|TT 2006 - Wednesday Night Practice Report|
Author: Department of Tourism and Leisure
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 01 2006
Wednesday night's practice session in the Isle of Man TT meeting was not one,
but two, unofficial lap records. First of all came news of a lap at 127.81
miles an hour by John McGuinness, breaking - unofficially - his own outright
record of 127.68 set up two years ago. His Superbike Honda stopped the clock at
17 minutes 42.73 seconds on his second circuit of the night.
Not to be
outdone, the sidecar crew of Dave Molyneux and Craig Hallam also weighed in
with an unofficial record lap. Their speed of 116.224 broke Molyneux's fastest
sidecar lap which he set up, in last year's race, with Dan Sayle.
Earlier, Guy Martin got the solo practice off to a scorching start when
he recorded the fastest time of the week, up to that point. His lap of 18
minutes 2.48 seconds represented a speed of 125.477 miles an hour, while Ian
Lougher (125.390) and John McGuinness (124.996) were close behind.
Conditions were the best of the week so far, the strong winds which had
posed problems for the competitors on the first three practice sessions having
This was adequately demonstrated by McGuinness's
record-breaking lap. He will now be hoping to do it, officially, in the race
itself on Saturday. Martin, too, went even faster than his opening lap,
recording a speed of 126.414
Fastest speeds of the night
TT Superbike: John McGuinness, Honda, 127.810; Guy Martin,
Yamaha, 126.414; Ian Lougher, Honda, 125.390.
Bruce Anstey, Suzuki, 122.008; John McGuinness, Honda, 121.908; Guy Martin,
TT Superstock: Guy Martin, Yamaha, 122.970; Ian
Hutchinson, Kawasaki, 121.522; John McGuinnness, Honda, 120.793.
Sidecars: Dave Molyneux/Craig Hallam, Honda, 116.224; Nick
Crowe/Darren Hope, Honda, 110.357; Klaus Klaffenbock/Christian Parzer, Honda,
A total of 212 machines went through scrutineering, including
James Cornell, the sidecar passenger injured in Saturday
night's opening practice, was described as 'still critical.' However, there was
better news about his driver, Doug Dano, who has now been discharged from
Noble's Hospital in Douglas.
Medical reports were also issued in
respect of the two riders who collided on the exit from Union Mills on Monday
night. Japan's Jun Maeda was said to be 'critical' while Seamus Greene was
'critical but stable.'
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