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Manx Grand Prix 2015 – Friday Practice Report

Senior Practice

Billy Redmayne proved tonight why many people believe he’s the pre race favourite for 2015 senior Manx Grand Prix.

Competing on Martin Bullock Manxsport GSX-R 750 Suzuki, Billy recorded his fastest lap speed to date around the mountain course, lapping at a superb 119.489 mph.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Ninth place finisher in 2007 senior TT, Ian Armstrong finished second quickest, as he showed excellent form on Moto Design backed GSX-R 750 Suzuki, recording lap speed in excess of 111.2 mph.

Dennis Booth, Derran Slous, Peter Symes and CBR 600 Honda mounted Martin Harrison concluded the top six in practice.

Junior Practice

Setting the pace in junior class was Malachi Mitchell Thomas on Silicone Engineering Racing ZX6R Kawasaki.

Malachi achieved a new personal best lap speed of 117.860 mph, as he laid down a marker to everyone ahead of the 2015 junior Manx GP.

Paul Smyth impressed lapping at 116.217 mph to finish second fastest, whilst third quickest Joe Newbould 116.17 proved again his credentials around the most famous pure road racing circuit in the world.

Fourth fastest Michael Moulai lapped at a very creditable 115.938 mph, on Des & Dot Colins Racing ZX6R Kawasaki.

Completing the top six, during an entertaining practice session where PRF Racing’s Rob Hodson lapping close to 115.6 mph mark and Andy Farrell who recorded lap speed of 114.767 mph.

Super Twins Practice

Rob Hodson dominated tonight’s super twins Manx Grand Prix practice session.

Piloting JGH Racing ER6 Kawasaki, Rob secured two lap speeds in excess of 112 mph, his quickest been 112.513 mph.

Second fastest was David Bell, the ninth place finisher in 2004 senior TT, has gelled quickly with the KMR Kawasaki super twin, which tonight he took to lap speed of 110.324 mph.

Andy Farrell B&W Racing ER6 Kawasaki with lap speed of 109.680 mph, showed his podium finishing credentials.

Rising pure road racing star Rhys Hardisty, was delighted with lap speed of 109.391 mph, as he finished fourth quickest.

1993 formula 1 TT winner Nick Jefferies was on the pace, on Ken Irwin Motorcycles backed ER6 Kawasaki, lapping at 108.226 mph.

Top six in practice was rounded out by Martin Bullock Manxsport’s David Lumsden.

Lightweight Practice

Third place finisher in 2014 lightweight Manx Grand Prix, Dan Hobson, was the pace setter during tonight’s practice lightweight Manx GP practice session.

Dan lapped at an excellent 103.074 mph to finish fastest, but not by much as Mike Carter lapped at 102.835 mph.

Third quickest was Nick Anderson with lap speed of 102.012 mph, third place finishers in last years newcomers B race, is tipped for great things in lightweight race.

Richard Bairstow 100.103 mph, Dave Corlett 100.854 mph, Rad Hughes 99.019 mph, all showed highly consistent form in a practice session, which saw good conditions all round the mountain course, apart from strong bouts of winds at times.

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