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2017 Manx Grand Prix: Evans Unofficially Joins ‘Tommy Club’

Senior pace setter Martin Bullock Manxsport’s Michael Evans unofficially tonight joined the prestigious ‘Tommy Club’, lapping from a standing start at a brilliant 121.217 mph.

His unrelated surname equivalent Barry Evans was also near the magical 120 mph mark, lapping at 119.295 mph aboard the PRF Racing GSX-R 750 Suzuki in finishing second quickest in class.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Outside of the Evans exploits, Dean Osborne (119.181) headed the hugely competitive Junior class, just in front of Tom Robinson (118.793), as the quickest nine riders this evening lapped in excess of 116.5 mph.

M&D Racing’s Darryl Tweed continues to set the Newcomers A pace, increasing his speed slightly from last night, lapping at 115.317 mph.

Whilst The Peoples Bike Team’s rising star protege Stephen Parsons (114.483) looks at present the foremost challenger to the Ballymoney based rider.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

AJB Racing’s Brad Vicars (112.908), Andrew Fisher (111.909) and David McConnachy (110.551) all improved on their previous personal best lap speeds, as did Italian hill climb specialist Francesco Curinga (109.510).

Unfortunately Newcomers B and Lightweight practice was cut short, following an incident at Brandywell involving Mark Foster.

Looking at the time it would take to clean up the debris before practice could resume, event organisers made the decision to call time on the rest of tonight’s Mountain Course action.

Results per class, from Friday evening’s Manx Grand Prix practice session, are as follows:

Senior:

1 Michael Evans 121.217
2 Barry Evans 119.295
3 Dean Osborne 119.181
4 Tom Robinson 118.793
5 Brendan Fargher 118.043
6 Darren Cooper 117.956
7 David Lumsden 117.765
8 Jamie Williams 117.588
9 Royce Rowe 117.518
10 Richard Charlton 116.593
11 Glenn Harrison 116.518
12 James Chawke 115.530
13 Darryl Tweed 115.317
14 Andy Farrell 114.736
15 Damian Horan 114.666
16 Wayne Humble 114.609
17 Sean Connolly 114.523
18 Stephen Parsons 114.483
19 Victor Lopez Santos 114.198
20 Peter Wilkinson 114.100

Junior:

1 Dean Osborne 119.181
2 Tom Robinson 118.793
3 Brendan Fargher 118.043
4 Darren Cooper 117.956
5 David Lumsden 117.765
6 Jamie Williams 117.588
7 Royce Rowe 117.518
8 Richard Charlton 116.593
9 Glenn Harrison 116.518
10 James Chawke 115.530
11 Andy Farrell 114.736
12 Wayne Humble 114.609
13 Sean Connolly 114.523
14 Victor Lopez Santos 114.198
14 Peter Wilkinson 114.100
15 Nick Anderson 113.935
16 Marc Ironside 113.910
17 Rob Whittall 113.894
18 Paul Williams 113.775
19 Adrian Hartog 113.747
20 Steven Procter 113.537

Newcomers A:

1 Darryl Tweed 115.317
2 Stephen Parsons 114.483
3 Brad Vicars 112.908
4 Nicolo Capelli 112.649
5 Mike Norbury 112.462
6 Andrew Fisher 111.909
7 David McConnachy 110.551
8 Francesco Curinga 109.510
9 Arnaud Seydoux 109.429
10 Kris Duncan 109.173
11 Richard Stubbs 108.473
12 Daryl Dorlich 108.091
13 Andy Hayes 106.818
14 Miroslav Sloboda 106.583
15 Teddy Bresson 106.408
16 Stephen Casey 106.228
17 Dan Beighton 105.554
18 Stuart McCann 104.207
19 Adam Bauer 104.084
20 Andrew Windsor 104.066

Words by Stevie Rial

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