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2017 Manx Grand Prix: Tuesday Evening Practice Report

The second practice session of the 2017 Manx Grand Prix graced by decent conditions around the Mountain Course, albeit with the odd damp patch, saw a whole host of standout performances.

This included Tom Robinson setting the Junior pace and almost heading the Senior class. Piloting his own teams ZX6R Kawasaki the Stockton On Tees based rider was in fine form lapping at an excellent 116.135 mph.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Royce Rowe (115.203) is beginning to look at home with his new 675 Daytona Triumph steed, whilst Saturday’s pace setter Brendan Fargher (114.885) and fellow Manxman Glenn Harrison (114.692) where both evenly matched.

Martin Bullock Manxsport’s Michael Evans (116.347) again topped the Senior times, it was all change though within the Lightweight class with TZ 250 Yamaha mounted Gary Vines powering to the top of the time sheets, lapping at 110.13 mph.

Photo by Mark Corlett

In my opinion though the premier performances of this evening’s action, came from the Manx GP newcomers.

Newcomers A pace setter Mike Norbury (109.138) caught the eye of many with his already depth touch on the mythical Mountain Course roads.

Same applied to his nearest pursuers Darryl Tweed (108.959) and AJB Racing’s Brad Vicars (106.209).

Others to impress in the ‘A’ class included The Peoples Bike Team backed Stephen Parsons (106.069), Nicolo Capelli (105.382), Switzerland’s Arnaud Seydoux (101.165) and Richard Stubbs (100.979).

Looking towards the Newcomers B fraternity, Dave Quine topped the 100 mph mark for the first time to put Martin Bullock Manxsport at the top of the time sheets within two classes.

I end this practice report with an extremely positive stat for event organisers, which is that in total eleven newcomers this evening combined from the A and B classes, lapped in excess of 100 mph.

Results per class from tonight’s Manx GP practice session, are as follows:

Junior:

1 Tom Robinson 116.135
2 Royce Rowe 115.203
3 Brendan Fargher 114.885
4 Glenn Harrison 114.692
5 Richard Charlton 114.465
6 Dean Osborne 114.461
7 Jamie Williams 114.435
8 Jonathan Perry 113.743
9 David Lumsden 113.242
10 Matt Mylchreest 112.974
11 Darren Cooper 112.912
12 Rhys Hardisty 112.903
13 Peter Wilkinson 112.881
14 Phil McGurk 112.717
15 Paul Williams 112.632
16 Adrian Hartog 112.440
17 Gareth Evans 112.376
18 Andy Farrell 112.316
19 Barry Evans 112.036
20 Joe Faragher 111.927

Senior:

1 Michael Evans 116.347
2 Tom Robinson 116.135
3 Royce Rowe 115.203
4 Brendan Fargher 114.885
5 Glenn Harrison 114.692
6 Richard Charlton 114.465
7 Dean Osborne 114.461
8 Jamie Williams 114.435
9 Jonathan Perry 113.743
10 David Lumsden 113.242
11 Matt Mylchreest 112.974
12 Darren Cooper 112.912
13 Rhys Hardisty 112.903
14 Peter Wilkinson 112.881
15 Paul Williams 112.632
16 Adrian Hartog 112.440
17 Gareth Evans 112.376
18 Andy Farrell 112.316
19 Damian Horan 112.201
20 Joe Faragher 111.927

Lightweight:

1 Gary Vines 110.130
2 Victor Lopez Santos 110.059
3 Jamie Williams 109.834
4 Jonathan Perry 109.416
5 Royce Rowe 108.639
6 Barry Evans 108.334
7 Paul Williams 107.364
8 Andy Fenton 107.202
9 Nick Anderson 106.831
10 Peter Wilkinson 106.363
11 Dave Butler 105.728
12 Matt Mylchreest 105.677
13 Andy Farrell 105.545
14 Richard Charlton 104.460
15 Marc Ironside 103.851
16 Rob Whittall 103.593
17 Stephen Nathan 103.194
18 Rad Hughes 103.092
19 Stephen Ault 102.737
20 James Chawke 102.454

Newcomers A:

1 Mike Norbury 109.138
2 Darryl Tweed 108.959
3 Brad Vicars 106.209
4 Stephen Parsons 106.069
5 Nicolo Capelli 105.382
6 Matt Stevenson 101.991
7 Daryl Dorlich 101.541
8 Arnaud Seydoux 101.165
9 Dan Beighton 101.013
10 Richard Stubbs 100.979
11 Andrew Fisher 99.406
12 Stephen Casey 99.161
13 Teddy Bresson 98.945
14 Kris Duncan 98.778
15 Steve Tobin 98.449
16 Stuart McCann 97.804
17 Francesco Curinga 97.602
18 Miroslav Sloboda 97.175
19 Andy Hayes 97.136
20 Sebastian Witt 96.953

Newcomers B:

1 Dave Quine 100.904
2 Lee Bass 96.337
3 Derek Wilson 94.897
4 Ben Rosendaal 94.304
5 Jordan McFerran 93.118
6 Nick Southerwood 93.030
7 Ian Stanford 87.323

Words by Stevie Rial

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