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TT 2017: Wednesday Practice – Superbike Giants Excel

Superbike giants a plenty excelled this evening on the Mountain Course, as the pace rocketed up.

As on Tuesday night it was Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson who headed the times, lapping at 128.987 mph, extremely impressive for only the second practice session of TT 2017.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Same can be tabled upon Michael Dunlop, who lapped in excess of 127 mph aboard the Bennetts Suzuki, new to Suzuki machinery on the world famous Manx roads, the 13 times TT winner is showcasing the potential and more of the newest incarnation of the GSX-R 1000.

Next up on the lap time sheets was Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison (126.157), Conor Cummins was close to the 125 mph mark lapping at an average speed of 124.734.

Padgetts team mate Bruce Anstey piloting the exotic Moto GP spec RC213V-S Honda, lapped in excess of 124 as did Gary Johnson.

Added notable speeds recorded tonight included Steve Mercer (123.984), Michael Rutter (123.959), Martin Jessopp (123.942) and Norton duo David Johnson (123.607) and Josh Brookes (122.583).

Guy Martin was 15th quickest, whilst new to S1000RR BMW machinery Brian McCormack, was happy with his standing start lap of 116.802.

Unfortunately due to a combination of mist and deteriorating weather conditions, which made the chance of the medical helicopter covering the lower parts of the course, not possible, practice concluded tonight, at 7:18 PM.

TT 2017: Wednesday Practice – Superbike Results:

1 Ian Hutchinson 128.987
2 Michael Dunlop 127.228
3 Dean Harrison 126.157
4 Conor Cummins 124.734
5 James Hillier 124.519
6 Bruce Anstey 124.14
7 Gary Johnson 124.107
8 Steve Mercer 123.984
9 Michael Rutter 123.959
10 Martin Jessopp 123.942
11 David Johnson 123.607
12 Ivan Lintin 123.396
13 Josh Brookes 122.583
14 Dan Stewart 121.912
15 Guy Martin 121.416
16 Dan Cooper 119.881
17 Dan Hegarty 119.38
18 Michael Sweeney 119.076
19 William Dunlop 117.641
20 Brian McCormack 116.802
21 Dominic Herbertson 116.391

Words by Stevie Rial

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