Dunlop remains on top as Anstey gathers pace

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 20 Aug 2014

Dunlop remains on top

Perfect conditions surrounded the Isle of Man TT course for Tuesday night’s timed practice sessions and it was once again Ulsterman, Michael Dunlop top of the table improving his average lap speed to 118.772 aboard the Team Classic Suzuki.

Dunlop was chased in the Formula 1 class by Russ Mountford, also Suzuki-mounted, who improved to 116.534mph on the second night. Bruce Anstey was on the pace as he completed his first lap aboard the Valvoline Racing by Padgetts YZR500. The flying Kiwi’s first attempt at a lap on the iconic two stroke on Monday came to an early end as the bike packed up at Ramsey but come Tuesday a full circulation at 114.107mph proved no problem. It had looked as though Anstey would go quicker, with a whopping 128mph average speed up to Ramsey on his second flying lap but unfortunately the YZR500 hit more technical problems forcing him to pull up at the Cregg Ny Baa.

Gary Johnson made a bold statement setting the fourth fastest time with a 114.107mph lap showing the Lincolnshireman isn’t being held back by injuries sustained at this year’s TT back in June.

Bikenation.co.uk Lightweight TT podium finisher James Cowton topped the F2 category with a 108.326mph lap ahead of Chris Moore and Welshman Ian Lougher.

McGuinness topped the 500cc session

In the Bennetts 500cc class, John McGuinness continued to rule the roost. The Morecambe Missile edged closer to the 110mph lap on his Team Winfield Paton with a 109.846, just six seconds ahead of CNN/Flitwick Motorcycle’s Ian Lougher also aboard a Paton 500. McGuinness’ teammate, Ryan Farquhuar was third a further five seconds down with a 108.767 lap.

Jamie Hamilton set the fourth fastest time with an average speed of 107.327 on the Mv Agusta ahead of Michael Dunlop aboard the leading Manx Norton. William Dunlop was the leading Honda representative with a 105.521mph lap ahead of Alan Oversby. Bruce Anstey set the 9th fastest time ahead of the Paton-mounted Maria Costello rounding out the top ten.

Alan Oversby remained top of the 350cc times improving his average lap speed to 102.707mph ahead of Conor Behan and William Dunlop who are both yet to crack the 100mph barrier.

Formula 1

1
Michael Dunlop Suzuki 118.722
2
Russ Mountford Suzuki 116.534
3
Bruce Anstey Yamaha 114.107
4
Gary Johnson Harris 113.668
5
James Hillier Kawasaki 112.829
6
Nick Jefferies Honda 111.947
7
Steve Mercer Kawasaki 111.916
8
Ryan Kneen Suzuki 111.707
9
Ben Wylie Suzuki 111.48
10
Christopher Dixon Suzuki 109.388

Formula 2


1
James Cowton Yamaha 108.326
2
Chris Moore Yamaha 106.686
3
Ian Lougher Yamaha 105.707
4
Stuart Garton Yamaha 104.291
5
Philip McGurk Yamaha 104.129
6
Ben Rea Yamaha 103.827
7
Tom Snow Yamaha 103.437
8
Shaun Anderson Kawasaki 103.333
9
Ewan Hamilton Yamaha 102.78
10
Chris Barratt Yamaha 100.64

500cc


1
John McGuinness Paton 109.846
2
Ian Lougher CMM Paton 109.282
3
Ryan Farquhar Paton 108.767
4
Jamie Hamilton MV 107.327
5
Michael Dunlop Norton 106.431
6
Daniel Cooper Norton 105.896
7
William Dunlop Honda 105.521
8
Alan Oversby Honda 104.047
9
Bruce Anstey Norton 103.533
10
Maria Costello Paton 102.231

350cc


1
Alan Oversby Honda 102.707
2
Conor Behan Honda 99.842
3
William Dunlop Honda 99.756
4
Jamie Hamilton Honda 98.333
5
Daniel Cooper Norton 97.075
6
James Hillier Honda 95.481
7
Mark Herbertson AJS 94.539
8
Michael Dunlop Norton 94.245
9
Richard Wilson Honda 93.962
10
Philip McGurk Honda 93.894
500cc

1
John McGuinness Paton 109.846
2
Ian Lougher CMM Paton 109.282
3
Ryan Farquhar Paton 108.767
4
Jamie Hamilton MV 107.327
5
Michael Dunlop Norton 106.431
6
Daniel Cooper Norton 105.896
7
William Dunlop Honda 105.521
8
Alan Oversby Honda 104.047
9
Bruce Anstey Norton 103.533
10
Maria Costello Paton 102.231
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