Posted: 30 May 2013
Weather again provided the main talking points around the Mountain Course as for the third consecutive evening rain closed in, particularly on the north of the island, prompting delays and then the decision to run the session as untimed practice.
The expected array of Superbikes was rapidly changed as riders switched to more suitable Supersport and Superstock machines which at least gave them the opportunity to put in a couple of laps.
Newcomer and BSB title chaser Josh Brookes was one of the first away on the Tyco Suzuki along with Kawasaki riding Ivan Lintin but with stationery yellow flags displayed around almost a third of the course, as more rain fell, they could only regard their riding as little more than sighting laps.
Michael Rutter (Superstock), John McGuinness (Supersport), Bruce Anstey (Supersport), Conor Cummins (Superstock) and Guy Martin (Superstock) all put in laps and later the Sidecars took to the course with most competitors putting in two laps although local hero Dave Molyneux opted not to go out.
Practice continues this evening as follows:
Superbike/Superstock/Supersport/Newcomers (except Lightweight)
Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomers (all solo classes)