Classic TT 2016: Qualifying round up - Dunlop sets the pace

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.
Michael Dunlop flies over Ballaugh Bridge on the Suzuki

The second qualifying session for the Isle of Man Classic TT presented by Bennetts took place last night, with Michael Dunlop yet again setting the pace to confirm his place at the top of the board in the Superbike class as Ian Lougher and Dean Harrison headed the Lightweight and Senior classes respectively.

Track conditions, reported by the Clerk of the course Gary Thompson, appeared sketchy with damp patches littered around the course, specifically in the shade of the trees. However, the low mist reported on the mountain earlier in the morning had cleared though it did result in a change of plans as the Superbike and Lightweight classes would be the first to tackle the Mountain course.

Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward were the first off the line on the Mistral Racing Kawasaki’s, followed by Danny Webb on the Team Classic Suzuki, and Michel Rutter on the Harris Yamaha. William Dunlop was also out on a ZXR Kawasaki.

Michael Dunlop, on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69, set the standards with an impressive time of 18:27:440, an average speed of 122.650mph from a standing start.

Dean Harrison, on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, averaged 121.101mph, Michael Rutter managed 120.763mph, James Hiller on the Minstral Racing Kawasaki achieved 120.336mph, and Ivan Lintin produced a respectable 120.160mph on the Devitt RC express Racing Kawasaki.

Both Rutter and and M.Dunlop managed to get a second lap in but they were both slower than their opening laps at 120.163mph and 116.996mph respectively.

Simultaneously, in the Lightweight Classic TT session, Ian Lougher topped the timesheets in some fashion with a time of 19:52:597, an average speed of 113.893mph, a slight improvement to his time on the previous evening. Phil Harvey and fellow Welshman Paul Owen followed with speeds of 107.649mph and 103.405mph.

After a short delay, the practice for the Senior Classic TT began at 7.10pm. The weather turned and even though rainclouds shadowed the track, many of the competitors got vital laps in.

Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle Racing MV ended as the pacesetter, more than 26 seconds clear of the pack, with an average speed of 107.041mph from Conor Cummins, who averaged 104.857mph, and Jamie Coward on the Ted Woof Manx Norton at 104.628mph.

Ian Lougher romped to the fastest Lightweight lap

Classic TT Races – Tuesday Practice Session – Superbike Results:

Pos.

No.

Name

Bike

Time

(minutes)

Average Speed (mph)

1

3

Michael Dunlop

Suzuki/Team Classic Suzuki

18:27.440

122.650

 

2

12

Dean Harrison

Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering

18:41.607

121.101

 

3

4

Michael Rutter

Harris/Team Winfield

18:44.745

 

120.763

 

4

2

James Hillier

Kawasaki/Greenall Racing

18:48.741

 

120.336

 

5

8

Ivan Lintin

Kawasaki/Devitt RC Express Racing

18:50.393

 

120.160

 

6

6

Dan Kneen

Kawasaki/Mistral Racing

19:09.989

 

118.112

 

7

11

Horst Saiger

Kawasaki/Greenall Racing

19:16.577

 

117.440

 

8

7

Gary Johnson

Suzuki/Team York Suzuki

19:29.540

 

116.138

 

9

9

Jamie Coward

Kawasaki/Mistral Racing Kawasaki

19:29.924

 

116.100

 

10

35

Conor Cummins

Yamaha/Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles

19:30.072

 

116.085

 

11

26

William Dunlop

KAWASAKI/HERHEIM RACING

19:35.423

 

115.557

 

12

13

Danny Webb

Suzuki/Team Classic Suzuki

19:41.304

 

114.981

 

13

41

Alexander Pickett

Kawasaki/TC Racing/DP Coldplaning

20:02.661

 

112.940

 

14

43

Matthew Rees

Kawasaki/Phil Morris Racing/GT Superbikes

20:20.876

 

111.255

 

15

16

Dan Stewart

Kawasaki/Wilcock Consulting

20:28.689

 

110.547

 

16

29

Ben Rea

Suzuki/Pleq / Edmondson Classic Racing

20:36.825

 

109.820

 

17

30

Timothee Monot

Monot Yamaha/TMR / performances moto

20:43.945

109.191

 

18

26

Paul Owen

Yamaha/Team #98

 

20:52.845

108.416

19

47

Neal Champion

Kawasaki/Frasers Motorcycles

21:01.855

 

107.642

20

57

Michael Hand

Yamaha/Holbeach Motorcycle Tyres

21:05.193

107.358

 

Classic TT Races – Tuesday Practice Session – Lightweight Results:

Pos.

No.

Name

Bike

Time (minutes)

Top Speed (mph)

1

6

Ian Lougher

Yamaha/Laylaw Racing

19:52.597

 

113.893

2

10

Phil Harvey

Honda/CSC Racing

 

21:01.771

 

107.649

 

3

11

Paul Owen

Honda/Team #98

 

21:53.554

103.405

 

4

26

Ewan Hamilton

Yamaha/Sparrow Isle of Man

22:04.061

 

102.584

 

5

21

Shaun Anderson

Honda/CB Racing

 

22:06.192

 

102.420

 

6

16

Chris Moore

Yamaha/JL Exhausts Racing Team /AMCS

22:12.425

 

101.940

 

7

28

Steven Howard

Yamaha/Howard Racing

22:15.155

 

101.732

 

8

15

Charles Rhys Hardisty

Yamaha/REPS Motorcycles/KayMac

22:18.194

 

101.501

 

9

47

Billy Cummins

Yamaha/Spectrum Windows

22:48.311

 

99.267

 

10

44

Neil Chadwick

Yamaha

22:58.007

 

98.568

 

Classic TT Races – Tuesday Practice Session – Senior Results:

Pos.

 

No.

Name

Bike

Time (minutes)

Top Speed (mph)

1

12

Dean Harrison

MV Agusta/Black Eagle Racing

21:08.936

 

107.041

 

2

10

Conor Cummins

500 Paton/Team Winfield

21:35.369

 

104.857

 

3

9

Jamie Coward

Norton/Ted Woof

 

21:38.203

 

104.628

 

4

8

Alan Oversby

Honda/Davies Motorsport

21:48.372

 

103.815

5

15

Danny Webb

Norton/Dunnell Racing

22:20.157

 

101.352

 

6

2

Oliver Linsdell

Linsdell Enfield/Flitwick Motorcycles / Stephen Bond

22:39.471

 

99.912

 

7

45

Dominic Herbertson

Honda/Herbertson Racing

22:50.155

 

99.133

 

8

20

Peter Boast

Honda/D & M

23:09.351

 

97.764

 

9

11

Ivan Lintin

Seeley/Brian Richards

23:27.596

 

96.496

 

10

67

Dave Moffitt

Honda/Team Tyer Racing

23:31.458

 

96.232

 

Wednesday Schedule 

Roads Close at 1800hrs until no later than 2100hrs

1820-1910: Classic TT Superbike and Lightweight / MGP Senior and Junior, MGP Newcomers A

19.15-2005: Classic TT Senior and Junior / MGP Lightweight and Supertwin, Newcomers B

The MV Agusta of Dean Harrison
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