* Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin admitted that he didn’t expect to go as quick as he did, during yesterday afternoon’s practice session.
The seven times International road race winner stated that he is taking it steady through rapid Mountain Course sections including Snugborough, Crosby and Ballagarey.
* Joining Irwin in surpassing Peter Hickman’s previous existing newcomers first practice record lap speed, was DP Coldplaning/TC Racing’s Milo Ward.
On route to finishing 32nd fastest on the overall Superbike times sheet, former National Superstock 1000, Superstock 600 exponent Ward lapped at 19 minutes 25.160 seconds, which equates in speed terms to 116.575 mph.
* As I’m sure lots will have already realised, Forest Dunn has earnt a well deserved Superbike ride with Team Classic Suzuki.
* Post a solid start to his second TT Races expedition, IRRC front runner David Datzer encountered a water cooling problem during his third timed lap, which forced him out of the remainder of the Superbike/Superstock practice session.
* Top of the Superstock speed trap timings was Peter Hickman (191.956 mph).
* Top of the Supersport speed trap timings was Dean Harrison (168.359 mph).
* Top of the Super Twins speed trap timings was Michael Dunlop (155.703 mph).
* Top of the Sidecars speed trap timings was the Birchall brothers Ben & Tom (147.102 mph).
* In total 24 riders yesterday topped the 120 mph lap mark.
* It’s fair to say initial reactions towards the TT+ channel live coverage, was mixed.
At first there was technical difficulties, as the live stream continued, coverage got better but in my opinion there is a long way to go for this to capture the hearts and minds of hardcore road racing, TT fans.
Photo credit: Mark Corlett
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou