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TT 2006 - Monday raceday preview

Author: Department of Tourism and Leisure
Posted on: Monday, Jun 05 2006

Monday morning June 5th

John McGuinness will be looking for his second victory of the week when racing continues today (Monday) in the Isle of Man TT.

The Morecambe rider set up race and lap records as well as an outright lap record in winning Saturday's Jester Interactive Superbike TT. He also heads the practice leaderboard for today's Scottish Life International Superstock TT at 124.152 miles an hour which he set up in Friday night's practice.

Ian Hutchinson, who was third on Saturday, is second fastest at 124.066 and other quick laps have come from Jason Griffiths (sixth on Saturday), Guy Martin, Bruce Anstey and Ian Lougher, the latter having been runner-up in the Superbike TT. Gary Carswell, who was fifth fastest in practice, also comes into the equation.

Martin and Anstey will be hoping for better luck than they experienced on Saturday when both suffered first lap retirements, Anstey at Crosby and Martin at Sulby Bridge.

The first leg of the Sidecar TT looks like being one of the most open of the week. Dave Molyneux and Craig Hallam, who set up the fastest lap of the week at 116.224, are out of the race following a crash at Rhencullen in Thursday afternoon's practice and the next seven crews all lapped at around 109-111 miles an hour so it is impossible to pick a winner.

Nick Crowe and Darren Hope were the second fastest in practice and with a first and second to their credit from last year may start as slight favourites. However, former world sidecar champion Klaus Klaffenbock is improving his speeds all the time and, with passenger Christian Parzer, will be a major threat having been third fastest in practice. Other crews who must be in with a shout are Steve Norbury and Scott Parnell, Gary Bryan and Colin Hardman, and Phil Dongworth and Stuart Castles.

The 150-mile Superstock TT is scheduled to get underway at 10.45 a.m. to be followed at 1.15 p.m. by the TT Sidecar Race A which is run over 113 miles.

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