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TT 2019: News From The Paddock 2

Ahead of Wednesday evening’s (weather permitting!) practice session, here’s just some of the interesting news, emerging from the jam packed TT paddock.

Matt Rees was a non starter for last night’s practice session, having been involved earlier in the day in a testing incident at Jurby.

Although emerging relatively unscathed, the popular Welshman who’s Superstock Kawasaki steed received major damage, made the decision to sit out Tuesday’s Mountain Course action, due to in his own words, “feeling a bit second hand!”.

Following his incident at the 11th Milestone, Honda Racing issued quickly via Twitter, a positive update on 16 times TT champion Ian Hutchinson. The works squad, stated:

“Update: Hutchy is back with the team in the truck after his off at the 11th milestone earlier in practice, he’s a bit battered and bruised but thankfully OK.”

Others to encounter problems during practice included Gary Johnson, who was black flagged due to an on-board camera coming loose, plus Superbike pace setter Dean Harrison, who prior to topping the time sheets, had electric problems with his premier class steed.

New Zealander Jay Lawrence enjoyed yesterday a very productive first stint aboard the Buildbase Suzuki, completing four laps, along the way recording a best lap speed of 122.56 mph.

Established amongst his nations foremost pure road racing talents, Carl Cox Motorsport supported Lawrence has impressed many this week with his pace, application, solid progress around the fabled Mountain Course.

Sponsorship News:

Sponsorship news wise, it’s good to give publicity to the companies backing the tens of privateer competitors competing at this years TT Races.

Wiz Norton team regular Richard Wilson enjoys backing from G&C Higgins, 240 Volts/Swindon Karting support 2009 Senior Manx GP victor Michael Russell’s latest TT effort, C&C Ltd continue to back TT stalwart Mark Parrett, whilst event returnee Anthony Redmond has title support from Reds Garage.

Photo by Mark Corlett

Three wheeling wise, the all conquering Birchall brothers are backed by the likes of Haith, Live Your Adventure, Elas and Mitchells of Mansfield.

GBM UK, Drury Engineering support Gary Bryan/Phil Hyde, Haven Homes support Ryan Crowe/Callum Crowe’s first TT voyage, whilst Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes compete this month and next month, under the Team Berlin Express Powered by H&S Contractors banner.

The Weather!:

Lets be honest the topic on everyone’s minds today in the TT paddock, is again the weather. The current forecast doesn’t look promising, and a decision on whether tonight’s practice session will go ahead, is anticipated to be made from around 1:00 PM.

Already it looks a strong possibility that the RST Superbike race, will be moved forward to Sunday the 2nd of June, with potentially Saturday being a non racing day, with practice sessions instead taking place to give competitors more track time ahead of the race week opening six lap encounter.

Words by Stevie Rial