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TT 2018: Monday Practice – 131 Mph Barrier Already Broken As Harrison Sets Big Bike Pace

After a 20 minute delay thanks to a spectator walking onto the roads at Crosby, the 1000cc Superstock, Superbike rocket ships broke cover at TT 2018 with Monday evening’s practice session getting underway at 6:40 PM.

Given the conditions plus the vast amount of track time gained on Saturday night, many were predicting lap speeds in excess of 130 mph, they were not to be disappointed.

Showcasing the type of form that makes him a prime contender for Superbike/Senior honours, Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison surged to the top of the time sheets lapping at an impressive 131.376 mph.

It must be noted as well that Bradford’s Harrison in all three of his timed laps this evening cracked the 130 mph mark, to firmly lay down an early marker down in the big bike class.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Superbike race favourite Michael Dunlop enjoyed a very accomplished start to his maiden TT Races campaign with Tyco BMW, as he like Harrison just nudged over the 131 mph, lapping at 131.087 mph to finish second quickest.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Tyco BMW team mate Dan Kneen (128.788) showed good form in finishing fourth fastest, just behind another of the pre race favourites, Smith’s Racing’s Peter Hickman (129.000).

Gulf BMW’s David Johnson (127.686) made it four BMW’s in the top five on the time sheets, whilst James Hillier (127.300) who traditionally leaves his best pace for race week finished sixth quickest.

Finalising the top ten in a quite pulsating practice session were Ivan Lintin (126.821), PRL Worthington Racing’s Sam West (126.269), Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson (125.843) and Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward (125.768).

Norton’s TT 2018 voyage began with Josh Brookes lapping from a standing start at near the 126 mph mark, before stopping at Sulby Bridge on his flying lap.

Others to encounters problem on their Superbike machinery included Padgetts Conor Cummins a retirement at Ballacraine plus prior to banking a 131 mph lap, Michael Dunlop taking in a practice lap on his T bike, a testing bike, identical to his race bike called time on this lap from Quarter Bridge on wards.

Monday Practice – Superbike Results:

1 Dean Harrison 131.376
2 Michael Dunlop 131.087
3 Peter Hickman 129.000
4 Dan Kneen 128.788
5 David Johnson 127.686
6 James Hillier 127.300
7 Ivan Lintin 126.821
8 Sam West 126.269
9 Ian Hutchinson 125.843
10 Jamie Coward 125.768
11 Josh Brookes 125.667
12 Lee Johnston 125.619
13 Phil Crowe 125.498
14 Shaun Anderson 125.498
15 William Dunlop 125.197
16 Martin Jessopp 125.075
17 James Cowton 125.052
18 Michael Rutter 124.865
19 Derek Sheils 124.473
20 Stefano Bonetti 124.285
21 Daley Mathison 123.741
22 Dominic Herbertson 123.321
23 Steve Mercer 122.887
24 Rob Hodson 122.676
25 Danny Webb 122.279
26 Ryan Kneen 121.964
27 Kamil Holan 121.787
28 Dan Cooper 121.536
29 Ian Lougher 121.049
30 Barry Evans 120.385
31 Michael Evans 120.384
32 Brian McCormack 120.303
33 Adam Lyon 120.186
34 Dave Hewson 120.151
35 Barry Furber 120.048
36 Tom Weeden 119.385
37 Darren Cooper 119.336
38 Mark Parrett 119.241
39 George Spence 119.177
40 Gary Johnson 118.967
41 Jim Hodson 118.607
42 Paul Jordan 118.029
43 Davy Morgan 117.957
44 Rhys Hardisty 117.658
45 Ian Pattinson 117.474
46 Bjorn Gunnarsson 117.37
47 Richard Charlton 117.019
48 Adrian Harrison 116.682
49 Fabrice Miguet 116.667
50 Paul Williams 116.310
51 Eric Wilson 115.857
52 Josh Daley 115.553
53 Andy Dudgeon 114.414
54 Rob Whittall 114.236
55 Matt Mylchreest 114.067
56 David Jackson 113.933
57 Mike Norbury 113.218
58 Julien Toniutti 113.070
59 Michael Booth 111.115
60 Chris Petty 110.271

Words by Stevie Rial

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