Posted: 31 May 2013
John McGuinness topped the TT Superbike leaderboard in the first dry practice of the week, clocking a best time of 17m 30.299s to cover the 37.73-mile Mountain Course on his fourth and final lap of the session aboard the Honda TT Legends Fireblade at an average speed of 129.323mph.
The Lancastrian, already a 19 times winner on the Island, and the holder of the outright lap record, had begun, by his standards, a little slowly but as Kiwi Bruce Anstey increased his speed, lapping at 129.143mph, McGuinness responded nosing ahead.
Michael Rutter, also riding Honda, was third fastest with a lap at 128.002mph, ahead of Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin (127.925mph) and Michael Dunlop on the second TT Legends Fireblade whose best lap came at 127.657mph. Aussie Cameron Donald completed the top six at 126.964mph.
In Supersport practice, the Dunlop brothers made it a family affair. Michael with a lap in 122.671mph on his Honda three-and-a-half seconds faster than Yamaha-riding William, who lapped at 122.259mph.
And in Sidecar action Dave Molyneux/Patrick Farrance set the pace, at 113.558mph ahead of Tim Reeves/Dan Sayle whose best lap came in at 113.146mph before the session was red-flagged by a crash at Graham Memorial involving newcomers David Saunders and Anne Garnish, who were subsequently taken to Nobles Hospital for treatment.