|TT 2006 - Thursday Practice Report|
Author: Department of Tourism
Posted on: Thursday, Jun 01 2006
afternoon June 1st
This afternoons practice session for the
Isle of Man TT was halted when a sidecar crashed and then went on fire. The
course was opened to allow the Fire Brigade to deal with the incident and so
that the sidecar and debris could be removed.
It happened at
Rhencullen, about 16 miles from the start, and involved the machine of Dave
Molyneux, the outright sidecar lap record holder and 11-times TT winner. The
outfit crashed and shortly afterwards went on fire. Molyneux and his passenger
Craig Hallam were taken to Nobles Hospital, by helicopter, and the
sidecar practice resumed after 40 minutes.
Molyneux has possible arm
and chest injuries while Hallam was said to be suffering from friction burns.
Earlier, Guy Martin got the session underway with a lap of 126.799
miles an hour, from a standing start, on his Superbike Yamaha and followed this
up with a second lap of 124.771.
Although the weather was fine, the
blustery wind which had been in evidence at the start of Practice Week returned
to pose a few problems for the riders on the mountain section of the course.
Despite this, speeds were still well into the 120s with Ian Lougher's Honda
lapping at 125.073 and 123.370. Bruce Anstey was also up there at 123.897 while
Carl Rennie posted 123.897 and Adrian Archibald 122.152 and 122.373. Anstey's
Superbike Suzuki was to go even faster later in the session, at 126.146, making
the New Zealander the second fastest of the afternoon.
who set up an unofficial lap record the previous evening, was also in the mix
with a lap of 124.651 on his Honda and also led the Superstocks.
Fastest speeds of the day
TT Superbike: Guy
Martin, Yamaha, 126.799; Bruce Anstey, Suzuki, 126.146; Ian Lougher, Honda,
TT Superstock: John McGuinness, Honda, 122.359; Gary
Carswell, Suzuki, 121.525; Guy Martin, Yamaha, 121.513.
Supersport: Bruce Anstey, Suzuki, 121.843; Ian Hutchinson, Kawasaki,
120.041; Chris Palmer, Honda, 118.942.
Sidecars: Nick Crowe/Darren
Hope, Honda 110.113; Gary Bryan/Colin Hardman, Baker Yamaha, 109.576; Simon
Neary/Stuart Bond, Baker Yamaha, 108.173.
Two solo riders were injured
after crashing at Greeba Castle. David Bell sustained a broken wrist while
Robbie Silvester was said to have leg fractures. He was taken to hospital by
air ambulance. Keith Stewart suffered knee and rib injuries after coming off at
the 33rd Milestone.
There has not been any change in the condition of
riders injured earlier in the week. James Cornell and Jun Maeda are described
as 'critical' while the medical report in respect of Seamus Greene said he was
critical but stable. Travelling marshal Keith Trubshaw was due to be discharged
from hospital today.
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