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Southern 100 – Practice Report

Competition at the 2016 Southern 100, got under way yesterday with the opening practice sessions around Billown.

Decent conditions greeted competitors, as Billown newcomers gained their first laps of the iconic road race circuit.

Superbike:

Keeping up his storming 2016 roads form, Michael Dunlop finished combined quickest following tonight’s opening superbike practice sessions.

Piloting the Hawk Racing S1000RR BMW that propelled him to RST Superbike/Pokerstars Senior TT victories, he lapped at 109.670 mph to set the pace.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Two times lightweight TT winner Ivan Lintin 109.24 mph, was the only other rider to lap in excess of 109 mph.

New recruit to the Devitt RC Express Racing fold Jamie Coward 107.411 mph, enjoyed a highly productive session in finishing third quickest.

He was followed by Dean Harrison 107.37 mph, Dan Kneen 107.061 mph and Southern 100 newcomer Alan Bonner 105.652 mph who impressed many in finishing sixth fastest.

The top ten in practice was finalised by Colin Stephenson 105.636 mph, Dan Hegarty on the RTR Motorcycles Racing ZX10R Kawasaki 105.624 mph, Ryan Kneen 105.485 mph and Mark Parrett 105.471 mph.

Supersport:

Dean Harrison dominated supersport practice, as he set an impressive pace on the Silicone Engineering Racing ZX6R Kawasaki.

Carrying on from a stellar TT 2016 campaign, Dean lapped at 108.206 mph to lay a marker down ahead of the opening supersport race, scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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Photo by Mark Corlett

Nearest challenger to the runner up in the TT 2016 Joey Dunlop Championship was Ivan Lintin, Ivan lapped at a more than creditable 105.981 mph, don’t be surprised to see the Devitt RC Express Racing rider wrap a 600 victory or two this week.

Dan Kneen finished third quickest lapping at 105.776 mph, he was followed by Colin Stephenson, James Cowton, Jamie Coward, Rob Hodson, Mark Parrett, Davy Morgan, as Mark Goodings concluded the top ten in practice.

Super Twins:

Super twins giant Ivan Lintin underlined his pre race favourite status, finishing quickest in practice tonight by almost a second on the Devitt RC Express Racing ER6 Kawasaki.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Lapping at 101.831 mph, he finished 0.89 quicker than his nearest pursuer second quickest Rob Hodson on the SB Tuning backed ER6 Kawasaki.

Up and coming Manx road racers Matt Mylchreest 99.981 mph and Jamie Williams 99.813 mph both impressed as did Rhys Hardisty 99.512 mph.

Wrapping up the top ten on the practice leader board where James Cowton, Jamie Coward, newcomers Dave Quine and Adam McLean, JHS Racing’s Dave Moffitt.

Sidecar:

All star Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle set the pace in sidecar practice tonight, following lap speed of 99.530 mph in the A&J Groundworks backed DMR outfit.

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Photo by Jim Gibson

Behind the Manx duo, there was not much in it between Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance 97.145 mph, Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall 96.891 mph and John Holden/Andrew Winkle 96.715 mph.

Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers and Karl Bennett/Lee Cain fifth and sixth quickest, are both dark horses for podium finishes.

Greg Lambert/Kenny Cole and the evergreen Roy Hanks/Kevin Perry seventh and eighth fastest, whilst perhaps not podium contenders, both are more than capable of springing a surprise or two.

125/400:

Billown newcomer Darryl Tweed underlined his status as a rising roads star, by finishing quickest in 125/400 practice.

Lapping at 93.421 mph, Darryl caught the eye of many as he showcased his potential to become a high calibre exponent of Billown.

Dan Sayle piloting the Falcon Racing Moto 3 Honda was second fastest, following lap speed of 93.190 mph.

Adrian Kershaw 92.763 mph and Mick Goodings 92.055 mph both impressed as did newcomer Adam McLean regarded by many as a future international road race winner.

Paul Gartland completed the top six in practice, as he lapped at 91.754 mph.

Additional stand out performers from practice included 2009 senior Manx Grand Prix winner Michael Russell on the JAP Racing Honda 91.351 mph and Paul Robinson on the Joey’s Bar Racing RS125 Honda, lapping at 91.693 mph.

Words by Stevie Rial

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