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Isle Of Man Festival Of Motorcycling – Paddock News

The general vibe of the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling paddock following Tuesday night’s practice session, was extremely positive as the Manx GP newcomers in particular gained much needed track time.

Alongside the impressive pace from Mountain Course debutants such as Mike Norbury, Darryl Tweed, Brad Vicars, Nicolo Capelli and Dave Quine, in total 26 riders topped the 110 mph mark in Junior/Senior Manx GP practice.

Amongst those catching the eye of many includes Douglas based Jamie Williams. Seventh fastest on the Junior time sheets, he’s also right near the sharp end of the Lightweight leader board aboard the Cowton Racing ER6 Kawasaki.

Speaking about last evening’s practice session, Jamie said via his Facebook page:

“Well Tuesday night practice sorted! Not ideal conditions tonight, damp patches in quite a lot of places, oil down at 33rd, and a lot of traffic.

600 was a lot better then Saturday but still not right, few adjustments made so should be ready to hit the ground running tomorrow, managed 114.4 mph lap on that, 7th quickest.

650 was absolutely faultless! bike is absolutely mint but again conditions and traffic seem to have made us lap a tad slower then Saturday, 109.8 mph that put us second quickest. Hoping for better day tomorrow!

Big shout to everyone for messages! Big shout to the team for all the leg work and help!”

Others to reflect via the social media platform on Tuesday’s competition included Dan Ingham who stated:

“Having a great time in the Isle of Man. Saturday practice went ahead with one lap on both bikes. I did a 97 mph lap on the 400 and a 104 mph lap on the 750. 400 was great and the 750 needed some adjustment.

Monday practice was cancelled due to rain. Weather wasn’t great yesterday but we managed to get out last night with a few damp spots on the course.

I did two laps on each bike with a 101.3 mph lap on the 400 and a 108.2 mph lap on the 750. Really happy with how everything is going. Sun is shining today so let’s hope for more practice tonight.”

Looking back on Tuesday’s Classic TT action, it’s obvious that at present many a star name is enduring more than the odd teething issue with their unique ‘yesteryear’ mounts.

This includes 15 times TT winner Michael Dunlop and Dan Kneen who both retired from Superbike practice at Ballacraine, whilst the newly crowned world’s fastest road racer Dean Harrison was also surprisingly off the pace.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Next generation riders impressing thus far during practice week include Senior 500 pace setter Dominic Herbertson, CBG Contractors backed Andy Dudgeon, Josh Daley, renowned classic racing specialist Alex Sinclair and the on form Jamie Coward.

You can’t but be impressed as well 250 stalwart Gary Vines, fourth quickest in the Lightweight class and overall fastest within the correspondingly named equivalent Manx GP class.

Alongside his two stroke exploits, this week also sees Gary make his 600 roads bow aboard his own teams YZF R6 Yamaha.

Reminder tonight’s practice session is scheduled to get underway from 6:20 PM, with the Manx GP Junior, Senior and Newcomers A classes running alongside high profile exponents a plenty from the Classic TT Superbike/Lightweight fields.

Words by Stevie Rial

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