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Padgetts Honda's Ian Hutchinson records the fastest time over the Isle of Man TT course as the 2010 event gets underway
Ian Hutchinson set a furious pace during the opening practice session for the 2010 Isle of Man TT, the Honda rider comfortably out pacing Cameron Donald and John McGuinness.

Capitalising on good weather conditions throughout the day, Michael Dunlop and Donald had the honour of leading the field away, the former on his Supersport machine and the latter on his Superstock.

They were followed in pairs by Ian Hutchinson and Ian Lougher, Ryan Farquhar and Guy Martin,
Gary Johnson and Keith Amor, Michael Rutter and Bruce Anstey and then Adrian Archibald and Chris Palmer, the latter on his Supersport bike. Rutter and Lougher were the only other riders to be out on the red plated Superstock bikes.

Next to go was McGuinness and John Burrows, the TT legend setting off, as usual, a few riders from the front, both again on Superbikes.

Donald completed the first lap at 122.068mph, his first lap since his practice crash at Keppel Gate last year, but Guy Martin was quickest on the opening revolution at 125.007mph.

Other notable first lap speeds included Hutchinson at 123.160mph, McGuinness at 123.954mph and Cummins at 122.058mph. Dunlop was the quickest on the Supersport machines at 120.199mph.

Two riders out of luck early on, however, were
were James McCullagh and newcomer Gary May, both of whom stopped at Douglas Road Corner.

Many of the riders pulled in straightaway including Donald, Amor, Johnson and Dan Stewart, but Martin, Dunlop, Anstey, McGuinness and Cummins were just a few of the established runners to go straight through.

As expected, speeds increased second time around with Martin increasing to 127.056mph and McGuinness going slightly quicker at 127.090mph.

Cummins and Anstey weren't too far behind at 125.748mph and 125.655mph respectively whilst Dunlop was also impressing on the 600 at
123.960mph.




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