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TT 2019: Harrison Leaves It Late To Top First Superbike Practice

As the relatively calm, bright, blue sky weather glistened upon the TT Grandstand, the action during the opening Superbike practice session of TT 2019, was even more sparkling, illuminating, as a who’s who of International Road Racing showcased their supreme, super human talents.

Getting underway 11 minutes behind schedule, after a Ramsey based non racing emergency, it was Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins setting the pace on the run to Glen Helen, just over 1.5 seconds clear of RST Superbike lap record holder Dean Harrison.

As the standing start lap went on, Cummins and Harrison continued to set the pace, closely pursued by Tyco BMW’s Michael Dunlop.

Come the completion of the lap, Cummins with a lap speed of 128.09 mph, was quickest by just over 12 seconds in front of 18 times TT winner Dunlop (126.65), with Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison (126.63) third fastest.

Cummins continued his impressive pace on his ‘Flying Lap’, prior to being black flagged due to reportedly smoke arising from his Honda Superbike steed.

More drama was a foot as Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson slid off uninjured at the 11th Milestone.

In amongst the unforeseen drama North West 200 ‘Man of The Meeting’ James Hillier was quietly going about his business, lapping just over a tenth of a second off Cummins best time, registering a lap speed of 128.07 mph.

Towards the end of the session, Superstock class pace setter, Team Green supported Harrison was starting to set ominous purple sector times, was a 130 mph lap on the cards?

Photo by Nick Wheeler

The answer was not quite, still Harrison’s lap speed of 129.53 mph placed him almost 12 seconds clear of Cummins (128.09) at the top of tonight’s times sheet.

Hillier (128.07) finished third quickest, Dunlop (126.93) who looked on course late in the session for a 129 mph lap emerged fourth fastest, as RC213V-S Honda mounted Michael Rutter (126.48) and PreZ Racing’s in form Jamie Coward (126.39) respectively finished fifth, sixth fastest.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Wrapping up the top ten from an intriguing opening Superbike practice session, were David Johnson (126.19), Phil Crowe (125.52), Ian Hutchinson (125.39) and Daley Mathison (125.17).

John McGuinness (123.73) and the chrome liveried SG8 Norton finished 15th quickest, whilst the likes of Rob Hodson (122.89), Jay Lawrence (122.56), David ‘Action’ Jackson (121.78), Noel Williamson Racing’s Shaun Anderson (121.11), Frank Gallagher (119.72) all quietly impressed.

Tuesday evening Superbike practice results, are as follows:

1 Dean Harrison 129.53
2 Conor Cummins 128.09
3 James Hillier 128.07
4 Michael Dunlop 126.93
5 Michael Rutter 126.48
6 Jamie Coward 126.39
7 David Johnson 126.19
8 Phil Crowe 125.52
9 Ian Hutchinson 125.39
10 Daley Mathison 125.17
11 Stefano Bonetti 124.48
12 Derek McGee 124.40
13 Davey Todd 124.29
14 Brian McCormack 124.18
15 John McGuinness 123.73
16 Rob Hodson 122.89
17 Jay Lawrence 122.56
18 Derek Sheils 122.33
19 Paul Jordan 122.19
20 David Jackson 121.78
21 Shaun Anderson 121.40
22 Michael Sweeney 121.34
23 Ryan Kneen 120.81
24 Dan Cooper 120.69
25 Dominic Herbertson 120.64
26 Michael Booth 120.08
27 Forest Dunn 120.07
28 Frank Gallagher 119.72
29 Mark Parrett 119.28
30 Barry Evans 119.18
31 Horst Saiger 119.16
32 Xavier Denis 119.03
33 Richard Charlton 118.90
34 Dave Hewson 118.86
35 Michael Russell 118.71
36 Rhys Hardisty 118.59
37 Jim Hodson 118.39
38 Julian Trummer 118.11
39 Marc Ironside 117.94
40 James Chawke 117.84
41 Richard Wilson 117.49
42 Joe Akroyd 117.20
43 Adrian Harrison 117.05
44 Josh Daley 116.80
45 George Spence 116.77
46 Paul Williams 116.76
47 Mark Goodings 116.29
48 Matt Stevenson 116.15
49 Thomas Maxwell 116.09
50 Davy Morgan 115.79
51 Barry Furber 115.68
52 Tom Weeden 115.47
53 Raul Torras Martinez 115.36
54 Anthony Redmond 114.91
55 Morgan Govignon 114.77
56 Lukas Maurer 114.50
57 Dean Osborne 113.86
58 Jonathan Perry 113.78
59 Gary Johnson 103.37

Words by Stevie Rial

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