Author: Press Office Posted on: Friday, Jun 01 2007
TT2007 Practice Times
MCGUINNESS CLOSES IN ON
OUTRIGHT LAP RECORD AT TT2007
Plater shows his mettle with record
newcomer practice lap
The leading contenders for Saturdays
Superbike race continue to make their mark in the Bennetts TT practice sessions
as records tumbled in near perfect conditions. A packed grandstand was bathed
in sunshine as blistering times were posted on the track.
McGuinness dominated the session and confirmed that he will again be the man to
beat in Saturdays Superbike race. His second lap of 129.084 was confirmed
as a record practice lap time and he was only fractionally outside his outright
lap record of 129.45mph set at last years Senior TT.
fifteen minute hold up at the beginning of the session, caused by road traffic
accidents outside the course, Adrian Archibald and Michael Rutter were first
off but it was Ian Hutchinson who served notice that he was coming into form
with a 127.48mph lap, the fastest first lap. However, John McGuinness then
replied with his sensational practice lap record. Guy Martin served notice that
McGuinness wouldnt have things all his own way with a fastest lap of
128.166 while Ian Lougher and Martin Finnegan also featured in the top five
times of the night.
Michael Rutter on the Isilion MSS Discovery
Kawasaki had clutch problems on his first lap but his team rallied round and he
was able to finish the session in a credible seventh with a time of 125.003.
Bruce Anstey continues to dominate the Superstock and Supersport
classes with the fastest time in both classes on the night. His 125.120mph in
the Superstocks saw him finish ahead of John McGuinness (124.295mph) and
he also finished top of the pile in the Supersport class with a 122.619mph
which put him ahead of the impressive Guy Martin (122.229mph).
sidecars Dave Molyneux was finally able to put his problems behind him and he
got valuable track time with a couple of quick laps including 111.874mph on his
second lap but he was again forced to play second fiddle to the weeks
leading pair Nick Crowe/Dan Sayle who clocked the nights fastest time
James Coward was reported to have lower leg
fractures after an accident at Crookshanks.
A total of 250 machines
went through scrutineering. 1 Senior, 75 Superbikes, 33 Superstock, 74
Supersport and 67 Sidecars.