TT 2013: Michael Dunlop leads shortened Superbike practice

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Dunlop on the approach to Creg Willey's Hill
Dunlop on the approach to Creg Willey's Hill Picture: Tony Goldsmith

Honda TT Legends’ Michael Dunlop was by far and away the fastest man in this evening’s Superbike practice in a session that was shortened due to a house fire at Kirk Michael (see below) necessitating a visit by the big, red nee-nar.

Dunlop got two laps in on the Fireblade but the second was flagged off at Governors in order to get the TT Zero bikes out for their first session. The Ballymoney man went round in 128.518mph for his fastest of the day.

Kawasaki-mounted Gary Johnson was second quickest with his 127.680 from a standing start with the Milwaukee Yamaha of William Dunlop in third place on a 125.189mph just ahead of number one starter James Hillier who lapped in 123.930 both again from a standing start.

Wilson Craig Honda’s Cameron Donald was slow by his standards, his second lap of 123.902 good enough for fifth place, ahead of Dean Harrison’s MSS Kawasaki and Steve Mercer on the BMW, both doing one lap.

Yesterday’s fastest man John McGuinness was eighth fastest with his first lap of 123.211 but was slower on his second circuit. Dan Stewart was ninth fastest and veteran Michael Rutter tenth.

Rookie Josh Brookes recorded another 120mph lap with his second circuit, which was flagged off the same as everyone else, on a 120.218 but the Aussie must be poking on through Governer’s as he is fastest through the grandstand speed trap by almost five miles per hour at 180mph compared to Michael Dunlop’s 175.7mph.