TT 2024: Free Practice Summary

TT 2024: Free Practice Summary

Thanks to an intake of wet weather, low cloud, organisers early this morning, added a four-hour delay to the sole non timed practice session of TT 2024 (scheduled start time 10:40 AM).

Once everything was spot on, practice commenced just before 2:55 PM.

Mountain Course newcomers, solo, three-wheeling, sped down Bray Hill first.

First away within Supersport/Super Twins free practice was 25 times TT winner Michael Dunlop astride S1-R Paton tackle.

Soon bad luck struck for ‘MD’, stopping at Greeba Bridge. Marcus ‘Spartacus’ Simpson tipped off unscathed at Governors Bridge.

Dean Harrison made his factory Honda TT bow whilst an intriguing update saw Aussie ace David Johnson aboard 765 Triumph machinery supplied by the Roadhouse Macau by FHO squad.

Sam West (a faller during SBK/Superstock practice – reported as ok) is another Supersport mount switcher, piloting a Kawasaki instead of a Ducati as noted in the TT programme.

Despite multiple damp patches, water under trees, conditions not 100 percent, the riding across all classes (Supersport/Super Twins/Superstock/Superbike) was still ultra, ultra intense.

Countless riders, drivers, gained good track time including Croatian debutant Loris Majcan who thoroughly enjoyed his first TT competition stint.

Sidecar competitors were dealt a bad card when their free practice tenure was delayed by close to fifty minutes, following an oil spillage within 1000cc solo practice from the bottom of Bray Hill onwards.

Post this obstacle, the three wheeling superheroes, new wave, experienced, established attained just lap around the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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