2018 Ulster GP: Harrison adds Supersport pole position

Picture: Derek Wilson

Dean Harrison made it two pole positions from two at Dundrod on Thursday afternoon when he claimed top spot for the Ulster Grand Prix Supersport races with a lap of 127.457mph.

That put the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider 0.9s clear of Conor Cummins whose late lap of 126.904mph on the Padgetts Honda elevated him from fifth to second. Adam McLean enjoyed a strong session and claimed third on his McAdoo Racing Kawasaki.

It was Davey Todd who was first to complete a flying lap at 123.242mph but his time at the top of the leaderboard didn’t last long as Harrison went quickest with a speed of 124.617mph. He was then upstaged by the Padgetts Honda duo of Lee Johnston and Cummins who lapped at 125.559mph and 125.296mph respectively. Peter Hickman, meanwhile, was down the order slightly at 121.744mph as he found himself caught in traffic.

Second time around and Harrison went back to the top of the timesheets with his lap of 126.741mph and on his next lap he went quicker still at 127.457mph. McLean moved up to second with 125.782mph as Hickman also upped the tempo at 125.724mph.

Harrison’s advantage was 2.7s but McLean was the man on the move on the next lap with a speed of 126.729mph and that got him to within 1.2s of his Kawasaki rival. However, Cummins’ late rally got him back up to second and relegated McLean to third as Hickman claimed the final spot on the front row with a late lap of 126.566mph.

Johnston also got into the 126s on his flying lap, 126.063mph, with Todd’s last lap of 125.245mph moving him back up to sixth having dropped to eighth at one stage.

Michael Sweeney, Paul Jordan, Dominic Herbertson and Dan Cooper complete the top ten.

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