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Manx Grand Prix: Impressive Form From Parsons, 29 Racers Over 110 Mph Lap Mark

Competitive action for the 2019 Manx Grand Prix got underway in style tonight with next gen roads talents, rising, experienced Mountain Course exponents setting a blistering turn of pace.

The battle for top spot on tonight’s Junior and Senior class time sheets, was won in impressive fashion by The Peoples Bike Team’s Stephen Parsons.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Initially fourth fastest from his standing start lap speed of just over the 115 mph lap mark, his ‘Flying Lap’ would see him lap at just a whisker under the 119 mph lap mark, lapping at 118.94 mph (19 minutes 02.024 seconds).

Parsons pace was so potent on his second timed lap that early pace setter, Chris Preston Racing’s Nathan Harrison (117.87), finished over ten seconds down on the time set by last year’s Senior race runner-up.

Finishing third quickest, just 9.52 seconds behind the highly rated Harrison was the youngest competitor in this year’s Manx GP, Thundersport GB front runner James Hind (116.91).

Photo by Mark Corlett

There was little to separate tonight’s fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh quickest Junior/Senior class exponents, with only 3.282 separating VRS Racing’s Brad Vicars (116.84), Andrew Fisher (116.81), Italian star Francesco Curinga (116.74) and Dave ‘Sideshow’ Butler (116.51).

Concluding tonight’s ten fastest competitors were ‘Tommy Club’ member Steven Procter (115.51), Andy Farrell (115.48) and lead 750 mounted racer Damian Horan (115.42).

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Darryl Tweed (115.34) was the final remaining competitor to dip over the 115 mph lap barrier, whilst in total 29 racers topped the 110 mph lap mark.

The keenly contested Junior/Senior practice session, proved tonight’s sole Manx GP action following a red flag incident at the Black Hut.

Words by Stevie Rial

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