Monday Night Practice Session + Report & Pics
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Monday Night Practice Session + Report & Pics
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Monday 28th May

Detailed forecast

Issued on Monday, 28 May 2018 at 11:15am by Ronaldsway Met Office

A fine day with long sunny spells, light winds and temperatures will become very warm again, reaching 22 or 23 Celsius.


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Road Closing Times

A18 Mountain Road - 17:00 hrs

Rest of the Circuit - 18:00 hrs


18:20 - 19:50 Superbike / Superstock / Supersport / Newcomers (except Lightweight)

19:55 - 20:50 Sidecars

1818hrs - Some idiot on the course out at Crosby (Nice fine to pay for that !!!)


18:40hrs - Monday Night Session is GO

Hickman clocks a  191.2 through Sulby, Micky D - 190.6 & Dean Harrison - 189.0


Dean Harrison does a 130+ lap standing start on the Superbike.

Micky D does a 129+ lap and comes in.

Lots in among the 126/128 range

Dean Harrison on Lap 2 does a 131.38 and comes in
Conor does a 129.58 on the Honda Stocker
Hickman does a 129.0
Dan Kneen does a 128.8 on the BMW Stocker
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...spectator on the road......???

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Dean flying straight out the box.
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(28-05-2018, 06:22 PM)excollier Wrote: ...spectator on the road......???

Yes, I heard on the commentary.... What a prize Dick




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Harrison and Dunlop top leaderboard in record breaking opening Isle of Man TT Superbike qualifying session

•Hickman’s 130 lap fastest in Superstock while Lintin quickest Supersport
•Holden/ Cain lead Sidecar class after opening session

Perfect conditions again greeted the competitors for the second qualifying session at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, and Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) topping the Superbike leaderboard at an impressive 131.376mph, the quickest ever lap recorded on the opening night of Superbike qualifying.

Michael Dunlop (Tyco BMW) third lap of the evening was only slightly slower at 131.087mph while Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) went quickest in the Superstock category, a lap of 130.219mph making him the third rider above the 130mph mark on the night.

The session got underway at 6.40pm after a delay of twenty minutes due to a spectator on the course at Crosby. Dan Kneen (Tyco BMW) and Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing BMW) were first away followed in quick succession by Gary Johnson (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) and Ian Hutchinson (Honda Racing), Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) and Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW). Michael Dunlop set off in the 11th pairing.

Kneen, Johnson and Conor Cummins were the only three of the top twenty seeded riders to be Superstock-mounted with the rest on Superbikes.

Harrison was setting the pace throughout the lap but Hickman was first to complete a lap at 128.011mph quickly followed by Kneen (125.526), Gary Johnson (125.939) and Cummins (128.180), the Padgetts Honda rider the quickest of the Superstocks ahead of the two Johnsons - David and Gary.

Harrison went to the top of the Superbike leaderboard with a remarkable opening lap of 130.232mph with Michael Dunlop slotting into second at 129.357mph. Harrison elected to run straight through as the Ulsterman pulled in to change machines. He only got as far as Quarter Bridge though before pulling off the circuit although he soon got back to the pits to go out again on his Superstock BMW, lapping at 127.000mph.

Second time around and Harrison and his Silicone Engineering Kawasaki increased their pace further, lapping at 131.376mph with Hickman posting 129.000mph although Cummins was quicker on his Superstock Honda at 129.584mph. Kneen was the second quickest Superstock (128.843) with David Johnson in third (128.139) but Cummins was out of luck on the Superbike, stopping at Ballacraine.

Hutchinson upped his speed to 124.588mph on his Superstock Honda while Ivan Lintin was going well on his 600cc Kawasaki lapping at 123.563mph. Newcomers Adam Lyon and Davey Todd were improving with 120.186mph and 119.148mph respectively with David Jackson finally getting his first laps in at TT2018 with an opening speed of 113.933mph after starting at the back of the field alongside Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle.

As the session wore on, the riders repeatedly pitted to change bikes. Hickman and Harrison lapped at 128.142mph and 128.134mph respectively on their Superstock machines but Josh Brookes and Gary Johnson were other high profile retirements, the duo stopping at Sulby Bridge and Ballacraine.

Dunlop kept it late before posting his fastest lap which made him the second rider on the night to lap at more than 131mph with a speed of 131.087mph. Hickman remained in third as Kneen, David Johnson and James Hillier completed the top six while Hutchinson’s third lap on his Superbike of 125.843mph was his best of the evening which placed him eighth quickest in the Superbike class.

Hickman did go quickest in the Superstock class though with a late lap of 130.219mph demoting the Manx pairing of Cummins and Kneen to second and third overall. David Johnson’s good night continued as he ended the session fourth fastest ahead of Harrison and Dunlop.

A slight delay due to an oil spill at Ballacraine meant it was 7.58pm before the Formula Two Sidecars got their first session of the week. Ben and Tom Birchall led the field away ahead of Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle, John Holden/Lee Cain and Alan Founds/Jake Lowther.

Holden/Cain were the first to complete a lap at 113.663mph and they were quickest ahead of the Birchalls (110.937), Molyneux/Sayle (110.508), Founds/Lowther (109.596) and Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney (108.333). Only Holden went straight through with the others pulling in to make adjustments.

Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes had been quickest through the Sulby speed trap at 150.1mph but they never made it to the Bungalow, stopping at the Black Hut to make adjustments.

Holden/Cain slowed dramatically on their second lap with a lap of just 99.053mph but Pete Founds/Jevan Walmsley improved to 108.851mph with Tony Baker/Fiona Baker-Holden only slightly slower at 108.412mph. Molyneux/Sayle again broke the 110mph barrier second time around but were slower than their first lap and although Founds/Lowther remained fourth quickest, their second lap was quicker at 110.338mph.

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Dean Harrison (Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering) at Ballaugh Bridge during Monday evening's Isle of Man TT qualifying session.

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Michael Dunlop (BMW/Tyco BMW) at Ballaugh Bridge during Monday evening's Isle of Man TT qualifying session.

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Peter Hickman (BMW/Smiths Racing BMW) at Ballaugh Bridge during Monday evening's Isle of Man TT qualifying session

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John Holden/Lee Cain (LCR Honda/Silicone Engineering/Barnes Racing) at Ballaugh during Monday evening's 
Isle of Man TT qualifying session.

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29-05-2018, 12:58 AM
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RE: Monday Night Practice Session + Report & Pics
Good weather is bringing up the pace straight out of the box. With a pretty good forecast this is going to be fast and furious. Good to see MD not running away with it from the start. I guess Hutchy is suffering, or is the Fireblade still not the bike it should be?
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RE: Monday Night Practice Session + Report & Pics
tricky question IMHO.

I'm very familiar with the type of surgery he's had and it definitely takes it our of you physically and mentally. I suspect he's not quite on it, although his times are pretty impressive considering!!
29-05-2018, 01:17 PM
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Very impressive, but then I remember his 'demo' lap when he had a cage on the first time around. Quicker than most racers! I wish him well, but perhaps it has come a couple of months too soon this time. It will be interesting to see if the boys on the newer bikes can get them up to the speed of the bikes that already have history around the island (i.e. Harrison). The weather forecast suggest that there will be the time to do so.
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His time last night was very similar (just over a second faster) that Lee Johnston's. The new Honda will have had little data from last year so my guess is that the team is not where they'd want to be as well as Hutchy not being as ready as he'd like to be.


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