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Manx Grand Prix: Harrison, Parsons, Curinga, Yves Bian Amongst Standout Saturday Afternoon Practice Exponents

Prior to today’s Classic TT race action, this afternoon’s Manx GP practice sessions proved immensely prodigious for various competitors including Chris Preston Racing’s Nathan Harrison.

Widely tipped to contend next week for Junior, Senior race honours, next gen Manx roads star Harrison set today an unofficial new outright Junior Manx GP lap record.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Harrison’s momentous lap speed set from a standing start was a quite sensational 120.67 mph. Joining the CBR 600RR Honda mounted racer as a new unofficial ‘Tommy Club’ member was The Peoples Bike Team’s Stephen Parsons, who’s new PB lap speed stands at 120.51 mph.

Others to show impressive, accomplished pace alongside the ultra impressive Harrison & Parsons included respective third, fourth quickest Junior class exponents Stephen Smith (119.64 mph) and Irish Road Race Supersport Champion front runner Darryl Tweed (119.40 mph).

Ultra Lightweight practice week leader Dan Ingham (119.52) also quietly impressed in finishing lead 750 machinery competitor.

Francesco Curinga topped the Lightweight practice leader board, lapping at 112.89 mph, whilst fellow countryman Andrea Majola (110.63 mph) continued to set the Newcomers B pace, nudging for the first time over the 110 mph lap mark.

Newcomers C wise, it was Pete Gibson (97.92 mph) who got the better of Adrian Skaife (96.92 mph) to head the class’s times sheet.

Reflecting on Newcomers A class action, Pierre Yves Bian’s pace was so potent, impressive that his new unofficial PB lap speed of 115.55 mph, placed him overall 15th quickest on the Junior practice times sheet.

Redgate Motorsport supported Mike Mace (111.45 mph) as during Friday’s practice sessions, was the lead chaser to the established IRRC Supersport front runner.

Additional Newcomers A competitors to impress today included Sam Mousley (111.14 mph), Lewis Bramwell (109.36 mph) and Alun Brooks (109.23 mph).

Practice results per class are as follows:

Junior:

1 Nathan Harrison 120.67
2 Stephen Parsons 120.51
3 Stephen Smith 119.64
4 Darryl Tweed 119.40
5 Andrew Fisher 119.07
6 David McConnachy 118.50
7 Steven Procter 118.49
8 Andy Farrell 117.98
9 Ryan Maher 117.97
10 Brad Vicars 117.90
11 Dave Butler 117.74
12 Francesco Curinga 117.60
13 Arnie Shelton 116.36
14 Royce Rowe 115.63
15 Pierre Yves Bian 115.55
16 Gaz Evans 114.61
17 Teddy Bresson 114.35
18 Grant Gaskell 113.76
19 Shaun Evans 113.65
20 James Reveley 113.51
21 Chris Sarbora 113.34
22 Richard Stubbs 113.26
23 Adrian Hartog 112.91
24 Louis O’Regan 112.48
25 Tommy Henry 112.40
26 Stuart McCann 112.38
27 Nige Rea 112.29
28 Steven Horne 112.17
29 Jack Fowler 112.14
30 Chris Cook 112.03

Senior:

1 Nathan Harrison 120.67
2 Stephen Parsons 120.51
3 Stephen Smith 119.64
4 Dan Ingham 119.52
5 Darryl Tweed 119.40
6 Andrew Fisher 119.07
7 David McConnachy 118.50
8 Steven Procter 118.49
9 Andy Farrell 117.98
10 Ryan Maher 117.97
11 Damian Horan 117.97
12 Brad Vicars 117.90
13 Dave Butler 117.74
14 Francesco Curinga 117.60
15 Arnie Shelton 116.36
16 Royce Rowe 115.63
17 Marc Colvin 115.50
18 Gaz Evans 114.61
19 Andy McAllister 114.60
20 Teddy Bresson 114.35
21 Grant Gaskell 113.76
22 James Reveley 113.51
23 Chris Sarbora 113.34
24 Richard Stubbs 113.26
25 Louis O’Regan 112.48
26 Tommy Henry 112.40
27 Stuart McCann 112.38
28 Nige Rea 112.29
29 Steven Horne 112.17
30 Jack Fowler 112.14

Newcomers A:

1 Pierre Yves Bian 115.55
2 Mike Mace 111.45
3 Sam Mousley 111.14
4 Lewis Bramwell 109.36
5 Alun Brooks 109.23
6 Ben Wales 107.56
7 Mike Brew 106.20
8 David Brook 105.23
9 Quentin Limousin 105.17
10 Liam Chawke 105.15
11 Chris Stuart 105.00
12 Victor Ortega 104.49
13 Danila Krasniuk 104.22
14 Paul Marley 103.99
15 Krystian Paluch 102.33
16 Ivo Ladde 102.29
17 Chris North 100.34

Newcomers B:

1 Andrea Majola 110.63
2 Mark Kirkby 105.20
3 Wayne Bourgeais 102.30
4 David Stiff 93.69
5 Robert Cairns 90.27
6 Russell Dodds 89.94

Newcomers C:

1 Pete Gibson 97.92
2 Adrian Skaife 96.82
3 Andrew Jackson 96.72
4 William Piquet 90.57

Ultra Lightweight:

1 Dan Ingham 104.35
2 Rad Hughes 103.53
3 Arnie Shelton 101.34
4 Leon Murphy 100.52
5 Sarah Boyes 99.82
6 Mike Carter 99.40
7 Lloyd Collins 99.29
8 Alan Johnston 99.26
9 Andy McAllister 99.21
10 Sebastian Witt 98.73
11 Pete Gibson 97.92
12 Shelley Pike 97.55
13 Adrian Skaife 96.82
14 Andrew Jackson 96.72
15 Derek Wilkie 96.06
16 Nigel Moore 91.96
17 William Piquet 90.57

Lightweight:

1 Francesco Curinga 112.89
2 Royce Rowe 111.82
3 Andrea Majola 110.63
4 David McConnachy 109.68
5 Michael Rees 109.37
6 Dave Quine 109.30
7 Dave Butler 108.09
8 Jamie Edwards 107.78
9 Jack Fowler 107.18
10 Paul Wardell 106.43
11 Renzo Van Der Donckt 106.25
12 Rodger Wibberley 106.04
13 Richard Stubbs 105.93
14 Brad Vicars 105.76
15 Marc Colvin 105.57
16 Garth Woods 105.31
17 Mark Kirkby 105.20
18 Steven Horne 104.99
19 Veronika Hankocyova 104.57
20 Steven Beale 103.75
21 Tommy Henry 103.39
22 Mike Minns 103.33
23 Wayne Bourgeais 102.30
24 Robert Nelson 99.12
25 John Bain 98.06
26 Martin Currams 97.63
27 David Stiff 93.69
28 Bradley Robinson 92.67
29 Robert Cairns 90.27
30 Russell Dodds 89.94

Words by Stevie Rial

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