2023 Manx GP: Tuesday Night Qualifying Report

2023 Manx GP: Tuesday Night Qualifying Report

Astride the resplendent SRAD (Ram Air Direct) Suzuki, Michael Dunlop sealed top Classic Superbike speedster honour this evening, following a potent, accomplished opening timed lap of 124.34 mph (18 minutes 12.395 seconds).

Leading the chase, finishing only three seconds in arrears to Dunlop was fellow roads ‘Alien’, Key Racing Ducati pilot Dean Harrison (123.996).

Next up on the yesteryear SBK leader-board was 2019 class winner, Adelaide’s David Johnson (123.83).

Top Greenall Racing Kawasaki rider Rob Hodson (123.562) finished fourth quickest just ahead of 2018 Junior Classic TT winner Dominic Herbertson (122.986) and seven times TT Champion Michael Rutter (122.898).

Wrapping up tonight’s Classic Superbike top ten were Brian McCormack (121.72), Nathan Harrison (120.822), DP Coldplaning/TC Racing’s Julian Trummer (120.55), Mistral Racing’s Ryan Cringle (119.745).

In terms of the blue-riband Senior category, Tom Robinson (118.059) vaulted to the quickest lap speed of qualifying week thus far.

A minor 1.496 shy of Robinson’s pace was 2019 Newcomers A race runner-up, Sam Mousley (117.906).

‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham (117.542), NCE Racing’s Jamie Williams (117.469), Team ILR with Frog Vehicle Developments Victor Lopez Santos (117.355), weren’t far behind.

Impressive speediest MGP newcomer from Tuesday night was David Rigby, who topped the 116-mph lap-mark.

Additional Mountain Course newbies, acquiring forthright unofficial, new PB lap speeds included:

Marcus ‘Spartacus’ Simpson (114.601), Wilson Craig Racing’s Eddy Ferre (112.443), Anthony O’Carroll (109.746).

The Isle of Wight’s Ryan Whitehall (109.597), Kevin Rigot (109.453), Darryl Anderson (109.445), Cyril Lecocq (109.429).

Unfortunately just before 7:35 PM the remainder of this evening’s qualifying session was red-flagged.

Organisers then announced soon after that the session was officially cancelled.

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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