Racing Kawasaki in sixth and Dan Kneen, Coward’s Mistral Racing Kawasaki teammate, enjoying a remarkable charge through the field up into seventh from seventeenth at the end of the first lap.

Josh Brookes, riding the Advanced Performance Coastings Rotary Manx Norton, retired at Glen Tramman when running 8th while Gary Johnson was also reported as a retirement at the ‘Mountain Mile’.

Harrison maintained his decisive lead with a third lap of 119.983 to Anstey’s 117.974 with Saiger (118.414) holding third place ahead of David Johnson. New fifth placed man Dan Kneen was almost thirty seconds ahead of fellow Manx rider Conor Cummins on the Padgetts Motorcycles.com Yamaha with Lintin reported as a retirement at the Mountain Mile.

Harrison’s last lap of 125.970 secured the race in a new race record (124.815/ 1:12.32.923) with Anstey having the consolation of regaining the lap record with a last lap of 127.496 to finish in 124.357/ 1:12.48.971. Horst Saiger held third place to gain his first Mountain Course podium with David Johnson fourth and Dan Kneen completing the top five.

Dan Stewart, riding the Wilcock Consulting Kawasaki was the leading privateer in 11th place.

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Dean Harrison (750 Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering) at the Gooseneck during Tuesday's Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT race.
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Bruce Anstey (500 Yamaha/Padgetts Motorcycles.com) approaching the Gooseneck during the Tuesday's Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT race

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Horst Saiger (750 Kawasaki/Greenall Racing) at the Gooseneck during Tuesday's Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Classic TT race.





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Vicars takes recordbreaking Newcomers A win, Wilson clinches B despite 30 second penalty


Brad Vicars followed in the footsteps of illustrious names such as Ivan Lintin, Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Carl Fogarty in winning the Newcomers Manx Grand Prix Race, the opening race of the 2017 Manx Grand Prix.

After the race Vicars revealed that he had a narrow escape:

“I’m over the moon.  I could see Darryl (Tweed) pretty early on and was catching him on the first lap by Glen Helen so I just kept with him or just in front and we actually had a coming together at the Greg Ny Baa.”

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Brad Vicars Newcomers A Winner

The first race of the 2017 Manx Grand Prix got underway on time at 6.15 after being delayed from the previous day. Jimmie Guthrie was the race starter and the Manx Grand Prix guest of honour, fifty years after he won the Senior Manx Grand Prix race.

Riders across both the Newcomers A - primarily Junior 600cc bikes and B categories – Supertwin 650’s - lined up according to their fastest qualifying lap times, which saw some of the faster B riders going off the line ahead of some of the A category field.

Based on their qualifying laps a three-way fight was expected between fight between Daryl Tweed, Brad Vicars and Andrew Fisher in the Newcomers A Category while in the Newcomer B class, Manx rider David Quine started the clear favourite based on qualifying times.

As fastest qualifier Tweed from the famous road racing Ballymoney town in Northern Ireland, had the honour of being first away from Glencrutchery Road followed by Tadcaster’s Vicars and Fisher from Kettering, who lost a bit of time by stalling on the line as he was due away.

However, news came through of a red flag incident at Braddan Oak and the bikes were brought back to the Grandstand under stationary yellow flags.  The grid then reassembled and the race was restarted at 7.05pm.  Rider Nicolo Capelli from who was involved in the incident was taken by ambulance to Nobles Hospital, a short distance away, where he was reported to be in serious condition with leg fractures but his condition was not thought to be life threatening at this stage.

Vicars led the restarted race at Glen Helen by over five seconds from Fisher with Stephen Parsons holding third less than a second back and a second ahead of Tweed with David McConnachy from Northumberland, a further two seconds back, completing the top five. 

Darryl Tweed moved up into second place by Ballaugh but the gap to leader Vicars had grown to almost ten seconds with Fisher less than half a second behind the Ballymoney rider in third. Mike Norbury moved into the top five, behind Stephen Parsons but was already six seconds behind the fourth placed man.

Vicars was first through the Grandstand with a stunning opening lap of 118.786 an MGP Newcomers lap record – from a standing start - breaking Tim Venables time from 2010. Tweed, who was also inside the old record, clocked 117.993 to trail Vicars by seven seconds with Fisher (116.303) third. Parsons (116.198) and Norbury (115.401) completed the top five.

In the concurrent Newcomers B class David Quine had established a lead of almost nine seconds by the first timing point from Derek Wilson with New Zealand’s Ben Rosendaal only a tenth of a second further back.

Quine extended his lead to over fifteen seconds ahead of Wilson by Ballaugh but the Manx rider went through the Sulby speed trap at only 60mph and retired shortly after at Sulby Bridge leaving Wilson the clear leader by five seconds at Ramsey from Rosendaal with Lee Bass a further nine seconds back in third.

That remained the top three at the end of the first lap with Wilson’s 103.299 giving him a ten second lead from Rosendaal ((102.502) with Bass (101.334) holding third place.

With the race reduced to three laps, Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson imposed a compulsory pit stop at the end of lap 2 to reduce the risk and confusion of inexperienced riders pulling out of pit lane onto oncoming bikes.

Coming into the pits at the end of lap 2, Vicars’ second lap of 117.881 gave him a lead of over seconds from Tweed who posted a near identical 117.885 with Parsons now up into third place after a second lap of 116.518. Fisher (116.156) and Norbury (116.191) completed the top five.

Vicars enjoyed a decisive pit stop and was timed at 37 seconds to Tweed’s 48 seconds to lead by seventeen seconds at Glen Helen on the final lap with Parsons a further twenty-one seconds back in third.  That proved to be the order as the three crossed the line with Vicars taking the chequered flag in 116.464mph/ 58:18.785 from Tweed (116.168/ 58:27.728 with Parsons (115.270/ 58:55.047) clinching the final podium place.

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Derek Wilson - Newcomers B Winner

In the Newcomers B race Wilson second lap (103.467) gave him a thirteen second lead from Rosendaal (103.236) with Lee Bass (102.206) third. However there was drama with Wilson picking up a thirty second penalty for a pit lane infringement which meant that at Glen Helen Rosendaal was the new race leader almost ten seconds ahead of Wilson with Bass third.  

However Wilson fought back and was back in front at Ballaugh and duly took the chequered flag in a time of 101.703/ 1:06.46.619 from Rosendaal (010.495/ 1:06.54.816/) with Bass (100.062/ 1:07.52.309) securing the final podium place.  

Matteo Bardelli was reported to be unhurt after an accident at Quarterbridge while Arnaud Seydoux complained of groin pain after an accident at the 11th milestone and was taken by airmed to Nobles Hospital
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