Road Racing News

TT 2019: Sunday Afternoon Solo Practice Round Up

Supersport:

Showcasing again his proven qualities on 600 machinery, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston powered to the top of this afternoon’s Supersport practice leader board.

Seven times International road race Johnston, who looks at one with the Ashcourt Racing YZF R6 Yamaha, late surge in pace during today’s practice session saw him lap at 122.93 mph, to finish just over three seconds quicker than long time class pace setter Gary Johnson (122.59).

Under six seconds behind twice TT winner Johnson in finishing third quickest, was the ever consistent James Hillier (122.02), whilst fourth spot on the times sheet was scooped by PreZ Racing’s very much in form Jamie Coward (121.33).

Dean Harrison’s (121.17) sole lap aboard the Silicone Engineering ZX-6R Kawasaki, placed him fifth on the times sheet, whilst Honda Racing’s Ian Hutchinson (121.13) sixth quickest, also showed an accomplished turn of speed.

Wrapping up the ten quickest middleweight class competitors were Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Paul Jordan (120.48), David Johnson (120.35), 2018 Duke Road Race Rankings champion Derek McGee (119.64) and fellow countryman Derek Sheils (119.58).

Supersport practice results are as follows:

1 Lee Johnston 122.926
2 Gary Johnson 122.590
3 James Hillier 122.024
4 Jamie Coward 121.335
5 Dean Harrison 121.170
6 Ian Hutchinson 121.132
7 Paul Jordan 120.479
8 David Johnson 120.348
9 Derek McGee 119.639
10 Derek Sheils 119.578
11 Daley Mathison 119.107
12 John McGuinness 117.770
13 Michael Sweeney 117.704
14 Michael Browne 117.553
15 Xavier Denis 116.527
16 James Chawke 116.317
17 Michal Dokoupil 116.299
18 Matt Stevenson 115.539
19 Brian McCormack 115.395
20 Richard Charlton 115.267

Superstock:

Illustrating again the potency of BMW’s latest generation S1000RR BMW model, Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman proved formidable in Superstock practice today on a blustery, damp in sections but most importantly largely dry Mountain Course.

Regarded by various roads insiders as the one to beat next week on Superstock machinery, ‘Hicky’ who endured a character building practice session on Tuesday night, was back in the groove today, recording an impressive best lap speed of 128.499 mph.

Nearest pursuer to 13 times International Road Race victor Hickman, was Hebden Bridge’s Jamie Coward (127.215), who is providing not only suitors PreZ Racing a strong TT challenge, he’s also providing Yamaha with a firm presence at the sharp end of the 1000cc class leader boards.

Third quickest behind Lightweight practice pace setter Coward was Milenco by Padgetts Conor Cummins (127.171), whilst RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki’s Gary Johnson (124.971), On 1 Racing’s Brian McCormack (124.331) and James Hillier (124.326) were all closely matched on route to finishing respectively fourth, fifth, sixth quickest.

Michael Rutter (123.584), Italian roads great Stefano Bonetti (123.482) were sixth, seventh fastest as Rob Hodson (123.39) and IRRC Superbike series leader Davey Todd (122.945) completed the top ten in practice.

Superstock practice results are as follows:

1 Peter Hickman 128.499
2 Jamie Coward 127.215
3 Conor Cummins 127.171
4 Gary Johnson 124.971
5 Brian McCormack 124.331
6 James Hillier 124.326
7 Michael Rutter 123.534
8 Stefano Bonetti 123.482
9 Rob Hodson 123.39
10 Davey Todd 122.945
11 Jay Lawrence 122.472
12 Dominic Herbertson 121.503
13 Horst Saiger 121.296
14 Derek McGee 120.975
15 Michael Sweeney 120.622
16 Paul Jordan 120.479
17 Forest Dunn 120.073
18 Dan Cooper 119.986
19 Phil Crowe 119.845
20 Barry Evans 119.823
21 Xavier Denis 119.363

Words by Stevie Rial

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