|TT2006 Saturday Night Practice|
Author: Department of Tourism & Leisure - Press Office
Posted on: Sunday, May 28 2006
|Martins speed stood as the fastest of the night for much of the session until Ian Hutchinson went slightly quicker on his Kawasaki at 118.261 miles an hour which he then increased to 120.160 on his Junior Supersport Kawasaki. However, last years Superbike winner John McGuinness served notice that he would be the man they all had to beat when he lapped at 122.013 on his Honda Fireblade.
The organisers continued their policy of starting the first practice session with a lap for newcomers, escorted by travelling marshals. Consequently, the honour of getting the 2006 TT meeting underway fell to Hungarian Sandor Bitter from Budapest on his Suzuki Superbike resplendent in his blue leathers containing the TT logo.
When it was the turn of the more experienced riders first out were Manx riders Gary Carswell and Chris Heath. One Isle of Man rider making his debut was Conor Cummins who recorded a 100 miles an hour lap on his first trip round the TT Course 104.966 to be precise. He was to go even faster later in the practice at 108.751 which made him, comfortably, the fastest newcomer of the night and all this on Conors 20th birthday!
Dave Molyneux and Craig Hallam led the way in the sidecars at 112.934, just marginally outside a sub 20 minutes lap.
The American sidecar crew of Doug Dano and James Cornell crashed at May Hill, Ramsey. Dano was said to be stable while Cornells condition was described as serious. Jeff Jones from Maesteg came off his Superbike machine on the exit from Governors Bridge and was taken to hospital by ambulance. His condition was described as stable.
The nights fastest laps were
TT Superbike: John McGuinness, Honda, 122.013; Ian Hutchinson, Kawasaki, 118.261; Guy Martin, Yamaha, 118.023.
TT Supersport: Ian Hutchinson, Kawasaki, 120.160; Adrian Archibald, Suzuki,118.134; Bruce Anstey, Suzuki, 116.337.
TT Superstock: Bruce Anstey, Suzuki, 120.548; Guy Martin, Yamaha, 118.574; Jason Griffiths, Yamaha, 116.882.
Sidecars: Dave Molyneux/Craig Hallam 112.934; Gary Bryan/Colin Hardman 104.688; Phil Dongworth/Stuart Castles 104.337.
A total of 201 machines went through scrutineering. The Superbikes led the way at 66 followed by Supersport (60), Sidecars (53) and Superstocks (22).
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