2018 Ulster GP: Thompson tops Lightweight qualifying

Picture: Derek Wilson

Joey Thompson claimed pole position for the Ulster Grand Prix Lightweight race with a lap of 113.949mph on his 250cc Yamaha seeing him get the better of veteran and former winner Davy Morgan by two and a half seconds.

Morgan topped the leaderboard initially with his quickest lap of 112.744mph before Thompson responded with his near 114mph lap whilst Neil Kernohan completed the front row at 111.714mph.

Darry Tweed was fourth overall, and the first of the 400cc machines, with 250cc regular Paul Owen in fifth on 109.247mph. Stephen Morrison was sixth quickest at 109.216mph and the second quickest 400cc rider.

In the concurrently run Ultra-Lightweight class, Christian Elkin was fastest at 108.937mph on his Honda Moto 3 with similarly mounted Paul Robinson in second on 107.547mph. Derek McGee’s lap from Wednesday kept him in third overall but with the Mullingar man injured, Gary Dunlop will complete the front row after lapping at 107.285mph.

Czech Republic rider Michal Dokoupil, Austrian Chris Meyer and Italian Lorenzo Tiveron completed the top six adding some International flavour to proceedings.

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