Ahead of the RST Superbike race, here’s just some of the interesting news, emerging from the new look TT paddock.
Bruce Anstey and Conor Cummins Padgetts Racing mounts, feature title sponsorship from a series of new sponsors for the Batley based team.
They are as follows; Tres Solutions – Viral Hosting, TXT Monster, Taskus, Masterpixel-Media, Compare the umbrella.co.uk and Adamson Middleton Ltd.
Gary Johnson’s 675 Triumph and GSX-R 1000 Suzuki mounts feature title sponsorship from Reactive Parts, whilst additional sponsorship news includes Bathams branding on the SC Project Paton, piloted by Michael Rutter.
Suzuki staff, direct from Japan, have been over working on Bennetts Suzuki’s Superbike, which this week has ran in a completely different spec, from what was run at the North West 200.
Despite this, it’s proved no problem for Michael Dunlop, practice week pace setter, with an impressive lap speed of 131.062 mph.
Guy Martin stated on Thursday night on ITV4, that this years TT, will be a development one for Honda and the marques new CBR 1000RR Fireblade SP2.
The first rider away outside of the seeded 20 starters in the RST Superbike race, is Cookstown BE Racing’s Derek Sheils, who yesterday unofficially set his fastest ever lap around the Mountain Course, lapping at 127.704 mph.
It’s going to be interesting to see who will emerge as the lead BMW Motorrad mounted entrant today, with just five seconds covering Peter Hickman, Ian Hutchinson, Dan Kneen and Michael Rutter in practice.
Non starters for today’s Superbike encounter, include Penz 13 BMW’s Danny Webb and Oilee Racing’s Joe Akroyd, both sidelined through injury, following incidents during yesterday’s Superbike practice session.
Words by Stevie Rial