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TT 2019: Consistent Harrison Heads Opening Supersport Practice

Just over fifty minutes behind schedule, the combined opening Supersport practice session of TT 2019 got underway at 2:41 PM with Silicone Engineering Racing’s Dean Harrison, first to power down Glencrutchery Road.

Quickly getting back into the groove on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course it was Ulster GP lap record holder Harrison who set the initial Supersport pace, lapping from a standing start at nigh on the 122 mph lap mark.

His second lap, ‘Flying Lap’ saw him nudge past the 124 mph mark, lapping at an already impressive for first practice, average speed of 124.39 mph.

Closely matching Harrison’s pace, Michael Dunlop (123.93) slotted into second on the times sheet, whilst PreZ Racing’s Jamie Coward (123.19), Conor Cummins (123.16) third, fourth quickest were both showing a solid, accomplished turn of speed.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

As Harrison continued to set series of consistent lap times, the chasing pack all upped their pace including Milenco by Padgetts Cummins (123.71), Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston (122.05), Gary Johnson (122.55) and North West 200 ‘Man of The Meeting’ James Hillier (122.91).

On his and sixth final lap, Harrison upped the pace further, lapping at 126.09 mph, to ultimately finish overall quickest today to tune of plus 19 seconds over middleweight TT class lap record holder, Dunlop (123.93).

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Cummins (123.71), Lightweight class pace setter Coward (123.19), Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki’s Hillier (122.91), lead Triumph runner Johnson (122.55) completed the top six on the practice leader board.

Whilst placing’s 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th respectively on the times sheet were clinched by seven times International Road Race victor Johnston (122.05), NW200 Supersport winner Davey Todd (121.87), Sam West having his first outing aboard the DTR supported Yamaha (121.04) and reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion Derek McGee (121.01).

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Outside the aforementioned competitors, others to quietly impress today on the fabled, mythical Mountain Course included Wilcock Consulting backed Michael Evans (120.54), Horst Saiger (119.06), Rhys Hardisty (118.13) and Cornwall’s Forest Dunn (117.66).

Full Sunday Supersport practice results, are as follows:

1 Dean Harrison 126.09
2 Michael Dunlop 123.90
3 Conor Cummins 123.71
4 Jamie Coward 123.19
5 James Hillier 122.91
6 Gary Johnson 122.55
7 Lee Johnston 122.05
8 Davey Todd 121.87
9 Sam West 121.04
10 Derek McGee 121.01
11 Michael Evans 120.54
12 Ian Hutchinson 120.44
13 John McGuinness 119.87
14 David Johnson 119.64
15 Horst Saiger 119.06
16 Dan Cooper 118.93
17 Phil Crowe 118.92
18 Rhys Hardisty 118.13
19 Daley Mathison 117.79
20 Forest Dunn 117.66
21 Matt Stevenson 117.55
22 Xavier Denis 117.51
23 Tom Weeden 117.38
24 Julian Trummer 116.80
25 Richard Charlton 116.68
26 Davy Morgan 116.66
27 Michael Sweeney 116.53
28 James Chawke 116.50
29 Jason Corcoran 116.45
30 Dominic Herbertson 116.38
31 Joe Akroyd 116.22
32 Michael Booth 115.91
33 Jim Hodson 115.65
34 Frank Gallagher 115.63
35 Adrian Harrison 115.58
36 Morgan Govignon 115.12
37 David Jackson 115.12
38 Michael Browne 114.83
39 Mike Norbury 114.68
40 Darren Cooper 114.42
41 Dave Hewson 114.27
42 Rob Whittall 114.11
43 Mark Parrett 113.93
44 Paul Jordan 113.62
45 Richard Wilson 113.49
46 Matt Mylchreest 113.09
47 Rob Hodson 112.45
48 Justin Collins 112.11
49 Matt Rees 112.10
50 Miroslav Sloboda 112.05
51 Masayuki Yamanaka 111.82
52 Josh Daley 111.81
53 Sam Johnson 110.98
54 Daniel Mettam 110.80
55 Ray Casey 110.56
56 Dave Moffitt 110.40
57 Emmett Burke 110.07
58 Barry Furber 110.01
59 Nicolas Pautet 109.60
60 Jonathan Goetschy 107.81
61 David Datzer 100.39
62 Timothee Monot 53.93

Words by Stevie Rial

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