Road Racing News

TT 2017: Saturday Practice – Solo Wrap Up

Supersport:

William Dunlop surged to the top of the Supersport practice week time sheets, lapping at 125.297 mph, to edge out Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison (125.188) for the top spot, within the middleweight class.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Ian Hutchinson piloting the 2017 YZF R6 Yamaha, was third fastest, lapping at 124.651, as the MCaMS Yamaha rider step by step unlocks the potential of his high profile new steed.

James Hillier, Peter Hickman, Lee Johnston, Gary Johnson and McAdoo Kawasaki’s James Cowton, all set more than respectable lap speeds.

Same applied to Manx stars Conor Cummins and Dan Kneen, Josh Brookes, Dan Cooper, Dan Stewart, Junior Manx GP winner Andy Dudgeon, Sam West and Guy Martin piloting Wilson Craig Racing’s CBR 600RR Honda, which is been run in Honda Racing colours.

Adam McLean, once again lead the newcomer challenge, nearing the 120 mph mark, lapping at an impressive 119.886.

It has been overall, it has to be said a tricky day’s action on the Mountain Course, for the Supersport fraternity, due to a spate of red flags.

Despite this, the pace has risen and you can tell that the four lap Monster Energy Supersport races, will be close fought.

Must add as well, a speedy recovery to quick TT newcomer Paul Jordan, who was involved in an incident at Sarah’s Cottage.

TT 2017 – Saturday Practice – Supersport Results:

1 William Dunlop 125.297
2 Dean Harrison 125.188
3 Ian Hutchinson 124.651
4 James Hillier 124.425
5 Peter Hickman 124.103
6 Lee Johnston 123.369
7 Gary Johnson 123.336
8 James Cowton 123.074
9 Conor Cummins 121.843
10 Sam West 121.69
11 Josh Brookes 121.537
12 Dan Kneen 121.511
13 Horst Saiger 121.485
14 Guy Martin 121.199
15 Craig Neve 121.117
16 Dan Cooper 120.948
17 Dan Stewart 120.77
18 Andy Dudgeon 120.769
19 Ivan Lintin 120.349
20 Daley Mathison 120.066

Superstock:

East Coast Racing’s Lee Johnston lead the way in Superstock practice, courtesy of his second timed lap speed of 128.896 mph.

Unfortunately Lee was involved in an incident at Greeba Castle, which led to the session, been red flagged, Road Racing News wishes the six times international road race winner, a speedy recovery.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s James Hillier was second quickest, just ahead of DTR Fuelled by Penz 13’s Dan Kneen, who lapped at 127.74 mph.

Next up on the time sheets was Radcliffe’s Racing’s Jamie Coward (127.473), followed by Peter Hickman (127.47), Temple Golf Club limited Yamaha’s William Dunlop (126.719), Ivan Lintin (126.514), Martin Jessopp (126.094) and Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison (125.904).

Whilst Sam West (125.377), David Johnson (124.887), James Cowton (124.828) and Phil Crowe (123.917) all showed accomplished form in finishing ninth, tenth and eleventh quickest.

TT 2017 – Saturday Practice – Superstock Results:

1 Lee Johnston 128.896
2 James Hillier 128.173
3 Dan Kneen 127.74
4 Jamie Coward 127.473
4 Peter Hickman 127.47
6 William Dunlop 126.719
7 Ivan Lintin 126.514
8 Martin Jessopp 126.094
8 Dean Harrison 125.904
10 Dan Hegarty 125.575
11 Dan Stewart 125.564
12 David Johnson 124.887
13 James Cowton 124.828
14 Brian McCormack 124.028
15 Phil Crowe 123.917
16 Michael Sweeney 123.652
17 Danny Webb 123.348
18 Dan Cooper 123.153
19 Sam West 123.053
20 Alan Bonner 123.040

Lightweight:

Tipped by many, as a prime contender for Lightweight victory, Martin Jessopp underlined this notion today, by setting the Super Twins pace, on day 8 of TT 2017.

Martin’s lap speed of 116.535 mph, signals that the Yeovil based rider, has the machinery underneath him, to give him a pretty good chance, of contending for race honours.

Reigning Lightweight TT winner, Ivan Lintin was just 0.429 behind his North West 200 winning compatriot, courtesy of his lap speed of 116.492.

Peter Hickman, still relatively new to the Super Twins class, was third quickest, lapping at 116.239, in been the only other rider, to break past the 116 mph mark.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

SC Project Paton’s Stefano Bonetti (115.909) once again was in close proximity with the Kawasaki’s, same applies to WK Bikes/CF Moto’s Gary Johnson (115.443).

Others to impress included Dan Cooper (116.096), new to the KMR Kawasaki fold Josh Brookes (115.226) Dan Cooper (115.194), Michael Dunlop (115.572) having his first outing aboard the McAdoo Racing twin, Optimark Road Racing’s Xavier Denis and Greenhous Vauxhall backed Barry Furber.

Adam McLean’s stellar TT debut continues, finishing 10th quickest, outpacing prominent TT racers such as Maria Costello MBE, Dave Moffitt, Craig Neve, Derek Sheils, Michael Rutter and France’s Timothee Monot.

Photo by Rod Neill

TT 2017 – Saturday Practice – Lightweight Results:

1 Martin Jessopp 116.535
2 Ivan Lintin 116.492
2 Peter Hickman 116.239
4 Dan Cooper 116.096
3 Stefano Bonetti 115.909
6 Michael Dunlop 115.572
7 Gary Johnson 115.443
8 Josh Brookes 115.226
9 James Cowton 115.019
10 Adam McLean 113.496
11 Michael Sweeney 113.212
12 Maria Costello MBE 112.78
13 Derek Sheils 112.765
14 Xavier Denis 112.277
15 Barry Furber 111.674
16 Callum Laidlaw 111.047
17 Dave Moffitt 111.029
18 Craig Neve 110.599
19 Michael Rutter 110.542
20 Timothee Monot 110.377

Words by Stevie Rial

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