Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Roads: Tuesday evening's MGP practice round-up

DESPITE the weather, the Manx Grand Prix competitors managed to get a second qualifying session completed on Tuesday evening after Monday's session was cancelled.

Manannan's Cloak covered the Isle of Man on Tuesday and it looked as though it was going to be a waiting game, but thankfully the thick fog lifted off the Mountain and the helicopter pilot was happy with flying conditions. The first two set-off down Bray Hill at 6:22pm - only two minutes later than scheduled.

Clerk of the Course Gary Thompson had explained during rider briefing that there were a number of damp in the usual spots - Ginger Hall, Ramsey Hairping, Governors Dip - all the places where there's tree cover.

The Senior and Junior machines were first out and it was local manx rider Michael Evans on the Martin Bullock Motorsport senior machine that was first to Glen Helen. Evans topped Saturday's session on the Suzuki GSX-R750 with a lap speed of 116.347mph. Tom Robinson, on his Junior 600cc machine posted his fastest lap of the week at 116.135mph on his second lap whilst Australian Royce Rowe lapped at 115.203.

Gary Vines set the fastest Lightweight machine on Tuesday evening on his second lap of 110.130mph - less than a second ahead of Spani's Victor Lopes Santos who completed his lap at a speed of 110.059mph.

After the Senior and Junior machines it was down to the newcomers to start their first timed laps after Saturday's untimed session. Due to numerous incident and dis-obeying stationary/waived yellow flags, CoC Thompson had stern words to say before the session stating 'behave or go home!'

Ten riders in the Newcomers A session posted 100mph laps with Manchester's Mike Norbury topping the board at 109.138mph from Darryl Tweed at 108.959mph. It was David Quine who topped the Newcomers B class as he was the only one to lap at in excess of 100mph.

Nick Anderson slipped off at Ramsey Hairpin on his lightweight machine and was taken to Nobles hospital with a shoulder injury whilst newcomer Matt Stevenson also slipped off at Governors and was reportedly uninjured - both areas of which sit under the trees where the damp patches remain!

Good news is the weather looks to be almost perfect for tomorrow evening's practice session. 

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