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Isle of Man TT 2014 Opening Practice Superbike News


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Bruce Anstey was in storming form on Valvoline racing Padgetts motorcycles Honda superbike producing a lap speed of 127.473 mph to go quickest in opening timed practice session at this years Isle of Man TT.

John McGuinness despite a niggling wrist injury finished second quickest with lap speed of 126.355 mph on Honda racing superbike. A superb effort from John proving that potentially the Morecambe missile can add to his TT wins tally of 20.

Gary Johnson competing on JRC racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade was third fastest with lap speed of 125.686 mph whilst William Dunlop on Tyco Suzuki by TAS superbike had a consistent start to TT 2014 lapping at 125.400 mph.

Michael Dunlop was the rider at top of time sheets early on in practice lapping at over 125 mph on factory backed S1000RR BMW. Michael ended the session fifth fastest with lap speed of 125.335 mph proving that the potential is there for BMW to score a first senior TT win since 1939.

Michael Rutter was sixth quickest for Bathams BMW, Dan Kneen impressed with seventh fastest time on Cookstown/Burrows engineering GSX-R 1000 Suzuki and Conor Cummins had a consistent run on Honda racing superbike finishing eighth quickest with lap speed of 123.881 mph.

Dean Harrison and David Johnson rounded out the top ten. Shaun Anderson Suzuki mounted for superbike and senior TT races lapped at 121.236 mph. Horst Saiger continued his good form from North West 200 to finish eleventh in opening superbike timed practice session.

Leading newcomer in practice was Peter Hickman. Peter competing for Paul Shoesmith’s Ice Valley racing by Motorsave ltd team produced a dazzling lap speed of over 115 mph, a great lap speed for his first TT practice session.

Laurent Hoffmann also competing for Ice Valley racing by Motorsave was second quickest newcomer lapping at 113.3 mph. Martin Jessopp was third quickest newcomer on Riders motorcycles S1000RR BMW lapping also at over 113 mph.


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