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Donald hot on his heels

Ian Hutchinson sets the fastest speed on the Isle of Man TT again, but Cameron Donald is continuing to apply the pressure.
Ian Hutchinson maintained his place at the top of the Isle of Man TT timesheets on the second day of practice.

Heavy morning rain and fog dispersed as Tuesday wore on and by the evening, the majority of the Isle of Man was blessed with bright sun and clear blue skies, ideal weather for the second official practice session.

However, the rain that had fallen for much of the night and morning meant that, whilst most of the course was dry, damp patches did remain, particularly under the trees and riders were warned to be cautious with the track particularly wet at Ramsey Hairpin.

After the extremely rapid speeds of the opening night, many were wondering if the 130mph barrier could be broken as early as Tuesday but that was far from the mind of the riders who were simply concerned with getting miles and laps under their belt and ensuring machine set up was the prime focus.

Michael Dunlop was the first to set off down Glencrutchery Road, this time alongside Bruce Anstey, the pairing on their Superstock and Superbike machines respectively.

Keith Amor set off next, having his first outing of the week on his 600cc machine, with Cameron Donald, the Aussie again electing to take his Superstock Suzuki out first.

Guy Martin was on his Superbike as was Gary Johnson but Michael Rutter, Dan Stewart, Adrian Archibald, Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness all opted for their Superstock machines. Ryan Farquhar and Daniel Kneen were both Supersport mounted.

Anstey was first back, lapping at 123.357mph with Dunlop slightly slower at 122.406mph but it was Martin who was again fastest on the opening lap, recording a speed of 125.028mph.

Hutchinson and Johnson were both over 123mph with Archibald, Rutter and Stewart all over 122mph. Farquhar was the quickest of the 600s at 120.665 just ahead of Amor at 119.800mph. Jim Hodson was in trouble early on though pulling off the course at Barregarrow.

Martin and Anstey were circulating at high speed at the front of the field and they both went quicker second time around at 126.752mph and 126.244mph but the damp patches were clearly evident though with Hutchinson and Rutter in the 121mph bracket.




Related Pictures

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Ian Hutchinson quickest in Tuesday Evenings Practice session
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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