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TT 2019: Mountain Course Debutants Show Impressive Turn Of Pace

Despite the high winds, damp patches, this years Mountain Course debutants adapted extremely well to the world’s most famous, mythical, fabled roads course, during today’s opening timed practice session of TT 2019.

The only newcomer at this years TT Races, to be piloting 1000cc machinery, Switzerland’s Lukas Maurer who claimed a top five finish in the opening Superbike encounter at the North West 200, recorded a very creditable best lap speed today of 114.59 mph.

Photo by Nick Wheeler

Behind Maurer, leading Supersport mounted newcomer was New Zealand Superbike champion Daniel Mettam (110.80), who unfortunately went onto be involved in an incident at Black Hut. Road Racing News wishes the talented next gen roads exponent a very speedy recovery.

Ray Casey (110.56) also topped the 110 mph mark, whilst Jonathan Goetschy (107.81) and David Datzer (100.39) both chipped away with their pace, progress around the Mountain Course.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Cliffhanger Hill Climb victor Jay Lawrence, who sampled last August the Classic TT Races, also gained track time a plenty this afternoon, but not aboard the Buildbase Suzuki.

With the Hawk Racing squad on BSB duty at Donington Park, Lawrence piloted a loaned GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, thanks to the generosity of Keith & Ryan Cringle.

Despite been a newcomer to 1000cc Mountain Course competition, leading New Zealand road racer Lawrence record an impressive best lap speed of 122.09 mph, placing him presently top of the Superbike practice week leader board!

Words by Stevie Rial