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Manx Grand Prix 2015 – Saturday Practice Report

Junior/Senior Practice

Malachi Mitchell Thomas produced an eye catching lap speed of exactly 120 mph, in setting the pace in junior/senior Manx Grand Prix practice.

Malachi’s superb lap speed was also the first 120 mph lap at the prestigious event since 2010, when Simon Fulton recorded 120.119 mph during opening lap of senior Manx GP.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Billy Redmayne finished a close second quickest to Malachi in junior practice, piloting Martin Bullock Manxsport CBR 600 Honda, Billy lapped at 119.807 mph, which is unofficially his fastest lap to date around the mountain course.

Paul Smyth 117.097 mph, was also very impressive as he finished third quickest.

2012 newcomers B winner Andy Dudgeon showed top class form in finishing fourth fastest, lapping at 116.894 mph.

Finalising the top six in junior practice, where PRF Racing’s Rob Hodson 116.642 mph and Michael Moulai Des & Dot Colins Racing ZX6 Kawasaki, 116.163 mph.

Super Twins Practice

KMR Kawasaki’s David Bell set the pace in super twins Manx GP practice. The highly accomplished competitor on the most famous road racing circuit in the world, lapped at an impressive 111.999 mph.

Second fastest was Andy Dudgeon 110.524 mph on Slick Bass backed ER6 Kawasaki.

Third quickest Rob Hodson 110.390 mph proved his race winning credentials on JGH Racing ER6 Kawasaki.

Rising pure road racing star Rhys Hardisty 109.794 mph and Derran Slous 108.666 mph both showed good form, as did Jamie Hodson 107.759 mph in completing the top six in practice.

Lightweight Practice

Topping the time sheets in lightweight Manx GP practice, was newcomer Mark Purslow, who recorded lap speed of 102.250 mph.

Mark has clicked quickly with the mountain course, he’s shown this week that he has the potential to become an established top class TT Races competitor.

David Taylor tipped by 2013 winner Alistair Haworth, finished second quickest, following lap speed of 101.861 mph on his own teams Yamaha.

Rad Hughes 101.310 mph, Dan Hobson 101.008 mph, Mike Carter 100.952 mph and 2014 newcomers C runner up Lancelot Unissart all enjoyed productive practice session.

Newcomers A Practice

R6 Yamaha mounted Peter Wilkinson lead the way in newcomers A Manx GP practice.

Peter was the first rider in newcomers A Manx GP class this week, to lap at over 110 mph, following lap speed of 110.724 mph.

Infront Motorcycles backed Barry Evans 109.535 mph finished second fastest, whilst Logan Racing’s Neil Kernohan also impressed, lapping at 109.017 mph.

Further stand out performances included, Darren Cooper 108.882 mph, Chris White 107.154 mph, Steven Procter 107.100 mph, Damian Horan 106.603 mph and PRF Racing’s Dean Court 106.231 mph.

Newcomers B,C Practice

James Chawke, Mckinstry Racing ER6 Kawasaki, 99.618 mph, lead the way in newcomers B Manx GP practice.

Second fastest was Royce Rowe 99.541 mph on 650 Ducati machinery. Third quickest TZ250 Yamaha mounted Gary Vines, continues to impress, as does Sean Connolly 99.003 mph.

Top six in practice was rounded out by Rob Temple 98.866 mph on DP Coldplaning/TC Racing ER6 Kawasaki and Victor Lopez, Martimotos backed ER6 Kawasaki, 98.618 mph.

Mark Purslow continues to set high quality pace in newcomers C class, lapping at 102.250 mph.

Leading the challenge to Mark was Elwyn Fryer 98.916 mph and Robert Smith 97.616 mph.

Japan’s Masayuki Yamanaka showed good pace lapping at 96.073 mph, as did Michel Guillet 92.047 mph and Philip Munday 90.189 mph.

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