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Author: Department of Tourism and Leisure
Posted on: Sunday, Jun 05 2005

Sunday June 5

The organisers of the 2005 Isle of Man TT Races, the Manx Motor Cycle Club Limited, will make a second attempt today to stage the six lap Superbike event which had to be postponed from yesterday because of bad weather.

This was to have been the curtain-raiser for TT Race Week but a combination of intermittent showers and mist on the mountain section of the course necessitated a postponement. If the race does get underway today and the start is scheduled for 2pm all eyes will be on John McGuinness and his main rivals including Adrian Archibald, Richard Britton and Ryan Farquhar to see if the first 130 miles an hour lap is a possibility.

McGuinness leads the practice leaderboard having lapped at 125.262 followed by Archibald (124.848), Britton (124.708) and Farquhar (124.708). McGuinness currently holds the all-time lap record of 127.68 which he established last year.

Although there was no racing yesterday in the Superbike class, the Sidecar A event did take place and this produced a dramatic race and finish. After ten-times winner Dave Molyneux and passenger Dan Sayle had retired on the second of the three laps, the outfits of Nick Crowe and Darren Hope, and Steve Norbury and Andy Smith, changed places several times before the local team of Crowe and Hope edged home by just 2.3 seconds to give the Isle of Man a winning start to TT Week.

Before the sidecar race took place there was a practice specifically for the Supersport and Superstock machines and 50 riders took advantage of the session.

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